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Our blog about life behind the microphone...

I admit it: I manage to put a lot of angst into our monthly quiz (which is strange, because I love it and I think it makes for really fun radio).

I do worry.

Are the questions too easy, too hard? 
Will they draw listeners in? 
Is there the right mix - of lighter lifestyle questions

ie) "This next question is about Archie -- everybody's favorite comics character. What did he do for the first time this month"?
Archie attended the gay marriage of Kevin Keller. Keller, an American soldier who was injured in Iraq fell in love with the African American doctor who took care of him

and serious, informative questions:
ie.) Here's a question on Quebec politics: What is Luc Harvey trying to revive?
A Conservative Party on the provincial front

I don't want to stump the panel too much, but I also don't want the quiz to be a pushover. I want to challenge them and our listeners. And not forgetting --- the whole issue of making sure we have the right answer.

BERNARD ST-LAURNET helps (he adds good tough questions, especially about Quebec politics). Our program director HELEN EVANS also has a good sense of when Bernie and I have gone way too 'ins-y' on the political side and pulls us back into the fresh air.

After Friday's quiz I actually got a voicemail message from a listener (ANDIE) saying she likes the quiz so much she thinks we should do it at least once a week instead of once a month.
Don't think I could take the angst.  Sure loved the message. though!

Here's a sample of what our Quiz sounded like this past week, thanks to contestants Nancy Wood, investigative reporter with EnquĂȘte and Daybreak broadcaster Shawn Apel, assignment editor Katherine Canty and CBC reporter Elias Abboud.

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Our blog about life behind the the microphone

Welcome to 2012...


weddingbells.jpgFATHER OF THE BRIDE

Bernie is back behind the mic - back from a holiday that included the December 30th marriage of his eldest daughter, Jasmine to Cameron Brady in Toronto.


Our beloved host looked smashing in bow tie and tux. He has a great tale about the wedding party taking a streetcar to the ceremony and all singing "Going to the Chapel". You just know in the anniversaries to come there will be lots of laughs and jokes remembering that cross-Toronto pre-wedding trip. 


Congrats to the bride and her hubbie. 



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