Andrew Stuart McLean, journalist, professor, radio host, author, humorist (born at Montréal 19 April 1948). Stuart McLean attended high school at Lower Canada College and received a BA from Sir George Williams University (later called Concordia) in 1971.
Andrew Stuart McLean, journalist, professor, radio host, author, humorist (born at Montréal 19 April 1948). Stuart McLean attended high school at Lower Canada College and received a BA from Sir George Williams University (later called Concordia) in 1971. From 1984-2004 he was a professor of journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, and he remains professor emeritus.
From 1978-82, Stuart McLean made documentaries for the radio program "Sunday Morning" for CBC Radio, and from 1982-84 he acted as the show's executive producer. In the 1980s he appeared as a regular contributor and occasional host on CBC Radio's "Morningside," the national weekday morning show hosted by Peter Gzowski. McLean's slice-of-life storytelling charmed listeners across the country and his published collection of radio essays, The Morningside World of Stuart McLean (1989), became a Canadian bestseller.
Stuart McLean created a radio program called "The Vinyl Cafe" in 1994 as a summer replacement show. With his signature understated humour, McLean recounts the exploits of a fictional family whose patriarch, Dave, owns "the world's smallest" record store. By autumn 1997 the show was broadcast every Sunday at noon. In print as Stories from the Vinyl Cafe (1995), the book became a bestseller in Canada. A series of bestselling Vinyl Cafe collections followed. Home from the Vinyl Cafe won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour in 1999 and Vinyl Cafe Unplugged won the award for McLean again in 2001. A third Stephen Leacock Medal was awarded for Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe in 2007. McLean has added to the series with Extreme Vinyl Café (2009) and Revenge of the Vinyl Café (2012).
Stuart McLean shared an ACTRA Award in 1979 for best radio documentary, for a program the "Sunday Morning" team produced about the Jonestown massacre. In 1994-95 he was awarded the first Rooke Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Writing by Trent University. His book Welcome Home: Travels in Smalltown Canada was named best non-fiction of 1993 by the Canadian Authors' Association. Vinyl Cafe Diaries won the Canadian Authors' Association Jubilee Award in 2004. Stuart McLean has received honorary doctorates from Trent University, University of Windsor and Nippissing University.
In 1998 Stuart McLean began taking the Vinyl Cafe on the road to theatres across the country. It is broadcast every week on CBC Radio and is also heard via satellite radio around the world and on public radio stations in the United States.
In 2011, Stuart McLean was named an officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to Canadian culture as a storyteller and broadcaster, as well as for his many charitable activities."