Street Cents, 1989 - 2006

tvThe CBC has cancelled "Street Cents" and the last episode will air on October 1. "Street Cents" has aired on Saturday mornings since 1989 and had me as an interested viewer throughout much of the 90s. It's was a rarity on television, a show aimed at youth that had smarts.

During the years I watched, the heart and soul of the show was this guy, Jonathan Torrens, who hosted the show from 1989 to 1999. Today, you'll likely know him best as J-Roc from "Trailer Park Boys", but to me he'll always be that guy who joined up with Benita Ha and Jamie Bradley to fight that evil corporate shmuck Ken Pompadour. The show was sharpest in those early years before they killed off Pompadour's boss.

Apparently, teens don't want "Street Cents" anymore. That's too bad. How will they know what's fit for the pit?

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David Chirko

I've been advocating starting a petition to redeem Street Cents. In the meanwhile, I contacted CTV, Global and TVO, requesting that they give thought to picking up the show. As well, I've e-mailed a fair number of writers' organizations, suggesting they forward their concerns to anybody interested, and, to top it off, I've even contacted the Culture Minister and Culture Critics from each federal Party in Parliament to ascertain whether or not there was a remote chance they could do anything to save the show.

October 23, 2006 @ 7:13 PM

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