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Lana Gay: CBC Radio 3 Host, On-Air and Awesome
Every Thursday I profile a new incredible woman, each from a different walk of life. Different professions, causes, backgrounds, ethnicities, orientations, and anything/everything else!
So without further delay, let me introduce the awesome Lana Gay…
Host of Lanarama, Lana Gay rocks CBC Radio 3 with her knowledge of the music world and casual on-air personality. I mean, just take a listen. Doesn’t she sound like your cool friend who knows all the best bands? And with that awesome expertise, Lana was also a member of the grand jury for the 2008 Polaris Music Prize. Lana answers our shameless questions and tells us about how her passion drives her to share what she loves, including the best burrito she’s ever eaten!
What drives you to do what you do?
Music and conversation. My Mom says I haven’t stopped talking since the day I was born, and I can understand why. I am a pretty passionate person, whether it’s the best song I’ve heard this week or the best burrito I’ve ever eaten, I want to tell everyone about it.
We are fascinating creatures, and everyone has a story, a history, and usually some very witty anecdotes. I want to hear them all!
As for the music, there are countless amazing musicians in Canada that deserve more exposure, and many are raising their profile on their own. I’m driven to try and spread the word and the music! (and how ‘bout that burrito?)
How does being a woman empower / challenge you?
I am empowered by the journey and strength of women in my own family. My maternal Grandmother was literally born in a cave in the Austro-Hungarian Empire during a war. By comparison, the only cave I’ve ever been in was at Canada’s Wonderland. I have an education, I vote, I speak my mind, I do it all on my own, and I owe it to the women before me. Thank you Nana!
Though it is challenging to be a woman, within and outside of broadcasting, I choose to look at the progress that has been made and use the gratitude I feel to empower me now.
What advice would you give to young women who want to follow in your footsteps?
It’s strange to have a job that’s also who you are, try not to take things too personally. Work hard, don’t be afraid to ask questions and have fun! Start your own show now, you don’t need to work for a big station, make some playlists or a podcast. Be yourself.
Name one person, place, or thing every young woman should know about?
What is the most important thing we can do in order to change the world?
Respect it, ourselves and each other.