I went over to Studio 41 at the CBC on Portage Avenue for a morning pancake breakfast and duck roast in support of the Winnipeg Jets first hometown playoff game in 19 years.. The celebration started at 7 a.m. on Mon. Apr. 20 with CBC’s Information Radio in progress.
With us were plenty of CBC employees including support and technical staff, as well as hosts, along with former Jets players from years past. There were fans of both CBC and the Jets.
Downtown Biz folks were helping out and people from other media were also on hand, including Filipino Journal publisher Ron Cantiveros roasting a duck, as former Jets dutifully served pancakes to guests. Diversity Foods at the University of Winnipeg made the pancakes.
Our Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks kicked off their series on April 16 in Anaheim. Now it was Winnipeg’s turn to be cheering the loudest.
The breakfast event was supposed to happen on the grounds of the University of Winnipeg on the Portage Avenue side. However, the weather took a turn for typical hockey weather, and CBC had a heart for those not into the weather.
What a nice way to restart our spring though. With a trace of snow on the ground, Trevor Dineen’s traffic report telling of icy roads and the chill of the early morning.
Marcy Markusa and Trevor Dineen interviewed people and conducted contests live on air.
Two Jets fans saw my sweater with the CKUW logo and one asked why I wasn’t on air. I explained I would do a write-up for our sports peers on a CKUW show called Sports Talk and for Community News Commons.
I picked up some radio swag including a Ron MacLean and Don Cherry face cut out on a stick. On this item, I had plenty of autographs from people in the room. And there was one comment, “Go Jets Go!” and another, “Go CBC Go!”
Joe Daley, who played for the Jets 1972 to 1979, is one of the autographs on my swag souvenir. He has a store for sports collectors called Joe Daley’s Sports and Framing. Marcy Markusa also put her signature on my little souvenir during one of the quiet moments in her hosting duties.
For CKUW and Community News Commons, this is Julien Cooper.