Danielle Charbonneau thanks her music stakeholders

This was an email sent to a listener, in response to his concern over the cancellation of Music for a While on Radio 2. It was ostensibly written by Danielle Charbonneau herself, but more obviously written by some English Communications Drone with a big glass of Kool-Aid on his desk.
The results, my friends, are not pretty. But worthy of our ridicule.

Dear sir,

Thank you for taking the time to express your support and loyalty.

It has been my pleasure to produce and host Music for a While for the past eight and a half years on CBC Radio 2. And it was a privilege to share many fine hours of music with you.

However, CBC Radio, in its efforts to serve the diverse needs and expectations of Canadians, must continue to evolve and change.

Radio 2’s new approach to early evening programming is a result of extensive research and recommendations from our radio audience, staff and music stakeholders across Canada.

The schedule will begin at 6:03 p.m. with a two-hour jazz program followed by two hours of the best concerts, shows and festivals from across Canada. From 10pm to 1am, Radio 2 will explore contemporary music with a strong focus on Canadian composers.

From 1am to 6am, I will host the new, expanded overnight program featuring a broad range of musical genres to reflect a variety of music across the country.

Once more, allow me to thank you for your interest in “Music for a While”. Your generous support over the years has been most gratifying, and I always appreciated the enthusiastic comments in your letters and e-mails.

Feedback from listeners is vital to our work at CBC Radio, and I hope you will tune in to the new Radio 2’s evening and night schedule. And please, let us know what you think of the music you will hear on air.

Your comments will be shared with the executive and production teams through the National Audience Reaction Report.

Best regards
Danielle Charbonneau
Music for a While
CBC Radio 2


  1. emily
    Posted April 1, 2007 at 2:31 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Poor Danielle. I’m pretty sure I’ve never heard her use the word “stakeholders”.

    It’s sad that management won’t let people speak for themselves. This attitude runs particularly deep in Montreal English Radio, where for years and years there’s been a very clear message: “shut the hell up and you can keep your job”.

  2. Allan
    Posted March 29, 2007 at 7:11 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Dear sir or other,

    Thank you for taking the time and wasting mine to express your endless list of musical suggestions and critique of my every inflection, grammatical errors and insufficient historical references in the spirt of support and after years of listening it’s about time we started doing things according to your wishes and we should be immeasurably impressed by your loyalty.

    Music stakeholders – usually the ones who bring you free lines of coke. Or in this case, bags and bags of potpourri.

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