GE 1997-8 Season 4 Episode 30: Paulitorial
Note: this is not a transcript, but a working draft of the script, so there may be differences in the aired version.
PAUL: I've alluded to it earlier, the fact that, yes,
this is our last live show to Canada for this season.
The current agreement between the BCN and CBC which
sees our program broadcast to you is up, and there are
negotiations currently underway concerning our national
presence for next year.
If anything, this past run of shows has been even more
wildly successful than last year's, and while I don't
want the accusation leveled at me that I'm boosting The
Great Eastern in a vain attempt at renewal for 1998-1999,
let me remind you that 1999 marks Nfld.'s 50th year of
membership in the confederation of Canada. There are many
stories to tell and many parties to attend. Our distinct
island culture will be in the spotlight as, no doubt, Canada
celebrates with us this acceptable political compromise.
And you'll want to be here when it all happens. Because
there will be many giveaways of souvenirs, cash prizes, trips
for two from here to there and back again, and much much more.
But I won't go down that self-aggrandizement path.
No, it's been a marvelous year here on the CBC. We've seen our
listenership spread from Vukovar to Victoria, from White Horse
to Miami, and even on in to Mexico. Your mail has been
overwhelmingly positive and heartwarming. We here at The
Great Eastern thank you for your fulsome praise and hope we
can remain hip, but humbled.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
A little scheduling information for you. The expiration of the
CBC/BCN agreement at this time has afforded us the luxury of
massaging our already cozy relationship with Radio One in Iceland.
I am happy and proud to announce that The Great Eastern is going
on the road !
Starting next week, and continuing on through August, The Great
Eastern will be broadcast live from Reykjavik!
And even bigger news is that we'll have a guest producer for each
month of the whole summer. Brian Eno, long a friend of the show,
has been itching to experiment with radio, and we're extremely
chuffed to announce he'll be experimenting with us for April.
May month sees guest producers The Glimmer Twins - wink wink nudge nudge.
We hope that Don Was will join us in June, the producer formerly
known as Prince is slated for July, and August will see a big
send off with Shania Twain's mentor, Mutt Lange, as Bjørk co-hosts
with yours truly. (David Foster?)(George Martin ?)
It'll be an Icelandic summer to remember here, on The Great Eastern.
Join us if you can !
Goodbye, Canada. Well, not goodbye, let's say 'so long.' We hope
we'll see you in September !