The nails in the coffin for Radio 2

CBC Radio Two to revamp daytime programming

What, it’s already been a year since the revamp of CBC Radio Two 2 began? That’s when Brave New Waves, After Hours, and the Saturday night simulcast of Radio 3 ceased and were replaced with watered-down equivalents. The second phase happened last fall, and the final phase will take place after Labour Day. The departures of Eric Friesen and Jurgen Gothe from their respective weekday shows probably made these changes easier to implement by CBC management.

I would have been able to take some of the changes (like 468 others in Facebook, I hold out hope for the return of Radio 3 and/or BNW) were it not for the inane promos and station idents inserted between songs, just like a commercial radio station. And if it’s not Promo Guy, then it’s the host talking endlessly between songs. Tom Allen (Music and Company) and Laurie Brown (The Signal) are the worst offenders in this category.

If there’s any hope to be salvaged, it might be in the web-only streams in each of classical, jazz, and singer-songwriter (?). If they’re anything like Radio-Canada’s Espace Classique service, then they might be worth listening to. And maybe then I don’t have to add “except Radio 2” to my “CBC doesn’t always suck” button.


5 Comments on “The nails in the coffin for Radio 2”

  1. […] dumb-down row with the changes to CBC Radio 2 and the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra. After my post describing the final phase of the Radio 2 revamp, I’ve been absorbing a lot of reaction in […]

  2. EmilyG says:

    I miss Two New Hours so much. I stopped listening to Radio 2 when that show went off the air.

    and I really really REALLY hate the damn promos!

  3. Don M. says:

    I don’t think taking an offhand swipe against Tom Allen is appropriate when his job is on the line (besides, he’s been doing it for ten years so he’s not a recent addition), and in fact I like much of his commentary. He’s a bright guy who brings a wealth of knowledge to the program and his comments often make me appreciate the music more. I miss that when I listen to the offerings like those that can be found on Galaxie or on

  4. Rickie says:

    @Don: I have nothing against Tom Allen or Laurie Brown. I just want to hear music. That complaint can apply to any DJ/host on air (including on commercial radio) who, depending on my mood, decides to test my patience by going beyond calling out the previous/next songs in the playlist.

    At least Tom is staying on in the mornings on Radio 2, but with a far less emphasis on classical.

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