Who should guest host “Q”?
Question posed by the show’s Twitter page, with lots of people weighing in. As best I can tell Wab Kinew, Margaret Atwood and Jann Arden are leading the list. So is Norm Macdonald who has expressed interest and would definitely be, well, interesting.
I’ll back Kinew, Atwood, and Arden, for sure. Some other names I’d like to throw into the ring:
- Jonathan Goldstein. His guest stint on the Current was a surreal piece of radio that I’d love to hear extended to the cultural world. Goldstein is also a familiar voice to Canadian and American public radio listeners through his own show Wiretap and as a frequent contributor to This American Life.
- Rich Terfry/Buck 65. The gravel-voiced rapper has done a great job as an afternoon drive-time host on CBC Radio 2. I’d be interested to see it turned towards a wider range of culture than just music- and he certainly is no stranger to the life of a touring musician, something that helped in many of Q’s past interviews.
- Matt Galloway. The host of Toronto’s Metro Morning, he’s helped grow the audience of the daily morning show in a big way. A treat to listen to whenever I’m in Toronto, I actually think he’s one of the best hosts around, period, and deserves a national audience.
- Nardwuar. Kind of a dark horse, sure, but think about it: generations of Canadian music fans know him. He’s got a reputation for some of the most well-researched, meticulous interviews around. And his reputation has now grown to the cultural elite of the American star system under the wing of Pharrell, a fan and now benefactor. A Nardwuar-fronted Q would be worth trying out, for sure.
So those are my thoughts. If you have your own, let the Q team know.
Update: the official hashtag for this is #QtheFuture and is now extending to segment ideas, theme songs, and more.