British Columbia

Hot Air

Hot Air has been heard on CBC Radio since 1947. The program covers jazz from all eras with a particular focus on B.C. artists.

Saturdays 5-6 p.m. PT

Hot Air has been on the air since 1947, making it CBC's longest running program. Host Margaret Gallagher covers jazz from all eras with a particular focus on B.C. artists.

Contact Us


Hot Air c/o CBC
Box 4600
Vancouver, BC
V6B 4A2

Tel: 604-662-6076
Fax: 604-662-6762

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Listen to the program live between 5 and 6 p.m. PT on Saturday here.

Margaret Gallagher

In April 2010, Margaret Gallagher took the reins as host for CBC Radio One's Hot Air, CBC's longest running radio program.

Margaret was a regular part of CBC Radio One's The Early Edition for 17 years, and was the B.C. host of CBC Radio 2's Canada Live. 

Currently, she is a reporter on CBC Radio One's On The Coast.

Margaret's ability to tune into the city and find stories off the beaten track has taken her up mountaintops, down back alleys, and through the heart of the city.

Margaret has won multiple awards, including three prestigious National RTDNA Dave Rogers Awards for Best Radio Feature for Fade to Black (2003), Gail the Golden Age Goalie (2011) and No Small Feet (2012). She also won a Jack Webster award for Best Radio Feature for The Wayfaring Stranger: Lost and Found in Vancouver (2015).

Prior to joining the CBC, Margaret was active in the arts scene and worked with the Western Front, the Video In and the Independent Film and Video Alliance. She has worked as an editor, a freelance writer, and technical communicator. Her previous work earned her an award of distinction from the International Society of Technical Communicators.

Actively involved in community outreach, Margaret has tirelessly donated her time and efforts to many Vancouver events. She has hosted dozens of events for a variety of arts and community groups, including the UBC & SFU Alumni Associations, Asian Heritage Month and the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival. In 2015, Margaret won a "Community Builder" Award from the Hapa-palooza festival of Mixed Roots in recognition of her work to connect communities.