Q (radio show)
Q is a Canadian radio show, which airs on CBC Radio One. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, the program is a national arts magazine show. The program is also now syndicated to public radio stations in the United States through Public Radio International.
The content features interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures. However, the show's subjects and interviewees also deal with broader cultural topics such as their social, political and business aspects. For instance, the show has weekly panels on sports and media issues on Mondays and Fridays respectively. On Fridays, the show includes a theme called "Friday Live" where featured musicians are invited for an interview primarily as the opening segment with live performances throughout the program.
The program airs live Monday to Friday at 10:00 a.m. (10:30 NT), and an abbreviated edition of the morning show is then repeated at 10:00 p.m. (10:30 NT). The program runs for 90 minutes, except for Fridays which runs for two hours which includes the above "Friday Live" segment; the evening repeat runs for one hour, although due to lesser time restraints (such as less time lost to news breaks) it is able on most days to air all of the feature content from the 90 minute daytime edition with only minor editing.
It is broadcast mostly from CBC's Toronto studios, although the show will frequently spend several days in another city in connection with a major cultural event at which a large number of potential interview subjects will be concentrated, such as the 2010 Winter Olympics or the Sundance Film Festival.
Weekly contributors include Elvira Kurt each Friday with her "Cultural Hall of Shame" segment, Mio Adilman each Wednesday with the "Download Down-low" segment, and Torquil Campbell with his "Rant or Rave" segment. Mio Adilman is no longer on the show.
Although it has been reported that the name 'Q' was chosen after many recommendations were given by CBC Radio One listeners, in fact the name was chosen by the staff of the show from a list they themselves had compiled. It was important to the staff of the show that they choose the name and not CBC management. A test run of the show was made using the name Radar. Other possible names (some clearly tongue-in-cheek) included "State-of the-Arts in Canada", Awesometown", "Afternoon Delight", "Smells like Canada", "Full Duplex Repeater", "Skybox Three" (the room in Toronto's Rogers Centre where much of the show was created), "Ghomer's Pile" or one even closer to Jian Ghomeshi, the show host of Iranian descent, "Royal Canadian Air Farsi". Names a little closer to the mark included Studio Q and The Cue.
Although Ghomeshi admits "a couple of the... suggestions came close", when the name 'Q' was brought up "there was a pause in the room and [the Q team] went 'yes, that's it.' It felt like the right name. It's an enigmatic letter [they] hope will become associated with the show."
Many efforts were made to contribute to Q's success. From the taking over of "what was the [sic.] Sounds like Canada's 10 a.m. time slot", to the controversial Billy Bob Thornton interview (see below) that "went viral on the Internet", Q "has propelled [...] into the highest rated show in [that same] slot in all of CBC history, surpassing even the revered Peter Gzowski".
Ghomeshi explains how he is "really [intending] on continuing to build on what [he's] doing with Q", and how "this is a really big year for [Q] considering all the growth [it has] had in the [United] States. [He] really believe[s] in what [they]'ve created with that show and want[s] to see that through." 
Billy Bob Thornton interview
On April 8, 2009, Billy Bob Thornton and his musical group The Boxmasters made an appearance on Q that was widely criticized and received international attention after Thornton was persistently unintelligible and discourteous to host Jian Ghomeshi. Thornton eventually explained he had "instructed" the show's producers to not ask questions about his movie career. Ghomeshi had mentioned Thornton’s acting in the introduction. Thornton had also complained Canadian audiences were like "mashed potatoes without the gravy". The following night, opening for Willie Nelson at Toronto's Massey Hall, Thornton said mid-set he liked Canadians but not Ghomeshi, which was greeted with boos and catcalls. The Boxmasters did not continue the tour in Canada as, according to Thornton, some of the crew and band had the flu.
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- The Story of Q
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- Marlow, Iain; Andrew Chung (April 10, 2009). "Billy Bob ends Canadian tour". The Star (Toronto).