CBC/Radio-Canada is digging into its archive to surface a half-dozen seasons of the radio show “WireTap” as a podcast. The national broadcaster says when the “experimental” radio show hosted by Jonathan Goldstein debuted in 2004, podcasting was still in its infancy. But even at launch, the show “sounded and felt more like today’s podcasts than anything else on the radio.” That theory will now be put to the test as CBC Podcasts says it will release 57 episodes from seasons 6 through 11 as podcasts.
“WireTap” was a weekly half-hour show that aired Sunday afternoons on CBC radio from 2004 to 2015, growing out of Goldstein’s work as a producer on the U.S. radio show This American Life, itself a hit podcast. The show also was distributed in the U.S. under a deal with Public Radio International. “WireTap” included not only his weekly monologue and reworked Bible stories, but also recordings of calls with his friends and family.
While “WireTap” wasn’t originally a podcast, Goldstein’s latest show is. He has created the Gimlet Media podcast Heavyweight, a show that says it is about “road trips, thorny reunions, and difficult conversations as he backpedals his way into the past like a therapist with a time machine.”