WBEZ | CBC http://www.wbez.org/tags/cbc Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Q' host Jian Ghomeshi reflects on his path to radio http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/q-host-jian-ghomeshi-reflects-his-path-radio-87871 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/Jian.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://jian.ca/">Jian Ghomeshi</a>, the host of the <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/q/">Canadian radio program <em>Q</em></a>, is bringing his show to Chicago in a special live broadcast Thursday. Ghomeshi’s show can be heard Monday through Thursday on WBEZ.&nbsp; It covers arts, culture and entertainment through interviews with famous people, live in-studio performances and witty commentary. &nbsp;</p><p>Ghomeshi didn’t start out in broadcasting. He made his name in the 90’s as a member of the satirical rock band <a href="http://www.last.fm/music/Moxy+Fr%C3%BCvous" target="_blank">Moxy Früvous</a>.</p><p>“I spent 10 years being the interviewee,” Ghomeshi told <em>Eight Forty-Eight’s</em> Alison Cuddy. “I kind of got a sense of what I do and don’t appreciate when I’m being interviewed, and I can always tell when the interviewer had invested or not… And I try to do as much research before and invest and effectively shame the interviewee into investing back.”</p><p>His approach gained him YouTube fame for <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJWS6qyy7bw&amp;feature=player_embedded">an interview he did with Billy Bob Thornton</a>, who refused to answer questions about his acting career and was alternately not-forthcoming and at times argumentative. &nbsp;Though Thornton didn’t cooperate during the interview, Ghomeshi thinks that it made for great radio.</p><p>“Part of what I’m really interested in doing on the air, is exploring what’s really going on in a truthful manner in a truthful moment,” Ghomeshi said. “So it’s kind of removing any postulative professionalism to a certain extent… I would much rather wade into it. I’m not afraid of an awkward moment if it means I can reveal something.”</p><p>His willingness to air interviews uncensored is part of what draws the audience in.</p><p>“I’m not afraid to have that conversation on the air,” Ghomeshi said. “There have been a few guests who’ve come on that telegraphed they may be going sideways, and rather than end it, I’ve enabled it because I think it’s revealing. Ultimately, I think the audience knows. Often times it’s like, ‘Let them talk,’ and the audience will decide.”</p><p>Ghomeshi and the Q team will be doing a live broadcast from Chicago’s Biograph Theater on Thursday evening.&nbsp; Scheduled guests include <em>Saturday Night Live</em> head writer and star <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1024878/">Seth Meyers</a><strong>, </strong>documentary filmmaker <a href="http://www.kartemquin.com/about/steve-james">Steve James</a>, esteemed Chicago blues musician <a href="http://www.lonniebrooks.com/">Lonnie Brooks </a>and Scottish-American author <a href="http://www.irvinewelsh.net/">Irvine Welsh</a>.</p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/q-host-jian-ghomeshi-reflects-his-path-radio-87871