Bernie Lucht is a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University. He joined Ryerson in September 2014, after retiring from a career at the CBC lasting almost fifty years.
From 1984 to 2012, Lucht was the executive producer of the long-running CBC Radio One program, Ideas, The CBC Massey Lectures, and the Sunday afternoon program of religious and spiritual exploration, Tapestry.
After earning a BA from Concordia (Sir George Williams) University in 1966, he joined the CBC as a producer with Radio-Canada International, producing daily news magazine programs for broadcast overseas on the short wave service of the CBC. In 1969, he went on to produce Cross-Country Checkup, CBC Radio’s national open line program, before leaving for West Africa to work as a CUSO volunteer teacher in rural Nigeria. He returned in 1971, starting work as a production assistant at Ideas and became the program’s executive producer in 1984. Under his direction, Ideas received national and international recognition for the quality of its work.
In 2014, Bernie Lucht received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from York University. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Where Ideas Come From
In 2015, the CBC Radio program, Ideas, marked its fiftieth anniversary, and is still going strong. In this lecture, Bernie Lucht reflects on the history of the program, from its birth in October 1965, how it evolved over the decades, the challenges it has faced, and the thinking behind it.
This event is part of the Fall 2017 Speaker series.