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Where is Inspector Dolumbo?

Rumours have highly regarded and longstanding sports reporter and anchor Peter Gross scrubbed from Rogers line-ups, but nothing is confirmed. Below, with CityPulse doing bits as his alter ego ‘Inspector Dolumbo’ or going mildly Howard Beale-y while covering wide-ranging issues such as traffic congestion in Toronto or homophobia in the sports world.


Is radio dead?

Data show it isn’t as a whole—yet as a music platform, it’s a whole different story.

In a candid interview between Frank Ocean and Jay-Z that aired on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station Feb. 24, the latter spent a good portion mourning the golden days of radio, where he got his own start in the 1990s as a hip-hop artist. Said Jay, about modern radio:

It’s pretty much an advertisement model. You take these pop stations, they’re reaching 18-34 young, white females. So, they’re playing music based on those tastes. And then they’re taking those numbers and they’re going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn’t based on music…

A person like Bob Marley right now probably wouldn’t play on a pop station. Which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best. You know, music is music. The line’s just been separated so much that we’re lost at this point in time.

His attacks don’t come unbiased. Jay-Z is the owner of Tidal, a music streaming service that makes its money from subscription fees, not advertisements. Personal stakes aside, however, the rapper hits on a key point: Radio—which has been fragmenting its audience into different genres for decades now —is fundamentally a subpar way to discover new music, or listen to it at all -- Quartz




Worth Noting

Bell Media juggling executives as president leaves for job at NFL: Bell Media is once again juggling its executives as president Mary Ann Turcke departs for a job with the National Football League and Randy Lennox, who spent three decades at Universal Music Canada, steps into her role – Christine Dobby, Globe & Mail




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