Jurgen Gothe's most memorable CBC on-air moments relived
Jurgen Gothe's knowledge and absurd flights of fancy made DiscDrive accessible to all
When beloved CBC host Jurgen Gothe passed away this year after a long illness, tributes poured in from fans and colleagues who fondly remember the long-time DiscDrive host's insatiable passion for music, food and wine.
During his time at CBC, Gothe quickly gained a reputation for his encyclopaedic knowledge of recordings, his wacky humour and his fun personality.
Unlike most radio programs, DiscDrive was not scripted. Gothe had a standard sign-on, but after that, everything he said on the air was just whatever popped into his head.
It was that genuine, quirky character, and Gothe's ability to tell stories (many of which were made-up) that largely made DiscDrive so popular for more than two decades.
To celebrate Gothe's memory, here are some of his most memorable — and whimsical — moments on the air.
1. On the Mozart divertimento
Classical music can come across as elitist. Gothe had a way of injecting whimsy to make classical music accessible, such as this set-up for a divertimento by Mozart.
2. On the CBC's stash of hammocks
3. On the "tappity-tap" element
For a short period in the 1990s, musicologists with strange names and exotic academic pedigrees from around the world were getting almost as much attention as the composers and performers.