A Christmas without Stuart McLean - The Globe and MailLook Inside. Oct 29, ISBN Oct 31, ISBN Christmas has always been a special time at the Vinyl Cafe. For two decades, Stuart McLean travelled across the country every December with The Vinyl Cafe Christmas tour, bringing the gift of laughter and light during the darkest days of the year.
He got his start in broadcasting as a researcher for a call-in talk show , Cross Country Checkup. The Vinyl Cafe debuted on that show in as a summer replacement segment, and by it had become a weekly staple. The show centred on Dave, the proprietor of a small secondhand vinyl record store, and his wife, Morley, as well as their family and neighbours, and it also featured recorded and live music performances by Canadian folk and acoustic musicians. The Vinyl Cafe was broadcast before a live audience, and from McLean took it to theatres in various spots around the country and occasionally in the U. In he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. I always love getting a copy of a book I've worked on, but this time it was bittersweet. An echo of old times and a reminder of an editing process done in the midst of absence. The thrill of something new and the sigh of something missing. The Christmas book is the ninth collection of stories from Stuart's The Vinyl Cafe show, which aired on CBC Radio for more than two decades and whose final instalment, The Vinyl Cafe Christmas Concert , aired last weekend and featured the last story Stuart wrote and performed. That story, Christmas Cards , is also published in the new book.
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This fascination with radio stayed with McLean throughout his adult life as he pursued a career in media and journalism. He admitted to feeling like an outsider to the other students at the private school, feeling neither athletic enough nor smart enough to fit in. McLean married Linda Read, a potter, in McLean was a professor for journalism at Ryerson University from until , when he retired and became a professor emeritus. CTV reporter Scott Lightfoot remarked, "I went to university twice, I took a lot of courses, I never had another professor offer to make phone calls on my behalf. During the s and s, he was a frequent contributor to and sometime guest host of Morningside ,  for which he often produced human interest documentaries and audio essays about everyday people and places.