Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Harvard Broadcasting announced a new format and brand for CKEA-FM, switching from Lite 95.7 to 95.7 CRUZ FM. Their gimmick is that they guarantee no repeat songs all day long, and they’ll pay $10,000 if you catch them breaking the rule. Here’s how the press release introduced the new format:
“95.7 CRUZ FM is playing Great Music, ALL the time! Whether it’s Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Mainstream Rock, Pop, Pop/ Rock or New Wave from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s……music that was popular when you were!”
- CKEA-FM originally launched on September 6, 2010 as 95.7 The Sound, and switched to Lite 95.7 on March 25, 2011.
- Here’s what Gig City had to say about the switch.
- CJSR 88.5 FM is celebrating its 30th anniversary tomorrow by broadcasting all day from City Hall. Stop by and say hi to them!
- Here are the top stories of 2013 from AlbertaVenture.com.
- Venture Publishing is being criticized for failing to pay freelancers in both the body and comments of this post. So far it appears there has been no response from the company.
- Edmontonian Marty Schwartz is tackling the daunting task of writing 1000 words a day for 1000 days. His final entry should be posted on September 26, 2014. Check out the project here and follow him on Twitter as @the1000words.
- Here is Linda’s latest roundup of social media links.
- Believe it or not, HOT 107 FM is going to try to break the Guinness World Record for “Most People Twerking Simultaneously”. The current record is 358 people. The attempt will take place on January 25 at Casino Yellowhead.
- The Edmonton chapter of the Online News Association is organizing a conference in February that will offer “workshops on how to keep your online documents secure, becoming social media savvy, what you need to know about Internet law as well as investigative techniques.”
- Global Edmonton’s Jennifer Crosby got married this fall, and her wedding was profiled in the Journal. Congrats Jennifer!
- Cam Tait argues that “Sportsnet falls behind the ball” when it comes to between-period coverage. I’ve heard many say the same thing since the blockbuster NHL rights deal was announced.
- This link is old, but I wanted to mention it: Edmonton was the setting for Apple’s new TV commercial. Not that you can tell.
- Looking for something different? Alberta Canola Producers is looking for a Communications Coordinator.
- Story Chaser, Kevin Kossowan’s food & ag-centric video production company is going to be doing a project in Shanghai. Congrats!
- Great question from Darren: Why don’t we care where image macros and GIFs come from? Especially as media companies like BuzzFeed are making a lot of money from them.
- This is really funny and scary at the same time: The best and worst media errors and corrections in 2013.
- I thought the New York Times editorial supporting Edward Snowden was fantastic. Here’s a good overview of some of the fallout.
- Don’t miss this if you run a Twitter account: lessons from the New York Times social media desk.
- Here’s an interesting theory for local news organizations: Mobile offers local media a digital do-over.
- Since this is a blog you’re reading, I thought it would be appropriate to link to this thought-provoking piece by Jason Kottke: The blog is dead, long live the blog.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!