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An 'As It Happens' tribute to late CBC Radio producer Bob Carty

Two things you should know about Bob Carty: first, he's won more awards than any other radio producer I know. And by that, I mean that his radio documentaries have won pretty much every award known to man....
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Two things you should know about Bob Carty: first, he's won more awards than any other radio producer I know. And by that, I mean that his radio documentaries have won pretty much every award known to man.

The other thing you should know about Bob Carty -- and the more important thing -- is that he was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. Our former CBC Radio colleague and friend died Sunday in Ottawa, after a long bout with cancer.

Bob covered many serious topics: human rights abuses in Chile, the struggles of Afghan vets upon their return to Canada, and the impact of climate change on the Canadian north, to name a few. His 1995 documentary "Kevin's Sentence," told the story of a young man who killed his two best friends while driving drunk. "Kevin's Sentence" went on to win a Peabody Award, a Gabriel Award and a United Nations Gold Medal.

But Bob also had a lighter side. This weekend, The Sunday Edition will be airing "Banjo Bob," his ode to the much-maligned instrument. And later this week they'll be posting more of Bob's documentaries to their website. And we remembered his lighter side too by excerpting his 2006 documentary, "Being Bob" on our program.

While Bob was undergoing treatment for cancer, he found solace in producing music. Turns out Bob was a bit of a folkie. On the program, we aired "Song for Today" from his 2009 album Desert Eyes. You can hear a short clip of that song and other tracks from that album on his website.

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