RealTime (radio show)

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Genrealternative rock
Running time5 hours
Country of originCanada
Home stationCBC Radio One
StarringLeora Kornfeld
Produced byThomas Hunt
Executive producer(s)Bob Ouimet
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1994 –
June 28, 1997

RealTime was a Canadian radio show, which aired Saturday evenings on CBC Stereo from 1994 to 1997.[1] Hosted by Leora Kornfeld,[2] the series was a pop-culture magazine and interview show, and served as the CBC's first major foray into Internet broadcasting by integrating Internet technologies such as e-mail, IRC and audio streaming into its program format.[3]


The show was produced live for eight hours each Saturday night,[2] but aired in a "rolling" format in which individual stations aired only the portions of the program between 7 p.m. and midnight local time.[4] The program's main feature segments were scheduled to air during the time block when it was airing simultaneously across the entire country,[1] with the regionalized blocks devoted primarily to music and interactive listener chat.[1]

The program also sometimes incorporated comedy segments, most notably the short-run comedy series The Chumps Without a Net.[5]

Web integration[edit]

Listeners could interact with the show either by Internet or telephone as it aired:[6] asking questions of an interview guest, requesting songs, offering feedback on the show, participating in on-air polls, and so forth.[7] The show was the first in the world to stream a live call-in radio show simultaneously on FM radio and the Internet using RealAudio in 1995.[8]

On at least one occasion, the program staff received advance feedback about the show before it aired, when an Internet user found the planned program logs for the upcoming episode and e-mailed the show to request that they not play a song he hated.[9]

The show had one of the first web sites on CBC, created by Loc Dao.[3] The show's production team included executive producer Robert Ouimet, senior producer Chris Straw, producer Thomas Hunt and technician Loc Dao.[10] Loc became a producer on the show in 1995.[10]


The last episode of Realtime aired on June 28, 1997. In the fall, Kornfeld and David Wisdom, formerly the host of Night Lines, debuted as cohosts of the new series RadioSonic,[11] which itself later evolved into today's CBC Radio 3.


  1. ^ a b c "CBC's RealTime an eight-hour mind and music link: Saturday night show melds high tech, talk and tunes". Vancouver Sun, September 17, 1994.
  2. ^ a b "Nighttime is her RealTime: Leora Kornfeld defies the laws of nature in hosting CBC Stereo's alternative music show". Vancouver Sun, January 28, 1997.
  3. ^ a b "Radio shows keep tuned in to listeners via Internet". Ottawa Citizen, February 15, 1996.
  4. ^ "CBC's weekend changes massive, inevitable". Ottawa Citizen, July 10, 1994.
  5. ^ "Chumps take high-wire act to nation's radio airwaves". Kingston Whig-Standard, May 27, 1996.
  6. ^ "Call up the CBC from your computer: And put in requests to RealTime". The Province, November 27. 1994.
  7. ^ "`Stodgy' old CBC in the groove". Ottawa Citizen, December 21, 1995.
  8. ^ "CBC broadcasts on Internet". The Globe and Mail, September 25, 1996.
  9. ^ "Internet user gives RealTime producer pre-review of show". Toronto Star, February 10, 1996.
  10. ^ a b "Working underground: The lowdown on people with jobs down below". The Province, August 31, 1995.
  11. ^ "CBC Radio changes name and schedule Renaming of two networks reflects massive restructuring of programming." The Globe and Mail, August 20, 1997

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