All through high school my little brothers had to endure the question “so, you’re Peter’s brother.” Not that I was acclaimed — I simply had the virtue of coming first.
Brother Steve is exacting his revenge these days, though: a spate of national stories on CBC Radio (for whom he’s a news report in Saskatoon) have people asking me “so, you any relation to that Steve Rukavina?”.
Although Steve’s website has been dark of late, leaving the reading public without the insightful “behind the scenes of a young journo” pieces that were so interesting, we in the family do get to hear news from the horse’s mouth now and again, and one of the stories Steve related recently was of a sort of broadcaster boot camp held by the CBC in Winnipeg. Part of what went on there was a series of role plays, where the participants would read news stories and then be critiqued on them, and Steve says he got a lot out of this.
And I have to agree: if you listen to this recent piece, you’ll hear a much more affable, relaxed Journalist Steve.
It’s a wonderful experience to be able to watch one of your kid brothers mature into his career from afar; if Steve was a construction worker or a shop clerk we wouldn’t have this opportunity, but as he’s choosen the public airwaves as his medium, we’re lucky enough to be able to tune in.