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

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Description

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.




About the Author

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.




Praise For The As It Happens Files

“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 It’s also an enlightening historical document, a testament to her appetite for a great yarn and evidence of her sharp wit and keen journalistic sensibilities.”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

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