CBC has appointed Ramona Dearing as the new full-time host of Radio Noon.
She replaces Anne Budgell, who retired on April 27 after 34 years with CBC. A variety of hosts have been filling the role on a temporary basis since then.
I think Ramona is a good choice. She has a combination of intellect, sensitivity and strength that is perfect for this role. Following is the internal memo that was issued today from Janice Stein, managing editor for CBC News in this province, announcing the decision.
Congratulations Ramona, and I will be listening!
RADIO NOON HAS A NEW HOST!
I am very pleased to announce that Ramona Dearing will host Radio Noon.
Ramona needs no introduction. She has been busy hosting Radio Noon and the Morning Show this summer.
She brings a great variety of experience to her new position. Ramona has hosted all of our shows over time...Morning Show, Radio Noon, On the Go, Weekend AM, Bycatch. She has most recently been our radio newsroom leader in charge of assignment. As well she has worked in a number of producer capacities, including the design and production of a CBC network show, Socket, which was a finalist in this year's Atlantic Journalism Awards.
Ramona began as a reporter in Television in Goose Bay. She then became a reporter in the Radio newsroom in St. John's, working as a court reporter and filling in at the legislature and city council. She has worked hard to build bridges in the relationship between the media and the courts, helping to organise a special Judges' conference last year which led to positive changes at the courts.
Not to forget Ramona's other persona as a published writer. Her poems and short stories have appeared in The Malahat Review, Grain and Prairie Fire, as well as in Oberon's Best Canadian Stories (1997, 1998, and 2001) and Coming Attractions (2001). She is a member of the fiction collective, The Burning Rock, and published a collection of short stories, So Beautiful in 2004.
Newfoundland & Labrador