We at Them Days celebrated our ruby anniversary a little bit early, thanks to the wonderful folks at CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning show. The idea came up last year during our 39th anniversary, so it was great that Jay Legere, the producer, and Labrador Morning was still interested in doing it. It turned out AMAZING!
Click here to listen to part of the show. DO IT!!!
We covered an hour-and-a-half (well, almost. There’s always weather, news, etc) of Them Days content! I did a segment with Joe Goudie, who of course was president of the Labrador Heritage Society when Them Days started back in 1975 and also on Them Days’ board for a long time, and then Susan Felsberg (long-time volunteer and also former chair) and Judy McGrath (another long-time volunteer who now lives in Ontario and came in over the phone) did a part. We also heard from Gail Turner about why Them Days is important, I did a reading, and Richard Neville played Labrador songs throughout! He also read a poem.
We also listened to excerpts from the Them Days episode of Land and Sea, which I watch a few times a year and love (we have a copy at the office), and it brought back a lot of memories for people to hear Doris’ voice (and Dave Quinton’s too, I’m sure!).
John Gaudi and the aforementioned Jay at Labrador Morning put a lot of work into today’s show, and it certainly showed. They were also great hosts, and we had flummies and toutons with redberry and bakeapple jams!! MMMMM. I may have eaten a few (more like five). I also scored an awesome (and much-coveted) Labrador Morning mug! woo hoo!
Then we had a draw for the grand prize, a box of 101 Them Days magazines! (That’s the 100 for $100 box, and a rare issue thrown in to sweeten the pot!)
I drew my Uncle Mackie’s name, but as you can see, I really didn’t know what I was grabbing in that box of names. I’ve heard he was very excited, and I’ve had a few people say that they were excited for him since he’s such a nice man.
It was SO much fun and it made waking up super-early worth it, haha! We’ve been hearing from so many people that they enjoyed the show this morning. It makes me so happy to hear it. I’m so lucky to have this job and deal with great people every day and do cool things like today’s radio show. Thank you to Labrador Morning for making this happen.
I leave you with this morning’s rendition of Boys From the Tickle, a Richard Neville original. Definitely a future classic (does that make sense?).
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