Radio Chatter: Pilot records interviews while flying over Victoria, Vancouver
A Victoria-born and raised pilot is turning his passion for flying into a side-hustle which he hopes will become popular with viewers online.
The idea first came to him when he was preparing his hours to become a professional pilot.
“When I took my friends flying they were always so excited, I could see how magical it was for them,” said Mathew Mosveen.
Mosveen is the creator of “Radio Chatter”, an online talk show where he flies an airplane while interviewing guests seated in the front passenger seat.
“It puts those famous people that everyone puts on a pedestal in a much more human state and so it’s a different way to connect with people you already know,” he said.
The format is similar to those where comedians drive cars or people are interviewed while eating hot chicken wings.
“It’s pretty much like that with a lot more paperwork. But ideally better views,” said Mosveen, who has been a pilot for 10 years.
Mosveen now lives in Montreal but records the episodes above Victoria or Vancouver.
“What I found is that flying is much less fun here (in Montreal). There are definitely more guests but there are no mountains, the weather is really bipolar, either it’s very hot and uncomfortable, or it’s very cold and uncomfortable too,” he said. .
The series is still in its early stages and he has interviewed entrepreneurs, actors, musicians and athletes. He knows, however, that not everyone will accept his invitation to interviews.
“There will definitely be people who never come to the episode because they’re not comfortable with airplanes,” he said.
“What’s really great is when you have someone who is a bit on point – where they want to be comfortable but they’re not quite sure yet.”
Eight of the 16 episodes that have been taped have been released so far, and as the series continues, Mosveen has a wishlist of guests he’d like to interview.
“Drake is definitely at the top of the list, and John Mayer,” he said.
“Most of the people who are really high on the list aren’t in Victoria/Vancouver, so they’ll either have to be on tour,” he added. “Or when I own a plane that I can take anywhere, then I take it to where they are to shoot it.”
The hope is to have a new episode launched every month. They can be found on various social media platforms, including the Radio Chatter Facebook page.