Local updates from the Media Roundup
Here are a few select updates from today’s Media Roundup:
- CKRA-FM returned from its all-Christmas-music format on Dec. 26 with a new name: 96.3 The Breeze. The format is not unique to Edmonton, with Vancouver’s CHLG-FM making the switch to The Breeze last month.
- Larry Donohue retired as CFCW’s Music Director on Dec. 21 after 50 years in radio, 35 of them with CFCW. “On Larry’s last day country’s shining star Brett Kissel came into the station and serenaded Larry with the song “The Cowboy Rides Away” and then shared with the staff how much Larry’s support propelled his career by playing his music on CFCW,” reports Marty Forbes. CFCW drive host AJ Keller has taken over the Music Director responsibilities.
- A trailer has been released for Boyle McCauley News: 40 Years – The Little Community Newspaper That Could. The film will be released in March.
- News from the Alberta Podcast Network: The Read-Along and OtherWise are the newest members and six member podcasts have been nominated for Canadian Podcast Awards. Here is the latest APN roundup.
- Linda Hoang has shared some best practices for businesses looking to work with social media influencers. “When both sides treat influencer requests as a professional business exchange, the influencer marketing industry will be better.”
Media-related updates from elsewhere
And here is some non-local media news that I found interesting this week:
- Tortoise is a new journalism startup from James Harding, former head of news at BBC. Emily Bell says in The Guardian that the venture “feels like an escape, not a solution, to journalism’s problems.”
- From Wired: The ‘Future Book’ Is Here, but It’s Not What We Expected.
- ICYMI, here are NiemanLab’s Predictions for Journalism 2019. I like what Celeste LeCompte shared: “Most people don’t consume news because they want to be more informed about the news; they want to be informed about the news that they’re likely to talk about.”
- It’s super long, but I found some great media nuggets in this transcript of Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher talking about the future of journalism.
- NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS and Fox will all “provide wall-to-wall coverage of President Donald Trump’s prime time address on border security on Tuesday,” according to CNN. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC will all carry the address live, as well.
Follow Edmonton media news using the hashtag #yegmedia and be sure to check out Mediagazer for the latest media news from elsewhere. You can see past Media Monday Edmonton entries here. If you have a tip or suggestion for future updates, let me know.