The As It Happens Files
Radio That May Contain Nuts
By Mary Lou Finlay
(Vintage Canada, Paperback, 9780307396631, 288pp.)
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
Categories: Radio - Reference
In the tradition of Peter Gzowski’s The Morningside Papers comes a book that celebrates the great stories and personalities behind As It Happens.
For eight years, Mary Lou Finlay had the pleasure of being the co-host of one of CBC Radio’s most enduring institutions. On any given day she and Barbara Budd interviewed people on subjects varying from the Air India investigation to a man who invented a suit that would withstand an attack from a grizzly bear to a cheese-rolling contest in Cheshire. The As It Happens Files gives us the great stories – the hilarious eccentrics, the audience favourites, the poignant moments – that make up, for many Canadians some of the fondest, most vivid memories of the last decade.
Mary Lou Finlay has had an illustrious 35-year career in broadcasting in TV and radio, for the CBC and CTV. She co-hosted Live It Up at CTV (1978—1981) and she helped launch the CBC prime-time news program The Journal in 1982. In 1988 she moved into radio to host Sunday Morning. From 1997 to 2005, she co-hosted As It Happens. This is her first book.
“If you loved the show, you’ll love this book.”
—Ruth-Ellen Soles, communications consultant and former CBC spokesperson
“Finlay’s ready sense of humour and the rich trove of wacky material in the show’s archives have combined to great comic effect.”
— Edmonton Journal
“More than a gripping condensation of Finlay’s favourite interviews and reminiscences. It’s also an enlightening historical document, a testament to her appetite for a great yarn and evidence of her sharp wit and keen journalistic sensibilities.”
— Toronto Star