The shortest talk show gig in CKNW history…..

Laila and Tom in studioTo quote myself ” Sometimes you learn more from your failures than you do from your successes…”

Although I won the contest,  I have mixed feelings about the Sunday show. To those of you who took the time to write and thank me for adding something new and different to the CKNW airwaves, I humbly accept. I have been overwhelmed at the number of total strangers who have taken the time to write a note telling me how much  they enjoyed the show.My mandate the entire time was to educate, inspire and  create change,and among the letters, a few people have even written to say they tried beer for the first time!….. Good on you!! Be responsible while expanding horizons. That the guests were pleased is an understatement-all have forwarded letters and calls congratulating and thanking me, although it is I who is most thankful.

It would take days to email everyone back, so I am posting my response here, knowing those who have written will see it.

To answer all your questions – No, I havent heard anything “official” about my show from CKNW.

 My only professional insight has come in the form of hearsay from someone within the industry –  it was negative – and allegedly came to him from someone at the station. I succumbed to a nasty throat bug the day aftermy show, so I havent been able to make any calls to confirm if this is true – however, I’m sure I would have gotten some sort of feedback ( although what do I really know about the speed of such things in radio?) Remember, this was a contest, and I did receive the prize – beyond that, there were no promises, however much I would like to remain in the CKNW lineup. 

 I do know that many people in the industry were hoping I would screw up that show completely, just to prove what a bad idea the contest was. The possibility of a previously untrained talent ending up on the air seems to threaten people – perhaps because it shows that the qualities that make a good radio personality cannot be taught . Passion,determination, integrity and honesty are generally not  charateristics that can be taught. Voicework, method and mechanics can all be learned.

And so, has the  shortest talk show gig at CKNW come to an end ? …. only time will tell, but that doesn’t mean it’s the last of The Laila Yuile Show !  As I said, I have received countless emails from fans, and some of those fans are in similar industries…. that’s all I can say for now!!!!  Those who recognize how much work went into creating Sundays three hour show – on my own – know that I can and do commit myself fully to every endeavor.  All the research, booking the guests, writing, and format were done with a two year old hovering nearby, and required early am get-ups and late nights to juggle my other  commitments. And what I don’t know, I learn pretty damn fast. You haven’t seen the last of me……

What have I learned? Going back to my own , earlier post ….:

*What says more are not the people who have congratulated you, but the people who have not.

* People generally appear to  hate winners…. and the truth.

Fight hard, keep your integrity, trust no one- and be at peace with your choices.

Count on yourself, and no one else

Just a reminder- Please Support- Greg Drew, H2V

Thank you to everyone who emailed me about Greg Drew’s story, it seems to have hit home with many people – as well, thank you for everyones comments about  juvenile diabetes. Please remember that I have listed all the contact information under the above link ” PLEASE SUPPORT ” …. here you can find out how to help both charities….. Children are our future, lets make  it a better place for all ….

“life is in your hands- no one else’s”

The last few weeks have been extremely overwhelming- in a great way. I found a new talent that,with work, can be developed into something more, yet another step to realizing my full potential in life. through the contest, I am now at a point where I have had a couple options presented, all exciting and fulfilling, although in entirely new directions….I’m not about to jump into anything without great consideration though,into what is best for me, and what kind of legacy I want to leave in life.

In my opinion, there is nothing sadder than a person who never realizes their full potential. We all know someone who has a natural tendancy or gift, that could be a life calling, yet they continue to negate the possibility of making that”leap”. Of course,  sometimes those that love us most can be the biggest obstacle to our success, and talk us out of our ideas and dreams.  “Better play it safe”, ” Don’t risk anything”… or ” Stick with what you are doing, and forget about those dreams”…… sound familiar?

Only you know what is right for you, regardless of what people might want you to do. Whatever their motivation is, there will be people who try bring you down. Chase the dream,take control and live your life, not someone elses.

And they call it education…

Between my career, my personal background and as the mother of three, 16, 14, and 2, I think I’ve seen and heard it all. No one is accountable for anything anymore. Today, my son told me his humanities exam was open book- of course I didnt believe him, it’s an exam after all- but no, I called the school and its true. Apparently  the students “couldnt possibly remember everything that happened from the beginning of the year, so they may use their work for reference.” 

 Ummmm, HELLO… its an exam? Gee, Why even bother wasting everyones time, why dont they just pass everyone and get on with it ? …. What happened to the days of studying, of expectations, and tests to see what you actually know. No wonder the city is filled with flakes like the APC – freeloaders draining our system, taxing our resources and basically just taking up space.

We have the kids whose guilt-induced and over-compensating mummies and daddies hand out dough, cars, clothes to make up for the time they didnt spend with them,therefore creating the self-entitled brat you can see anywhere and usually protesting some cause they dont know anything about, and the poor kids whose parents pass on the poverty ideal to create another generation of undereducated welfare recipients – and you know the difference between those that really need help due to curcumstance and those who work the system.  Somewhere in between is the kid whose parents might be middle of the road, and actually teach them the value of goals, hard work and the contribution of actually earning your way through life.  Pratt and Taylor had it right , talking to APC  token masthead David Cunningham– Hes a freeloading media whore, taking up space in subsidized housing that prevents someone who really needs it from getting it, and we are well on our way to creating more bums  just like him.