Busy summer for young whippersnapper
You're going to be seeing a lot less of Zach Goudie for the next month or so.
The spark plug of a reporter with CBC Here & Now is off to Toronto for two weeks, where he will be filling in for others on the CBC Newsworld Morning Show.
"I've been doing live spots for them from St. John's all year, so I'm really looking forward to getting out of the ol' comfort zone and trying my hand in a new setting," Goudie said, in an email interview.
After that, Goudie is headed for Grand Falls-Windsor, his home town, to host the Central Newfoundland Morning Show on CBC Radio. Goudie says he is more nervous about that than the Newsworld gig, since he hasn't hosted on radio since his days with CHMR (MUN Radio).
"I started my CBC career at that station almost six years ago, as the summer guy hired to tech the show," he said. "Going back to host is going to be a treat. The nerves go away once the light turns red I'm told that's part of the fun of working at the CBC during the summer, filling in a week here and a week there, seeing the country while you're at it. Works for me!"
That's pretty heady stuff for a young reporter, just 24 years of age, but Goudie's career has always been on a fast track. He has an infectious, almost manic energy that is tailor-made for TV.
Goudie actually got his start in print while still in high school, writing a weekly column called My Big Mouth' for the Transcontinental papers. He also filed some freelance pieces for CBC Radio, before taking a six-month audio engineering course. Upon finishing, CBC offered him a summer job doing tech work on the St. John's Morning Show. That was 2003, Goudie was 19 and he's been with the CBC ever since.
"I teched radio for the next three years, just backfill, mind you. Little by little, I started pitching ideas and doing more on-air work. Another few years and my freelance gigs had me working practically full-time. Last summer, I was producing a weekly entertainment report for The Morning Show ("On The Scene"), a bi-weekly entertainment report for Radio Noon, and feature items and comedy sketches for On The Go."
For Goudie, the transition to TV happened the same way little by little. "Like a lot of radio reporters, the move from Duckworth Street to the parkway meant getting a crack at television. Because I was the entertainment guy on radio, they started having me do entertainment related items every Friday. When they needed someone to fill-in for a month in the newsroom, they rolled the dice and picked me. That was November been here ever since."
I asked Goudie if he is surprised or impressed at how quickly his career track has advanced.
"I'm grateful. Grateful to work with people who are not afraid to take chances on new talent, and not afraid to suffer a few shaky on-air moments as the new talent develops. I'm grateful to work at a company where creativity is encouraged, an asset. And grateful that creativity and hard-work are often rewarded with opportunity."
And how about some career advice to young people contemplating a career in journalism?
"Anyone interested in following a similar path need only walk in the front door armed with three ideas, and enough confidence to convince someone else that at least one of those ideas would make a good story. Pitch, pitch, pitch. It's a crowded field - just ask the dozens of casuals (myself included) who have been lined up for jobs for years, trying to land honest-to-goodness jobs. But there's always a market for a good idea. And if you do a good job, who knows where you might wind up."