a bite-sized podcast about Newfoundland

Author: Debbie Wiseman

NewfoundPod Episode 10: Bob Cole

Bob Cole is an announcer for NHL Hockey Night In Canada. At 84, Bob is semi-retired but still calls games from time to time on Sportsnet. He’s been broadcasting hockey in some form, including the NHL regular season and playoffs and the Olympics, for about 50 years. He won a Gemini award in 2007 for his play-by-play and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1996, winning the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for Broadcast Excellence. He’s in the Newfoundland Hockey Hall of Fame. He received an honorary doctorate from Memorial University of Newfoundland and in 2016 was appointed to the Order of Canada. On this episode, I tell you about his legendary broadcasting career, but also tell you a little about the man himself.


This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Cole, Bob; Brunt, Stephen. Now I’m Catching On: My Life On and Off the Air. Penguin Canada. Kindle Edition.
Purchase here.

This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh. HelloFresh delivers weekly recipes and fresh ingredients straight to your doorstep, so you can cook delicious, quick, and healthy meals at home. There’s three different plans so you should be able to find something that suits your lifestyle. Shipping is always free, and by using my code DEBWIS you can get $40 off your first shipment. Check out HelloFresh.ca for more information.

Episode 009: Happy Halloween!

In this third episode of my Halloween series, I’m going to share a few stories from Newfoundland folklorist Dale Jarvis. If you can’t tell, my allergies are really kicking my butt, and have been for a while. I won’t subject you to my scratchy voice too much, so Dale will step in.

I have three stories for you. The first is The White Horse, from his book Haunted Waters. The second is the Whistling Ghost of Labrador and the third one is the story of Paddy Mahoney, both from his book Haunted Shores. All Dale’s books are available at Flanker Press or at Amazon:

Dale Jarvis Books at Amazon.ca

A Quick Note On A Change To The Podcast

Hello, just a quick note this week from me about the podcast. I’m going to be changing things up a bit. First of all, the Halloween episode will be released on Tuesday. After that, I’m going to start releasing episodes every 2 weeks. Believe it or not, this little podcast is actually a lot of work. I didn’t realize how much work until I got into it. I don’t know how people release long episodes weekly. But, I do this all on my own, and I love doing it, and I don’t ever want to feel like it’s a burden, or that I’m rushing to tell the stories. Maybe when I’m a more experienced podcaster, it won’t take me so long to write, record & edit, and I can go back to a weekly format, but for now, I think this is what will work best for me. I’m also changing the release day to Tuesday. So after the Halloween episode, I’ll be back with a new episode on November 14th.

Thanks so much for your support, I really appreciate it!

Episode 8 – Haunted Bell Island, Newfoundland

The Bell Island Hag on a postage stamp for the Creepy Canada series.
The Bell Island Hag on the 25 cent coin for the Creepy Canada series.


  • Most of these stories are things that I know from hearing the stories growing up. I did look at this link to make sure I had everything straight.
  • TourismBellIsland.com

NewfoundPod Episode 7 – Ghost Stories of St. John’s.

This week, I bring you part one of my Halloween series on the spookier side of Newfoundland – Ghost stories from St. John’s.


Dale Jarvis books


Dale Jarvis books

Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

Hex Colors Of The Newfoundland Flag

I googled this and couldn’t find it, so in case anyone else is looking for it:

The hex colors for the Newfoundland flag (Green, White, Pink)
Green: #009900
White: #FFFFFF
Pink: #FF99CB

Episode 6 – Dorothy Wyatt

Dorothy Wyatt was the first female councillor and first female mayor of St. John’s. She’s one of only two female mayors in the 115 year history of the city council. She actually had a lot of “firsts” in her life. I read that she rejected the label “pioneer”, but I think that’s exactly what she was. She blazed the trail for women in so many ways.

Thanks again to Dorothy’s daughter Lorelei for contributing!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a lot of photos or video of Dorothy online.


15 Second Promo For NewfoundPod

Here’s a promo for the podcast that any other podcasters can use to promote me if they want! See how much talking I can fit into 15 seconds.


Episode 5: The Newfoundland Herald

Episode 5: The Newfoundland Herald

The Newfoundland Herald

The Newfoundland Herald is a weekly TV guide and magazine published in St. John’s. It’s been published for 71 years, debuting in March 1946 as the Sunday Herald and sold for 5 cents. This is the story of The Newfoundland Herald and it’s creator, Geoff Stirling.


Episode 4: The 1929 Tidal Wave In Burin, Newfoundland

On November 18, 1929, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 occurred on the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, about 400 kilometers off shore. It was felt as far away as New York City and Montreal. Newfoundland itself did not have a seismograph or tide gauge which could have warned of the tsunami. Earthquakes are so rare in Newfoundland that people were very frightened and not sure what to think when furniture shook and dishes came crashing off of shelves. The tremors were reported to have lasted 5 minutes. Some people thought it might have been an explosion nearby. But they didn’t know the worst was yet to come.


Show Buttons
Hide Buttons