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Get to Know Your Hosts! Q&A with Kathleen Kajioka

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Interview with Kathleen Kajioka, host of A Little Night Music and Dinner Classics


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1. How did you get started in broadcasting?
I had a chance encounter with Moses at a fundraising event for the Music Gallery back in late 2006. I was playing violin in the band. He had just bought the old CFMX. We chatted, and next thing I knew I was auditioning to host the overnight show! I guess Moses liked what he’d heard because he hired me and put me on the air… with no previous experience. But I think that’s his way  – to have an instinct about people and then throw them in at the deep end and see how they swim. I’m really glad he did.

2. What’s the best movie you’ve seen?

Ever? That’s tough… but I keep returning to Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window. I have a soft spot for masterful use of minimal means. (Also for Grace Kelly… what an entrance!)

3. If you could only go to ONE more concert in your life, who would you see?

That’s easy: Anything performed by my friend and colleague in Ensemble Masques, Sophie Gent. I would want to have my breath taken away, and I can always count on her for that. But if she’s not available, I’ll take soprano Karina Gauvin, please, or Sondra Radvanovsky.

4. What would your partner/friends say is your most annoying habit?
They have been too kind ever to point one out. But what annoys me most about myself is ill-placed and intense self-criticism and worry. It’s perennial.

5. Everybody has one thing they cook REALLY well. What’s your specialty?

Icelandic pancakes. Especially now that I have the right pan, just like my mom’s.

6. Coolest person in entertainment history – GO!

A toss-up between Julia Child and Prince. Really.

7. Favourite gift you ever received?
A glass pipette given to me from grumpy old Bertrand from La Loingtaine in France. It’s a long story.

8. Fiction or non-fiction. Why?
If talking books, I’d say fiction because I love getting lost in a good mystery. But the reality of my reading habits point to non-fiction, as I am constantly perusing Twitter and online news, especially for political analysis.


9. What’s one book you wish they would make into a TV show?
Donna Leon’s Guido Brunetti series. It has already been done in Germany, but I’d love an English language version. Set in Venice, it has huge eye-candy potential — though the casting of Signorina Elettra would be make-or-break!

10. Name one classical composer that should have his/her own movie:

The life of Dmitri Shostakovich would make for an epic Cold War thriller.

Hear Kathleen Kajioka on A Little Night Music weekdays from 7:00PM – 11:00PM and Dinner Classics Saturdays from 6:00PM – 11:00PM on The New Classical FM.

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