From Mark Wahlberg and the Playboy Mansion to Podcasting in Saskatoon: My Interview with The Charis Report
Charis Hogg is a rockstar. From interviewing Mark Wahlberg to being a guest at the Playboy Mansion, it’s safe to say I’m honoured, and a bit wowed that I get to call Charis Hogg one of my very good friends. I have wanted to introduce Charis to the Our Collective Muse readership for months. Why? Charis produces a weekly podcast called The Charis Report, right here in Saskatoon, and I know our Our Collective Muse readers will love listening to it.
I love a podcast for its ability to pull you in, let you forget about reality and in the case of The Charis Report, laugh out loud. Charis has this ability to pair music perfectly to whatever her show is about. My all-time favourite episode is her analogy of childbirth to surfing and feeling completely out of control. I don’t think I could describe it better myself, Charis. Check out a 2 min sample of her description below. Trust me, you need to hear this.
After 6 years of being the co-host on the Jeff O’Neil Morning Show on the World Famous CFOX 99.3 FM in Vancouver, Charis and her husband Danny moved back to Saskatoon where Charis was the co-host on the Charis & Joel Morning Show on 96.3 Cruz FM and did the news reporting and weather presenting for Global News in Saskatoon. After a couple of kids, Charis decided to get back on the airwaves by writing and producing her very own podcast. I remember when my friend Danny said he was dating Charis from the Fox when we all lived in Vancouver, we were like holy shit she’s the coolest, does that mean I get to hang out with her? Haha. Thanks Danny for marrying such a cool chick.
We are beyond lucky to have her talent in our city. Check out my interview with Charis Hogg and go over to her site and take a listen to her show.
To start us off, here is the lightning round, Charis style. Enjoy!
1. Tell me more about your interview with Mark Wahlberg?
I got to personally thank him for Good Vibrations, and inform him that he likely got some sort of skin disease after getting dragged behind a tugboat in False Creek while filming Shooter.
2. If you could interview anyone, who would it be?
Hard question! But I’ll go with Will Farrell and Catherine O’Hara. Not together.
3. You were a guest at the Playboy Mansion. Why and what was the best part?
I went to a party there with Jeff and Scotty when I was on the Fox, and we gave away some tickets to go with us. The best part was swimming in the grotto and not coming down with something. Win!
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee in the morning, tea at all other times.
5. What’s your most used app?
Other than news and social media stuff, probably YouDoodle. I have a thing for drawing on photos.
6. What is your favourite podcast to listen to?
Heavyweight. I love Jonathan Goldstein’s funny awkwardness and good-natured desire to help people with their problems.
7. Your podcast is both witty, informative and hilarious. Where do you get your sense of humour from?
Thank you! I have no idea - maybe from binge-watching Eddie Murphy Raw and Monty Python as a child.
Onto the Q+A!
1. Why do you make The Charis Report?
After I had a couple of kids, life was wild. I love news, current events, and having a show, but with 2 little guys at home I wasn’t ready to go back to a full-time broadcasting job. So I created The Charis Report and it’s been the perfect fit. I can write, record, and edit from my home whenever it works for me.
2. How long have you been doing this and who is your audience?
About a year and a half, and I think my audience is pretty varied. The great thing about podcasting is your audience can be anyone, anywhere in the world, and they can listen anytime they like.
3. Where do you get your inspiration?
My life, my kids, and what’s happening in the world around me. I get inspiration from the news and things that people are talking about with each other.
4. What is the most rewarding part of making your podcast?
The fact that I make it all by myself. The Charis Report has been an excellent creative project for me because I have complete creative freedom to do whatever I want. I love working collaboratively, but being able to have a wide open space to fill with just my voice has been a great learning opportunity.
Check out The Charis Report (new episode on Friday) and let me know what you think! Also, check her out on Instagram at @charishogg.