Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

RIP: Errol Bruce (Knapp), an Egyptian-born media broadcaster raised in Canada who had his professional start at “pirate” outlets Radio Caroline South and Swinging Radio England in the North Sea in the ‘60s, died in Toronto on Aug. 11 after a lengthy spell in hospital. He was 73.  

Radio England referred to itself as “Boss Radio,” its disc-jockeys were called “Boss Jocks,” and Knapp became known as “Bosscat” Bruce. After the pirate era, he returned to Canada and worked for CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107, and the CBC, and ran the Virtually Strange Network website in Toronto under his full name of Errol Bruce-Knapp for many years. He also had a bit part as sidekick to Chuck the Security Guard on Jeff Silverman’s short-lived early 1980s CFMT-TV 2-6am The All Night Show. He had a long-running UFO radio programme called Strange Days...Indeed and, when the show was cancelled, continued it in podcast form.


RIP: CKSL, the London, ON AM originally owned by a consortium led by Joseph Jeffery - one of the founders of London Life – started broadcasting in June of 1956 and has had a procession of owners in the intervening years. It’s most recent owner, Bell Media, applied to the CRTC for and received a revocation of licence earlier this year as the station is a money loser and its transmitter required $3M in repairs and upgrades. Funny 1410 went off the air at midnight Sunday (Aug. 14). Funnily enough, the laughter doesn’t stop quite yet. Here’s what appeared on the station’s website before sign-off last night.

After nearly 60 years of providing music, news, sports, and entertainment to listeners across the London and surrounding region, Funny 1410 will cease broadcasting this Sunday, Aug. 14 at 12 midnight.

Our enormous library of comedy will not to go to waste. NewsTalk 1290 CJBK is planning to bring laughter to the London airwaves again soon.  Stay tuned for more information about when some of the great Funny content will be part of the NewsTalk 1290 lineup.

-- The Liberal government is looking at the BBC as it examines the future of the CBC, a newly-released document indicates. The Canadian Heritage department has produced a detailed comparison of the two public broadcasters and suggests the nation’s pubcaster needs to be a risk taker in terms of content, and suggests directors should be appointed without political interference. – CBC News

-- As of noon Friday, Corus Radio relaunched Power 97, which is taking over the station 97.5 BIG FM. A full line-up of the Modern Rock, Power 97 personalities and shows will be announced in early September.

-- A researcher studying public reaction to the Jian Ghomeshi case says social media scrutiny of the trial could lead to "crowd-sourced reforms" for how the legal system handles sexual assault claims. The suggestion was made at an international law conference in Halifax late last month. – CTV News

-- World Champion and Professional Athlete Fredia “Cheetah” Gibbs and Producer Marie Lemelle, Platinum Star Public Relations, have teamed up to produce a weekly one-hour radio show, “World of Sports with Cheetah" from the RMC Studios in LA.  “Round for round, pound for pound, I will bring you interviews from the inner circle of the sports world,” said Gibbs who made history as the first African-American woman to hold 3 titles in the kickboxing sport, which earned her the title “most dangerous woman in the world.”

-- The price of contrition: The FCC Enforcement Bureau has issued a notice of apparent liability for $15K to a Florida pastor for operating an unlicensed broadcast on 89.1 and 102.1 FM in Broward County. The bureau says Kender Maxime was warned that operating the stations was illegal and that he could face further enforcement action, but disregarded those warnings. – Radio Ink



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