Thursday, 3 November 2011
National Broadcaster makes domestic moves easier
I love my CBC- both radio and television. Growing up on the east coast I regularly watched The Beachcombers, filmed on the beautiful west coast. It was a real thrill when I actually visited the site where the series was filmed and saw Molly's Reach. Somehow this strange part of the country felt like home to me.
Several moves back and forth across the country later as a trailing spouse, I am comforted by the familiarity a national broadcaster offers. I recall standing in the kitchen of my new home in Calgary, amidst a sea of boxes feeling disoriented and a bit lonesome. Once I unpacked the radio and found CBC, I immediately felt more at home in my new surroundings. Here in this kitchen that did not feel like mine, were familiar voices from the national shows and some new voices that were introducing me to my new city. Somehow the effect is more profound for me with radio as it seems more intimate than television, plus I can take that familiarity with me in the car. And on days where I recognize a reporter from the east coast, or a story that connects me with my eastern roots, I feel settled and secure.
With satellite radio and the various technologies people can access their national broadcaster from far afield. Has anyone else found their national broadcaster a real tie to their home? I'd love to hear what works for you.