Alan Maitland reads 'Christmas Phantoms'
In 1974 Alan Maitland joined CBC Radio's As It Happens as co-host, and during that time he became known affectionately as Fireside Al and Front Porch Al, tempting listeners to pull up a chair to the fire or on the porch (depending on the season) and listen. He read stories by a long list of authors, and they were a delight for audiences, whether the story was a humorous or a poignant one. His reading of The Shepherd, by Frederick Forsythe, has become a Christmas Eve tradition on As It Happens.
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 21, 1977
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Photo: This image was in the public domain in Russia, but its status is unknown as of Sept. 2008.
Last updated: December 20, 2012
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