Local stories deserve to be told
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | October 12, 2017|
She paid her first-ever visit to Haliburton only recently, but Tara Slone vows she’ll be back.
The co-host of Rogers Hometown Hockey said this weekend’s visit “will not be my last because I was just completely blown away with how beautiful it is. It’s definitely now on my destination list … boy it’s pretty.”
That first trip was to record an interview with Walt McKechnie at McKecks. It will be broadcast during Hometown Hockey.
Slone always comes to communities ahead of co-host Ron MacLean to gather material for Saturday night promos of the show and the live NHL broadcast Sunday.
“It’s important to get my feet on the ground, to meet people and to hear stories first-hand,” she said of her contribution to the show.
“We did a trip down memory lane with him,” Slone told The Highlander of her time spent with McKechnie.
“Walt, as he will admit, is a story-teller extraordinaire.” She said tears came into the former player’s eyes as he reminisced about the building and the town and how much both mean to him. Slone said it was “really, really lovely.”
She said a lot of guests that will be featured are “interesting characters. You guys know them well … but I think it’s going to be a pretty cool show …”
“So, we have these stories. They deserve to be told and they deserve to be shared with the rest of the country. I bet a lot of people don’t know about Haliburton Hockey Haven and the names that came here. I just love that we can give that to Canada. We’re excited about the show.
“The passion for the game there is so undeniable that I don’t think we’re going to have trouble getting people out. In terms of the stories, they’re endless. There’s plenty to talk about, including the strange number of excellent hockey players who have come from Haliburton, or come through Haliburton. We feel confident people are going to come and hang out with us.”
On being a female sportscaster
When NFL quarterback Cam Newton laughed at female reporter Jourdan Rodrigue last week for asking about football “routes,” Tara Slone found it “bristling.”
She thought it was “completely disparaging” for the athlete to find the question funny coming for a woman.
“I’m proud of the fact that very few people call me out for being a woman, or not knowing what I’m talking about because I’m a woman,” she said.
“I’m happy with the strides that are being made. Do I think the movement is complete? Absolutely not.”
Slone said a change in attitude has to start at the top with broadcasters to “make it the new normal to see women in these positons so it doesn’t become weird but just becomes normal.”
She said while there are more female anchors in sports, more could be hired to do colour commentary, play-by-play, and to to panelists and hosts.
“I think we could do better collectively. I’m happy to be part of the movement. We have to keep on fighting.”
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.