Wiles named Broad­caster of the Year

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS - By Nick Moase

John Wiles, sta­tion man­ager of CKBW and Queens Co. res­i­dent, loves to throw his in­tern stu­dents in the booth. And for his ef­forts, the Broad­cast Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada named him Broad­caster of the Year.

The award was given to Wiles in recog­ni­tion for work he has done with stu­dents that come through CKBW. Wiles was in­vited to at­tend the BEAC con­fer­ence in Hal­i­fax with his boss, but he had ab­so­lutely no idea about the award.

“ The lis­ten­ers of CKBW are prob­a­bly more de­serv­ing of the award than I am in many ways. They’re the ones who have to put up with them,” he laughs.

Over the years, he says, CKBW got a rep­u­ta­tion as be­ing a train­ing ground for peo­ple in­ter­ested in ra­dio, es­pe­cially be­fore ac­tual ra­dio jour­nal­ism schools came into ex­is­tence.

“In some ways, I’m al­most stand­ing on the shoul­ders of giants. The peo­ple who were in this po­si­tion be­fore me cer­tainly helped a lot of oth­ers get started. I think it’s im­por­tant to con­tinue that.”

How­ever he rec­og­nizes he lets the stu­dents do more than they might at other ra­dio sta­tions. Wiles says he’s got­ten a rep­u­ta­tion for putting all stu­dents on the air, “whether they’ve got any in­ter­est in be­ing on the air at all,” he laughs.

For ex­am­ple, even stu­dents who want to spe­cial­ize in pro­duc­tion get put on air. Wiles says this is so they have the ex­peri- ence and know what it’s like, even if they never do it again.

“ You’ve got to work (with the on air guys) on a daily ba­sis, so you should at least know what they are go­ing through.”

He says some stu­dents that come through are very ner­vous about be­ing on air, but af­ter they do it they find they re­ally like it.

Wiles has been in broad­cast­ing for al­most 30 years, get­ting his start in 1980 in New­found­land. Af­ter a hia­tus in the early 1990s run­ning Smith’s Fur­ni­ture in Liver­pool, he re­turned to ra­dio at CKBW.

He says he’s very pas­sion­ate about the job, and ea­ger to share it with the stu­dents. Wiles sees bring­ing in stu­dents as a way to pass along some­thing he re­ally loves to some­one else, adding he loves see­ing that spark when they start to en­joy it too.

CKBW usu­ally gets a cou­ple in Dec. and May on work terms.

“If they’re com­ing here on a work term, they’re com­ing here to work and not do the jobs we don’t want to do.” In other words, he says, they’re not cof­fee boys.

“ They’re here to learn and ex­pe­ri­ence the busi­ness.”

Wiles says mis­takes will al­ways be made, but it’s how you deal with them af­ter­wards that’s more im­por­tant.

“Hope­fully there are a cou­ple of them that have learned some­thing be­ing here, and will stick around to put those things to good use.”

The Broad­cast Ed­u­ca­tors As­so­ci­a­tion of Canada has named Liver­pool res­i­dent John Wiles “Broad­caster of the Year” for his work with stu­dent in­terns at CKBW. Wiles be­lieves every­one com­ing through should get a chance to be on the air, whether they want to or not.

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