OJT: On The Job Training

OJT: On The Job Training

By Logan Maclean
OJT is a passion project about passion projects.

It’s a podcast about the creative process, making progress, and hands-on learning.

Each interview looks at just what makes us so excited about the things we love to work on— the hobbies and hustles, the big dreams and movements. Each episode ends with a Progress Report from the host about one aspect of building a DIY platform for journalism — from hosting and producing, to marketing and promotion.
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The Christian Musician — Ep. 8
This is part 2 of my interview with P.E.I. musician Parker Murray, AKA Zebedee. Despite early success in music, health problems have posed obstacles for the 18-year-old performer. Today we discuss the interplay of health and religion, the healing and spiritual power of music, and the career prospects of musicians who are Christian. Listen after the interview for this week’s Progress Report about my newfound love for photography.
32:06
August 9, 2020
The Solo Bassist -- Ep. 7
Parker Murray is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based in Summerside, PEI. He’s been playing music most of his life and is currently working on his debut album, “Seizure,” set to be released under the artist name Zebedee. He joined me to talk about growing up playing music, his unusual favorite instrument, and art as a mode of self- expression and reinvention.
30:04
July 26, 2020
The Journalism Student – Ep. 6
Alex MacIsaac is a journalism student, enrolled in the same program as me at Holland College in Charlottetown, PEI. While Alex’s first year was a success, a future in journalism is under question. We met in Charlottetown to discuss the love of sharing ideas, the pandemic outlook on J school, and the possibility of a career in writing.
29:35
July 12, 2020
The Academic Anarchist -- Ep. 5
Some listeners have met Daniel Platts before.  He plays bass for the Toronto metal band Discontinuity.  But he’s also an academic and an anarchist, pursuing a masters’ in social and political thought at York University, where he’s recently applied to write his PhD. We caught up again to talk about political currents in the academy, life as a Master’s student, and the role of the public intellectual. Stick around for this week's special edition of the Progress Report -- the Pandemic Report.
32:41
June 28, 2020
The Uni Grad Who Went to College — Ep. 4
Jack Vanden Broek is a student at Humber College in Toronto who enrolled there after graduating from University in Halifax. He’s in an event management program now and taking a music business course this summer. I reached him in Toronto to discuss the transition from university to college, the importance of communal gathering, and the prospect of pursuing a career around music.
26:01
June 14, 2020
Black Lives Matter Protest (Charlottetown, PE) -- Special Episode
This is a special, unplanned, non-interview episode of OJT.  On June 5th, 2020, thousands rallied in Charlottetown PEI for what may well have been the largest protest in Island history.  It was organized by the Black Cultural Society of PEI, BIPOC USHR (that’s Black and Indigenous People of Colour United for Strength Home Relationship, and Black Lives Matter PEI.  They each have pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and the BIPOC USHR website is BIPOC.ca Video and photos of the gathering and march are available through my website, OJTPod.ca, as well as on Instagram @ojt_podcast and the OJT Facebook page. However, I also wanted to share audio from the speeches, uncut, and a little noisy, but honest and accurate.  I’m also leaving out the progress report for this episode, as my commentary isn’t needed.  Photos of speakers with names will be available through my social media and website. Enjoy.
1:32:53
June 9, 2020
The Bookshop Owner -- Ep. 3
Nancy Quinn owns Seaside Books in Summerside, PEI.  It used to be Avonlea Books until she bought it in 2019. These days, it’s a warm, lively gathering place that reflects the character of its owner. I joined Nancy in the bookshop last December to talk about how she’s changed the store, her relationships with books and patrons, and the role of business in giving back to the community. Stick around after the interview for this week’s Progress Report.
34:51
May 31, 2020
(Trailer) The Bookshop Owner -- Ep. 3
Nancy Quinn owns Seaside Books in Summerside, PEI.  It was Avonlea Books until she bought it in 2019. These days, it’s a warm and lively gathering place that reflects the character of its owner. I joined Nancy in the bookshop last December to talk about how she’s changed the store, her relationships with books and patrons, and the role of business in giving back to the community. Stick around after the interview for this week’s Progress Report.
01:00
May 24, 2020
The Bass Player & His New Band -- Ep. 2
Daniel Platts (pictured far right) is a musician from Calgary who went to university in Halifax and recently moved to Toronto. He plays bass there in a band called Discontinuity that he describes as "an explosive combination of electronica, hardcore metal riffs and catchy choruses.” We also played in a band together when we were both students in Halifax. I caught up with Daniel in Toronto over Skype to talk about the band’s debut EP, adjusting to life in Toronto, and taking on its intimidating music scene. Stick around after the interview for this week’s Progress Report.
31:48
May 17, 2020
(Trailer) The Bass Player & His New Band -- Ep. 2
Daniel Platts is a musician from Calgary who went to university in Halifax and recently moved to Toronto. He plays bass there in a band called Discontinuity that he describes as "an explosive combination of electronica, hardcore metal riffs and catchy choruses.” We also played in a band together when we were both students in Halifax. I caught up with Daniel in Toronto over Skype to talk about the band’s debut EP, adjusting to life in Toronto, and taking on its intimidating music scene. Stick around after the interview for this week’s Progress Report.
01:04
May 8, 2020
The Stand-up Comedy Host -- Ep. 1
James Brown is a 24-year-old Montreal-based comedian originally from Richmond, PEI. He hosts Squad Laughs, a stand-up show that challenges traditional comedy with its inclusivity and distinct James Brown weirdness. And, full disclosure, he’s also an old friend. James joined me in Summerside to talk about what comedy can do for people, how Squad Laughs operates, and the merits of 4 Loko punch. Stick around after the interview for this week’s Progress Report where I share with listeners some of the challenges and triumphs of getting a podcast off the ground. Follow James on Instagram @badjamesbrown and on Twitter @atjamesbrown. Follow OJT on Instagram @OJT_Podcast, on twitter @ojtpodcast, and like and share the Facebook page at OJT: On The Job Training.
35:25
May 3, 2020
(Trailer) The Stand-up Comedy Host -- Ep. 1
*Released May 3, 2020*  James Brown is a 24-year-old Montreal-based comedian originally from Richmond, PEI.  He hosts Squad Laughs, a standup show that challenges traditional comedy with its inclusivity and distinct James Brown weirdness.  And full disclosure, he’s also an old friend.  James joined me in Summerside to talk about what comedy can do for people, how Squad Laughs operates, and the merits of 4 Loko punch.
00:39
April 27, 2020