Peace Arch radio heads?

Published on Thu, Aug 29, 2002
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Peace Arch radio heads?

Radio listeners who start their day with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s show the Early Edition will all be tuning into the Peace Arch next Friday. The show’s producers and host Rick Cluff, a White Rock resident, have decided to focus on the border from September 3 to 6, capping off the week with a live broadcast and pancake breakfast from 6 to 9 a.m. on Friday.

“Rick Cluff lives in White Rock and used to come down for shopping and gas, but since September 11 he hasn’t so much because of the lines. He loves the idea of living close to the border and thought it would be a good idea to broadcast from the Peace Arch right on the border with guests in each country,” said Early Edition associate producer David Jones.

The week’s 690 Street series, which focuses on neighbors and neighborhoods, starts off on September 3 with a feature on life along Zero Avenue, where neighbors are in another country and smugglers run through back yards. On September 4 the focus will be on the Sumas 2 power plant proposal, which last week got the final go-ahead from Governor Gary Locke. The economic impact on Whatcom County border towns of longer lines and a weak Canadian dollar will be the theme on September 5.

Communities on either side of the border are invited to the Friday broadcast from the Peace Arch, which will celebrate cross-border friendships and collaboration.

The White Rock Lions Club will make pancakes and coffee for the first 100 in the audience, and the shows producers are finalizing contest plans. So far they are planning a prize for the best 1920s costume and one for bringing in the best symbols of the United States and Canada.

“We’d like people to bring down whatever they think best represents the two countries,” Jones said. .
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