Trent Radio means different things to different people. Here are some memories that were shared with us:
Caileigh Morrison: In 2010, Radio on the Lawn was being held on Canada Day. As a federal employee at a National Historic Site, I didn’t have the day off to hang out and watch the performances, so I snaked the cord of my ear-buds through my uniform shirt and around my ears so I could furtively listen to the radio while serving the public. Then I was in such a rush to get to the tail end of the event that I fell onto my bike while attempting to dismount. I was okay though! I made it!
Alissa Paxton: That time at a party when a stranger told me they listened to my show. It was equally exhilarating and terrifying.
Jess Grover: Once, I sat in Studio A, alone and afraid. I turned up the remote* accidentally, and all I could hear were my own words. It was scary, but once I figured it out and turned it all the way down, I realized I sounded okay. Reassurance comes in unpredictable ways.
*The Remote fader on the soundboard is a copy of the recording of everything that goes out, but is delayed a few seconds. Jess would have heard her voice talking back to her from a few seconds ago. That is pretty creepy, but requires a bit of Trent Radio technical backstory.
Stephanie Cann: In the sweltering summer of 2005 a whole troop, a band– “The United Steel Workers of Montreal”– came to Trent Radio in their big sweaty van. It was about two hours until their interview and they didn’t have anywhere to be, so I made them coffee and showed them how to make an origami paper balloon. They said I should be a TV children’s entertainer. Then, I made the mistake of hosting all seven of them in the studio for the interview. Although it was really awesome and challenging, it was also really hot and sweaty. I learnt never again to interview seven people at once.
Do you have a memory of Trent Radio you’d like to share? Send them to me, Programme Director James Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.