Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- Eric Neville has died at the age of 76 from a sudden heart attack. Known as Klondike Eric, he was the host of children’s show Popcorn Playhouse which aired every weekday afternoon on CFRN TV. “He was an unstoppable force of positive energy, happiness, and humour,” his daughter wrote on Facebook. Cam Tait wrote about Eric’s impact in his latest column.
- Dinner Television premieres tomorrow night on CityTV at 5pm. Here’s the promo video:
- And here’s one of the promo photos. Remember each show will be rebroadcast the following morning from 7-9am.
- You’ve probably heard about CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt turning the tables on hooligans yelling FHRITP which means you’ve probably heard about how common it is. Many CBC Edmonton reporters have had to deal with the harassment.
- Congratulations to the Journal’s Larry Wong, Ed Kaiser, and the team led by Ryan Jackson who worked on the video about suicide on the High Level Bridge on your recognition from the News Photographers Association of Canada.
- Stony Plain & Spruce Grove’s new 88.1 The ONE FM started transmitter testing on Tuesday. Puget Sound Radio says the station is expected to launch on June 4 with a country format.
- Cam Tait wrote a thoughtful piece on reporting news in a plugged in world. He asks, “how can we best combine telling compelling stories with today’s citizen journalism landscape?”
- The Ryan Jespersen Show is now available as a podcast on iTunes, broken into one hour chunks.
- MacEwan’s Public Relations program accepted its first cohort of students in 1995, which means the program is celebrating 20 years this year. Asked what has changed in the past 20 years, faculty member Colin Babiuk replied, “everything.”
- Pro Hockey Day 2015 took place on Saturday at the River Cree, in support of the Edmonton Inner City Children’s Program and the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. CTV Edmonton’s Josh Classen was among those who laced up:
Photo by Lincoln Ho
- Glass Buffalo, a literary magazine that showcases creative writing from University of Alberta students, is hosting a poetry writing contest. The deadline to enter is July 31.
- Marker Magazine is looking for editorial interns to fill various positions. The deadline for fall interns to apply is July 10.
- Cindy has a recap of the 2nd annual food blogger dinner at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.
- I have mentioned Elizabeth Withey’s Frock Around the Clock project before, but here’s an updated profile by CBC Edmonton. She’s four months into the year-long fashion challenge!
- The Edmonton Examiner is looking for a full-time summer intern to join the team. The deadline to apply is May 28.
- The St. Albert Gazette is looking for a new city hall reporter. The deadline to apply is May 29.
- Here are Linda’s latest social media notes.
- As Linda mentioned, Facebook has launched Instant Articles, a new partnership with some very well-known publications, like the New York Times and the Atlantic.
- It sounds like the first year of Hockey Night in Canada under Rogers has not gone so well.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!