Culture At A Crossroads
Season 2, Episode 15

Hockey Night in Canada Senior Producer Sherali Najak joins the show to discuss what goes into the quintessential Saturday night broadcast. Don't miss how hockey has gone full circle for Sherali; he first arrived in Canada from Uganda amid the ‘72 Summit Series. Plus, how he rose the ranks at CBC as a student, while failing his broadcast classes at college and having a professor tell him he ought to consider a different career. 


Not to mention, what it was like to work with Don Cherry, what gave him the idea to make Coach’s Corner live, and his thoughts on Cherry's exit from the program.


Welcome to the thirty-fifth episode of the podcast. Listen and access the show notes here or search for Culture At A Crossroads on Apple, Spotify, Google or wherever you get your podcasts and listen for free.

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This is a profile of Sherali Najak of Hockey Night in Canada.


Sept 24, 2007 - A Ugandan’s journey through CBC ranks


Aug 9, 2007 - Najak named executive producer at Hockey Night in Canada


June 20, 2011 - Sherali Najak at IEP Conference


Jan 30, 2017 - Moment of silence held for Quebec City victims


Nov 11, 2019 - Don Cherry’s Full Poppy Speech


Nov 16, 2019 - Ron MacLean addresses the ‘end of era’ of Coach’s Corner


This is the letter that Sherali wrote to the Canadian Hockey League criticizing them for going ahad with a Top Prospects game in Quebec City less than 24 hours after the Quebec Mosque shooting in 2017.