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INSIDE RADIO NOON

INSIDE RADIO NOON
Our blog about life behind the microphone...

THE NOVEMBER NEWS QUIZ
 Picture this scene - there I am, the producer, at a pet store in Alexis Nihon, holding a dog training clicker in one hand, a stuffed squeaky toy in the other. Beside me, a young store clerk also with a squeaky toy.

 "1-2-3, Go" -- we squeak, click and listen. Trying to determine the loudest toy and the fastest. Yes, my many years of journalism has come to this.

 We love our monthly news quiz on Radio Noon, but the participants are of the view that the old monkey toy is slower than the clickers -- and so in the name of fairness, out with the monkey and in with the squeaky ring.

 On the last Friday of every month we bring together four CBC personalities to tackle our quiz.

 On Nov 25, NANCY WOOD, EnquĂȘte investigative journalist and former Radio Noon host, and Daybreak's SHAWN APEL are facing off against Homerun producer NATHALIE WALTHER and Executive News Producer PETER JOHNSON.

 In the excitement of answering, NATHALIE literally throws her squeaky toy into the air. It lands under the table.  LINDSAY, our researcher, runs in with a replacement toy. At another point BERNIE discovers he doesn't have page 5, so we scramble in with another page 5.

 At the end, it all comes down to the last question and Nancy's answer "Sorel", (hometown of filmmaker Danic Champoux) producing our first ever News Quiz tie!

 GIVE OUR SAMPLE QUESTIONS A TRY...

1.)WHAT EASTERN TOWNSHIPS COMMUNITY FOUGHT TO HAVE ITS CANADIAN FLAG PUT BACK IN PLACE FOR COUNCIL MEETINGS?
St-Denis-de-Brompton

2.)WHO'S PLAYING IN THE VANIER CUP?
Laval's Rouge et Or vs McMaster's Marauders

3.) "TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN" HIT MOVIE THEATRES THIS MONTH. WHO WROTE THE NOVELS THAT THE MOVIES ARE BASED ON?
Stephenie Meyer

4.) PAULINE MAROIS EXPELLED 2 PQ MNAs FROM THE PARTY'S CAUCUS. CAN YOU NAME THEM?
Guy Leclair, MNA for Beauharnois
Daniel Ratthé, MNA for Blainville

5.) WHAT TWO HIP HOP STARS CAME TO MONTREAL TO PERFORM THIS MONTH?
Jay-z and Kanye West

 Take a listen to an excerpt of our Quiz:

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MOST TEXTS-AND-CALLS TOPIC OF THE WEEK: BILINGUALISM

Thumbnail image for Quebec_flag.jpg(Photo courtesy: Canadian Press)

 Some high profile Ottawa appointments going to unilingual Anglophones, complaints from employees at the real estate arm of the Caisse, plus an interview with a young resident of the Plateau who hasn't bothered to learn French prompted us to ask the question: is speaking both French and English still important?

 Many, many, many calls and texts.

 We laughed at this text in favour of bilingualism which said "double the dating options" 

 We heard from people saying competence first and then language. Others arguing that speaking French is part of the joy of living here.

 We also talked with JACK JEDWAB who has a book coming out on the pan-Canadian experience.
Much more bilingualism amongst Anglophones, here in Quebec, than across the country.
 Here's an excerpt from that interview:
  

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IN PERSON AND IN STUDIO: "THE WEASEL"
 MARVIN ELKIND had a low level role in organized crime mainly in Ontario, but also in New York and Montreal.
He's the central figure in ADRIAN HUMPHREYS' last book: "The Weasel": A Double Life in the Mob. Elkind turned police informer and played a key role in fighting crime for two decades.

 He came to our studios and talked about two well-known Montreal crime figures: VIC COTRONI AND PAOLO VIOLI.

 Take a listen and meet THE WEASEL and the award-winning ADRIAN HUMPHREYS:

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 Ironically THE WEASEL nickname came from Elkind's boxing style - and not his police role.   

Give us a listen -- and remember: we always like to hear from our listeners. Call, text, email, tweet, facebook, post ... we like it all...
 
 Sally Caudwell - Producer 

Along with our host Bernard St-Laurent and me, the rest of the Radio Noon team includes Lindsay Michael and Claudia Sanchez.

Radio Noon is on air Monday to Friday between 12 and 1 pm on CBC Radio One.
Our phone-in number when we're on the air is 514 597 4500 or 1 877 597 4500 if you're outside Montreal.
Our talkback line is always open, so you can record your comments at 514 597 6161.
You can text us at 22cbc (that's 22222).
You can find our webpage at cbc.ca/radionoonmontreal.
You can tweet us @cbcradionoon.
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