Ho-ho-how to find this month’s Christmas-themed movies & specials

This December, are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Well, you can stream “White Christmas” and many other holiday favourites pretty much all month long if you’re all set up with a Crave, Netflix, Hollywood Suite (free through early January 5) or some other on-demand accounts. If you’re still getting your Xmas fix the old… Read on



This week’s podcast: Grey Cup, Wiz tackle live audience

CHML’s Scott Thompson starts off this week’s radio chat by asking about the Grey Cup numbers. The sports specialty network drew over four million viewers Sunday and while that is good it is below what rival Sportsnet was pulling with several of those Blue Jays playoff games in October. Grey Cup viewership was down on… Read on


It’s been 50 years, Charlie Brown

Good grief! Has it really been 50 years since I first watched, along with millions of others, A Charlie Brown Christmas? I was already, at eight-years-old, Charlie Brown crazy. I would read the Peanuts comics in the Toronto Star every day and cut them out and paste them in a scrapbook. My mom would take… Read on


This week’s podcast: Rudolph, Chuck and Jean

This week, CHML’s Scott Thompson gets me yakking about the 50th anniversary of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (airing Dec. 20 on YTV and Dec. 22 on CBC). I go into detail on stories I’ve posted recently about Toronto radio and TV legend Paul Soles,who voiced Hermey the Elf. Also mentioned are other Toronto-based voice artists who helped bring… Read on



He’ll go down in history: Rudolph at 50

While some of us may not yet be in the holiday spirit, the above clip is a welcome bit of seasonal ballyhoo from CBS. It probably helps that I’ve spent the day speaking with folks connected to two classic Christmas specials, including Toronto-native Paul Soles, who voiced Hermy the elf in Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. Ruddy,… Read on


This week’s podcast: why Rudolph still rules

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so this week on CHML, Scott Thompson asks about the big sell out involving our favourite animated Christmas specials.Specifically, we talk about those Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer ads that are playing this month during other holiday specials.  Scott says the campaign features the Aflec health insurance duck… Read on


That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown

Good grief! Has it really been 46 years since A Charlie Brown Christmas premiered? A trio of evergreen Christmas specials are celebrated today in an article I wrote in The Saturday Star. I was asked to try and sum up their enduring appeal. Several theories are shared.Certainly, for a boomer who saw them all the… Read on