CBC at Dawson College for our 50th

CBC Daybreak did a live broadcast from Dawson College on Sept. 19 in honour of the 50th anniversary.

Journalist Shari Okeke was on site, first in the Colab with the living garden wall and then in the Upper Atrium, from 5:45 a.m. until 9 a.m. Dawson College was featured throughout the show and the audience heard directly from Dawson students, teachers, staff, and athletes.

The show began with a feature interview with historian and teacher Janice Harvey, who was in the first cohort of students in 1969 and then came back to teach in 1975, and Chris Whittaker, a Physics teacher involved in active learning and the evolution of education.

Daybreak listeners called in, emailed and texted their own memories of Dawson as well.

LISTEN: Daybreak is LIVE at Dawson College for the 50th anniversary of classes!

Shari also interviewed Chris Adam of Dawson’s Sustainability Office and student Laura Krochenski of the Dawson Earth Action Club about sustainability at Dawson and the mobilization for climate change.

Sports reporter Jessica Rusnak came to Dawson and interviewed Alexa Neal of the women’s Dawson Blues basketball dynasty and coach Trevor Williams.

Geoff Kloos of the First Year Students Office spoke about the transition to cegep and helping students navigate through their first year of cegep life. Student Echo Jiang shared how the office supported her and a little about her active student life at Dawson, including the Chinese Club.

Two students, Samantha and Aaron, did live station IDs letting listeners know they were listening to CBC Daybreak.

Ainslie MacLellan visits Journalism class

After the show, Daybreak Host Ainslie MacLellan visited the News Writing Class taught by Heather Wallace, which for the occasion was merged with the Public Relations class taught by Myka Taylor.

Ainslie shared her journey as a journalist and offered some tips and insights for our budding journalists at Dawson:

  • Always be on time
  • Quoting Peter Gzowski, legendary CBC broadcaster, Ainslie said that interviewing someone on radio is like two people paddling in a canoe. The person upfront is paddling hard, giving the gas (interviewee) and the person behind is setting the direction (interviewer) but it should feel like a natural conversation.
  • She spoke about listening while thinking about your interview plan and being ready to respond to what the person is saying
  • A good question is “what happened” and you can keep going with “what happened after that”
  • Another great question is “what do you mean”?

Dawson College also covered the CBC anniversary show on the College social media:


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Last Modified: September 23, 2019