news from the roving radio booth

It’s been a while since I’ve made a radio feature but I’m happy to say my story, The Art of Dying, was broadcast on CBC radio’s Maritime Magazine in January.

It’s the story of two couples dealing with well, death, and it asks questions about the kind of care that’s available in our region.
Maritime Magazine broadcasts in PEI, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick so the broadcast isn’t heard in the rest of Canada.

I’m mostly happy with the story – I was fortunate to find not only willing people to be interviewed but passionate, articulate individuals. That said, I don’t LOVE the music selected for the piece.
When you produce a piece for CBC Radio, they will want to podcast it. The problem with podcasts is that all music must be licensed or it can’t be included. Instead of being able to choose the music, I had to scan through an on-line archive of music that’s licensed. We went with using music between scenes because we didn’t have a lot of ambient sounds to fill it out.

But now.. I wonder if it works.. Do you think the story is over scored? Would it keep its flow and would the scene changes be clear enough without music? It’s already a sad subject so is the melancholic music too much? I’m thinking of remixing the story. Let me know what you think. You can listen to the story, ‘The Art of Dying’: Click on the media player on Maritime Magzine’s site and post any feedback here.

I’m also working on a story I’m really excited about for CBC Radio 1 The Current. I can’t reveal the details but hopefully it will get to air in the next month or two.

And, oh yeah – I’m moving! I’m saying good bye to all my favourite ports of call in southern Canada and the US for at least a year and going way north to beautiful Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.
I’ll be working at CBC North for the morning show, Trailbreaker. I start work in early March. Wheeeeee!

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