Did we get him wrong all along?

According to a gushing Toronto Star staff writer, Jee-ahn Go-meshee is:

  • boyish
  • eclectic, cultural, skilled
  • heartfelt, cerebral
  • an ironic hipster
  • a single gadabout
  • prone to career reversals with Denise Donlon: “she’s his boss now”
  • “ambitious and passionate” (self-declared), but possibly over the hill (self-declared)


  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 23, 2009 at 7:20 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Now that you mention it, the stuff from the Winnipeg Content Factory is garbage. Why do we always find a way to lose the good stuff and keep producing the shit? Like, why is The Voice still on The Current? Isn’t it getting a little late for that?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted May 22, 2009 at 6:03 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Paul Moth was the (fictional) host of The Great Eastern, a CBC Radio program of the 90s. It’s rating were too high for it to be called “cult” but it felt like it. Fan chatter suggests it was canned because management felt it was too smart for the dummies listening or because its anonymous creators were asking for more money. The show never sucked-up to celebrity but instead mocked it so it wouldn’t have any place on today’s CBC radio.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted May 22, 2009 at 4:54 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece


    Wiki is here.

    Every episode, plus info on the spinoffs/sequels to the show Sunny Days and Nights and Town Beat on this site.

    I once wrote a fan mail to one of the brain children of this hilarious, ingenious program. Never got a reply. I guess since they had such a hate on for Ontario/ and Certain depts. of CBC Radio, it wasn’t worth his time to reply. Not the first time for a totally unwarranted snub and/or rub the wrong way from people in CBC St. John’s.

    Oh well, the legacy lives on the never-updated archive. Kicks the ass of any garbage that ever came out of the Winnipeg Content factory.

    Great parody of Jian’s old TV show ‘Play’ in one of the episodes. Prophetic.

  4. Fake Ouimet
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 9:01 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    For the love of G-d will somebody edutain us about who this Paul Moth is or was?

  5. Fake Ish Lundrigen
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 4:03 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Damn straight!

    Paul Moth could draw connections from arcane point A to absurdly a propos with his hands tied behind his back.

    Too bad buddy couldn’t handle his off the Rock culture shock well enough to get Sunny Days and Nights off the ground.

    And while we’re on the subject, where the @#$@#$@# is Gullage’s. There’s some homework for you, Jian. Get a Gullage’s revival going on the Q show, and get the episodes up on the youTube channel.

    I know, it’s a pipe dream …

  6. Anonymous
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 3:43 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Paul Moth? Now there was a host!

  7. Fake Paul Moth
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 12:35 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Historically, good show hosts were the ones who could take idea A and idea B, and draw some connections between them. A lot of being able to do that kind of comparison comes from putting in the raw hours — interviewing tons of experts on the air, and getting feedback from listeners when you are off the air.

    I just don’t see Jian really making these kinds of connections in interviews. He can and hopefully will improve as he gets more fiddlehead recipes under his belt like Shelagh did.

    Jian’s dilemmia should remind us of what Motorhead’s Lemmy said about the Rolling Stones vs. The Beatles. Basically, the Stones were upper/middle class primadonnas who cultivated this kind of bad boy image with their stunts. On the other hand, the Beatles were hard working, working class and would beat the daylights out of anybody who tried to ‘test their shit’ as Sgt. Pepper used to say.

    Jian, be our cultural 5th Beatle! Then you can aspire to highger rocking CBC heights like becoming the Norman McLaren of morning radio.

  8. Anonymous
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 7:17 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Balls? If anyone in CBC management had balls, the first thing they’d do is can aging, self-conscious hipsters like Ghomeshi, and do away with the many other past-due Muchmusic/Queen West hires: Denise Donlon, Sook-Yin Lee, Steve Pratt, George Stroumboulopoulos, Laurie Brown et al.

    This crowd is incredibly over-represented and our programming is suffering for it. It’s taking us in the wrong direction and it’s lazy hiring to boot: look outside of Toronto for a change.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted May 21, 2009 at 4:59 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    All of the above made it the most interesting thing CBC has done recently.
    The whole corporate, PC, ‘let’s all only be interested in ourselves’ thing is KILLING the service.
    The place has NO BALLS at all.
    Jian may not be my favourite on-air host. But he didn’t cause this and dealt with it like a pro.
    And I, for one, need more shit-disturbing like this or I’m taking my marbles, and like many others, am going away.

  10. Anonymous
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 5:44 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    His cred went UP after Billy Bob??? Really?? You’re commending him and his producers for, what — a) making (and breaking) an unethical deal to not ask certain, highly-relevant questions about his acting career (CBC journalistic policy doesn’t allow for such ridiculous deal-making…oh, wait..Jian’s not a journalist), or b) agreeing to interview and devote previous airtime to a hack of a musician in the first place when it’s a CANADIAN public broadcaster that should be promoting Canadian talent??? Which of these two helped you appreciate his credibility more?

  11. Anonymous
    Posted May 20, 2009 at 1:42 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Jian’s cred went way up with the Billy Bob thing.
    I’ll now listen more before forming an opinion.

  12. Duckboy
    Posted May 19, 2009 at 8:54 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    Aging hipster trying to be cool. Can’t listen to the show too much vapid infotainment.

  13. Anonymous
    Posted May 18, 2009 at 12:21 am | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    But it's not him, but the CBC says one Toronto Star commentator, (sent by the JG fan club?)
    great guy but sometimes not well served

    Jian is great. He's got wonderful parents and was raised well. He's the real deal! However, Jian is not always well served by the people around him. Some of his writers and/or producers at Q are obsessed with banal and empty aspects of lame American pop-culture. Stories about Britney, Lindsay, Jacko, et al. don't belong on Q! It cheapens the show & makes Jian look bad. Wish the writers would cover Asia and Europe. In Canada we have ENOUGH cultural imperialism dumped on us by the US Empire.

    Submitted by Mouselander at 3:24 PM Sunday, May 17 2009 "

  14. Anonymous
    Posted May 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece

    this is what the cbc has come to, huh? where we celebrate and praise bullshit shows that interview mostly non-canadian artists about non-issue. cbc tv has already made itself irrelevant and open to conservative attacks — now cbc radio is following suit. this, my friends, is what we call the beginning of the end. the only hope it for radio to return to its roots — solid journalism and enough of this voyeuristic, celebrity horse-crap.

  15. Anonymous
    Posted May 17, 2009 at 1:16 pm | # | Reply to this masterpiece


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