Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- The latest radio ratings are out! For the period September 1 to November 30, Now 102.3 FM continued to lead by a wide margin. CBC Radio 1 has moved into second position, ahead of 630 CHED. There’s additional detail and demographic breakdowns in this post (and also here).
- Congrats to Dave Cournoyer, who finished second in the Politics category in the Canadian Weblog Awards!
- As previously reported, Newcap Edmonton has parted ways with GM Sharon Taylor. Though the news came as a surprise, a replacement has already been announced! Neil Cunningham will be the new GM, leaving his post as General Sales Manager at Global Edmonton. It’s a return to the radio business for him, as he was previously at GSM at Corus.
- After just nine months on the 95.7 CRUZ FM morning show, Scott McCord has decided to move on to pursue other opportunities.
- Postmedia has been holding meetings with mayors across the country to explain the Sun Media acquisition. According to Postmedia spokeswoman Stephanie Woods, a meeting has been held with Mayor Don Iveson.
- Longtime Edmonton Journal writer Elizabeth Withey has been named (along with Gail Sidone Sobat) a Metro Edmonton Federation of Libraries writer-in-residence for 2015. Congrats!
- In their fifth episode of season six, The Unknown Studio talks with Omar Mouallem about The Yards.
- Thanks to MBR for the tip on this one: CFCW will be moving to 840 AM in the summer of 2015. They had previously applied for a change to 840 kHz in 2008 but that never happened.
- Welcome to Margeaux Morin, Global Edmonton’s newest weather anchor. Margeaux was previously the Video Communications Coordinator for the Calgary Stampede, and has worked with both the Oilers and Eskimos.
- Faces of Edmonton recently featured BT Edmonton’s Ryan Jespersen. And Poppy Barley featured Kari Skelton!
- Happy belated birthday to Cam Tait! Here’s a recent piece by Cam on NAIT’s bright future (he did the Radio and Television program there).
- HOT 107 decided to kick off its own Gay-Straight Alliance in response to the controversial Bill 10. Host Ryder came up with the idea.
- The Journal reports that Edmonton-raised reporter-turned actor Olivia Cheng stars in a new series on Netflix.
- The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association is still looking for a customer service representative.
- The deadline to apply for Metro Edmonton’s Managing Editor position is January 9.
- CBC has decided to shorten all local supper-hour broadcasts to 30 or 60 minutes beginning next fall. Here in Edmonton, the news will slim down to 30 minutes.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes! She links to Twitter’s 2014 #YearOnTwitter in Canada – it’s that time of year!
- In case you missed it: here is Karen’s latest roundup of local blog posts!
- Will the proposed SCTV statues become a reality in Edmonton? Volunteers are apparently waiting for charitable status, and confirm the project is still very much alive.
- Here’s an essay from The Verge entertainment editor Emily Yoshida on why the site is reporting on Sony’s leaked information.
- From Slate: What makes podcasts so addictive and pleasurable?
- From Gigaom’s Mathew Ingram: There’s never been a better time to run a niche media business.
- Sounds like a big shakeup at the Public Affairs Bureau took effect today. The big change is that the PAB itself is getting smaller, with more communications staffers spread throughout government departments.
Photojournalist takes photos at Premier Prentice’s State of the Province luncheon
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So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!