episode #26 aug 28 The Agriculture Show by jeff stager, courtney connors, celie diebold, rachel redshaw, sawyer edworthy, heidi greb

Today’s broadcast talked about the roles and duties of the Ontario Queen of the Furrow Courtney Connors, and the North Dumfries Queen Celie Diebold. Rachel Redshaw speaks to her head office function and the Reminiscence Journey. Sawyer Edworthy talks about his work with graphics and the IPM2012 promotion. Heidi Greb kept us all in line.

Femme Fatale Comedy Pioneer Phyllis Diller – Coral FM Archives


Phyllis Diller. Yes I interviewed her one day while I was on lunch at Maple Leaf Foods.
Phyllis Diller. Yes I interviewed her one day while I was on lunch at Maple Leaf Foods.


Phyllis Diller was the first of her kind opening the doors to many a female comic from Roseanne Barr, Ellen, and Whoopi, to Judy Greer and Kathy Griffin. But unlike her garish stage comic personna, Diller was also the quintessential creator – a visual artist and concert pianist and gourmet cook with a killer recipe for chicken chili. But no one will never forget The Big As Life GUFFAW…
In 1999, I was lucky enough to chat with Diller by phone in advance of her show at Centre in the Square just before the tragic event at Langdon Hall when she lost her chauffuer and good friend Patricia Marcella . When I met her briefly backstage after her Centre show, Diller was very sweet and remembered me because of my name. Later that year she had a heart attack, and in 2002, she retired from the road for good to pursue more of visual artwork in mixed media acrylics.
Phyllis Diller was an original – one of the classiest women I have ever met. She loved jazz and the great jazz pianist Bill Evans so the music of Evans is also interspersed in this chat. I aired part of the interview but to honour her wishes – did not air anything she said Off The Record and there was plenty. Hence this radio excerpt. This is still one of my all time favorite chats in my vast archive of interviews. Goodbye Phyllis. So long and thanks for The Guffaws.. – Coral FM.

Actor Shayne Coffin on Coral FM

Actor Shayne Coffin
Actor Shayne Coffin

Special Guest actor Shayne Coffin drops by to chat about upcoming roles in Elora Community Theatre’s Tom Sawyer this November and his debut in Galt Little Theatre’s Joyful Noise happening in December as part of A Christmas in Cambridge. Shane also speaks about some of his favorite roles, including Rainman in Guelph Little Theatre’s Frozen Dreams, by Ontario playwright Robert Ainsworth, and his future goals which include studying in New York!

He is currently The Elora Town Crier. But watch for him in many shows to come. – Coral FM.

Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid on Stratford and Blyth Festivals 2012

The Stratford Festival's 60the Season Playbill
The Stratford Festival’s 60the Season Playbill

Special Guest Waterloo Region Record Arts Writer Robert Reid, fresh from reviewing opening week productions at Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s 60th Anniversary Season! joins me to wax theatre from Stratford to the Blyth Festival.
In Part 1 we discuss Bard’s productions Much Ado About Nothing, Cymbeline, and three count them THREE opening week musicals 42nd Street, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Pirates of Penzance, plus The Matchmaker, and new Canadian production, The War of 1812. We also discuss late season openings Shakespeare’s Henry V, Christopher Plummer’s new one man show A Word or Two, in addition to other Canadian theatre debuts MacHomer, Wanderlust, Hirsch, and The Best Brothers. Rob also brings in Grand River Blues Society CD Got Mojo 2, plus music from Fred Eaglesmith and MacHomer’s Rick Miller. We also speak about The Blyth Festival’s Season as well.

For those wanting to see Stratford shows here is Rob’s invaluable insight from his venerable Aisle Seat.

Czech Republic Violinist, Singer and Composer Iva Bittova on Coral FM


This is Czech Republic Violinist Iva Bittova
This is Czech Republic Violinist Iva Bittova

Iva Bittová (born 22 July 1958) is a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer. She began her career as an actress in the mid-1970s, appearing in several Czech feature films, but switched to playing violin and singing in the early 1980s. She started recording in 1986 and by 1990 her unique vocal and instrumental technique gained her international recognition. Since then, she has performed regularly throughout Europe, the United States and Japan, and has released over eight solo albums. In addition to her musical career, Bittová has continued acting and still occasionally appears in feature films. In 2003 she played the part of Zena in Želary, a film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2004 Academy Awards.

I got this exclusive Canadian interview through my good pal legendary music promoter Gary Topp.