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October 23, 2022 10:07 am  #1

A Real Rarity: Radio Vets Talking About Radio On The Radio

Corus has a weekend show called "A Word In Edgewise" that is normally a rehash on the week's headlines, featuring hosts from some of the company's radio stations across the country. But on Sunday, for some reason, they didn't discuss the news at all. Instead, it turned into a major discussion on something you almost never hear on radio - radio itself. 

The host, former CKNW newscaster Jon McComb, was talking with Greg Mackling from CJOB Winnipeg and J'Lyn Nye of CHED in Edmonton. And Mackling's story was pretty surprising. He used to work in a restaurant and also as a milkman. So how did he end up in radio? He entered a station contest based on "American Idol," and was picked to get an on-air audition. 

He won - and they stuck him on Saturday nights from 9-midnight. Somehow he made it and incredibly worked his way up and is now co-host of the morning show on the station. That almost never happens. 

As for Nye, she was once the anchor for Global's late news. She then transferred into morning radio. She said she literally went from going to bed every night at 2:30 AM to having to get up at the same time within the same week!

There was also a segment on your broadcast nightmares, those dreams people have about stuff going wrong on the air. 

All in all, it was a very entertaining hour, the second part of which was devoted to old tech - reel-to-reel tape machines, record players, Blockbuster video and VCRs. 

The show repeats at 7 PM Sunday night if you'd like to hear it or you can listen to the podcast of the Oct. 22nd show here. It was a lot of fun to listen to, especially if you've ever been in the biz and it's a real radio rarity, when on-air personalities take half an hour to talk about the medium itself.