When my older brother got a twelve string guitar, each of us figured we might be the next Gordon Lightfoot. Jimi Hendrix changed all that. But then so did Bruce Cockburn and Steely Dan. I’ve been playing a variety of styles of acoustic and electric guitar since my teens. And like so many musicians, an interest in music turned to a curiosity about recording.
I bought a steam powered four track and started multi-tracking guitars in the back room. That just got me more curious. While living in London, Ontario, I took a year – long course at the impressively named Ontario Institute of Recording Technology, a working 24 track facility and school formed by Fanshawe College alumni. Not only was I learning about recording techniques, but I was writing and notating arrangements for productions I was working on. Over this period, I was playing guitar in a variety of different groups: an acoustic folk group that performed at major festivals, a big-band with full charts, a progressive folk-rock trio, and what may have been the world’s worst country band. (It helped pay the rent!)
In Toronto, my music and recording background landed me a job at CBC Radio One. My ambition was to return to multi-track recording, but opportunity pointed me towards live radio. That’s where I am now – working as studio director, technician and occasional host for a morning show. And as you’d expect, when it comes to music presentation, the emphasis is on live-to-air or live-to-tape. I get to work with some of the best gear around.
I’m also a music programmer, so I do a lot of listening. Our station’s policy is to aim for 100% Cancon – and whenever possible, we like to focus on talent emerging across southern Ontario.