Around The Dial: Broadcast & Media News Today

News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada's borders.

RIP: Rainy River Record, a 98-year-old community newspaper in northwestern Ontario, will publish its final edition on September 27. The 800+ residents will be supplied with news included in the Fort Frances Times which is also owned by the Cumming family.CBC News

-- GustoTV, Bell Media’s food and lifestyle channel, has begun production on 10 original Canadian productions, including The Latin Kitchen. The programs are being shot in Ottawa in 4K. The series are part of a partnership with Toronto-based Gusto Worldwide Media.

-- Winnipeg talk radio host Dahlia Kurtz told listeners she was resigning from 680 CJOB via Facebook after three years on the air. No reason was given. Kurtz says her last show will be Sept. 30.

-- Capitale Rock station CFTX 96.5 has debuted a new format. According to the Gatineau station’s Facebook page, the RNC Media FM is now playing favourites of the ‘70s ‘80s and ‘90s and calling themselves Pop 96.5.

-- Thursday, the CRTC unveiled an interactive map identifying which radio and television stations across Canada distribute emergency alert messages. Canadians will also find a list of cable and satellite companies that relay these messages. Since more than 80% of Canadians own a mobile device, the CRTC is currently examining whether wireless service providers should participate in the national public service announcements.

-- CBC announced Thursday new hosts for Radio 2 show Mornings and affiliated Weekend Morning. Effective Oct. 3, Raina Douris will make her return to CBC to take the reins from Tom Power as the new host of the weekday show. After guest hosting on the Weekend show for several months, Angeline Tetteh-Wayoe joins as the new host, following the departure of former host Talia Schlanger for NPR. Also returning to Radio 2 this fall, on Nov. 4, is weekly R&B show Marvin's Room--hosted by Amanda Parris. 

Douris joins the pubcaster from Indie88, where she hosted the morning show, Raina & Matt. Wayoe made the move to Toronto from Edmonton to host Flow 93.5's The Beat of Toronto before serving as guest host on Weekend Morning for the past several months. Parris is a well known artist, educator, scholar, CBC TV host and columnist for the CBC Arts. 


-- Green Day’s return to the spotlight with Revolution Radio, a triple-album concept album, is an ambitious affair. Here’s how the title came about, as told by the band to Rolling Stone magazine.

"Give me cherry bombs and gasoline!," Billie Joe Armstrong sings on the title track. The idea came to him in New York two years ago when he ran into a Black Lives Matter protest; before he knew it, Armstrong had gotten out of his car and was walking up Eighth Avenue with the throng. "I was screaming, 'Hands up, don't shoot,' " he says. "I felt like I was on the right side of history. ... It's like something is breaking in the world. A lot of the old people are dying off and the values of the Fifties generation are starting to break and what happened in the Sixties and is starting to manifest more now than it ever has before."

-- This Sunday, after 22 years, Charles Osgood, 83, hosts his final Sunday Morning on CBS (He’ll continue to anchor the Osgood File on CBS Radio).

-- On Oct. 2, Vin Scully, 88, will call his final game after an astonishing 67 years as the voice of baseball’s Dodgers (He started in Brooklyn in 1950 and migrated west with the team to Los Angeles).

-- Next month, a new host travels to Lake Wobegon, replacing Garrison Keillor, 74, who presided over his final “A Prairie Home Companion” on American Public Media in June after two stints totaling 37 years.

Running A Radio Station on Green Energy

Craig Timmermans still remembers the day in 2009 very well.

He looked at his electricity bill and was astonished at how much he was paying to operate his small radio stations in Little Current on Manitoulin Island, Ont.

After he got mad, he decided to get even. Timmermans bought himself a wind turbine, had it installed, and now pays next to nothing to power his CFRM and Country 103 radio stations.

In fact, Timmermans says he’s running Canada’s only totally green-powered radio station in Canada. Steve Paikin, host of TVO’s weekday show The Agenda, explains.




Worth Noting

Canadian video production benefitting from Netflix-driven content – Financial Post

Can Corus Entertainment Inc. maintain its massive 9.4% dividend? – Motley Fool

Instagram now has more than 500K active advertisers – Marketing Land

A new audio startup focuses on tailoring a playlist of short form stories that fit into a listener’s day –NiemanLab

YouTube to live-stream 2016 presidential debates from PBS, Telemundo, Washington Post – Variety

The Toronto Star now delivering coffee with the morning paper – J Source

Sackville, NB: A Town literally haunted by the radio: New doc chronicles the bizarre effects of 13 120-metre towers that rose up from the town’s Tantramar Marsh. They encompassed CBC Radio-Canada International’s shortwave broadcasting site.





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