Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Drake, Margaret Atwood and Mark Maron: these are a few of the hundreds of artists Jian Ghomeshi has interviewed on his seven-year-old program, Q. Originating from Canada’s national broadcaster, the CBC, Q is now heard on 160 stations across the United States. It’s YouTube station gets about 1.5 million hits a month. And 250,000 people download the show’s podcast each week.
Ghomeshi is known to many for his years in the band Moxy Fruvous — a rock star status that he wanted to leave behind when he began his career in public broadcasting. But now, after so much success with Q, he says he’s willing to talk about his music career, and perhaps even jam with some guests, again.
Last night Q recorded a show at The Aladdin Theater in Portland. (It will broadcast today on OPB at 2 p.m.) Tickets to the show sold out before the lineup was even announced. And when Ghomeshi took the stage he got people hooting and hollering and applauding almost immediately. It was a high-energy take on Portland’s cultural landscape.
Today Ghomeshi comes to our studio to talk about his career, Q, and his reflections on Oregon. What would you like to ask him?
- Jian Ghomeshi: host and co-creator of Q