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Get to Know Your Hosts! Q&A with Bill Anderson

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Interview with Bill Anderson, host of Bill’s Classical Jukebox and Breakfast Classics.

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1. How did you get started in broadcasting?
I had no idea about my career path until my secondary school English teacher suggested the Radio/TV Arts course at Ryerson. That opened doors for a summer job at CHUM Radio in Toronto and later my first full-time on-air opportunity in Barrie Ontario.

2. What’s the best movie you’ve seen?
West Side Story – mostly because of the great music.

3. If you could only go to ONE more concert in your life, who would you see?
Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki is an amazing talent who started doing “Live” performances on our radio station when he was 12 years old. He’s 19 now and a major international star.

Bill Anderson reads a humorous poem he wrote for listeners who joined him on a Musical Tour of the British Isles. His wife Sharon is pictured at the table.
Bill Anderson reads a humorous poem he wrote for listeners who joined him on a Musical Tour of the British Isles. His wife Sharon is pictured at the table.

4. What would your wife say is your most annoying habit?
I talk too much. When I’m telling a story I like to include every last detail so it takes a while to get to the point. Hey, that’s what I do for a living.

5. Everybody has one thing they cook REALLY well. What’s your specialty?
I’m capable of grilling a perfect medium-rare 8 ounce filet mignon on my backyard barbecue. My wife Sharon makes the “Sauce Bearnaise”.

Llyod Roberts from Etobicoke, long time loyal listener brought Bill his very own miniature version of Bill's Classical Jukebox and it will now have a place of honour in The New Classical FM master control room!
Llyod Roberts from Etobicoke, long time loyal listener brought Bill his very own miniature version of Bill’s Classical Jukebox and it will now have a place of honour in The New Classical FM master control room!

6. Coolest person in entertainment history – GO!
Frank Sinatra –legendary singer with perfect pitch and diction. Also an excellent actor. And he had wonderful charisma and “style”. I never saw Mozart but he must have been pretty cool too.

7. Favorite gift you ever received?
When Zoomer Media threw a party to celebrate my 50th anniversary in radio, Moses Znaimer gave me my very own “Zoomer Dog” – a playful robot dog – no muss, no fuss.

8. Fiction or non-fiction. Why?
Fiction, because it places no limits on the author’s imagination.

9. What’s one book you wish they would make into a TV show?
PREY, a 2002 novel by Michael Crichton of Jurassic Park fame. It’s a cautionary tale about the possible misuse of new scientific developments such as nanotechnology, genetic engineering and artificial intelligence. New discoveries in these fields would provide new plots every week.

Bill's adorable grandchildren – just beginning to discover the joys of Classical Music.
Bill’s adorable grandchildren – just beginning to discover the joys of Classical Music.

10. Name one classical composer that should have his/her own movie:
Franz Joseph Haydn, an Austrian who lived from 1732 to 1809. Known as the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the String Quartet”. Few others have created such a large volume of completely “original” music.

Hear Bill Anderson on Bill’s Classical Jukebox weekdays from 10:00AM – 3:00PM and Breakfast Classics Saturdays & Sundays from 5:00AM – 10:00AM on The New Classical FM.

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