Writer, Broadcaster

About Joe

I’m a writer/broadcaster currently working full-time for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, where, for over more than three decades, I’ve worked in several roles including audio technician, recording engineer, sound effects, producer, and several operational management roles. Recently I became Property Manager for the CBC’s eastern portfolio including Ottawa, Quebec, the Maritimes and Newfoundland.

My first novel, A Time and a Place, a time travel fantasy adventure, was published in October 2017 by Five Rivers Press.

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

Publishers Weekly

My 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

My short fiction has been published in Canada, Australia and Greece, and I’ve been nominated twice for an Aurora Award, one of Canada’s top awards for science fiction and fantasy, for my work on CBC Radio. I am a member of SF Canada, Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction Professionals

I’ve 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.

I live in Whitby, Ontario with my wife and two daughters, and our golden retriever and Siberian forest cat.

I can be reached at [email protected]


A Time and a Place

Book cover - A Time and a Place

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 I wrote back in my mid-twenties in the style of Bob Johnstone’s Today in History series:

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.

Like I said, that was from my early twenties. For the rest of the story (or at least some of it), check out my CBC memoir in progress, Something Technical.

8 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?

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