From where I sit On The Kowch, a talk show host can’t be controversial and stay out of trouble. That’s impossible! When you take a stand on something, there’s always push back. A good talk show host has to be fearless. Even if it means being on the wrong side of the argument when it comes to an alleged racist email written by Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson or Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his wife (then-fiancee), Janay Palmer, in the face and knocking her out in an Atlantic City, New Jersey, casino elevator.
It will come as no surprise that some talk show hosts angered listeners or viewers with their comments or for letting people call in to say what can be politely termed “politically incorrect comments” about either story. So what do I think about this. The quote attributed to Voltaire says it best:
From where I sit On The Kowch, it took an intervention at the CRTC by a woman appearing on behalf of my client, the Multicultural Broadcasting Company (MBC), to drive home just how important radio is to the community it serves. Mainstream radio can learn a lesson or two from Sumathi Prabaharan, the president of Magdala Home Care that provides staffing to the elderly.
Sumathi only had five minutes to make her point to the three CRTC Commissioners on why MBC president Kandiah Sivasothy should be awarded the license to 102.7FM. MBC wants the FM license to broadcast an Ethnic radio station serving Scarborough, Pickering and Ajax covering the eastern tip of the Greater Toronto Area.
By the time she was finished, many of the Tamils in the room were in tears – even those who were competing against MBC for 102.7FM because she spoke from the heart and captured what it’s like to be a new immigrant to Canada.
From where I sit On The Kowch, I’m not surprised that Bell’s application to the CRTC to turn Montreal’s only English language sports radio station into a French sports station is being met with a lot of opposition by it’s long time listeners. “We don’t need an independent Quebec to get rid of English language media outlets, it’s happening right now,” reads a posting by one angry listener on the popular Fagstein media blog in Montreal.
From where I sit On The Kowch, I thought it would be fun to talk about my involvement in a project with TTP Media to launch a new radio station in Montreal. This has been a two year long journey for Paul Tietolman, Rajiv Pancholy, Nicolas Tetrault, Jordan Tietolman, Jim Connell, Yves Guerard and myself to get the license.