INSIDE RADIO NOON
INSIDE RADIO NOON
Our blog about life behind the microphone...
OUR OCTOBER NEWS QUIZ CONTESTANTS
(Left to Right: Peter Johnson, Nathalie Walther, Shawn Apel, Nancy Wood)
For more about the Quiz
INSIDE THE PHONE-IN SHOW: WITHOUT OUR MAIN PHONES!
At 11:57 in the morning, I'm sitting in the control room. Bernie is off, LOREEN PINDERA is subbing in as Radio Noon's host and CLAUDIA SANCHEZ, the technician, is moving around the control room, trying the phones at various desk positions.
"The call-in phones aren't working. We have no lines", she tells me.
It's going to take time to get those phones up and running. So what are we going to do in the mean time? Radio Noon is only minutes away to airtime.
We plan our show with calls in mind. Interviews are key, but we also count on showcasing the opinions of our listeners to round out a segment on the program. We want to hear from our callers.
Now, the news phone is at least working. So we aren't completely cut off. At noon, it's full up with journalists waiting to get on air with live reports for the newscast.
We know off the top, we have a recorded debrief with the CBC's PETER AKMAN from a shutdown construction site. While it's playing, LINDSAY MICHAEL, our researcher, and Claudia experiment. They call Lindsay's desk phone in the newsroom, put it on call forward into the studio, and then plan to put calls on air that way.
We can't juggle as many calls. And we won't be able to line up the farm panel ahead of time, but we can get people on air.
Loreen gives out Lindsay's desk phone number ... and voilà - callers debating on air.
MOST CALLS AND TEXTS OF THE WEEK: ABOLISHING THE LONG GUN REGISTRY AND RECORDS
During the last minority parliament, a private member's bill calling for an end to the long registry failed to pass by two votes.
Armed with a majority this time, the Harper government announces its intention to do away with the registry and its records.
Our callers respond in kind. The phone lines are jammed. Most want the registry kept and its records preserved for Quebec's future use. We hear from a rural resident who tells us the registry doesn't necessarily fall in a rural/urban divide.
Others argue Quebec doesn't need more bureaucray. The registry just wasn't effective in their view.
For two days Quebec construction work sites are silent - closed down in protest over the government's proposed bill to reduce union control over hiring.
Stories of intimidation and pressure emerge. The labour minister says she got a voice mail threatening to break her legs if she pressed on with Bill 33.
As we are debating the pros and cons of the bill a law professor calls in:
Here's RICHARD's call:
After the professor, JOE, a worker in the industrial side of the construction world calls in. Contractors call up the union and say which workers they want, he says. It's not fair to let a few bad apples paint all construction workers as bullies, says Joe.
TEXT OF THE WEEK: IT'S JUST ONE WORD
Texts can be right on the point, inherently concise, and frequently funny.
This one gets top marks.
We're debating "Beavers or Polar Bears?" We hear from SENATOR NICOLE EATON who thinks it's time to upgrade our image and at the very least include the polar bear as a national emblem.
A texter sends in one word: Squirrels!
Then we notice this comment on our facebook page from DAVID MCLEOD:
"The polar bear. A bear that is endangered and hunts seals. Or a Beaver, that builds dams that enlarge our watersheds and creates more wetland. Which would be better is a hard choice. Clearly we need a referendum! Why not a Squirrel? Busy all the time and not a pest at all. They used to be rural animals but have adapted to city life. A better metaphor I cannot think of one!"
Keep those texts and comments coming in...
THE RADIO NOON MONTHLY NEWS QUIZ: PUNS AND KNOWLEDGE
I think nobody enjoys the news quiz more than I do. Each month we put together a list of challenging questions based on the headlines of the month.
The Quiz Master a.k.a BERNARD ST LAURENT puts CBC personalities on the spot. We ask callers to join in the quiz fun.
This month NANCY WOOD of Enquête fame (and former Radio Noon host, we might add) lines up with Daybreak reporter (and former Radio Noon producer!) SHAWN APEL to take on Homerun producer NATHALIE WALTHER and News Executive Producer PETER JOHNSON.
We jazzed up the format this time out. Every question isn't up for grabs. Rather, we ask one team a question and if they can't answer, we turn to the other duo.
Then for the last 10 minutes we go to a lightning round (as Bernie puts it "short snappers")
Friday's show was one tight quiz -- "tripoli, so"...(to steal the best line of the day from Nancy).
From Obama on Jay Leno to the Habs' back-up goalie, we have October questions to test the best of minds.
Here's a sample:
You can hear the whole news quiz on our webpage... cbc.ca/montrealradionoon.
Radio Noon is on air with BERNARD ST-LAURENT Monday to Friday between 12 and 1 pm on CBC Radio One.
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October 28, 2011