CBC comes to Kamloops

Brendan Kergin, Arts & Entertainment Editor Ω

Many nations have public broadcasters of some sort. CBC is one of the oldest and Kamloops is about to become a part of it.

The CBC Radio 1 bureau will begin broadcasts on 94.1 FM in early October. The show will be a two-and-a-half hour morning-cast weekdays called Daybreak Kamloops, like Daybreak North and Daybreak Kelowna at the neighbouring CBC affiliates.

“Kamloops is on the front edge of a pretty ambitious expansion plan,” said Rob Polson, producer of Daybreak Kamloops. “(CBC President Hubert Lacroix’s) thinking is that in order for CBC to truly live up to its mandate and really, in some ways to survive, is to go back to its roots and bring the service to places that are underserved, like large populations that currently don’t get the full range of CBC services, which would include Kamloops.”

Polson, a recent arrival from Vancouver where he worked in TV at CBC Vancouver, heads a four-person team. While that’s small for most CBC radio bureaus it’s a tight team already. It includes newscaster Doug Herbert, associate producer Josh Pagé and host Shelley Joyce.

With TRU a large piece of the Kamloops community, there is likely to be some media traffic between the new bureau and campus.

“We recognize it’s one of the largest employers in town and with the student body it’s one of the biggest, probably is the biggest, draw on a daily basis,” said Polson. “There are so many possible stories at TRU. From the range of experts who work there and are doing their research or just have great backgrounds in geography or poli-sci or whatever, to the large numbers of students who come from around the world who might have something to say about what’s happening in Syria or Turkey or where they’ve come from. And then there’s the cultural aspect of the university with the guests they bring in, the music that is played there. Oh yeah, it is a rich vein for us.”

Shelley Joyce is an experienced host, which is important as she’ll be taking on a larger role than normal. With the reduced team (typical CBC stations have at least seven employees) she’s taking on board operations on top of hosting.

“I started in radio and TV in Winnipeg and did a daily talk show, weather, on the news, and pretty much everything on the radio,” she said.

She then moved to the coast before moving here, though she kept her job in Vancouver.

“I moved here and continued to voice-track my afternoon drive show for Vancouver from my basement in Kamloops in Barnhartvale,” said Joyce. “So, I was doing live-talk radio from my basement which was so terrifying because all I had was a computer screen and a producer/director on the other side in Vancouver.”

To get the station into Kamloops took a bit of effort and faced some delays, but the team goes to broadcast Oct. 9 at 6 a.m.