New host of CBC Radio’s Toronto Flagship Show found in Winnipeg

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Ismaila Alfa named to succeed Matt Galloway on ‘Metro Morning’

The CBC has chosen Nigerian-born, Manitoba-raised Ismaila Alfa as the new host of radio show “Metro Morning.”

Alfa, a journalist based in Winnipeg, joined the CBC in 2008 and was host of CBC Radio’s “Up to Speed” in Manitoba.

He has also been guest-hosting “Metro Morning” in recent weeks in the absence of a permanent replacement for Matt Galloway, who left in December to host CBC’s flagship current affairs program, “The Current.”

Raised in Pipestone, Man., Alfa studied civil engineering at the University of Manitoba, and toured Canada and the United States as a hip-hop musician for nearly a decade before joining CBC Radio.

Alfa says hosting the show is in Canada’s largest city is a great honour and huge responsibility.

“I love to connect with people,” Alfa said. “My vision is that the show doesn’t just connect issues in the city and in the GTA and province, but that we’re actually connecting. I want people to feel like they’re listening to their friends in the morning.”

As a touring musician in his 20s and 30s, Alfa frequently visted Toronto, and he says he has always wanted to live in the city.

“A lot of the people who live in the GTA are not from Toronto, or not from this country, they’ve moved here, and like them I’m making this city my home. We’re doing the same thing together.”

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