Seeking Wood’s replacement
By Mike Cohen
Nancy Wood will not be back as host of CBC Radio One’s (88.5 FM) Daybreak. Wood was told in February that after only six months at the helm of the morning show she would not continue in that role beyond June. She then went on leave, resulting in a flow of media sympathy which has not influenced her superiors. “The Daybreak hosting job has now been posted internally,” a CBC insider told me when I visited the grand Corp headquarters last week. “Nancy will be reassigned whenever she decides to come back.”
Knocking on Wood: Who will succeed Wood, my former Concordia journalism school classmate? How about weather reporter Frank Cavallaro? He’s a marquee name, personable and well connected. Michel Godbout, the former TV news anchor, would be another good choice. Sue Smith of Radio Noon could be in the mix and let’s not leave out Steve Rukavina. He has been the interim host and sounds an awful lot like former Daybreak captain Mike Finnerty. If the Corp decides to go outside, CJAD’s Dan Laxer has the talent to pull it off.
Notes From The Sports Breakfast: I was privileged to serve as co-emcee Sunday with CKAC’s Charles André Marchand of the sixth annual
Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors Sports Celebrity Breakfast honouring Joey Saputo. Some $115,000 was raised for seniors in crisis… Montreal Alouettes president Larry Smith reported that the $40 million expansion of Molson Stadium is on schedule. More than half of the new 5,000 seats have been scooped up as season tickets… Ninety-two year old Montreal Canadiens legend Elmer Lach got, by far, the warmest reception from the crowd of nearly 600 people. When THE TEAM 990’s Mitch Melnick asked him one short question, he went on for about 10 minutes with one line zingers. “In 1940 I signed a two year contract for $5,000,” he recalled. “The Rocket (Maurice Richard) told me, ‘don’t worry Elmer, you will get it back!”… When Lach failed to come up for air, his friend and another former Hab Phil Goyette squeezed in towards the microphone and asked: “Elmer, what did they put in your coffee? I picked him up at 8:30 and he did not say a word the entire way here.”… Former Habs coach and captain Guy Carbonneau enjoyed renewing acquaintances with former teammates Kirk Muller, Claude Lemieux and Petr Svoboda… Event chairman Michael Wagen made sure the Grey Cup trophy was there, even at a rental fee of $1,500… NHL referee Dave Jackson says he is recovering well from knee surgery. The Pointe Claire resident, who looks more like a player, plans to resume training in June and start calling penalties again next fall. See www.mikecohen.ca (Mike’s Blog) for more comments.
Echoes from the Verdun Auditorium: Len Even, the new director general of Marianopolis College, was chatting with his former Mount Royal High School classmate Farrell Miller last Friday night in the VIP Room of the Verdun Auditorium. He was there with his son to attend the Montreal Juniors playoff game against Gatineau. Evan spoke proudly to me about the fact 2,010 high school students have applied for admission to the private English-language college. Traditionally, there are 850 spots. “Usually by this time of year, we have received about 1,200 applications,” he said. “This marks a milestone in the college’s 100-year history.” A tip for anyone going to the auditorium in the future. Do not cut through the St. Hubert BBQ Express Restaurant parking lot to try and save time. The Montreal police are on a stakeout there, handing out $154 tickets.
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