Well, as we mentioned last night, 'As It Happens' is an award winner -- a Gabriel Award, to be precise. The Gabriels recognize broadcasting excellence throughout North America, for works that, quote: "uplift and nourish the human spirit".
Our Gabriel was granted for a story we did about Jason Becker.
At just twenty years old, Jason Becker was set to stun the rock world. He had just landed a coveted gig as the guitarist for rock superstar David Lee Roth. That's when tragedy struck. Jason was diagnosed with A-L-S - also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Within months Jason lost his ability to move and speak. And was given just a few years to live.
And yet, over two decades later, Jason is still here -- still making music.
Last year, a documentary of Jason's life, called "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" was released. We spoke to Jason at the time.
We'll hear that interview in just a few moments. But first, from the documentary, a demonstration of Jason's guitar talent. Here he is, performing at his high school, at just sixteen.
That's from the documentary "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet".
In a moment, Carol and Jason's conversation -- with interpretive help from his father, Gary. But first, Carol's discussion with the film's director, Jesse Vile. Jesse was in the CBC London studio.
From December 4th of last year, that was guitarist Jason Becker, his father, Gary Becker, and the director of the documentary, "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet", Jesse Vile.
Jason Becker was diagnosed with A-L-S in 1989 when he was twenty --- just as he was about to tour the world as Dave Lee Roth's guitarist.
Jason can no longer move or speak. He was able to communicate with us, using a unique eye language developed by his father, Gary. For time reasons we edited down the process of Gary translating Jason's responses. But we kept in every word that Jason communicated.
This week it was announced that our interview wiht Jason had won a prestigious Gabriel Award. 'As It Happens' will be presented the prize in June, at a ceremony in Denver, Colorado.