In 1990 I wrote one of my favourite, and irreplaceable CBC Radio hosts, Arthur Black, a letter. All I can remember is that Arthur had done this really funny imaginary commentary about P.M. Brian Mulroney running around the Parliament building Ottawa in the buff. It was so funny, I had to take the time to write Arthur a letter, and share my thoughts about his commentary on Brian Mulroney. I hope my letter gave him a good laugh like his commentary certainly gave me. He sent me this postcard that I treasure. I'm not sure what info Arthur sent me in the mail, but I'm sure it made me smile.
I seldom would ever miss a Basic Black episode. His show made my Saturday mornings.
I don't want to go on about how CBC Radio has changed, but it has and I'll say this. Perhaps it's due to budget cuts,(can you say re-runs ) or the change in demographics, pandering to a younger audience, but those of us who are a certain age, mainly Baby Boomers remember just how good CBC Radio programming was, and how colourful, intelligent, and humourous many of the hosts were who are sadly now gone. Oh their still are a few left, but their few and far between now. In spite of my criticism I'm still a CBC Radio head and don't have a TV. I was weaned on CBC Radio and I think it's part of my DNA and I like it that way.
And so I'm sad to here of another consummate CBC Radio host, Arthur Black has left this mortal coil for that big broadcast beyond, but I have no doubt it will be a great great show, and Arthur will keep rockin' in the free world.