The Great Eastern (radio show)

The Great Eastern (Radio Show)

The Great Eastern (radio show)

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The Great Eastern was a radio comedy show on CBC Radio One. It ran from 1994 to 1999.

Billed as Newfoundland's Cultural Magazine, The Great Eastern was an hour long summer replacement show on CBC Radio One for the first two seasons, and then became a half hour regular show for the next three seasons.

The (Fictional) World of the Great Eastern

The Great Eastern purported to be a long-running show on the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland of which hour long and half-hour long segments were broadcast on Radio One (and, through atmospheric anomalies, to Iceland). Although content varied from show to show, most shows started with theme music, moved to a hearty introduction and hello from host Paul Moth, a visit to Ish Lundrigan and the BCN vault for old radio content, the "What's that noise from Newfoundland" contest, and then to the meat of the show, which would involve anything from discussions of the religion/get-rich-quick scheme Economology to Newfoundland Christmas radio plays.

Characters of the Great Eastern

Some recurring characters on The Great Eastern are:

  • Paul Moth (played by Mack Furlong), the mostly genial host. He has a shoe fetish, a fear of being probed by aliens, a checkered past replete with substance abuse and a past career involving such things as directing Mexican versions of Lassie movies. These events are probably covered in his book, "The Rocky Road to Recovery".
  • Erling Biggs (played by Jamie Fitzpatrick), the BCN's......
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