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Inside Radio Noon

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Claudia Sanchez, Bernard St-Laurent at the back; Sally Caudwell and Lindsay Michael in front.


With this blog, we want to give you some idea of how we work behind the scenes. We'll let you know which topics captivated folks, what calls to our phone-in grabbed our attention and what storyline set our talkback and text lines a-buzzing.

 There's always a certain buzz before a show: last minute scripts, calling up guests, dashing to the studio ...but in the midst of that last minute 'busy-ness', let   me take you back to just 17 minutes before showtime on Tuesday: Bernie's cell phone goes off and then a whoop from our host. (A signature sound, I might add). 

 He puts down his phone, wipes his eyes and turns to us: his daughter has just delivered a healthy bouncy baby girl - a first granddaughter and a second grandchild! Cheers all around.

 How Bernie managed to pull it together for the program, I'll never know.

 As soon as the show is off the air, Bernie is out the door and on his way - heading down the highway to welcome Cecelia to the world.

 Also lucky for us on the Radio Noon team - SONALI KARNICK is able to step in and fill Bernie's shoes on the noon show for the rest of the week.

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Let me tell you more about our award-winning team on Radio Noon (yes, she says modestly, all of us)

First there's our irrepressible and prize-winning host BERNARD ST-LAURENT who splits his time between Quebec's Radio Noon and his network show, C'est La Vie. Bernie has been covering the Quebec political scene since that history-making election of the Parti Québécois in 1976. He knows our political scene inside out - and if you, too, want to be in the know - listen to Radio Noon, but also catch Bernie with MIKE FINNERTY on Daybreak at 8:15 on Monday mornings.

LINDSAY MICHAEL can do everything. Her wonderful radio report on what music means to her and her elderly but fiery opera teacher won her an RTNDA National Award for Best Feature. She writes, she tweets, she books, she reports, she researches, she produces, and did I mention? She sings, too! Radio Noon would not get to air without Lindsay.

CLAUDIA SANCHEZ has piloted many of our award-winning specials here at CBC Radio Montreal, including our special on Reasonable Accommodation. She can edit an item, put a caller on air and search the computer data base all at the same time. She has been at Radio Noon for 11 years and with us here at CBC Radio for 20 years. We're the lucky ones.

SALLY CAUDWELL - I can't believe it, but I actually pre-date Bernie. I joined the CBC in January 1975 in the National Radio Newsroom as a copy clerk in Toronto. Since then I've worked in the North (Whitehorse) and in big cities; I've been on air and off; I've reported, researched, assigned, and produced; I've worked for local CBC and for the network. I've done tv (many years at The Journal), radio, and written online news. I don't mind saying I'm a political junkie, who loves news and current affairs.




 We talked with a graffiti artist about CDN-NDG's move to penalize business owners who didn't remove tags from the outside of their buildings. He thought this was unfair. He also stressed that graffiti kids need an outlet.
 Then we heard from LEONARD LIGHTER who owns Moishe's Steak House. He told us about a kid who tagged his building and eventually provided the restaurant with its distinctive mural.
 An amazing story.. here's a highlight:


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 We debated whether Montreal native RALPH STEINMAN should still be granted his Nobel Prize for medicine. He was one of three researchers named by the prize committee. But sadly he died three days before the announcement.

 The Nobel committee does not usually give out honours posthumously. Our callers overwhelmingly thought Dr. Steinman whose ground-breaking work was on dendritic cells, part of our immune system, should still be honoured.

 A listener texted us:
"Is this from the film script, 'Waking Ned Devine'? A fellow wins the Irish sweepstakes, dies of the shock of it and the town rallies to claim the prize."

 McGill immunologist MARTIN OLIVIER told us how Dr. Steinman used his own research on dendritic cells to prolong his own life. He battled pancreatic cancer for four years.

 After we were off air, we learned the committee would stand by its decision to honour Dr. Steinman.

 In a nice book-end to this story, on Wednesday we spoke with DR. GASTON OSTIGUY with the Quebec Lung Association. As he extolled the benefits of the annual flu shot, he talked about dendritic cells. We, Radio Noon followers, all knew what he was talking about.
 "What Steve Jobs did for the letter "i", Sesame Street could never do. Rest in peace."
 A listener remembering the iconoclastic computer innovator, Steve Jobs, who died on Wednesday.

 DON CHERRY, as everyone knows, is never at a loss for words and there's no doubt about it: his Coach's Corner on Thursday night ricocheted throughout the country.
 We got the biggest response of the week to his fightin' words about body hits, head shots, and efforts to limit fighting in the present-day game of hockey.
 Our listeners were overwhelmingly opposed to Cherry's take.

And with that, we close off our week and I wish you all - a Happy Thanksgiving.
Radio Noon will be back on air on Tuesday, October 11th.

Our Radio Noon phone-in number when we're on the air is 514 597 4500 or 1 877 597 4500.
Our talkback line is always open at 514 597 6161.
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