Here are some examples of my radio work.
Can-con's Jazz Bygones: Jazz Euphorium Program CKUT 90.3FM - by John McGill (original air date: June 19th 2013)
This is one of the first shows I put together for the Jazz Euphorium program on CKUT 90.3FM. I called the show 'Can-con's Jazz Bygones' and it features tracks from some lesser known Canadian jazzers of the 1950s and 1960s. Dig it!
The Museum You've Never Heard Of: St. Michel Market - by John McGill
This is a radio documentary I produced for CKUT but have yet to air. This is just a 5 minute sweep of excerpts from a much longer piece. If you have not paid a visit to the St. Michel Market I urge you to go check it out - it is a real trip! I hope this documentary entices you to go see the endlessly eclectic stalls and meet with the equally eclectic collectors. Let me know how it goes!
Skate-scapes: A Parc La Fontaine Soundscape - by John McGill
After listening to sound walks I wanted to try to create my own unique soundscape. Here is an evening of skating at Montreal's Parc La Fontaine. There is a rich soundscape here and through narration, I do my best to point your ears in certain directions. I was using a very basic handheld lecture recorder so please forgive the quality at certain moments. Have a listen and hopefully transport yourself in the process!
The Man with the Whistle: A Short Profile of Artist Eduardo Gaya - by John McGill
I met Eduardo Gaya on a subway platform one morning. He was whistling while we waited for the train and my curiosity got the best of me. I introduced myself and asked where he'd learn to whistle so well. Before I knew it - he was telling me his life story and waxing poetically on the state of society. I was keen to know more about this wildly eccentric but beautiful 76 year-old Chilean gentleman. His energy and enthusiasm was intoxicating. A week later and I was in his living room which doubles as his studio. Here is a snapshot of our conversation.
The Art of Compromise: A Morning with A Piano Tuner
At age seven, in order to get his weekly allowance, Jamie Musselwhite had to tune all the instruments in his parents music shop. Needless to say, now in his fifties, he has developed a highly sensitive ear. As long as he can remember, he has always been tuned to audio over visual. In high-school his tape recorder was his best friend and he recalls recording TV shows like Giilligan's Island, only to listen back under the covers, playing with the pitch to adjust the actors' voices. While he claims to have got his start on the bass ukulele, he eventually gravitated to piano and never looked back. He is truly a master of the 88 keys and I had the pleasure to shadow him as he worked his magic on a small upright piano at the CanStage Theatre, here in Toronto.