When The Advocate decided to expand its platform (beyond our glossy magazine and online news site) to include a podcast, we knew we had our work cut out for ourselves.
Too many podcasts are unfocused, meandering conversations between two people, recorded with one of the participant’s phones on the table in front of them.
It’s why we’re proud our podcast is professionally produced, with great storytelling and solid journalism, hosted by an experienced broadcaster.
It’s a news magazine program that speaks to you with stories that celebrate life in our community, but also examine our challenges.
Here are but a few examples:
- A ride-along with a community care driver
- Small business inspections during Covid
- Philosophy of hunting
- The hip hop maestro of Kawartha Lakes
- Cuppy the styro-foam cup’s press conference (Yes, you read that correctly. Our podcast is also fun).
About The Host
An award-winning broadcast journalist, Denis has contributed to CBC local and national radio – from news and current affairs to sports and culture – for more than 25 years.
(It’s at the CBC where he met his wife – Advocate associate editor and Reaboro native – Nancy Payne).
Denis Grignon’s documentaries are praised for their creative use of sound, clever writing and great interview clips. He also understands the unique sensibilities and culture of Kawartha Lakes and recognizes it’s important to get out of the studio – (okay, it’s his home office near Dunsford) – to hear people’s stories on their turf.
Denis connects just as easily with farmers and trades people, as he does with politicians and business owners (All of whom he’s played hockey with here, eh).
What sets him apart from other broadcasters is his professional experience as a comedian – a skill he often incorporates into the Advocate Podcast, blending solid journalism with occasional moments of humour and levity.
About Our Exclusive Sponsor
Commitment to community is one of the cornerstones of Wards Lawyers.
While it is one of the largest law firms in the Central Ontario area, with a team that offers everything from real estate services to complex litigation, Karissa and Jason Ward have always maintained that small town, personable approach.
They’ve also always recognized the importance of helping to make their community a more rich and vibrant place. Sponsoring The Advocate Podcast: Stories from Kawartha Lakes is consistent with all of Wards’s community initiatives — whether it’s their Haunt Your Home competition or their annual street hockey tournament, both of which raise thousands of dollars for local youth mental health initiatives.
“We are so proud to be a part of this amazing community service and to give back to a place that has given us so much over the years.”