For many years now I have thought about starting my own podcast.
Now it is a reality at :
On your iPhone or iPad go to the Podcasts folder and in the search engine type in "Mike Cohen Podcast" and subscribe.
I graduated from Concordia University's Broadcast Journalism Program in 1985 and a future in radio or TV was definitely on my radar screen. Yes, I was able to get some freelance assignments. Mitch Melnick, then with CJAD, gave me my first taste in the business when he arranged for me to do some post game reports at Montreal Expos games. A number of years later, I served as the Montreal correspondent for The FAN all-sports radio in Toronto and for two years co-hosted the Expos pre and post game shows on the old CIQC Radio 600 (a successor to the old CFCF Radio). It was a blast. Meanwhile, as the then national director of communications for Canadian Jewish Congress I became an official spokesperson and did countless interviews. That continued in 1999 when I joined the English Montreal School Board as communications and marketing specialist, a position I still hold today. Responding to media inquiries is a huge component of this job. From time to time I also get to do a sports radio bit on TSN 690 with the likes of Tony Marinaro and Matthew Ross.
In 2005 I was elected to city council in Côte Saint-Luc. I started this blog as a way to regularly communicate with my constituents. Last September my colleague, Councillor Oren Sebag, started his own podcast. I think that was the wakeup call I needed to launch mine. My intent is to draw from the people I interact with via my three main jobs: the EMSB, city council and as a writer for a number of publications, notably The Suburban. During the present COVID-19 pandemic, interviews will be done by phone. As such the podcasts will not have a lot of bells and whistles attached, but I do hope to chat with different players in the field under the three hats I wear. I greatly look forward to the day when I can go on location.
My first interview is with the Liberal MNA for D'Arcy McGee David Birnbaum. David and I go back decades. We first met when he was the communications officer for the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal and I was a reporter for The Suburban.It was David, in fact, who recommended me for my job at the EMSB. I thought it would be interesting to get his take on the COVID-19 pandemic. How does it impact local MNAs? Is the CAQ government doing a good job? Where does the Liberal leadership race stand? Will Bill 40, the school board reforms, be enacted on time? Please give it a listen and stay tuned for more.
You can click on this direct link: https://soundcloud.com/themikecohenpodcast/an-interview-with-darcy-mcgee-liberal-mna-david-birnbaum.
and this one for my interview with Anthony Housefather: https://soundcloud.com/themike