Writer, Broadcaster

About Joe

Joe Mahoney is the author of the time travel novel A Time and a Place.

His short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece, and he’s been nominated three times for an Aurora Award, one of Canada’s top awards for science fiction and fantasy, for his work on CBC Radio. He is a member of SF Canada, Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction Professionals

“Mahoney’s work is great for those who like their speculative fiction thoughtful, eloquent, and messy. ”

Publishers Weekly

He has also worked as a story editor on multiple radio, television and film projects including CBC Radio’s Steve the First and Steve the Second, both seasons of Canadia: 2056, Canadian author and filmmaker Susan Rodger’s feature film Still the Water, and more.

He currently works full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where, for over more than three decades, he has worked in several roles including recording engineer, producer, and several operational management roles.

His second book, a collection of seven short stories entitled Other Times and Places, was published by Donovan Street Press in January 2020.

This little collection of stories is big on enjoyability. Highly recommended!

frank Faulk, Amazon.ca

He lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife and two daughters, and their golden retriever and Siberian forest cat.

He can be reached at [email protected]


A Time and a Place

(Five Rivers Press 2017)

Barnabus’s nephew is behaving oddly.

Calling upon Doctor Humphrey for assistance has not been particularly helpful, because the good doctor’s diagnosis of demonic possession is clearly preposterous. Even the demon currently ensconced on the front room couch agrees it’s preposterous. But then, how else to explain the portal to another world through which his nephew and Humphrey have just now disappeared? Barnabus knows their only chance of rescue is for Barnabus J. Wildebear himself to step up and go through that portal.

Thus begins an existential romp across space and time, trampling on Barnabus’ assumptions about causality, freewill, identity, good and evil. Can Barnabus save his nephew—and incidentally, all of humanity?


Other Times and Places

What do a thief, wizards, a platypus, ghosts, soft drink salesmen, God, the devil, and a spaceman all have in common? Together they will make you laugh, think, sleep better, open your mind, spark your imagination, and quite possibly improve your complexion* as Joe Mahoney brings them all vividly to life in this humorous and thoughtful collection of seven tales of the fantastic.

*Individual results may vary


Here’s a tongue-in-cheek short bio Joe wrote back in his mid-twenties in the style of Bob Johnstone’s Today in History series. This represents the first known instance of Joe referring to himself in the third person, an odd habit more or less de rigueur for those fancying themselves writers:

Despite the fact that Joe Mahoney’s parents lived in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick, Joe was born about fifty miles downriver in the darn near as small community of Perth, because the only doctor in Plaster Rock was a drunk and Joe’s mother didn’t trust him.

Joe’s father, Thomas Aquinas Mahoney, was a practical man who dreamed of becoming an engineer, but became a schoolteacher instead when the cost of supporting his small family made it impossible for him to go back to school. When Joe was one, the family moved to Summerside in Prince Edward Island so that Tom could work. There, the Mahoney’s had three more children, all girls.

Joe experienced a comfortable, middle class childhood in P.E.I. When he was sixteen he got his first job in radio, announcing for CJRW, Summerside’s two hundred and fifty watt daytimer. In nineteen eighty-three young Joseph moved to Nova Scotia to go to university. He quickly decided that a Bachelor of Arts would be a wonderful degree in an ideal world, but not this one, so after completing only one year at St. Francis Xavier he moved to Toronto, Ontario. Ryerson Polytechnical Institute took him in. It spat him out again three years later with an Applied Arts Degree in Radio and Television, whatever that is.

Joe took his degree back to P.E.I. and landed himself a job in private radio, announcing at the biggest A.M. station east of Montreal. They wanted him to stay. They offered him thirteen thousand dollars a year if he’d stay. Joe said, “Double it and I’ll consider it.”  They didn’t, and he didn’t.

Joe returned to the Big Smoke. He did a one year stint teaching at Ryerson, and he saved a lot of money. When that job finished he took some time off. In two months he’d spent all his money and had to look for another job. It just so happened that he lived across the street from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. They hired him as a radio technician. It wasn’t what he wanted to do with his life. He figured he’d work at the CBC a while, make some money, then quit and do what he really wanted to do: be an announcer and write fiction on the side. Everyone told him he’d get either comfortable or pigeon holed and die a technician for CBC radio.

And if he’s not careful, he damn near might.

Awards and Nominations

Aurora Awards — for Canadian SF/F in English and in French, voted by members of annual convention (3 nominations)
2006: Birth (by Michael Lennick & Robert J. Sawyer, writers; Joe Mahoney, producer) — other work in English — nomination
2006: Six Impossible Things (by Nalo Hopkinson, host & curator; Joe Mahoney, series coordinating producer) — other work in English — nomination
2003: “Faster than Light” (by Joe Mahoney, Robert J. Sawyer & Barbara Worthy) (CBC Radio) — work in English (other) — nomination


Mark Time Awards

Honorable Mention:

2006: Canadia Produced by Joe Mahoney, Toronto, Canada, written by Matt Watts, CBC Radio A&E

Silver Award:

2005: Steve the Second, Produced by Joe Mahoney, Toronto, Canada, written by Matt Watts, CBC Radio A&E


He also won a first place trophy in a tennis tournament back in the summer of 1980. The only summer he ever actually played tennis. He still has the trophy. He may be most proud of that one.


For the rest of the story (or at least some of it), check out Joe’s CBC memoir in progress, Something Technical.

Questions regarding foreign rights, film/tv subrights, and other business matters can be sent directly to Joe at [email protected]

12 Comments

  1. Frank Desoer

    Salut Joe,

    Content d’avoir de tes nouvelles. I see that you still keep some memories of us…

  2. ilanderz

    You bet, Frank. Good memories! Great to hear from you.

  3. David Farquhar

    Hi Joe, I just came across your website. I’m a producer with Voices In The Wind Audio Theatre which is an audio drama production company in Chatham, Ontario. Keeping the art of audio/radio drama alive!

    • Joe Mahoney

      Hi David,

      Thanks for connecting. It’s good to hear that somebody is carrying the torch forward!

      Joe

  4. Richard Jiang

    Used to love the CBC, was a fan for over thirty years. Now i don’t trust it one iota. It has become a repeater station for the American mainstream media, parroting sound bites which always contain some sort of political angle. There is major collusion to suppress dissenting opinions and CBC is in the thick of it. It is now illegal to comment negatively about immigrants in Sweden, punishable by incarceration. I think the term cultural suicide was the term applied to their situation. But you won’t find CBC reporting anything except how evil Trump is. Even the 24 newspaper will print a fair intelligent debate about issues. CBC is not alone, CTV ,Global , every tv/radio broadcast spins the same yarn.

  5. Joe Mahoney

    Well, thanks for dropping by and criticising my place of employment on my birthday, Richard. 🙂

    Joe

  6. Charlie

    Hi Joe..Really enjoy your stories about working as a tech for CBC radio in Toronto..In particular, the old studios on Jarvis Street.I remember watching a tv special about CBC radio before the move to the new building on Front Street way back in the late 80’s or early 90’s….Do you remember that special?..Do you know if it’s still available online somewhere?

  7. Paul Fricker

    Hi Joe. Paul Fricker here. I think we exchanged messages through emails about 10 years ago. I have read through some of your memoir. Nice work. Resonates with me because I am a longtime CBC radio listener. Personally for me the pinnacle was Morningside with Gzowski. He captured the sensibility of the country as a community. I didn’t read yet if You worked with him, but if You did, that is Special. Tonight, January 30, 2021, Saturday, I read your piece on AIH. I remember Michael Enright and Alan well. Pretty entertaining writing; good stuff. I’ll keep chipping away at this memoir and give You my impressions. I’m still in the Northern hinterland in Thompson, Manitoba. Teaching at the high school there. Regards, Paul

  8. ilanderz

    Hey Paul… great to hear from you! We really need to connect more often than once every ten years! I picture you just as you were in St. FX. I’m looking a little older myself; well, you will have seen my picture. Thanks for reading the memoir! I’m glad you’re enjoying it. You caught it just in time. I’m going to take most of it down soon as I plan to publish it as a proper memoir. Still putting the finishing touches on it, which will be somewhat different and longer than what you see online. Anyway, glad to hear you’re still out there and doing well. Take care! Joe

  9. Walter Santner

    I am enjoying reading about your exploits at CBC.

    In a small way my experience in Radio echo your own.

    First let me say I’ve always been a big CBC fan though I live in the United States. I was able to travel all across Canada
    BC…Before Computer…2000 and shortwave before that.

    Step one in the late 1960’s was taking an announcing course.

    Step two becoming a disc jockey at a 1000 Watt AM station
    at Farmington, Maine. Survived on air and elsewhere the snowiest Winter ever till that time.
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    Exit Spring. Return to Ne w Jersey. Step three at Your School
    Station, then WBGO Newark. No production values. They
    did Radio Dramas!

    Opportunity knocks! Step four. Back to college, 1971 at WFME, Family Radio. Public Affairs Director. Eight years there producing Public Affairs programs. Became a Community Animator. Created the first Public Affairs program when
    Cable came to town…Essex County, New Jersey.

    Step five. Ended my Broadcast Career. Wrong turn 1978, went
    to work as PR at Harrisburg, PA as PR. Happy to say I lost
    that job as Three Mile Island came along in 1979.

    Back to CBC for a moment. I always listened to the Vinyl Cafe, .

    When Hurricane Sandy struck my hometown, Maplewood, New Jersey, our public library became a community center. I knew
    about the Arthur Awards, and entered. We made the final three
    and Stuart spoke about it on-air. Even better [not that there could be anything better] at my suggestion the library created their first fund raising drive ending up with over twenty thousand dollars!

    I’m retired now, but enjoy listening to CBC online. Too bad they killed Radio Drama. The Mystery Project episodes of Recipe For Murder are my favorites.

  10. ilanderz

    Hey Walter! Thanks for dropping by and sharing moments from your own career. I love the pic of you at your station! Reminds me of CJRW in Summerside PEI. That’s great about the Arthur Awards. Glad to hear you enjoyed Recipe for Murder. Wayne Richards and I recorded those in Montreal for producers Bill Lane and Tom Lopez with the help of Colleen Woods (and others). So great recording radio plays on location, changes the whole sound. Take care!

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