Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Global Edmonton (CITV-DT) is gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary on September 1. Here’s a tribute from Marty Forbes. You can learn more about the station’s history here.
- The Edmonton Broadcasters Club‘s 2014 Fall Luncheon will feature Wally Kirk, who was with Global Edmonton from the start until his retirement in 1999. The luncheon will take place on October 15.
- CTV Edmonton (CFRN-DT) celebrates 60 years on October 25 and they are getting ready by holding a vintage t-shirt design contest. You have until September 5 to submit a design!
- Last week it was reported that the Edmonton Oilers have hired blogger Tyler Dellow of mc79hockey.com fame as an analytics consultant (congrats Tyler!). Apparently some are having a hard time comprehending what this means. No really, Edmonton Sun reporter Derek Van Diest must feel embarrassed after his rant.
- I do agree with Sunil Agnihotri that taking down Dellow’s blog unnecessarily wiped out a bunch of useful online history and has destroyed a potentially valuable online community.
- She’s still listed as Managing Director of Programming on the CBC Edmonton contact page, but Charles Rusnell tweeted that Judy Piercey has retired.
- Back in June, CBC launched its new strategy called A space for us all. Bill Chambers, VP Brand, Communications, and Corporate Affairs will be in Edmonton on August 25 to hear what local stakeholders think about the plan.
- Speaking of CBC, a tipster let me know that CBC radio’s recent broadcasts have been province-wide, with no locals at noon or during the afternoon drive. Anyone know what’s up there?
- Linda profiled Faces of Edmonton recently, a new blog inspired by the popular Humans of New York blog that aims to showcase “Edmonton’s scenery, inhabitants, and stories.” Check it out here.
- This is interesting: a story-behind-the-story conversation between Jana Pruden and Alexandra Zabjek (via Karen). I like this kind of storytelling, and it looks like an interesting way to use Storify. Here it is in context on the Journal’s site.
- The TELUS Fund has finished a second round of funding selections, and Edmonton-based Anaid Productions was one of the production companies chosen to receive funding. Anaid produced the popular Quon Dynasty show, and most recently worked on The Liquidator. The funding will help to produce Hospital Rescue, “which follows a team of maverick leaders and front-line caregivers as they battle for positive change in emergency care.”
- If you were hoping for a televised PC leadership race debate, you’ll be disappointed to hear that isn’t going to happen.
- Canoe.ca recently featured five Canadian YouTubers you should know about and included singer/songwriter Daniela Andrade.
- A follow-up to the ongoing unpaid internship story: Bell has scrapped its program, at least temporarily.
- And closing the loop on another story: that crowdfunded TV show with Councillor Mike Nickel appears to have failed, raising just $100 of the $6,500 goal.
- Here is Karen’s latest roundup of local blog posts!
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!