This week’s podcast: Grinch, Peanuts or Rudolph?

The question comes up every December: which of the “Holy Three” of holiday specials — Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer, A Charlie Brown Christmas or Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas — is best? Really, they’re all great and deserve their evergreen status. When you’re on a radio show with other guests, however, you’ve got… Read on



This week’s podcast: more memories of Ma Brady

It has been a few weeks since I last spoke with Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML. The AM900 host wanted to check in this week regarding the passing of Florence Henderson, the actress who played TV mom Carol Brady on the early ’70s series The Brady Bunch. Henderson died Thursday at 82. Read more about Henderson… Read on


Clinton v. Trump: there’s no wall high enough to keep this out

Way back in 1960, during the very first U.S. presidential televised debates, it was said that if you listened to them on the radio, Richard Nixon won. If you watched them on TV, the winner was John Kennedy. I’m temped to repeat that experiment for Monday night’s first of three televised debates between Hilary Clinton… Read on


This week’s podcast: funding Can-con in a global TV age

This week, Scott Thompson at Hamilton’s CHML wanted my take on a thorny issue stirring up plenty of controversy in Canadian TV circles: changes to the CRTC regulations regarding funding. The rule change that rankles many in the Canadian writing, directing, acting and production communities: shows now only need to achieve a 6 out of… Read on



This week’s podcast: CBC Hip ratings a reach

Summer being a season of upside down schedules, it had been a while since I last spoke with CHML’s Scott Thompson. We got back together on the radio this week to talk about the big TV audience last Saturday night for The Tragically Hip. Which gave me an opportunity to take issue with the CBC’s… Read on


VIDEO: preview Tuesday’s TARC stop in Ho Chi Minh City

On Tuesday, The Amazing Race Canada heads to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It was an eye opener for me to tour this booming metropolis last May while the racers were out dodging thousands of scooters on the streets. Ho Chi Minh is a city of contrasts with simple concrete stalls set… Read on


Best Amazing Race Canada video ever

Frankie and Amy Gassler are a zany mother-daughter duo who have made it through to the fourth round on The Amazing Race Canada. These B.C.-based hairdressers are like The Gilmore Girls on peroxide. Frankie got pregnant with Amy  when she was 15, so no wonder the two look like sisters. I interviewed them in Vietnam and… Read on


VIDEO: 7 questions with TARC host Jon Montgomery

Four seasons into shooting The Amazing Race Canada, Jon Montgomery has become better known as a TV host than for winning a gold medal in skeleton at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. The amiable Manitoba-native, who now lives with his wife in Victoria, B.C., answers 10 questions about shooting in Vietnam this season. Viewers… Read on