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Front Porch Al

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.

Browse the menu at right to discover audio clips in which "Front Porch" Al Maitland reads stories for the season.

Last updated: October 2, 2013

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Front Porch Al reads A Service of Love, by renowned short story writer O. Henry.

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Front Porch Al reads the story Moonlight, by Guy de Maupassant.

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Front Porch Al tells the Ambrose Bierce Story about a soldier during the U.S. Civil War.