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The public broadcaster’s fancy radio network unveils its programming plans for the autumn. From the Inkless emailbox:



Beginning Tuesday, Sept. 2, Canadians will wake up to the sound of an all-new Canadian adult music network as CBC Radio 2 launches a revitalized schedule, including four new programs and four new genre-specific online music channels. The new Radio 2 brings listeners what they won’t hear anywhere else on Canadian airwaves – a unique range of commercial-free Canadian and international music, from roots to urban and jazz to classical.

“The final phase in Radio 2’s transformation is a monumental achievement and we’re excited to offer vibrant, stimulating and diverse music to Canadians,” said Chris Boyce, programming director, CBC Radio. “The new programs will showcase the best of this country’s songbook and provide national exposure for Canadian artists.”

Following a survey on Canadian arts and culture and radio listening habits, Radio 2 embarked on a strategy to deliver programming that is more relevant to Canadian listeners and reflects the diversity of music being made in Canada today. This third, most extensive phase of Radio 2’s redevelopment follows two phases that introduced reinvigorated weekend classical programming and evenings full of jazz, live performance and contemporary music.

Weekdays begin with RADIO 2 MORNING, hosted by CBC Radio favourite Tom Allen. From 6 – 10 a.m., listeners wake up to a mix of contemporary artists and familiar favourites. The show features a cross-genre look at the best of our nation’s music. The weekend edition of RADIO 2 MORNING airs Saturdays, 6 – 10 a.m. and Sundays, 6 – 8 a.m. with host Molly Johnson. Johnson, an acclaimed international jazz sensation, brings her firsthand experience and perspective as a Canadian performer to the airwaves.

Radio 2’s classical core takes the prime daytime slot as TEMPO airs weekdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., giving listeners five hours of celebrated classical music. Host Julie Nesrallah, mezzo-soprano and Ottawa native, brings her astonishing stage voice to the airwaves with a fresh perspective as artist and performer. With anecdotes, insight and the occasional studio guest, Nesrallah’s vibrant delivery and intimate knowledge of classical music makes for an upbeat and informative show.

RADIO 2 DRIVE, airing from 3 – 6 p.m. weekdays, is hosted by innovative Canadian funk/hip hop artist and passionate music fan Rich Terfry (he performs as Buck 65). The country’s premier destination for new music and emerging Canadian talent, RADIO 2 DRIVE boasts 75 per cent Canadian content from a range of contemporary musical genres with a focus on singer-songwriters. Rich will be joined in-studio from time-to-time by artists for interviews and live performances.

FARRAGO with Jurgen Gothe wraps up the weekend, Sundays from 5 – 6 p.m. Gothe presents listeners a medley of music drawn primarily from his own collection with his unique and off-the-cuff commentary. Sophisticated and amusing, the program features new discoveries and unheralded gems presented within a new theme each week.
Note: All programs air one half hour later in Newfoundland
CBC Radio 2 is also launching four new online music channels, dedicated to classical, jazz, Canadian songwriters and Canadian composers. Each will deliver a steady stream of quality programmed music at,,, and respectively. These streams enhance CBC Radio 2’s comprehensive and interactive website at that includes blogs, music podcasts, concerts on demand, and live streaming of concerts and special events.

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.