Here’s my latest update on local media stuff:
- CBC Edmonton’s Zoë Todd is now “covering the peace region from Grande Prairie”. Pretty neat looking newsroom!
- Jason Gregor reports that this year’s Month of Giving raised $102,625. “We helped out The Christmas Bureau, The Holiday Hamper, Brightfield elementary breakfast program, Alzheimers Foundation, Adopt-A-Teen, The MS Society, Operation Friendship Senior Society and Santas Anonymous.” And later in the post: “Thank you again and while the Oilers’ record is frustrating you right now, remember that helping others will make you feel better.”
- Pretty cool that SONiC 102.9’s Lauren Hunter turned her #ConnorMcPortrait into a $26,757 donation to YESS.
- Marty Forbes reportsthat broadcaster Tony Biamonte passed away just before Christmas at age 93. “Career milestones on-air at CKUA, CFRN and as an instructor in Radio and TV Arts at NAIT were surpassed only by his love and dedication to his family.”
- Cam Tait wrote about the recent passing of Vern Traill at age 92. He managed 630 CHED in the 80s.
- “Odds are that even if you’ve never heard the name Alan Bleviss before, you’ve heard his voice — a warm, golden rumble — selling you something, telling you how to vote, or letting you know what was coming soon to a theatre near you.” The Edmonton-born actor died just after Christmas at age 76.
- Congratulations to 630 CHED’s Dave Campbell on the birth of his daughter Addison!
- TSN 1260’s Dustin Nielson is hosting the launch party for the World’s Longest Hockey Game on January 20. All the proceeds go to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
- Episode 81 of the Seen and Heard in Edmonton podcast features Kat Griffiths, “a fangirl of the highest order who shines a light on the artists who make the songs she loves with a podcast called Start the Music.”
- Here is the latest Alberta Podcast Network Roundup. “You’ll get the story behind the explosion of marketing tech, and an amazing deep dive into rebranding, plus football talk, game recommendations and music nerdery.”
- Looking to start a podcast of your own this year? Karen Unland is hosting a four hour workshop on how to start a podcast at CKUA on January 27. Tickets are $99.
- Who doesn’t love a good photo booth!
- Here’s a look back at what we published in 2017 over at Taproot Edmonton.
- Here is the Journal’s year in review section for 2017. It includes Larry Wong’s top photos and editor-in-chief Mark Iype’s unforgettable moment.
- Edmonton Quotient also put together a year-in-review complete with many links to roundups from the local media.
- Postmedia is seeking applications for its summer 2018 internship program. “These paid internships run from mid-May to early September for a total of 16 weeks.”
- CBC Edmonton is looking for a weekend producer and a web writer.
Mayor Don Iveson and Premier Rachel Notley on New Year’s Eve, photo by Premier of Alberta
And here is some slightly less local media stuff:
- Jim Shaw, former CEO of Shaw Communications, died on Wednesday at the age of 60. He joined the company in 1982, then “was appointed vice president of operations in 1987, president in 1995 and CEO in 1998.” Edward Rogers, chair of Rogers Communications, said “Jim was a brilliant man and a fierce competitor.”
- NAIT graduate Lee Jones has been named the new co-anchor of CTV News at Six in Regina!
- Bloomberg Media and Bell Media have partnered to create a new Canadian business news service called BNN Bloomberg that will launch this spring. Bloomberg has five bureaus in Canada, with Calgary the closest to us.
- So much interesting stuff going on right now with Michael Wolff’s “explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump’s fitness for office”.
- From Nieman Lab: A year in fake news, and what to look forward to (or how to tune out) in 2018.
You can follow Edmonton media news on Twitter using the hashtag #yegmedia. For a great overview of the global media landscape, check out Mediagazer.
So, what have I missed? What’s new and interesting in the world of Edmonton media? Let me know!
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