Why CTV’s Canada AM is this country’s top-rated breakfast show

They did their homework. That was the first thing I noticed. When we
chatted in the Green Room, before entering the broadcast studio, I could tell
that producer Katie Johnson had read the book. Same with host  Beverly Thomson, who, a few minutes later, interviewed me on air:
she had a welter of yellow stickies poking out of her copy of 50 Canadians Who Changed the World.  And the questions she asked? She, too, had spent
time with the book — for a TV host, not always the case.

As I drove home from the CTV studio, my four minutes of fame at an end, I was
saying to myself, well, now you know why Canada AM is the top-rated breakfast
show in Canada: these folks are consummate professionals.

Then, when I got home and checked this link — it arrived before I
did — I discovered the clincher.  When
you’re being interviewed, you don’t see what TV viewers see. You
see your immediate surroundings, period. 
So I did not know that “my” brief segment included the iconic shot of
Our Hero wading into the Atlantic Ocean, umbrella in hand, to symbolize the completion of the
VIA-Rail, Cross-Canada, Ocean-to-Ocean, Book-Tour Extravaganza. That shot heads the post beneath this one. Somebody, probably Katie Johnson, had to notice and then pluck that off
this blog. Now that is REALLY doing your homework. Hats off, eh?


  1. Darlene Gosse on February 1, 2022 at 5:18 pm

    Totally agree 100% Ken!These fine folks do a super job!Especially love the humour!When one is on days off,they always seem the right personality for replacement! Keep up the GREAT WORK!

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