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(Photo (left to right): Vaness Blanch, Jonna Brewer, technician Terry Cottreau and producer/director Michael Richard LeBlanc)

Welcome to a new season of Information Morning! As we gear up for fall, I'm thinking back on the summer that was. Two of the standout guests in my memory were very, um, quiet. Let's just say their actions spoke louder than words. I will never forget trying to interview Bernie Gallant of Magnetic Hill Zoo while watching the tarantula he brought in climb up the sides of the plastic tub he had brought her in to the studio. I think my heart stopped for a second when he took her out. But as he explained the life and habits of these creatures, talked about the myths and unfounded, morbid fears people have (host sheepishly puts up hand) I became fascinated and next thing you know, I am holding Rosie in my hands. Incredible. But Bernie wasn't done. He returned later in the summer with Elvis. A python. A small python (no offense Elvis) but a python all the same. While it wasn't exactly love at first sight, again, as Bernie spoke, my nerves relaxed, and we let Elvis slither freely around the studio table and wrap himself around my water bottle! I was fascinated. So fascinated that I stopped talking. Not good for live radio. Can't wait for more zoo creatures to come in next year. Maybe Sheldon the squirrel monkey will drop by. I think Hercules has had enough excursions this year.

Then there was Bobby Orr. Of course I was excited when we booked the interview. But when the studio door opened, I thought, "Oh my, it's Bobby Orr!!!!!" Good thing we weren't live on air or it would have been another Elvis moment of silence. Despite discomfort from a pinched nerve, he was charming, still passionate about the game and deeply committed to cleaning up the violence and bringing back the fun element of the game for kids and parents. It was a wonderful conversation. He was even gracious and forgiving of me being a Leafs fan(atic).

Whoever thinks the news slows down in the summer hasn't spent a summer in Moncton. The lockout at Codiac Transit drags on and tempers on all sides flared throughout the summer, culminating in a heated public meeting at city hall where we heard how bus users are being affected. It's a big story we will continue to cover into the fall. There was the surprise announcement that Acadian Lines was shutting down, the news that Via was reducing its services and CN closing its line to northern NB. Ted Bartlett, a transportation advocate, summed up people's feelings best: "Soon we'll be back to the horse and buggy to get around." Yet another story we will be talking about in the months to come.

And then there was Bruce Springsteen. We kicked off the summer with a contest to win tickets and wow, did listeners respond. We heard wonderful stories and memories. And any excuse to play Bruce, which we seemed to do all summer long, is just fine in my books. While ticket sales weren't quite what the city predicted, promoter Donald Tarleton seemed happy and delivered on his promise of a great show for those, like me, who attended.

Speaking of music, I loved our summer tune requests! Look forward to hearing and playing more of your musical requests this fall. Send your morning Wake Up Song requests to our Information Morning email.

Our regular columnists will be back: Gas Guru Robert Jones, Pierre Battah, Dan Noel, Marshall Button. We are pleased to introduce The Coupon Lady, with tips on how you and your family can save money, we will be bringing you education features, human interest stories and of course the top stories of the day.And Vanessa and I will try not to whine too much about the chilly temperatures.

Write or call with ideas for our show! We love to hear from you!!

I'll be blogging every Friday, on the highlights of the week, giving you a behind the scenes peek from Studio A...the good, the bad and the ugly. Let's hope it's mostly good. But it's live radio. Anything can happen.

Happy Fall! Bonne Rentrée!
Jonna Brewer

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