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remote studio to the Riverview Foun- dation. We always are welcomed with open arms by the incredible staff at this facility and look forward to our visit each year. I have a personal attachment to this place as my Dad was a polio pa- tient in the Princess Elizabeth Hospital for a couple of years. As a four-year-old, I was rather pleased my Dad was in the “Princess” hospital. Second it is the one month a year we stop and remember that we are a free nation because of the incredible sacri- fices the men and women in our mili- tary make, not only those who paid the ultimate price with their lives but those who are away from their family and loved ones for long periods of time. Those folks were forever changed by the horrors of war, physically and mentally. These are brave and courageous people who try to make this world a better place for all. I, for one, am not pleased that the Manitoba no longer treats No-
November at Riverview N
ovember is a busy month for all of us. First CJNU is relocating our
vember 11th as a statutory holiday. I feel it is important never to forget and I am proud of my family and friends who served our country in the past and are serving today. Thirdly, November is the month I start to panic about Christmas and gift giving. I enjoy homemade gifts and am trying hard to craft up a storm. I can’t seem to get in the groove until there is a little of that winter wonderland ev- erywhere. I guess that is my DNA talk- ing as a truly proud Canadian – toque, mitts and all.
We care, do you? Donate mitts, gloves, scarves and help CJNU keep our homeless warm this winter
e and my big mouth! I issued a challenge to CJNU listeners for pledges during our first pledge drive when I was a guest an- nouncer with Don Milne. “If $500 come in during our shift, I will walk the length of Portage Avenue (Highway 1A – hold that thought), giving out care packages to the homeless.” We didn’t quite make the dollar amount, but then things got out of hand. Over the air came a com- ment: “What a trooper! Ross is going to walk to VANCOUVER!” YIKES!! The rest is history. Backed by gener- ous donations of scarves, mitts, gloves, socks, hygiene products, tissue, energy bars, cash and much more, we are gear- ing up for our 5th We-Care-Walk on Main Street in Winnipeg, where there are too many needy recipients. This an- nual outreach has struck a chord with CJNU volunteers, churches, municipali- ties, individuals, and businesses to the
RY Crisp, at your service! CJNU PERSONALITY CORNER
By Roger York
9:30 a.m. to noon. Somebody asked me, “Why?” Good question, and I’ve thought a lot about the answer. Way back when I was just starting out in a chosen profession (ministry) I had the opportunity to attend a communica- tions workshop in St. John’s, Nfld. run by Roy Bonisteel (CBC host of “Man Alive”). I did some one-minute spots, which were received quite well, but the really important happening for me was that the station manager of the St. John’s CBC approached me and offered me a job as an announcer. He said, “You’ve got the type of voice we’re looking for.” Suffice it to say, I didn’t take up his offer for all kinds of reasons, but I have always wondered what life would have been like if I had!
H A couple of years ago now, my wife
i, I’m Roger York, and I do a program, called RY Crisp, for CJNU on Fridays from
heard that CJNU was looking for volun- teers to help out with their broadcasts. Was this going to be the opportunity that I had missed before? I volunteered, and went to meet a guy called Grant Pat- terson. On the initial interview, Grant mentioned, “Why don’t you try train- ing on the board (the producer spot) for a while to get an idea of what we do, and afterward try out as an announcer, you’ve got a really good voice for radio.” There was that “voice” thing again! I
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wasn’t going to strike out this time so I went into training. And I met a whole bunch of wonderful people. All extreme- ly helpful, and all very well versed in what they did – Joe Webb, Lance Bur- dett, Don Piercy, to name a few. I wasn’t great on the board, but I did understand the process, and could get by. I also met some announcers, who were household names in Winnipeg. They were extreme- ly helpful, and sometimes scary – Grant and Ernie Nairn for example could do both the producing and announcing all by themselves!
Some of the old timers not only knew
the songs, but had met the artists per- sonally way back when they had visited Winnipeg and could talk about first hand experiences. I had to tell myself that most of these guys and gals had been in the business for years. I couldn’t be expected to match them, and besides, I loved it!
So I persevered, and was helped by people like Susan Hamilton, Wayne Bruce and Don Milne. It was Don who probably had me for the longest, and
to whom I owe the most, but everyone was supportive and quick to help with suggestions that brought me along and presented ways that I might improve. I listened to other broadcasters like Brent Buckingham, Jim Pappas, Frank Stecky and Scott Best as well as those already mentioned above, and I filled in wher- ever and whenever I could. I got experi- ence with other producers – John Pant- ing and Paul Richl and finally paired up with my buddy, Ken Porteous. I abso- lutely love that we hit it off so well! Bill Stewart recently met with me for a prog- ress report, which to me shows that the board is listening and being as helpful as they can be. Through it all, the “family” of people at CJNU have proved again and again to be just that – a helpful, caring and concerned bunch that love radio, nostal- gia and their community. And now you know “Why” I’m with CJNU, and plan to continue into the foreseeable future. I hope you will listen and enjoy this won- derful station and perhaps even become a volunteer, too.
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point that the handed-out bags are now worth $30 each and so far, 200 bags have been distributed. Fittingly, my dentist came through with toothpaste and toothbrushes. Nice! Unfortunately, with the need out there and the number of people on the street, it usually takes less than two hours for all bags to be distributed. For 2018, we hope to hit Main Street on December 8, with even more care bags to give out and more volunteers. We even have an international con- nection, since Sew Many Mitts from Bemidji, MN has donated 20 pairs of hand-made mittens and over 50 scarves! However, we will still need donations to meet our goal of 100 bags for 2018. To quote CJNU President Tom Der-
cola: “This is wonderful outreach not only for CJNU 93.7, but also for those of us who can share what we have. The Season of Giving Back is more than a slogan.”
Ross Thompson is Past-President of CJNU and a We-Care-Walk Organizer.
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