The Strombo Show
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Home station||CFRB/CJAD (2005-2007)
Corus Entertainment (2007-2009)
CBC Radio 2 (2009-present)
|Original release||2005 – present|
The show originated on Standard Broadcasting's CFRB in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal as a light-hearted news-oriented talk show. In November 2007, the show moved to the Corus network and the format changed, with a focus on music. The Strombo Show broadcast from 102.1 The Edge's Toronto studio and on other radio stations in the Corus Entertainment network, including CFOX-FM in Vancouver, Power 97 in Winnipeg, FM96 in London and Y108 in Hamilton. On the Corus network, the show aired for three hours on Sunday nights, combining music, celebrity guests and calls from listeners.
The show moved to CBC Radio 2 in November 2009. In an interview with ChartAttack, Stroumboulopoulos acknowledged that being on a public radio network gives him more flexibility to choose music without genre limitations than the Corus version of his show, which aired on modern rock and active rock stations, did.
CBC Radio 2
Every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2, the show follows a freeform format, airing contemporary music personally chosen by Stroumboulopoulos. The program is not recorded in the CBC's main studios, but in Stroumboulopoulos' own home.
Each show features a conversation and live acoustic performance from various guests. Past guests include major international artists like Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Slash, The National, Patti Smith, Band of Horses, Greg Graffin of Bad Religion, Ghostface Killah and Buddy Guy to Canadian talent such as Gord Downie, Joel Plaskett, Arkells, Tegan & Sara and City & Colour.
Other regular features of the show include a 'Nod to the Gods' segment at the top of each show that celebrates important forces in music and the Magnificent Seven countdown highlights the seven best new tracks of the week, as determined by Stroumboulopoulos - its namesake also serves as a testament to The Clash. The Strombo Show pays tribute to Tom Waits' music on Ten With Tom and there is 'The Blend' - a 15-minute mix from some of Canada's best DJ's.
Live sessions recorded for the program are also uploaded to Stroumboulopoulos' YouTube channel as The Strombo Show Sessions.
On January 1, 2017, the show aired a special episode entitled The Hip 30, which consisted of Canadian musicians performing live covers of The Tragically Hip's songs and sharing their thoughts on the band's impact on Canadian culture. Participating artists included Blue Rodeo, Sarah Harmer, Barenaked Ladies, Donovan Woods and Rheostatics.
- "Stroumboulopoulos just can't stopoulopoulos; New CBC Radio Show". National Post, November 7, 2009.
- "'You get this kind of dumb smile on your face'". The Globe and Mail, October 26, 2006.
- "How to Host a Talk Show: Don't try to be something you're not, says George Stroumboulopoulos, and, um, don't forget to mention the book". National Post, November 3, 2007.
- "Strombo Reveals Details Of New CBC Radio Show". chartattack.com, November 6, 2009.
- "Strombo's Holy Trinity: The Clash, Public Enemy, George Carlin". chartattack.com, November 8, 2009.
- "The spirit of the radio lives on with George Stroumboulopoulos". The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2016.
- "George Stroumboulopoulos’s love letter to the Tragically Hip". The Globe and Mail, December 29, 2016.