Radio projects

Radiotonic: Arctic Sound, Lost and Found

December 2014: While cruising the Northwest Passage, Jennifer Kingsley sought out the sounds of her environment and found a friend who helped her connect back to the land outside the window.

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“This is the story of how I visited two places at once and met a brother along the way. . . You’ll never guess where I am. First off, I’m on a boat, in a lounge, surrounded by sleek and comfy chairs, picture windows, and a bar . . . Second, I’m smack in the middle of the Canadian Arctic. . . ”

Created with RN’s Creative Audio Unit from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. First aired on Radiotonic (2014), then on The Spot (2015).

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Nieman Foundation recognizes “The Whale’s Choice”

In December 2013, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University chose “The Whale’s Choice” as a top pick of the year in their “Best of Narrative” list.

This list showcases some of the top stories in various media across the U.S. In the audio category, Julie Shapiro, former artistic director of the Third Coast Audio Festival, included three international selections, including “The Whale’s Choice.”

Shapiro wrote, “Talk about radio taking you places. … Here’s a patient and personal story of an unforgettable encounter, with live tape that takes you right to the surface of the water with the narrator. I found this incredibly meditative, and a welcome change of pace. The production is very loyal to the story.”

Jenny with whale picture

CBC The Sunday Edition: The Whale’s Choice

October 7, 2012: In this documentary, listeners share the extraordinary experience of being nose to nose with a humpback whale in the wild waters of Southeast Alaska.

From Michael Enright’s introduction:

“In the Pacific Ocean, along the coasts of B.C. and Alaska, moments of connection between humans and whales do happen.  But they are very rare…. and there is no knowing when or where. On a calm day this summer, Jenny Kingsley cruised into Southeast Alaska’s Frederick Sound . . .What began as a lovely day of whale watching turned into something extraordinary,when a humpback turned and headed straight for the ship. . .

Here is Jenny Kingsley and The Whale’s Choice.”

Banff Centre Radio 101.1fm

Banff Centre Radio: A Mighty Force of Nature

Summer 2014: Jennifer Kingsley revisits the bear attacks that shook Banff National Park in 1980 when The Black Grizzly of Whiskey Creek was on the move.


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“It’s 1980. Five men will be attacked by a grizzly in three separate incidents in Banff National park. News of the attacks will spread around the world and in Banff the fear will be palpable. It’s more than three decades later now, but memories of that time remain strong. I wanted to hear them. I’m Jennifer Kingsley, and this is A Mighty Force of Nature.”

Copyright The Banff Centre 2014. Special thanks to Dominic Girard and Dick Miller.


Erin Freeland Ballantyne

CBC The Sunday Edition: New Tribe

October 9, 2011: New Tribe. Find out what happens when you take a land-based course about indigenous governance and decolonization and add the Royal Family’s newest celebrities, Will and Kate.

This radio documentary takes listeners to Dechinta Bush University on Dene Land in the Northwest Territories. The main character, Erin Freeland Ballantyne, is the visionary behind this project, and she works closely with Kyla Kakfwi Scott.

New Tribe can be found on the Sunday Edition’s webpage under documentaries. Just click on the audio link.

Tapestry on CBC

CBC Tapestry: Landon Coleman

April 1, 2012: This documentary-style profile of singer-songwriter Landon Coleman is an exploration of faith and music. Landon may seem like another indie musician in a jean jacket, but he is bringing the good news to a bar near you.

You can also listen to this piece through the Tapestry page by clicking on the audio link. This story runs in the last section of the show. This story was rebroadcast on November 4, 2012.

Living Out Loud

CBC Living Out Loud: Almonte Clock Tower

May 18, 2012: In part one of this episode, Bells and Whistles, we hear from Ron Caron at Almonte’s Clock Tower about how he restored the clock and what he hopes for its future. We also meet an apprentice who hopes, one day, to take the reins.

When Ron moved to Almonte, the clock had been broken for years.  Ron spent hundreds of hours brushing and scrubbing every piece of the gearing.  When something was broken, he made a replacement himself. This year, Ron turned 75, and he’s mindful that won’t be maintaining this clock forever.

This piece echoes the story that aired on In Town and Out earlier this year. Listen to this story about the Almonte Clock Tower. “Bells and Whistles” was rebroadcast on October 26 and 28, 2012.

In Town and Out

CBC In Town and Out: Leonard Lee

This conversation on Ottawa’s Saturday morning show, In Town and Out, tells the story of the regular people whose ideas have made their way into the Lee Valley catalogue.  It turns out that Leonard Lee, the founder of Lee Valley Tools, has many “consultants” from around the Ottawa valley, and most of them are women. Sometimes, their ideas end up as products for Mr. Lee’s Chestnut tools trademark.

I spoke with Mr. Lee and then met some of these creative consultants to talk about seam rippers, pie cutters and winter clothes pins.

This segment aired Saturday, December 15, 2012. Hear the story about Leonard Lee and Chestnut Tools.