Dear North Country Listeners,
North Country Host Mark Szyszlo is away on sabbatical. He will be back with us this fall. The program is taking a short-term hiatus.
In the near term, we'll be serving northern listeners with our Winnipeg programming both morning and noon.
As always, we encourage you to continue to share your northern stories and community events by getting in touch with us through our CBC Radio One email at firstname.lastname@example.org; our TV News email at email@example.com; or by calling the Winnipeg News desk 1-204-788-3217.
The program offers stories about northerners, news, weather, sports and entertainment that reflect the needs of the region. The program links northerners -- urban and rural, native and non-native -- through their culture, history, concerns and interests.
"Sometimes when you move to a new place, it grabs hold of you and doesn't let go." That's what I tell people when they ask why I'm living in Thompson. "I also have the best neighbours in the world." Oops now the secret is out. Next thing you know everybody will be moving up here.
Like many northerners Mark was only planning to stay in Thompson for a few months - a year at the most. He grew up in the nation's capitol and caught the broadcasting bug early with jobs in campus radio at the University of Ottawa and Western. His first paying job in radio was as a freelancer writer and broadcaster with CBC Radio in 1986. The "Hub of the North" has been his home now for almost twenty years.
Mark is married with one teenage son. He's also very handy with tools. Mark built his own cottage at Paint Lake Provincial Park. Stop by for a visit and he might even show you his favourite fishing hole. You bring the bait!.
Weekdays 7:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. CT