CBC Radio


Aired weekdays from 2pm to 4pm on Radio One from November 2005 to April 2007. In an effort to find a “younger demographic”, CBC programmers came up with a pop music program called Freestyle. It featured Kelly Ryan and Cameron Phillips and was produced in Vancouver. This show replaced Richardson’s Roundup in the early afternoon time-slot,  but was not generally popular with critics or listeners.


Studio Sparks

Aired from Noon to 3PM weekdays on Radio Two. Debuted October 4, 2004. Based in Ottawa, in the Sparks Street location of the CBC, this 3-hour program was hosted by long-time announcer and music lover, Eric Friesen.

Studio Sparks presented music, both from discs and live material recorded across Canada and around the world, to music lovers across the country. The program drew on a wide range of classical music, jazz, and world beat, acoustic, and other styles. From time to time, Friesen welcomed a live audience into Ottawa's new Studio 40, for chamber concerts or music interviews



Aired Saturdays at 10am on Radio One. Debuted July 6, 2002. Originally a weekly summer program, Go was the brainchild of Kai Black, David Carroll and Brent Bambury. It was an extension of two game show ideas, Off The Cuff and Grooveshinny, two programs that offered music and trivia questions designed to entertain and casually inform.


Sunday Edition

A weekly current affairs program airing Sunday mornings. Debuted September 2000. Host: Michael Enright.

See: Sunday Morning, Sunday Magazine.


I Hear Music

Aired Saturday mornings 11:00am – 12 Noon  on Radio Two.  Debuted in 2000. The knowledgeable and effervescent Robert Harris, a long-time host and producer at the CBC, hosted this hour-long program. The program, which was a clear reflection of Harris’s personality, was a celebration of the history of music and its contexts.


Current, The

Aired weekdays from 8:30am to 10am on Radio One; debuted in 2000. This 90-minute current affairs program was hosted by long time Broadcast Journalist Anna Maria Tremonti. It was an eclectic mix of news and long form documentaries designed to “look for meaning in the chaos”. But the program did not take itself too seriously, featuring “The Voice” at the top of every broadcast commenting on the headlines of the day.


Music For a While

Aired weeknights at 6:30PM on Radio Two from September 7, 1998 to March 16, 2007. Produced in Montreal, this 90-minute program of music featured Danielle Charbonneau as host and producer.  It offered a complete contrast to As It Happens, which aired in the same time slot on Radio One. But from the moment the theme called “Pied Piper” was heard, the listener was automatically drawn to the calming sounds of contemporary chamber music for the duration.


Music & Company

A daily classical music program on Radio Two, which debuted September, 1998. Aired 6am to 10am, Monday to Friday. Host: Tom Allen.




Aired weekly, on Saturday evenings, from 1997 to 2003 A fusion of two CBC radio shows, RadioSonic was an eclectic blend of alternative music heard on Nightlines and Realtime. The hosts of those shows, Norman Wisdom and Leora Kornfeld respectively, hosted this program until 1999. Kornfeld left to pursue an academic career in England. The producer of the series, Grant Lawrence, co-hosted the show until 2003. The format of the show and its presentation of independent artists actually helped launch CBC Radio 3, the on-line magazine of music, articles and photographs.


As You Like It

Aired daily at 11AM on the CBC Stereo Network from January 1, 1996 to August 25th, 1997 

Bill Richardson hosted this program from Vancouver that featured music requests from listeners. It replaced RSVP in a new time-slot after the retirement of Leon Cole. “Take Five”, with Shelagh Rogers replaced it in 1997. Richardson then hosted “Richardson’s Roundup” on Radio One.


Written by John Corcelli - April, 2007



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