WireTap (radio program)
|Running time||ca. 27 min.|
|Home station||CBC Radio One|
|Syndicates||Public Radio International|
|Exec. producer(s)||Jonathan Goldstein|
|Recording studio||Montreal, Canada|
|Air dates||since July 2004|
WireTap is a half-hour long radio show which airs on CBC Radio One Saturday afternoons at 3:30 pm, and Thursday evenings at 11:30 pm. An hour-long version of WireTap is distributed in the United States by Public Radio International and is heard on multiple public radio stations. Hosted by Jonathan Goldstein, former producer of Public Radio International's This American Life, the show features stories that are told as if over the phone with Goldstein.
The show fell into what had traditionally been CBC Radio One's comedy slot on Sunday afternoons, replacing Madly Off in All Directions which moved to a different time slot, though the show itself does not fit easily into the comedy category. The show has been described as "a weekly half-hour of conversation, storytelling and introspection, culled from equal parts real-world experience and the warp of Goldstein's imagination." Each show tends to follow a particular investigative theme; past show titles include: "Life Lessons", "Reach for the Top", "Prized Possessions" and "Our Fathers".
The series began in the summer of 2004 as a 10-episode experiment, after which it succeeded to its own regular timeslot. It is recorded out of CBC's Montreal studios.
As of 2008, Wiretap has a weekly listenership of 350 000.
In 2009 the show became available as a podcast, greatly increasing access.
- "'WireTap' from PRI". Public Radio International. 2007-01-08. Retrieved 2007-06-10.
- Whyte, Murray (2005-12-18). "Tapping into radio's creative potential". The Toronto Star. p. C13. Retrieved 2012-03-01.
- Collier, Roger (2008-05-31). "CBC host scours his world for topics; WireTap a varied collection of stories, essays and staged chats". Edmonton Journal. p. C2.