The Sunday Edition has been in its current form since the year 2000, and seems perfectly suited to the Sunday morning air of idleness and contemplation. It airs each Sunday on CBC Radio One from 9am-12 and the three hours of the program are filled with engaging interviews on topics ranging from the arts to politics, Michael's opening essay, as well as long-form documentary pieces.
Michael Enright has undoubtedly had one of the most distinguished careers in Canadian broadcasting, but he actually started off in print. As a young newspaper reporter he wrote for both the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail as well as a host of other publications. In fact, his first foray into radio didn't come until 1974 and didn't go exactly as planned. He came to the CBC to replace the beloved Peter Gzowski - who was moving to television - on the program This Country In The Morning. But after a year on the air, despite positive ratings, Enright was fired - supposedly for not being warm enough on the air.
Enright is also somewhat of an enigma. Although to CBC listeners he might be perceived as merely the learned bookish man who wears bow-ties, there are also aspects of his life that might come as a surprise to many Canadians. For example, he dropped out of high-school, has a penchant for motorcycles, and was strongly considering entering the priesthood as a young man.
In our conversation, we speak about his life growing up in Toronto, his beginnings as a newspaper reporter, as well as his thoughts on the state of journalism and public broadcasting in this country.
Listen to our interview with Michael Enright here.