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Volume 91, Issue 41

Tuesday, November 11, 1997



Gzowski hosts a new show

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
SHOWING HIS FUNNYSIDE. Canadian radio legend Peter Gzowski made an inspiring visit to Western yesterday in the McKellar Room.

By Becky Somerville
Gazette writer

Acclaimed Canadian journalist Peter Gzowski – the retired host of CBC's Morningside – gave an uplifting and humourous account of his career to a capacity crowd in the University Community Centre's McKellar Room last night.

Gzowski's trademark smile and wit captured and maintained the attention of the diverse mixture of audience members for the duration of his one hour address.

For 15 years Gzowski's radio show was a catalyst reflecting the views of the Canadian people. From interviews with the last eight Prime Ministers to astronauts and scientists, Gzowski characterized his Morningside conversations as "reflective, civilized, thoughtful and polite."

Gzowski's humorous side radiated throughout the evening. Aside from the numerous media awards he has received, Gzowski also recognized himself as a "Canadian sex symbol." He recounted an incident where a beautiful, young female approached him saying her grandmother was his greatest fan. Nonetheless, Gzowski sustained his modesty.

"I'm not one of the world's greatest dressers," he said. "I don't dress badly on purpose, it's just that clothes and I don't get along. Socks get divorced in my drawer; zippers languish at an embarassing half mast." Gzowski's anecdotes were well received by the audience and ironically – his socks matched.

Aside from his comical episodes, Gzowski gave a heartfelt commentary of Canada. "I've been blessed," he said in reference to his life and travels in Canada. He described his experience as a "wonder, joy and pleasure in discovering and getting to know this country."

Gzowski's portrayal ofMorningside offered the same emotion. "I miss the excitement, I miss the friends, colleagues and the rare experiences," said Gzowski of his leaving the show. "Every day I went [to work] it was a new chance to discover," he added. Out of roughly 30,000 interviews on the air, Gzowski wishes he had the chance to speak with Alanis Morisette. Up until he found out she was a Morningside fan he "didn't like her music very much."

So what's next for Peter Gzowski? Look for him doing some radio and television work on the CBC. Gzowski would also like to air some concerts in order to raise money for literacy.

Gzowski considers his new book The Morningside Years conversational and quite literary. It contains interviews with writers and pieces that other people have written for the radio over time.

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