TORONTO — It’s just before 9 a.m. on a Friday morning, and one of Canada’s most recognizable hosts looks uncharacteristically tired, and a touch nervous. Jian Ghomeshi has spent the past two days glad-handing at a public radio conference in Atlanta, and he was out late the previous night at a comedy show featuring his second guest of the day, actress Janeane Garofalo. Now he’s in the studio, dressed sharply in a blazer with a pocket square and white Diesel V-neck T-shirt. Slight dark circles under his eyes betray Thursday’s travels and the late night. Ghomeshi is ready. But Guest No. 1 is not.
“Have we got KT?” Ghomeshi asks his producers, speaking into his microphone but looking through the control room window. On the other side, five men in torn jeans, flannels and snap shirts are shuffling between computer monitors and soundboards.
“I guess she’s running a little later than usual,” says Alain Derbez, one of Ghomeshi’s longtime producers. “She’s in the green room, sorting herself out.” KT is KT Tunstall, the Scottish folk singer who has just released a critically acclaimed album. This is only Day 1 of her 29-day North American tour, but 9 a.m. is early for rock stars. She straggles into the studio and straps on her guitar, slightly dazed yet with thick cat-eye liner perfectly applied. There’s no time to say hi, so she and Ghomeshi exchange greetings on-air. It’s 9:06, and here in Toronto, it’s time to record the most popular new arts and culture radio show in America...
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