I listen to Kathleen Petty on the Ottawa Morning Show on CBC radio every morning. Just for a little while…from the time I wake up til the time I get up. Maybe half an hour or so.
The last time I remember feeling any kind of attachment to a radio personality was as a little kid, when General Grant would march me off to school each morning. FORWARD, HO! (Does he still do that? Does he still exist? Does anybody know what I’m talking about?)
Anyway, I was saddened a few months ago to hear Kathleen Petty would be moving back to Calgary in August, to be closer to family and to take over the CBC morning show there.
I was even sadder today when I found out that she’s not going home to Calgary after all. At least not right away. She says she is facing a “significant health challenge” and feels she can face it better here than there. She’s going to stay in Ottawa for the next while, while she takes care of whatever it is. (I feel like I know exactly what it is. But she’s not saying, so I won’t say.)
I’ve been thinking about her all day, and I know a lot of other people have too. It’s funny how you can feel like you know someone you’ve never even met, and find yourself genuinely caring about them.
Friday morning is her last show in Ottawa. They’re having an on-air going-away party for her. I’ve been thinking about how the tone of the party might change in light of this news about her health, but I know she won’t allow it to degenerate into a Kathleen Petty Pity Party.
You can tune in here between 5:30 and 8:30 in the morning.