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Inside Radio Noon Blog: October 2011 Archives

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INSIDE RADIO NOON

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OUR OCTOBER NEWS QUIZ CONTESTANTS

(Left to Right: Peter Johnson, Nathalie Walther, Shawn Apel, Nancy Wood)

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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.


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Inside Radio Noon

Our blog about life behind the microphone.

INSIDE THE PHONE-IN: IT'S NOT SCIENCE
 Some days we know exactly the stories people will want to talk about. Other days we go forward trusting our broadcast instincts and hoping ...!

 Our Radio Noon format is deliberately designed to be more than a call-in show. We're a hybrid of interviews and phone-in topics. We think that keeps the format free. It lets us turn around a story quickly. And, it takes full advantage of BERNIE'S skills as a veteran reporter.

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I will admit that sometimes I'm surprised by who calls in. About 90 per cent of our calls on the OCCUPY MONTREAL movement came from men.

Our phone-in on online teacher threats had fewer calls, but women callers outnumbered the men.  

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Inside Radio Noon

 Welcome to our blog: Inside Radio Noon, Chapter Two. 

INSIDE THE LEAD: THE DAILY TUG-OF-WAR
 Every morning we struggle with what should be our lead story. Sometimes, it's impossible to know.

 Tuesday October 11th, our morning editorial meeting: we are split - lead with the open letter from a borough mayor who feels cornered by the Quebec law forcing municipalities to award contracts to the lowest bidder (even if that bidder has links to organized crime) or, the pending walk-out by Air Canada flight attendants after their rejection of a second contract offer?

 Both, important good stories. I actually poll some other journalists in the room, here at CBC: three for one story; three for the other. What to do?


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