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Bob's Basement: A Podcast About Change
43 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Chris Brodbeck of See Spot Run
Chris Brodbeck is the lead singer of See Spot Run. A lifetime musician Chris has had a "masterplan" that has had plenty of change. Chris and Bob discuss the ever changing role radio has to play in the success of a band. They talk about how to deal with label issues as a musician and what it is that gets Chris "through" the tough times.
55 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Paul Romanuk - Broadcaster, Music Lover
You probably know Paul Romanuk best from his days as the play by play man for the World Juniors Hockey Tournament. He has been play by play for The Raptors and the Olympics. Paul talks about coming home to Canada from London England to take on his dream job as a play by play announcer on Hockey Night In Canada and dealing with the change of losing that position only four years in.
53 minutes | Oct 2, 2021
Rob Snoek: Paralympian, CBC Olympic Broadcaster, Sportscaster
Rob Snoek has called play by play for over 20 Olympic events for the CBC. After his own successful career in track and field at the Paralympics Rob called his first events at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. He's called over 1000 OHL hockey games. He is the sports director at Durham Radio. This guy knows broadcast and knows how it has changed.
35 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Larry Foley - Performer, Singer, Newfoundlander
If you are from Newfoundland there is a very good chance you have heard of Larry Foley...there is a very good chance you've seen him perform and you probably have even spoken to him. Larry started the band "The Punters" over 25 years ago and has been playing music ever since. Newfoundland had a major change right around the same time with the Cod fishery collapse. Bob and Larry also discuss how you keep traditions alive when faced with so much change.
61 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Longtime Q107 morning show host John Derringer is the latest radio personality to join Bob in the Basement to talk change. Bob and John talk about what kind of changes need to be made to have the kind of longevity he has in an uber competitive market like Toronto. They also discuss John's sobriety and how having a family is truly the best way to change...for the better.
48 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Sandra Plagakis: Morning Show Host
Sandra Plagakis is a morning radio veteran. She just celebrated 17 years with KiSS 105.3 in Ottawa. But longevity doesn't mean there hasn't been change. Bob and Sandra go over her career including her years with The Humble and Fred Show and Dean Blundell. They delve deep into sandra's unique perspective on change all the while having some great laughs. Oh and she swears. A Lot. It is great.
19 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Evangeline and Genevieve Willette - Back To School
Who better than kids to talk about change these days? Google Classroom...Zoom classes...remote learning..."Fun Squares" (listen to find out more). Kids have been affected greatly by the pandemic and the changes it has caused. In this episode Bob talks to his two daughters Evangeline and Genevieve about how they feel about "change".
40 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
Andrea Houston, Journalist/Teacher
Andrea Houston is in the basement this week to talk about the ever changing world of Journalism. Andrea may be best known as one of Xtra! Magazines most prolific reporters. Bob met Andrea while he was the Program Director at 103.9 PROUD FM. Listen in as they discuss the evolving landscape of reporting, trans rights, sex worker rights and so much more.
56 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
Nathaniel Erskine Smith, MP Beaches East York
A politician visits the basement this week. Now in his second term as Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York in Toronot Nathaniel Erskine Smith (aka Nate) is not your average backbencher. He and Bob discuss the ever changing role the parliamentarian along with the changes that came with the pandemic. Nate also sheds some light on the controversial Bill C-10 with Bob. They discuss if there are any real "checks and balances" with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's findings. Bob also reveals how Nate helped him personally while in Cuba at the very beginning of the pandemic.
48 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
Jennifer Sylvester is the co-host of Indigenous Waves on CIUT radio 89.5FM She is in her second year as a PhD Student in Social Justice Education @ U of T. She is an Indigenous Rights Activist. She is Indigenous . Oh, she also grew up with Bob. They've known each other for nearly 40 years! Take a listen to two old friends talk about change on a personal level and about the many changes happening with the Indigenous community and it's relationship to Canada. Follow Jennifer @jjsylvester04 on Twitter.
29 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
Dee Snider of Twisted Sister
When it comes to change Dee Snider has a story to tell. In the mid 1980's his band Twisted Sister was at the top of the world with a massive album, major tour, and one of the most iconic videos of all time for "We're Not Gonna Take It". Fast forward a few years and Dee found himself broke and working a desk job. Dee shares his perspective on change as only a Metal Legend can. Take a listen and be sure to make it to the end where Dee goes off on many current events. Look for Dee Snider's latest solo record "Leave A Scar" on Napalm records on July 30 2021.
31 minutes | Jul 15, 2021
Cody and Kevin are an epic sounding prog rock two piece from Oshawa Ontario. Bob met them while Music Director at 94.9 the Rock. They are about to embark on their first headlining tour of Canada this fall. They have opened for Jack White and are Juno Award winners. Listen as they discuss how the pandemic actually saved the band. They also discuss the meaning of the band's name and how important Indigenous Rights are to them.
64 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Fellow Torontonian Stu Stone is in the basement this week to talk all things change. Stu embodies the concept of change you just need to take a look at his resume. From Donnie Darko to My Pet Monster to Pandemic Fridays to Rollin' with Bob Saget Stu is a truly a jack of all trades. We also take a deeper look into Stu's history with pro wrestling and revisit some shared memories about Maple Leaf Gardens.
57 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
Pete Walker Music Director/Host KX 96
Bob shared an office with Pete Walker for nearly 4 years at Durham Radio. Pete has been the Music Director for what is essentially Canada's #1 Country Radio station for 24 years. He has seen much change in his personal life, in radio and in country music. Also - old school CFNY/Edge/Toronto Mike'd listeners should tune in because Pete has a very interesting perspective on an enigmatic personality that has been much talked about.... he went to high school with Martin Streek.
64 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip
Fresh off their first performance with someone other than Gord Downie, Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip joins Bob in the basement to take a deep dive into the concept of change. How have things changed in Paul's life since his best friend passed away? How did the writing process evolve for The Tragically Hip over 30+ years? How many attempts did it take before they had a beer that was suitable for the Tragically Hip name? Take a listen as Bob Basement welcomes another member of Canada's greatest band into discussion.
40 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
The Sheepdogs were the first unsigned band to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. So you wanna talk change huh? These guys have experienced change in many ways. They have a new album out called NO SIMPLE THING. Find out how the pandemic changed the making of the album and how they used Sidedoor access to attempt to break a world record......for shotgunning beers.
39 minutes | May 31, 2021
Pearse Murray Host/Author "A Fabulous Morning"
Happy PRIDE MONTH! Pearse Murray met Bob in the mid 2000s at 103.9 PROUD FM. Pearse was known at the worlds oldest intern...as he was semi-retired from Real Estate at the time Pearse volunteered his time at the world's first LGBT radio station where Bob was the Program Director. Pearse is passionate about telling the stories from the gay community around Toronto. He served on the board for nearly a decade of the Gay and Lesbian Archives. He came out in 1962 in Toronto and has been with his partner since 1977. A great story teller and a great person - take a listen to Pearse Murray.
51 minutes | May 20, 2021
John Angus Macdonald of The Trews
On the heels of the release of "I Wanna Play" John Angus of the Trews joins Bob in the virtual basement on change in this episode. They talk about the evolution of writing as a band ages. They speak about John Angus' thoughts on how technology has changed the process of recording an album. And of course they talk about that latest banger "I Wanna Play" a song that directly was inspired by the frustrations of being in the middle of a Global Pandemic.
48 minutes | May 6, 2021
Jon Harvey Lead Singer Monster Truck
Don't fuck with the truck in the basement kids. Jon Harvey joins Bob in the Basement to talk pandemic life and what it is like to go from performing for 10s of thousands of people to taking a job at a steel factory to pay your bills. Even if you aren't a fan of his band - give Jon some time here. He is pragmatic, funny and his perspective is truly unique.
67 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
The Standstill aka Renee and Johnny are a married 2 piece rock n roll band! They've toured with Nickelback. They've won awards. They've opened for Lenny Kravitz. They've covered Alice Cooper. And now they are in the basement talking change. What is it like to write and make music with your spouse? Does that change the dynamic of your marriage? How did Johnny end up spending a weekend at Chad Kroeger's place? And most importantly: Is Bob's cat related to their cat? Ok that's not most important - when will we hear new music from The Standstills? Listen and find out.
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