We're not big on tooting our own horn here. But in June this year, "As It Happens" won an award -- and it was kind of a big deal. The Gabriel Awards recognize broadcasting excellence throughout North America, for works that, quote, "uplift and nourish the human spirit". At a ceremony in Denver, Colorado, our Executive Producer, Robin Smythe, accepted a Gabriel Award for an interview we did with musician Jason Becker.
At age 20, Jason Becker was on his way to the top. He had just scored a prize gig as the guitarist for rock superstar David Lee Roth. But then tragedy struck. Jason was diagnosed with ALS -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The prognosis was not good. Doctors only gave him a few years to live. And just a few months after the diagnosis, Jason lost his ability to move and speak.
But over two decades later, Jason has proved the doctors wrong. He is still alive, and he is still making music.
Last year, a documentary of Jason's life, called "Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet" was released. And at the time we spoke to Jason.
We're going to hear that interview again. But first, from the documentary, here is an example of Jason's musical talent -- a clip of Jason Becker performing at his high school, at the age of 16.Now, here is an encore presentation of our award-winning piece about Jason Becker. In a moment, we will hear Carol and Jason's conversation -- with interpretive help from his father, Gary.
But first, Carol spoke with the film's director, Jesse Vile, who was in our London, England studio.