Final Day 6 of the year. And even though we're only 58 shows old, we like our traditions here at Day 6, so welcome to the 2011 edition of The Big 6.
Today's Day 6 covers the top stories of 2011 in six categories. And of course, we had input from our listeners in selecting the finalists. That explains The Kardashians. Thanks for all your help in making these decisions and now it's up to us to make the best radio show to send 2011 off in style. Hope you like it.
Now here's what we came up with for The Big 6.
The Arab Spring edges past Occupy, Osama bin laden, and the Eurozone crisis and emerges as the top story of the year.
On Day 6 Mona Eltahawy tells us:
A lot of people paid with their lives but it had to happen. For all the years when we wondered: when is the revolution going to start? The answer was: when people are willing to pay with their lives. Now we're beginning to see how many people are willing to pay, that unbelievable courage.
Barbara Walters: You don't really act. You don't sing. You don't dance. You don't have any... talent!
Kim Kardashian: But we're still entertaining people. I think it's more of a challenge for you to go on a reality show and get people to fall in love for you for being you. There's definitely a lot more pressure I think for being famous for being ourselves.
Yes, it's The Kardashians. Hard to believe but the reality TV family out-hyped the Twilight series, hackitivists Anonymous... even the End of the World.
Gabrielle Gifford's recovery from a lethal gunshot wound was the hands down favourite of our listeners, garnering more votes than the royal wedding, the Muppets movie and the brief return of Sydney Crosby.
Whenever there's a catastrophic occurrence there's a fork in the road. You can either be buried in your grief or you can move forward. Gabrielle Giffords moved forward in the most inspirational way imaginable. - Kathryn Borel on Day 6.
Lots of year-in-review segments declared 2011 a bust, with more than enough heartbreak to go around: disaster in Japan, mass murder in Norway, the death of visionary Steve Jobs.
But it was a Canadian story that resonated with our listeners who chose Jack Layton as heartbreaker of the year.
Layton made history in May when he brought the NDP to the opposition benches in Ottawa. He entered history on August 22 when he succumbed to cancer. We have a musical tribute to Jack.
Charlie Sheen named this category but he didn't win it.
It was between Charlie, Stephen Harper, Ryan Gosling and China. And the emerging superpower was the winner among winners. China is a player.
China entered 2011 holding massive shares of the U.S. debt and saw the year out as a potential white knight to the Eurozone. This year China muscled in on space exploration, green technology, military hardware and of course manufacturing.
We take a look at China's cultural foray into rock and roll today on Day 6. They may never dominate the genre, but they get it.
It's no contest. The Vancouver Stanley Cup riot wins in the flameout category, out flaming Donald Trump, Berlusconi and Wikileaks.
On Day 6 Bill Buford author of Among The Thugs: The Experience and the Seduction of Crowd Violence says:
What I enjoyed most about the pictures of the Vancouver hockey riots is that the photographers were savvy enough to get people who were having a lot of fun. Posing in front of burning cars, it's like the biggest possible adrenaline rush you've ever experienced. To be in a riot is extremely exciting.
That's how the year turned out and it's the first full calendar year (January through December) our show's been on the air. It was, we think, a great year for news. I'm glad Day 6 was able to be part of it and I can't wait to see what 2012 brings.
Wishing you a Happy New Year and looking forward to seeing you again in a week!
Brent Bambury @CBCDay6