Cy­cling Celebrity

Rid­ing is a chance to ex­plore his city and his thoughts

Canadian Cycling Magazine - - CONTENTS - By David Mcpher­son

John Moore rides to ex­plore his city and his thoughts

On any given day, there is no short­age of top­ics for John Moore and his pro­duc­ers to choose to ex­plore. Five days a week, from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Moore con­ducts live in­ter­views with the news­mak­ers of the day as the host of Moor­einthe­morn­ing on New­stalk 1010 ra­dio in Toronto. From celebri­ties to politi­cians to Joe Pub­lic, re­cent guests have in­cluded Paul Shaf­fer – the long­time band­leader on David Let­ter­man’s late-night shows – a for­mer ex­treme fight­ing cham­pion who dis­cussed the le­gal­iza­tion of pot and a woman who woke up with a ca­noe in her bed.

For many On­tar­i­ans, Moore’s show is as much a part of their wake-up rou­tine as a cup of cof­fee. “We talk about what peo­ple are talk­ing about,” Moore says. “Peo­ple are talk­ing about an aw­ful lot these days. I get to talk to some pretty in­ter­est­ing peo­ple, whether they are celebri­ties, news­mak­ers, busi­ness peo­ple, or just ev­ery­day peo­ple with thought-pro­vok­ing sto­ries to share. The theme of the show is peo­ple and what they are pas­sion­ate about. You might talk to a city plan­ner, then follow that with a con­ver­sa­tion with some­body who has the world’s great­est col­lec­tion of doll’s heads.”

Born and raised in Mon­treal, Moore grad­u­ated with dual de­grees in com­mu­ni­ca­tions and com­mu­nity, pub­lic af­fairs and pol­icy stud­ies at Con­cor­dia Uni­ver­sity. “I was study­ing at uni­ver­sity, but also work­ing as a stage ac­tor when some­one from an FM ra­dio sta­tion in Mon­treal told me I had a good voice and that I should think of a ca­reer in ra­dio,” Moore says.

He be­gan with a stint as a re­porter at chom in his home­town. Later, Moore worked for Ra­dio-canada. Then, in 2003, he was of­fered his own show and moved to Toronto. That’s also when he got the cy­cling bug. “I was liv­ing alone and had a lot of time on my hands, so I fig­ured I would just get on my bike to get around,” Moore says. “Be­ing new to Toronto, it was a way I got to know all the neigh­bour­hoods. Some­times I would ride in the ravines and some­times I would ride in the streets.”

Moore re­mem­bers with fond­ness the Mon­goose that was his two-wheel com­pan­ion in his early days liv­ing in the city. Since then, his col­lec­tion of bikes has grown steadily – from a Kona road bike (that he has since sold) to a Spe­cial­ized Tri­cross, a Trek com­muter bike, and fi­nally to the pièce de ré­sis­tance: a 13-lb. Vitess be­spoke bi­cy­cle, cus­tom-made by owner Julien Papon.

The jour­nal­ist prefers rid­ing alone; he likes the iso­la­tion of be­ing on a bike. Moore, how­ever, does some­times ride closely with oth­ers. He’s part of the Trail­blaz­ers Tan­dem Cy­cling Club. The group teams up sighted cap­tains to ride with stok­ers who have have lim­ited or no vi­sion.

For his first half-dozen years in Hog­town, Moore was the after­noon drive-home host. In the fall of 2009, he re­placed Bill Car­roll as the morn­ing host. The only part of the job Moore dis­likes is the hours. “You have to be up at 3 a.m. to be ready for the show, but that’s why I like bik­ing,” he says. “It gives me a chance to plan the next day’s show. Some peo­ple go for a walk. I go for a bike ride.”

“Rid­ing is a chance to get out­side and hash over some of the stuff we are go­ing to do on the show or work out any ten­sion or ag­gres­sions that I may have,” he says. “I have so many col­umns in my head while I’m bik­ing. Just out there in traf­fic, sur­rounded by noise – it’s a chance to re­flect.”

Af­ter all his years on-air, Moore is still driven by a pas­sion for the medium. His lis­ten­ers con­tinue to in­spire him. “I’m a re­lent­lessly cu­ri­ous per­son,” he says. “Ra­dio is a great medium for that. I’m al­ways lis­ten­ing to my lis­ten­ers. We present 10 to 15 sto­ries ev­ery morn­ing and try to dig deeper. It’s re­ally cool to be at the nexus of that.”

“I have so many col­umns in my head while I’m bik­ing. Just out there in traf­fic, sur­rounded by noise – it’s a chance to re­flect.”

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