Say hello to The Homestretch team as they host shows from libraries across Calgary

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The Homestretch did its first remote show of 2022 at the Calgary Central Library on May 26.  (CBC - image credit)
The Homestretch did its first remote show of 2022 at the Calgary Central Library on May 26. (CBC - image credit)

From your local library to your car radio, the voices behind The Homestretch are making their way to different parts of Calgary every Thursday in June to meet and connect with listeners.

It's been almost two years since CBC Calgary has been able to take its shows on the road, due to the pandemic, but remote broadcasts are back.

The team at The Homestretch hopes to explore more of the city through the shows, as well as discuss issues that matter to different communities.

"It is so exciting to get back out into the community after being confined to the studio for more than two years," said the producer of the show, Terri Campbell.

"As an important community hub, the library is the perfect location for our special shows."

Already, The Homestretch has gone live at Calgary Central Library, with dozens stopping by to check out the show and speak with the team.


The next remote show happens June 2 at Fish Creek Library in the city's southeast. Among the many live guests will be Fonda Lee, a Calgarian nominated for a prestigious Hugo Award, which celebrates the year's best science fiction and fantasy writing from around the world.

Lee is nominated for best series for The Green Bone Saga, which includes Jade City, Jade War and Jade Legacy.

Kelli Morning Bull, Indigenous services design lead with the Calgary Public Library, will also join the show to talk about programs being offered as part of National Indigenous History Month.

Along with guests, most members of The Homestretch team will be present, including technical director Dave Waddell, director Kim Johnston and business reporter Reid Southwick.


Of course, host Chris dela Torre and traffic reporter Jenny Howe will be there as well.

"Making radio can be such an insular experience, especially during COVID," said dela Torre.

"We're giving people a sense of what we do, and it also helps us connect with our listeners. Plus, having just moved back after five years in Ontario, it's a chance for me to reacquaint myself with my hometown."

This month, you can also catch the team at Signal Hill Library, Crowfoot Library and Saddletowne Library.

"It's important to get out and do these shows so we can actually connect with people," said Howe.

"Added bonus? Seeing how a live radio show goes to air is pretty cool."

The Homestretch eases you out of the workday and brings you back home with an entertaining mix of news, traffic information and local stories. Tune in weekdays from 3 to 6 p.m. at 99.1 FM in Calgary or on CBC Listen.

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