After 22 years on the air, CBC Radio’s Saturday afternoon radio show Definitely Not the Opera (or DNTO for short) is airing its final episode on May 14.
Launched on September 10, 1994, DNTO started as a pop culture magazine show, but evolved into a platform for personal storytelling on a variety of subjects.
The show’s name references Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, which aired on CBC Radio 2 in the same time slot.
Current host Sook-Yin Lee, who took on the role in September 2002, is moving on to a new project within the CBC, and the Winnipeg-based producers of DNTO are developing a new CBC show, with details to be announced at a later date.
“We wanted to go out on a high,” says Susan Marjetti, CBC’s executive director of radio and audio. “DNTO has had a great run. Its continued popularity for more than two decades is a testament to the creative talent of the team and everyone who has worked on the show over the years, but it was time for a change and we are excited about the new projects we have coming with both Sook-Yin and the Winnipeg team.”
Originally hosted by Nora Young, early contributors to DNTO included Canadian pop culture figures Rex Murphy, Ivan Fecan, Mary Walsh, Laurie Brown and Guy Maddin.