As the host and co-creator of Q, the daily arts and culture program of CBC Radio, Jian has become not only a familiar voice to Canadians across the country, but indeed to radio listeners across North America.
Originally launched in 2006, in the afternoon slot, and now airing from 10 to 11:30am each weekday morning, Q has become a mainstay of the Canadian world of arts and culture covering everything from music and film, sports and politics, literature, to larger societal trends.
So although it has culture as its focus, the show is incredibly wide-ranging with what counts as culture, and the result is a program that is as eclectic as its host. A typical episode of Q will go from an in-depth conversation with a filmmaker or author, to having a debate on the changing role of social media, to analyzing media coverage of recent news.
The show's success and has won Q, and Jian Ghomeshi legions of devoted listeners south of the border as well where it has been picked up by roughly 160 stations including the iconic NPR member stations of WNYC in New York and WBEZ in Chicago. In a literal sense, one could say that Jian Ghomeshi has become the voice of Canada to America.
I spoke to Jian Ghomeshi at Studio Q in Toronto. In our conversation we discuss the crucial role that the arts have played in his life, the growth of Q as a show, and why he feels so passionately about public broadcasting and the role of the CBC in this country.
Listen to our interview below...