Two months after former host Mike Finnerty left Montreal and CBC Daybreak for London, the Corp. will announce (UPDATE: announced) this morning that Nancy Wood will be his successor. The Gazette got the scoop in Friday's edition. CBC Montreal also has a story up, packaged with the news about the new evening TV newscast.
Long-time radio listeners (actually, anyone over the age of five) will remember Wood as the host for 11 years of Radio Noon (disclosure: I worked as a researcher on that show while she hosted - for a total of one shift). Before that she worked at various reporting jobs, including Maclean's, the Toronto Star and the Gazette. More recently (at least, before sitting in the Daybreak host chair as a fill-in and job candidate), she has been a national television news reporter out of Montreal.
Wood is a no-brainer for the Daybreak job, even with a large field of good candidates. She has extensive experience hosting a CBC radio program in Montreal, and knows the city well. She was also the favourite of The Gazette's Mike Boone, who lobbied for her to get the job years ago. The only real question was whether she was interested in getting up at 4am every weekday.
Now we know.
Welcome back to radio, Nancy.
UPDATE: Wood let her listeners know of the decision kind of off-hand in her morning chat with Quebec AM's Tim Belford at about 5:45am.
The 7:20am segment was devoted to an interview of her by Gazette columnist Mike Boone (now we know how the Gazette got the scoop), in which she said she didn't mind the hours, she preferred the radio medium where she can deal with many issues instead of spending an entire day putting a TV package together, and discussed what a typical Daybreak host day is like.
For the record, it's like this:
- Wake up at 4am
- Leave at 4:15am
- Arrive at the CBC at 4:30-4:45am
- Show begins at 5:30am
- Show ends at 8:37am
- Record podcast (usually about half an hour)
- Record promos
- Meetings to plan the next day's show
- Leave about 11am
- Go over scripts for the next day's show, decide where to add in awkward silences
- Go to bed at about 8:30pm, and "just lie there"
- Actually fall asleep at 10pm
Wood and the Daybreak team are also asking listeners to tell them what issues they want the show to talk about this fall. I'd like to suggest an exposé on local media issues bloggers.
The Daybreak website has already been updated with pictures of Wood.