Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Troy Scott is leaving Harvard Broadcasting here in Edmonton (HOT 107 and 95.7 CRUZ) to take over as program director for Virgin Radio in Winnipeg. Here’s Cross and Crosbie talking about Scott (aka Thumper) leaving. On Twitter he had lots of nice things to say about his colleagues here. Contacted by PSR about the move, Scott had this to say about Edmonton:
“I really wish I could’ve made Edmonton my home, but the truth is, the air-quality, and the pollution made it impossible for me to stay. There really does need to be more public awareness about the air-quality here, and the horrible pollution with the coal in the refineries.”
- A study earlier this year suggested that Edmonton’s air quality is often worse than other large centres in Canada, but…does that make it “impossible” to stay? If it’s so bad, why hasn’t Scott ever raised it before?
- You can catch the new show The Announcers on 630 CHED every Saturday featuring Ryan Jespersen, Andrew Grose, and J’lyn Nye. Here’s the first episode.
- The latest episode of Drew Dalby’s The Off-Mic Podcast features Marty Forbes: “With over 40 years in the business, and a family entrenched in the industry, there are few people in radio today that have as much knowledge and experience as Marty Forbes. And even fewer that are so willing to share with the new generation.”
- Here’s the new up! 99.3 FM page on Cory and Ami, the new morning show hosts.
- Last week we had Sharon Yeo on the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast. This week we have Karen Unland’s Culinary Q & A on Only Here for the Food!
- The eight episode of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Andy Grabia, the blogger behind Yegball. And here is the latest Edmonton blog roundup. Also don’t miss Karen’s open letter to the Capital Ideas community.
- Gig City’s Mike Ross shares some thoughts on “Dirty Deeds”, 100.3 The Bear’s latest ticket contest. Or as Mike puts it, “another radio stunt goes over the line.”
- Also from Gig City, here’s a feature on cartoonist Mike Winters. You can check out his Cartoon Machine here.
- The tragic death of a reporter and her cameraman in Virginia prompted Cam Tait to reflect on the safety of journalists, recalling a warning from the Journal’s Frank Hutton back in 1985.
- From the University of Alberta’s New Trail, here’s an interview with Pat Kiernan.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes. The big news of course is that Instagram now supports landscape and portrait images.
- The Expats podcast now has its own Twitter account and a fancy new logo! I love that it is subtly reminiscent of bacon.
- Coming up on September 9 is the launch of issue 4 of The Yards. It’s taking place at Iconoclast Koffiehuis.
- Congratulations to Ashley Burnham who was crowned Mrs. Universe 2015 on Saturday, the first Canadian and first aboriginal woman to win the title. She is from the Enoch Cree Nation and appears in the TV show Blackstone on APTN and Showcase.
And here are some less-local media things worth sharing:
- The CRTC has put out the call for applications for a radio licence to serve the urban Aboriginal communities in the Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver markets. Radio Survivor examines the announcement and suggests “the stringency of the language is perhaps informed by the fact that the CRTC feels a bit burned by the last entity to which it gave this job: Aboriginal Voices Radio Inc.”
- Since 2010, Phil King has been president of CTV and sports programming for Bell. Now he’s leaving the company as part of a reshuffling in the company’s senior ranks.
- According to Variety, Apple is exploring getting into the original programming business. One source suggests the company could be looking to compete with Netflix.
- Ten years ago today, NPR debuted their first podcasts. “At the time, we didn’t know whether podcasts would crash and burn next to minidisks, but the format was a beautiful match for the audio programming our journalists had been shaping for decades, and it had potential.”
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!