Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Honmtar H73-THI LKTHIMMC HERALD Bill CJOC frustrated dogs ometimes a call from elling salesman reveal I LINES OPEN LIVES wrong a little how thrives on it. ned in who had the wrong Bill got her to ex- on the issue they were discussing Matheson said to Terry that's the most ever said and I disagree with j idn't know even what he was dis- a listener called in and sided with ake the show as controversial as listener participation. Mr. Mathe- id may take different sides of an jugh they may agree understand an by hearing they may understand it says. They can phone in and and never have to say issue. shows exist in almost every ida. Any place with a radio sta- i open line it the University of Lethbridge who phone open-line shows feel 'cision making ive nothing to do with decisions vincial or federal vs. By phoning an open line show rho will listen and so they don't some people who listen to the ryday and some who listen only ng. discussed is of interest to lescribes open-line shows as He says the people who axe to grind or want to get chest. never gets his name or picture says. is his. He gets i Mr. Matheson has been open line for eight years. Mr. Bland has been working with him for five. Mr. Bland is a local professional photographer. The which runs weekdays from to 10 averages about 20 calls per show. The other morning a lady called in to compliment Mr. Matheson. on his singing someone else wanted to know how to determine wind chill and another caller complaining about the price of a dish of ice cream in a local restaurant. And then someone mentioned the naming of the new north side swimming pool. They're off. .Most of the following flooded in with people suggesting names. opinion is as good as Mr. Matheson says. By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer When there's a guest on the show they don't get many calls. wants to argue with an Mr. Bland says. can make a fool of themselves. most people have opinions on things they The day after the 1971 provincial election Ken a winning was the guest. The first 10 minutes of the show were spent discussing politics to set the audience up for the discussion. They had one call on politics and then a lady phon- ed complaining her dog should be allowed to run loose. That was it for the of the program. All anybody wanted to talk about was his dog and Ken Hurlburt sat there and listened. real bread and butter Mr. Matheson says. The hottest issues to date have been local water rationing and the changing of a parade route in Raymond. In the show that received the most to was whether or not to starch men's shorts. The CHEC another open-line radio show in takes a different approach. They try and be more of a public affairs type of program and like having guests. It may be a a citizenship expert or a politician. They try and be says the show's host Morley McGill. The who are usually experts in their do the talking. Also it gives the ordinary person a chance to ques- tion people like doctors or other experts. This may be the listeners only opportunity to do that Mr. McGill When there are no guests on the show Mr. McGill and Marilynn the show's talk back and forth and try and make the show very light and entertaining. people see we are enjoying they'll want to be part of Mrs. Anderson says. People like having a woman on the she added. They say its nice to hear a woman giving her opinion. The CHEC Line has been in operation for over two years. Mr. the station's news has been with it all that time. Mrs. a freelance writer and broadcaster has been with the show about IVz years. The show goes weekdays from 9 to 10 a.m. and in that hour they usually get between 10 and 15 calls. The results of the show are far reaching. Mr. McGill claims their show was partly responsible for the Unemployment Insurance Commission files and decision making power being transferred from the Calgary to the Lethbridge office. They received many complaints from people about unemployment insurance and encouraged them Jo write their MP's or MLA's. A citizenship expert they once had on their show informed a caller who thought he was a citizen that he wasn't. And then the little old lady from-Consort. She's a regular caller to the show but doesn't have a phone so she goes doWn to a phone booth and makes her call. One on his way to got so mad with a comment on the he stopped by a phone on the side of the road and called in.