The previous owners of my house had the basement floor lined with old newspapers. I’ve slowly been getting rid of them and looking at the pages along the way. It’s a great look back in time, with plenty of material from the 80s & 90s mainly. Here are a few pics from the 1998 era featuring some local businesses, radio station contests, and more.
With the Chase The Ace winner announced, we hope to finally stop talking about it. Speaking of lineups, Nick notices that people around here love to complain about lineups. Fred Hutton is leaving VOCM for CBC Radio, and we wonder if he was allowed to have a beard on NTV. Atlantic Fest got mixed reviews and Nick explains why he really doesn’t like country music. We look at a map to figure out if people come “up” or “down” from the mainland. Night time construction downtown was very loud, we talk about wasted money on speed bumps, and then discuss Andy Wells’ campaign for mayor and hope he saves us all. U.S. politics always find their way into Canada, and so someone wants a local statue knocked down. We also find out that the statue is not John Cabot. We try to figure out why somebody had a cardboard license plate, check out some crazy details about the CNA respiratory therapy program, then sign off for another week!
Nick is back! We hear a bit about Nick’s trip, how we survived without him, and a magical Japanese beverage he brought back and got Joel drunk with. Chase The Ace didn’t go, and now it’s finally ending next week somehow. Sunrise Records is opening in St. John’s and we aren’t too confident in it succeeding. Newfoundland has a ton of bars, we’ve been drinking beer wrong, and moose are idiots. We look at some dumb stuff from the St. John’s council including a terrible roundabout, a family trying to open a restaurant getting screwed over, and a second road to Signal Hill. We end the show talking about how VOCM backpedaled on its changes and is going back to its roots of what people know and love.
Kevin O’Leary was in town wearing a sealskin jacket, and we think he said one thing that lost him support from much of NL. We check out a study showing that NL has a very high rate of heavy drinking, but we think the criteria for “heavy drinker” is too low. Maybe that’s the problem here! Next, we check out another hilariously poor decision from St. John’s council who reject a 1-person business operation due to parking issues. There was a big radio shakeup when VOCM surprisingly and silently removed the open-line show Backtalk with Pete Soucy. Joel gives some insight on why this stuff happens in radio and why we’ll never get an answer. After a bit of talk about how VOCM has become terrible, we move onto the story of a runaway Corner Brook woman who went to live with Natureboy but is now coming home. We watch a video of dangerous snowmobilers, there’s a 90s concert coming to town, and we look at a new kindergarten class for adults.