The Coolest Tweet Evar

I’ve exchanged tweets with some big names.

Political characters the likes of Marc Garneau, Tony Clement, Michael Ignatieff, Gilles Duceppe, Elizabeth May, Danielle Smith, and Naheed Nenshi have all found time to respond to a question I’ve asked them through Twitter.

I’ve had exchanges with celebrities like Colin and Justin, Al Roker, and Chris Harrison.

Even the highest reaches of the digerati, Amber Mac, Xeni Jardin, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Chris Brogan, have responded to requests.

It’s at a point where I almost expect to have tweets answered, no matter who I fire an @ at.

Still, a tweet I received yesterday made me stop and glow for a moment. It wasn’t only a tweet from one of Canada’s greatest athletes, it was an acknowledgement that I had been part of her journey to the top of the mountain.

Christine Sinclair is the captain of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team. She’s an Olympic bronze medalist, and again this year is being hailed as one of the greatest footballers on the planet. Christine is 29 years old and grew up in Burnaby, BC. That would have made her a pre-teen and teen when I was on the air in Vancouver at one of the powerhouse Top 40 radio stations in Canada, Z95.3FM.

I interviewed Christine this week about a sponsorship she has with Tide and KidSport. Before the interview, the PR rep mentioned that Christine had listened to me on the radio growing up and was almost as thrilled to talk to me as I was to speak with her.

Over my 22+ years on the radio, I’ve had the opportunity to interview everyone from The Spice Girls to Mick Jagger. I’ve met Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Gwen Stefani. It’s been a very cool ride. Sometimes, though, I forget about the audience that is growing up and listening to me. Every now and again someone will mention they used to listen to me “back in tha day.” You can’t imagine what a cool feeling that is, especially when it’s coming from an Olympic medalist.

I have said those medals that the athletes win belong to all Canadians. I’ll take a little extra pride in Christine’s knowing I entertained her on the way to soccer practice, played music while she did homework, and was a virtual companion for part of her ride to the top.

Here’s the interview with Christine Sinclair on the importance of amateur sport:

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Interview: Carly Rae Jepsen [Jan ’09]

carly rae jepsen and buzz bishop

Carly Rae Jepsen is making headlines around the web this week now that Justin Bieber has signed her to her record label and she’s in LA taking meetings with Interscope.

BUT .. before Carly Rae Jepsen was a big international deal, she was a semi-big Vancouver deal. In 2007 she finished 3rd on Canadian Idol (Brian Melo was the winner). 18 months later, she was out and doing it on her own as an independent artist.

Here’s an interview from January 2009 when Carly Rae Jepsen visited me and KJ in the Virgin Radio Vancouver studios and started things off by doing a cover of the classic Blueberry Hill, then we chatted about her Idol time and how she’s trying to do it on her own before she did another performance of her hit (at the time) Tug of War.

Buzz Bishop, KJ and Carly Rae Jepsen – Vancouver, January 15, 2009

Back in the day I thought Carly Rae had the sweet sound, the honest songwriting, and the hooky production to catch on and be a big deal.

I was about 3 years ahead of the curve.

The song that has catapulted her to stardom, Call Me Maybe, has that spine-tingling Vanessa Carlton string arrangement along with the teen angst perfect lyrics.

The dream come true couldnt happen to a sweeter girl.

What Are You Drinking New Year’s Eve?

I absolutely love that video of 500 Days of Summer co-stars Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? They’re not a real couple, but they should be.

When it comes to New Year’s Eve and the question “what are you drinking?”, chances are it will be bubble.

I had a chance to chat with Natalie MacLean, the world’s best drink writer, about her picks for New Year’s Eve:

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When it comes to a < $20 pick, Natalie is a fan of Santa Margherita:

Wonderful bubbly, packed with peach and pear notes! Want to service bubbly at your wedding or large reception but not break the bank? This is your go-to sparkler. Can’t beat the value/taste/price ratio. Yum!

Natalie is a fan of both prosecco (Italy) and cava (Spain) as great affordable alternatives to traditional Champagne. It’s the same festive spirit you get from a sparkling wine, they just can’t be called “champagne” because of copyright issues. Only French wines can be called “Champagne.”

I’ll toss a plug for my wife’s portfolio here, she represents both a cava and a prosecco. Villa Teresa from Italy, is a beautiful organic prosecco while Spain’s Freixenet is always a top bargain wine pick.

If you win the $50M Lotto Max tonight then she suggests you splurge on some Bollinger (James Bond‘s choice).

A rich, smoky Champagne, with hints of marzipan and fennel seed accenting honeyed malt, bread dough, baked apple and gingersnap flavors. It’s all focused by intense acidity, which meshes beautifully into the layers of flavor and refined texture, with a lingering finish.

If bubbles aren’t your thing, then try pouring a little cassis into your glass to make a sweeter Kir Royale or grab a bottle of Riesling. MacLean recommends those from the Okanagan as a crisp drink to have while wandering the tapas tray.

I should add that Natalie MacLean‘s smartphone app is a must. It’s easy one of the best online to help you not only manage your wine library and tasting notes, but it has a barcode scanner to get you access to her reviews and each wine comes with a list of 6 or more recipes to create the perfect menu.

Interview: Shaquille O’Neal (1998.09.10)

1998 Buzz Bishop Shaquille OShaq. The Diesel. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. Superman. The Big Agave. The Big Cactus. The Big Shaqtus. The Big Galactu. The Big Shaqckle. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Big Baryshnikov. The Real Deal. Dr. Shaq. The Big Shamrock. The Big Leprechaun. Shaqovic. The Big Conductor.

Call him what you will, Shaquille O’Neal has retired from the NBA. One of the leagues most dominant and charismatic players through the late 90s and early 2000s, Shaq did it all with 4 rings, an MVP, gold medal and more. He was a rapper, movie star, peace officer and early Twitter adopter.

In September of 1998, Shaq was visiting a specialist in Vancouver to treat an injury and stopped in the Z95.3 studios for an interview. He was pimping a new record (TWISM for Life) and took some time out to answer some questions about his hair style, his ability to take my job if he wanted, and his relationship with Cindy Crawford, who just happened to be on the cover of Playboy that week.

Buzz Bishop and Shaquille O’Neal – Vancouver, September 10, 1998

How To Do Extreme Couponing In Canada

I do the grocery shopping in our house. I find it relaxing, peaceful and I take the art of the deal very very seriously. I bring along my son, Zacharie, and it’s a blissful 90mins of Father/Son time each week.

I’ve taught him his colours grocery shopping (bananas are yellow, cucumbers are green etc). I’m teaching him numbers with the prices and now I’m letting him run the aisles in a scavenger hunt for his favourite pasta. We even have regular routines: when I’m at the deli counter, he runs and gets his block of marble cheese and at the end of the meat section he insists I go over to the fish tanks and say “hi” to the lobsters. Seriously.

Now that Extreme Couponing from TLC is up and running and tales of people saving 94% on their grocery bill are on each week, I’m captivated. I’m trying to figure out how I can do that.

I interviewed Nathan, Mr Coupon, from WeUseCoupons this week and asked him how he does it and how we can do it too.

Coupon matchups is the big thing Nathan says you should do, but the end of the interview is stinging. Things are different in Canada when it comes to couponing as Money Saving Canadian Mom points out:

Why? In the USA they have much more competition because they have more grocery stores than you can shake a stick at. All of these stores are in competition with one another to get YOUR money. So in short, we can get some great deals but not like the US can.

One of the key ways the Extreme Couponing fiends find the deals in the states is by stacking their coupons and then hitting double or triple coupon days at the store. With so many stores in Canada offering the rewards club card system to hit sale prices, they don’t do the coupon muliplying – so that’s out. There is, however, one store in the country where you can stack coupons – London Drugs. (Stacking is using multiple coupons from different sources on one item – we try to do it on diapers all the time).

Her site is a great resource for tips and she points to many places where you can go and subscribe and print off coupons. BrandSaver,,,,, are all places you should visit regularly or subscribe to.

For new parents, filling out information with the companies directly will get you loyalty coupons. My wife joined both Pampers and Huggies clubs for our boys where she was regularly mailed coupons for the products and collected points from the UPC codes to use online for books and toys. Both our boys had to go on formula earlier than we would have liked and Similac had a great coupon program where we would get $5 – $10 in single use coupons which were awesome.

For me, it boils down to scanning the flyers each weekend over breakfast and knowing my base prices so when I see a deal I can jump on it and take advantage – regardless of coupon. I’m not extreme – yet, but I do love a deal.

What are your tips for Extreme Couponing in Canada?

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