Sunday House Call Cancelled

It is with great disappointment that I must announce that future editions of Sunday House Call have been cancelled. I would like to thank the listeners who have supported the show and have made those two hours on Sunday a special time for me for the past five and a half years. It was the only evidenced-based medical show in Canada that provided a forum for information and assistance to the public during a time when medical care continues to be rationed and the time to answer questions about health in a comprehensive fashion is limited.

I will be making every effort to try to get the show back on the air because I believe it provides a tremendous public service and acted as an island of concise, evidenced-based medical information amongst a sea of pseudoscience and misinformation.

A special thank you to Jennifer Csiffary,  producer of Sunday House Call without whom the show would not have had the amazing guests we were able to bring into your homes.

The concept and the person who brought the show to you is Dave Mitchell, who was CFRA’s Program Director until this week. This is a man of vision and clarity who created a powerhouse of a talk radio station, the best in Canada. Thank you Dave for your support of the show. There is no one who will replace your talent and experience that you brought to the station.

Should you have any comments about this news please email Steve Winogron, Program Director at CFRA at steve@cfra.com or call 613-789-2486 x 4219.

Your comments are always welcome here.

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  1. I can’t believe that this program was cancelled – it was such an informative service to such a wide audience. I hope there will be a way to continue it in some fashion. I will now have to search for things to download to my iPod, as there’s not much to listen to on CFRA anymore. Perhaps there should be a rally or get-together or something special to mark the day that would have featured episode 300 (January 24?). Thank you for the health improvements that so many enjoy thanks to what we’ve learned from the show. All the best.

  2. Thank you for your kind words Mr. Brown.

    Indeed, there is precedent when people are willing to voice their opinion about a show’s demise, decisions were reversed.

    I am frustrated that I will not have the same opportunity to provide a medical show that was unique in Canada. I am proud of what we accomplished and of the loyal following of our listeners who always provided great questions and support for the show. We stayed ahead of the news curve and if you look at some of the past interviews from years ago, only now are some of these issues, like Vitamin D, being picked up by the mainstream media.

    The station needs to hear from the silent majority. It does matter.

    Regards,

    Barry Dworkin MD

  3. What a shame your show was cancelled. I listen to a variety of talk radio shows and quite frankly most of them are really not that enlightening nor constructive. Mostly they exist solely to entertain, engaging in topics that rile up “amusing” debate.In these show talk is for sport and not really conveying anything of significance. I often question the sincerity of the hosts and the depth of thought of the callers. However your show was a both extremely informative and a pleasure to listen to (despite of the often unpleasant but necessary discussions) because of you. I just enjoy your clear and objective thought processes on the topics at hand. You also have had many extremely interesting guests. It is just too bad that some simple sensational “talk” is probably going to replace your outstanding and valuable show.
    Judging by your reaction to the show’s end I can only guess you will find some way to get something like it back on the air. Good luck to you and thanks for your great work and efforts.

  4. I have just returned to Ottawa following a death in my family only to learn of the cancellation of your show. I am very disappointed in the judgement of CFRA — I thought it was such a stroke of brilliance to have your VERY informative and HELPFUL program on the air — it seemed a perfect fit to their style of broadcasting, i.e., engage people and encourage them to think and act responsibly; you not only informed people, you empowered them as well. Also the timeslot for your program was ideal, Sunday afternoons when there is an opportunity to listen, reflect and most importantly learn things that are helpful towards becoming more and more responsible (and accountable) for our individual health. I do most sincerely hope that you find a way to have your program either reinstated or another broadcast vehicle. Rest assured I will be emailing to Mr Winogron to express my dismay and dissatisfaction.

    Sincerely,
    Marilyn Olsen

  5. I am extremely disappointed to hear that Sunday House Call has been cancelled. An informative medical show with integrity and sincerity was sorely needed on CFRA.

    I have emailed Steve Winogram to express my disappointment and hopefully enough people will express their dissatisfaction so that the show could return.

    Good Luck with any future endeavours.

    Sharon Newton

  6. I too am extremely disappointed to hear that Sunday House Call has
    been cancelled. It was one of the best talk shows ever that you have
    had on CFRA. Dr. Dworkin is very knowledgeable, pleasant, patient
    and an extremely genuine person. If there was any question he could not
    answer (which was very seldom) he always made a point of obtaining an
    answer. People from all across Canada and the United States called
    the show on a regular basis which should be obvious of the fan base
    this excellent host had in a vast area. The guests Dr. Dworkin had
    on his show were remarkable…the hours of research that Dr. Dworkin
    did on a particular subject…one could never count.

    It is the worst mistake that CFRA could ever make to remove this
    honourable gentleman from your station. PLEASE RE-CONSIDER AND
    YOU OR DR. DWORKIN WILL NEVER KNOW HOW MUCH HE ASSISTED THE SENIORS
    IN PARTICULAR . THE SENIORS CAN THANK DR. DWORKIN FOR ALLEVIATING
    A LOT OF ANXIETY AND STRESS BY HOW KINDLY HE EXPLAINED EVERYTHING
    TO THEM IN LAYMEN’S TERMS.

    TO REMOVE DR. DWORKIN IS A GREAT LOSS…WORDS CANNOT ADEQUATELY
    EXPRESS HOW MUCH WE SHALL ALL MISS THIS VERY DEAR GENTLEMAN.
    THANK YOU.

  7. Am extremely disappointed that you have cancelled Dr. Barry Dworkin’s helpful and informative Sunday House Call show!
    Please reconsider this decision.

  8. I listen to you every morning as I get ready for work, and when possible I used to catch your Sunday show. The news of your show’s cancellation came as a shock. I have a science background, and work as a regulator. I am a big fan of your ability to explain the current (sometimes very complicated) scientific evidence in a very clear, accessible language. More importantly, I value your ability to explain to your audience the difference between good and bad (or over-interpreted) science, which is so abundant in today’s media and on the Internet. That is why I always thought of you as a perfect counterbalance to the quacks using various infomercials on the CFRA to peddle their wares.

    I will add my voice to the complaints addressed to the CFRA, hoping that your show will be reinstated.

  9. Your show was very helpful to everyday person as one was able to get advice on so many diverse medical issues and topic.
    I hope they (CFRA) will reconsider their decision on this issue.

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