This week’s podcast: more memories of George Martin

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know about the time I attended a press conference with Sir George Martin. The Beatles’ celebrated record producer passed away earlier this week, triggering memories of a somewhat prickly 2008 PBS press tour session. The man had to know “Beatles producer” would be on his tombstone, but he was all Fabbed… Read on



This week’s podcast: fat lies and skinny basic

This whole “skinny basic” cable kerfuffle is radio gold to my pal Scott Thompson at AM900 CHML. He could hardly wait to dive into it on this week’s radio chat. Scott asks if the cable/satellite providers aren’t missing an opportunity by keeping this offer–a skinny basic tier of programming for 25 bucks–as far under the radar… Read on


This week’s podcast: don’t ask about skinny basic

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson asks about the “Cable Killer Box.” I joke it sounds like a new AMC series, but it is another one of those “get all the TV you want for free” deals. This one is being sold in the States and allows viewers to watch tons of TV content by streaming… Read on


This week’s podcast: Vinyl makes killer first impression

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts things off this week by talking about the Super Bowl. Ratings were down slightly in the U.S. and Canada. I say it was because neither team could throw, catch or run. Also the weather was warmer than usual, allowing a few of us to step away from our screens. Scott especially… Read on



This week’s podcast: my visit with John Oliver

CHML’s Scott Thompson wanted to know what I was doing in New York this week. I tell him about my visit with John Oliver, gearing up for the third season launch of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (returning Feb. 14 on HBO and HBO Canada). The interview was conducted around a boardroom table with five other… Read on


This week’s podcast: Trump, Vigoda and the CRTC

Scott Thompson at CHML’s AM900 started things off Wednesday with a timely news angle: Donald Trump ditching Fox News’ coverage of the Republican presidential candidates debate. The Donald does not like Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and won’t participate if she’s on the debate coverage. Evidently, he’s not the only one not in Kelly’s corner. Scott… Read on


This week’s podcast(s): TCA recap; CHCH kneecap

I spoke twice with CHML’s Scott Thompson this week. I did another CHML AM900 radio chat with Scott Bradley on Tuesday. This is more often than I generally speak with family members. Thompson started his first call chatting about Justin Trudeau and selfies and what did I think about that. I mention how, on the… Read on


This week’s podcast: getting Sirius about the TCA tour

Arlene Bynon tracked me down on the phone in Pasadena and spoke with me Friday on SiriusXM’s “Canada Talks” (Channel 167). She wanted the scoop on the TCA Winter press tour and I was happy to deliver the goods on some recent sessions, including the E! network panel featuring I am Cait‘s Caitlyn Jenner, the whole Donald Trump/NBC… Read on