Watch Wiretap host Jonathan Goldstein at work

One of Montreal’s top radio shows and its host are profiled by radio documentary series This Is Radio.

CBC RadioOne’s WireTap is a half-hour show hosted by Montreal author and public-radio host Jonathan Goldstein — he was recently voted #7 Best Radio Show Host, and WireTap #7 Best Radio Show in our Best of MTL readers poll.

The structure is simple enough: Goldstein, playing himself, engages in two phone conversations with friends, usually people he knows, often playing themselves, or exaggerated versions of themselves. Some recurring guests, like Howard Chakowicz, are also writers on the show, and that’s where WireTap gets complex: in its winning blend of dry, droll humour, absurdity and, occasionally, sheer stupidity.

Watch this new mini-doc about Goldstein and his show, produced by radio documentary series This Is Radio:

Jonathan Goldstein — This is Radio from This is Radio on Vimeo.

WireTap airs on CBC Radio One (88.5FM) on Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. and on Thursdays at 11:30 p.m. It’s also available as a podcast.

To see the complete results of 2014′s Best of MTL readers poll (Top 10s in 150+ categories), click here