Julie Nesrallah, Rich Terfry, and Molly Johnson Join The CBC Radio 2 Team This Fall


    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - CBC Radio is getting closer to a launching a
revitalized CBC Radio 2 by announcing today the hosts for new programs slated
to air this fall as part of the new schedule. While classical music remains
central to the schedule, there is now room for more excellent Canadian music
in a mix of genres. These additions will complete the transformation of CBC
Radio 2 into a high quality, inclusive and commercial-free Canadian adult
music service.
    Monday to Friday from 6 to 10 a.m., Tom Allen will host CBC Radio 2's new
morning show, which will serve as the gateway to the new Radio 2 schedule and
will feature a wide range of music. At 10 a.m., mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah
will take the helm of the network's new daytime classical show, airing until 3
p.m. Then at 3 p.m., Rich Terfry, better known as Buck 65, will host Radio 2's
new drive-time songwriter show until 6 p.m. On the weekends, Molly Johnson
will host the new morning show airing Saturdays from 6 to 10 a.m. and Sundays
from 6 to 8 a.m. Completing the weekend schedule, Peter Togni will be Choral
Concert's new host beginning in September, and Jurgen Gothe will host a new
weekly show on Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m.
    Tom Allen needs no introduction to CBC Radio listeners. An accomplished
trombonist, writer and broadcaster, he brings a wealth of experience and
knowledge to every program he works on. Former host of such CBC Radio programs
as Weekender, Fresh Air and Music & Company, he returns to the weekday morning
spot in a new show, one that will "feature a mix of music that will set the
tone for the day," says Mark Steinmetz, director of Radio Music, "and
represent the new direction that the network is taking."
    Julie Nesrallah is a versatile singer, at ease in all styles and well
versed in all forms of classical music. Chris Boyce, programming director for
CBC Radio, notes: "As soon as people listen to her, her appeal as a host,
companion and broadcaster will be evident. Where she really shines is her
intimate knowledge of classical music, her discipline as a performer and
certainly in the insight she will bring to music and musicians on the show."
Nesrallah is the recipient of many prestigious awards and prizes, including
the Canada Council for the Arts Emerging Artist Award, the Brian Law Opera
Award Grand Prize Winner, the Cercle des Cents Associés Grand Prize Winner and
the Journées de la Musique Française Grand Prize Winner. She is regularly cast
in principal roles by leading opera companies across North America and abroad.
Her roles include Rosina (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), Suzuki (Madama Butterfly)
and Maddalena (Rigoletto).
    A self-described "music fanatic" with a vast record collection,
innovative artist Rich Terfry calls upon the influences of folk, blues and
indie rock to create a unique and distinctive sound as Buck 65 that's
difficult to classify but easy to enjoy. A remarkable songwriter himself, his
explorations and perspectives on other artists' music are sure to be
insightful and entertaining. "No point of view, emotion, or instrumentation is
off-limits for me," he says. "If I find an idea, memory, or emotion
interesting enough to want to write about it, I just try to turn that into
music in as clear and honest a way as possible."
    Molly Johnson is one of Canada's best-known singers, and her wide-ranging
heartfelt music has long been a favourite of CBC Radio listeners. She has
rocked standing-room only audiences from coast-to-coast as a pop artist, and
seduced the patrons of salons and lounges with her luscious interpretations of
jazz and blues standards. She made history at the Toronto Downtown Jazz
Festival, becoming the first Canadian female vocalist in the festival's
17-year-history to sell out a show on the mainstage. She has regaled royalty
during a private command performance aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia before
the Prince and late Princess of Wales, as well as having performed for Nelson
Mandela and Quincy Jones. In 2007, she was honoured with becoming an Officer
of the Order Of Canada. "Molly is a terrific host," says Steinmetz. "She's an
ideal choice for weekend mornings-thoughtful and knowledgeable, eclectic, a
friendly voice to help ease you into your day."
    Peter Togni is a composer, broadcaster, organist and conductor. As a
composer, Togni's choral works are sung by choirs throughout Canada, the
United States and Europe. His works have been released on XXI Records, CBC
Records, Hdnssler Classics and Warner Classics U.K. In 2006, Togni was
nominated for a Juno award in the category Classical Composer of the Year for
his work Illuminations, written for the Sanctuary Trio and the Sanctuary
String Orchestra. Togni will host Choral Concert from Halifax.
    Since 1985, Jurgen Gothe has been entertaining listeners with a mélange
of music, off-the-cuff commentary and his unique frequent flights of fancy.
Gothe will continue to showcase his exceptional knowledge of music in his new
time slot on Sundays, and will put his own indelible mark on different themes
as they relate to music. Gothe will host his new program from Vancouver.
    With these additions, CBC Radio 2 offers listeners the strongest group of
knowledgeable and welcoming music hosts anywhere in the country - or around
the world!
    Stay tuned this fall for the launch of an exciting new CBC Radio 2.




For further information: Jeff Keay, Media Relations, (416) 205-3987,
jeff.keay@cbc.ca