March 10, 2011 15:02 ET

Q York, Q York! Canada's Premier Arts, Cultural & Entertainment Radio Program Announces Special New York Broadcast

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Q with Jian Ghomeshi, CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Radio's premier arts, cultural and entertainment program, is pleased to announce a special show in New York featuring some of the city's biggest personalities.

The show will be recorded in front of a sold-out studio audience at WNYC's The Greene Space in Manhattan on Thursday, March 17, and stream live at www.wnyc.org. The show will also be broadcast on U.S. public radio through PRI (Public Radio International) the following day, Friday March 18. In Canada, the special will air nationally on CBC Radio One and across North America on Sirius 137, as well as online at www.cbc.ca.

American listeners may remember Q best for Jian Ghomeshi's notoriously bizarre interview with Billy Bob Thornton, which has garnered nearly 2.5 million views online since the incident in 2009.

"We're thrilled that we can continue bringing the show to new audiences. Millions of people now access Q through Radio One in Canada, online, on TV and we continue to extend our reach into the U.S. through a our partnership with PRI," said Ghomeshi, host of Q. "This New York show is going to be something special!"

The guest line-up for Q Live in New York show includes:

  • Joy Behar, TV host (The View, The Joy Behar Show) and stand-up comedian
  • Fran Lebowitz, author, humorist and social commentator
  • Tegan and Sara, pop music duo
  • Robert Lepage, renowned film director
  • Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, correspondents (The Daily Show)
  • A media panel featuring Amy Goodman (Democracy Now), Brian Williams (NBC Nightly News), and more.
  • The Walkmen, acclaimed New York indie rockers will play live

Jian Ghomeshi is an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician and producer. He has interviewed an array of prominent international figures from world leaders to sports stars and cultural icons. His feature interview subjects on Q have included Woody Allen, Van Morrison, Billy Bob Thornton, Salman Rushdie, Barbara Walters, Tom Waits, William Shatner, Jay-Z, Al Gore, Margaret Atwood and - in a television world-exclusive - Leonard Cohen.

PRI was founded in 1983 to diversify and expand the content available on public platforms, enabling U.S. listeners to "hear a different voice" and to connect with one another and the larger world. Its content, including PRI's The World, The Takeaway, As It Happens, Q with Jian Ghomeshi, Studio 360, This American Life, and The Tavis Smiley Show, is broadcast on more than 880 public radio stations and is available on pri.org and via podcasts. More than 13 million people access PRI content each week through these sources.

Q can be heard weekdays in Canada on CBC Radio One, on Sirius 137 and seen on bold television. Visit Q online at www.cbc.ca/Q. Since its inception in 2007, Q has garnered the largest audience of any cultural affairs program in Canada and has become the highest-rated show in its morning time slot in CBC history. In a partnership with Public Radio International, the show has steadily increased its reach to U.S. audiences and is now broadcast in over a dozen select American cities such as Austin, Tampa, Louisville, Chicago and Salt Lake City.

Q on the Road continues this spring with shows in Winnipeg (April) and Chicago (June).

About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada is celebrating 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 

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