Radio Ga Ga? Talking About Dad’s Life On CBC’s Maritime Noon


When I first moved to Nova Scotia several years ago, one of the first things I watched on TV was the supper time news on CBC. At the time, the host was Norma Lee MacLeod. She was filling in for the regular anchor, who was away at the time.

It was a small part of my transition from Ontario. Watching the news and getting an idea of where I was and what was happening.

As the years went on, Norma Lee moved on to other avenues at CBC and eventually landed on the radio doing a lunch time show called Maritime Noon.

I have listened to it before and it was always good background noise while eating.

Since being a stay-at-home-dad, “Marnoon”, as we call it, has become a staple in our house while I feed the baby and try to have a bite of my own.

So, how cool was it when one of the producers of Maritime Noon contacted me to be on a show about stay-at-home-dads and what the life style was like.

Really? I was going to be on the show that I listen to every day regardless of the topic?

I was more than excited.

Earlier today, I was on the show despite Norma Lee being away, I had a blast.

Producer Nina Corfu and host Preston Mulligan were extremely friendly and made the whole time relaxed and fun.

This, despite Charlie having a bit of a meltdown while I was in the studio.

Before I go on about the experience, you can hear the entire episode here. The podcast runs about an hour and my part is on for the last 35 minutes.


Preston ran the discussion on what it is like to be a stay-at-home-dad and had myself in studio,  Jon Holt, in their Fredericton studio. and Gillian Ranson, an academic from the University of Calgary. Gillian has interviewed a lot of dads and has done research on changing family dynamics.

There were also a handful of callers to add to the whole topic.

I thought it went great and I hope it opened up the idea of dads staying home more and more.

When we arrived, we sat in the Green Room for a bit where Charlie was very relaxed.


He remained relaxed for quite a while and I thought it was going to be smooth sailing.

While I was going to be in studio, Nina, who has young daughter of her own, was going to produce the show and watch Charlie!

She did secure backup for producing if things went south with Charlie. Good thing.

About five minutes into me being away, Charlie lost it. You could hear the screaming through the glass and Preston even mentioned it on air.

So the staff at CBC Radio got to meet and hear Charlie.

He was fine. Just missed dad I guess. Maybe he wanted it to be TV so everyone could see him?

Thanks to Nina for taking care of Charlie. I get the impression that she loved it and would rather hold babies than plan bumpers.

I had fun.

Now we are back to reality at home trying to get Charlie to nap. I think his day is messed up. But I guess that is the price to pay to get to be on the radio.

Thanks to all at Maritime Noon. Anytime you need a dad, give me a call.