Brent Bambury

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Brent Bambury
Occupationradio and television broadcaster
Known forBrave New Waves, Midday, Go, Day 6

Brent Bambury (born 1960)[1] is a Canadian radio and television personality. He has hosted a number of radio and television programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation since the 1980s, and is currently heard as host of the weekly current affairs series Day 6 on CBC Radio One and Public Radio International.[2]

A native of Saint John, New Brunswick,[2] Bambury began his career with the CBC in 1979 as a reporter for CBD-FM in Saint John,[2] later moving to the station in Halifax as a reporter while studying English at Dalhousie University.[3] He then moved to Montreal, becoming a correspondent for CBC Stereo's Brave New Waves while pursuing a master's degree at McGill University,[3] but dropped his studies when he was offered the job of permanent host in 1985.[3] The show, which aired nightly at 11:00 pm, was one of Canada's leading outlets for alternative rock and other countercultural programming in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[3]

In the early 1990s, Bambury was also an entertainment reporter for CBC television's Midday.[2] In 1995, Bambury became the show's cohost, replacing Kevin Newman,[2] and his hosting duties at Brave New Waves went to Patti Schmidt.

In 2000, Midday ended its run. Bambury spent some time as a movie reviewer for Life Network's movie series Flick,[3] as well as acting as a fill-in host for CBC Newsworld and CBC Radio One[3] before hosting a successful short-run game show, Off the Cuff, on CBC Radio One in 2001.[4] In 2002, he moved to Ottawa to take over as host of that station's afternoon current affairs program, All in a Day.[1] That same summer, he also hosted Go, a nationally broadcast summer series which aired on Saturday mornings;[5] following a second summer run in 2003, the show was added to the network's regular year-round schedule that fall.[6]

In 2005, Bambury gave up hosting duties of All in a Day,[7] and moved to Toronto along with the production of Go.[7]

In 2007, Bambury guest hosted an episode of CBC Radio 3's weekly chart show The R3-30.[8] He has also cohosted three episodes of the Canadian version of Test the Nation with Wendy Mesley on CBC Television.[2]

Go broadcast its final episode in June 2010.[2] That fall, Bambury launched the new national current affairs program Day 6.[2] He has also guest hosted a number of episodes of Q.

Bambury is openly gay.[9]


  1. ^ a b "CBC announces host for 'All in a Day': Brent Bambury to replace Ken Rockburn". Ottawa Citizen, January 16, 2002.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Saturday morning guy; Saint John native Brent Bambury hosts new CBC radio show 'Day 6'". The Telegraph-Journal, September 20, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "N.B. native now on the air in Ottawa". The Telegraph-Journal, March 26, 2002.
  4. ^ "Playing it cool on CBC's goofy new show". The Globe and Mail, June 30, 2001.
  5. ^ "CBC re-signs Rogers to shorter radio show: Network mum on other changes to scheduling". Ottawa Citizen, June 15, 2002.
  6. ^ "Brown lands on his feet: Radio Active host bounces back after national show axed". Edmonton Journal, August 30, 2003.
  7. ^ a b "Brent Bambury calls it a day". Ottawa Citizen, April 20, 2005.
  8. ^ "The R3-30: Week Ending April 26, 2007 - Guest Hosted By Brent Bambury". CBC Radio 3, April 19, 2007.
  9. ^ "Beyond Brokeback". Toronto Star, November 15, 2005.