About the Host
Ramona Dearing has been the host of Radio Noon since September, 2007. Before that, she spent many years working as a reporter for CBC Radio, as well as Assignment Producer for CBC Radio News. She’s worked for the CBC in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Vancouver and St. John’s. A highlight of her day is when brand new caller musters up the courage to phone in and share his or her views on Radio Noon Crosstalk.
RADIO NOON CONTRIBUTORS
Ryan Snoddon - METEOROLOGIST: Every day at 12:35 PM (12:05 in Labrador) , Ryan tells you what’s in store weather wise for the province. Ryan was raised on a beef farm in Pefferlaw, Ontario. He left the farm and headed for Belleville, Ontario, where he attended the Broadcast Journalism program at Loyalist College. After a short stint in private radio in Peterborough, Ontario, Ryan broke into the weather world. In 2006, he became the Weather Specialist at CHEX TV in Peterborough, where he enjoyed forecasting heat waves, thunderstorms and snow storms for Central Ontario. However, when the chance to forecast the Weather, in one of the stormiest and most beautiful places on earth, Newfoundland and Labrador, came up, he jumped at it. Ryan joined the CBC team in St. John’s as a Weather Specialist in June of 2008. Visit Ryan’s weather blog here.
Jacinta Wall - News: Jacinta Wall is the voice of daytime news at CBC Radio. She joins Ramona every day to bring us up to date on breaking stories across the province. Jacinta is from Grand Falls-Windsor. Since she joined the CBC in 1981, she has worked and lived all over our province. From Western Labrador to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and across the island - Jacinta knows Newfoundland and Labrador like the back of her hand.
Christine Davies from our Radio Archives: Christine describes herself as an “audio archaelogist”. Every Tuesday at 12:15 PM (11:45 AM in Labrador) , Christine digs among old tapes and discs to bring you a sound recording and story from our province’s past. Christine graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from the University of King’s College in Halifax in 1983. Following a brief stint in private radio, she began working with CBC in 1985 as a TV reporter in Labrador City and Happy Valley-Goose Bay and later with Radio in Grand Falls-Windsor and St. John’s. Always interested in history and the contents of the CBC Radio Archives, she went back to school in 2000. Two years later, with a Master of Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University in her hands, she returned to work as an Associate Producer responsible for the Music Library and Radio Archives.
Mack Furlong - Trivia: Mack Furlong is a writer, actor and musician. He lives in St. John’s and has had an irritating life-long ability to remember all manner of useless information - just the qualification necessary for a trivia panelist. Every third Friday, Mack joins Ramona for Crosstalk trivia. He brings in a yaffle of questions for you, and invites you to call in to try and stump him.
MEET THE CREW
Heather Barrett, Producer: Heather has done almost everything at CBC Radio in Newfoundland and Labrador except fix the transmittors! She started as a reporter at CBC Radio in Grand Falls-Windsor, and over the past 17 years, she has worked with many provincial and national CBC Radio One and Two programs. Heather is also an award winning radio documentary maker.
Bob Sharpe, Supervising Technician/ Associate Producer:
Bob has been with CBC Technical since the early 1980’s. One of his latest duties is to operate the controls for Radio Noon. He gets to pick the music (it’s 99% Newfoundland and Labrador) and has his hand in a few other tidbits for the program. His highlight of the day is Radio Noon and hopes it is yours as well.