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article imageCBC announces new host of Q is London, Ont. rapper Shad

By Marcus Hondro     Mar 11, 2015 in Entertainment
After an exhaustive search in which over 200 possible hosts of their flagship radio show, Q, were looked at, the CBC has made a choice. It's a male, a rapper and his name is Shad. For those keeping score, he guest hosted in the final week of January.
New host of CBC's the Q
Shad is young at 32 but he's got a ton of experience in his musical career. In the time he spent hosting Q in January, he showed himself to be a great talker with a wonderful sense of humor and came across as smart, sincere, knowledgeable and engaging.
Shad, a.k.a. Shadrach Kabango, was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents but grew up in London, Ontario, his family moving there when he was 11-months-old. But while an easterner he has spent time out West. In addition to earning a business degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, he obtained a master’s degree in liberal studies from Vancouver's Simon Fraser University.
"Joining the Q team is an honour," Shad told the CBC on Tuesday. "My mission in music has always been to make a unique and positive contribution to culture and to people's lives. This is an exciting opportunity to pursue that same mission in a new way, alongside a brilliant, passionate team."
Since 2005 he's released four albums. His second, The Old Prince, his third, TSOL and his fourth, Flying Colors — which came out last year — were all nominated for a Polaris Prize. In 2011 he won the Juno for 'Rap Recording of the Year' (an award that Drake has won three times) for TSOL.
Search began after Ghomeshi fired
The search for a host began after the fall from grace of Jian Ghomeshi, fired from the CBC last October and since charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and one of overcoming resistance by choking. His next court date is March 27.
The CBC considered changing the name of Q but the executive director of CBC Radio Talk, Cindy Witten said Tuesday that focus groups they conducted showed a large majority of listeners wanted the name retained. She said the troubles the show and the broadcaster went through are behind them and they are happy to be moving forward with "a fresh and lively Q" that has Shad at the forefront.
"We were looking for...an original thinker, curious and emotionally intelligent," she said. "Also, a good conversationalist who is witty and fast on their feet. We wanted someone steeped in arts and culture in this country."
A new format, the CBC said, will feature more musical performances. Q, with Shad at the helm, relaunches in the middle of April.
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