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Gary Lawrence Miles died Tuesday, March 14. He was 78. The Winnipeg-born, former radio announcer and GM went on to become President of the Radio Bureau, VP of Selkirk Radio, and CEO of Rogers Radio where he expanded the brand from two to 52 stations. At various times, he sat on the Boards of the Western, Manitoba and Canadian Associations of Broadcasters, the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement, and the Radio Bureau of Canada.

Miles retired in 2008 and did private consultancy with clients across North America and in France, Singapore, India, Germany, Peru, and the UK.  

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research C/O Toronto General and Toronto Western Hospital Foundation.

Nielsen Q3: Radio and smartphone streaming post another year of growth

Nielsen has released the Q3 2016 edition of its comparable metrics report on U.S. media consumption. Radio continues to have strong weekly reach at 93% of all surveyed adults. This report often sheds light on how much age impacts media choices, and this quarter is no exception – RAIN News

Deezer’s latest partnership is with tech retailer Fnac

Deezer has made many efforts in building partnerships outside the streaming music realm. The latest one is with Fnac, a France-based consumer tech retailer. Financial details were not disclosed -- RAIN News

Fake news, propaganda, and influence operations – a guide to journalism in a new and more chaotic media environment 

“When the audience is trained to doubt everything they meet in the news, it may lead to devaluation and destabilization of society’s system for information, and a vacuum might appear. This poses a threat not only to the media itself. It is challenging the entire structure of society” -- Anders Hofseth, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

‘Missing Richard Simmons,’ the morally suspect podcast 

“By turning a journalist into a friend and casting a man’s personal life as a mystery, ‘Missing Richard Simmons’ has retooled the stale Hollywood documentary as an addictive media sensation. But it’s also turned it into a morally suspect exercise: An invasion of privacy masquerading as a love letter. Simmons is a public figure, and that gives journalists a lot of latitude to pry. But a friend who claims to want to help him should probably just leave him alone” – Amanda Hess, The NYT

Germany will force Facebook, Twitter to delete hate speech and fake news 

The German ministry of justice is planning a new law that will force social networks to publish a quarterly accountability report, which will include information on the number and qualifications of employees responsible for deleting and blocking content that breaches Germany’s hate speech and slander laws – Deutsche Welle

Why a local news site covering the Catskills in New York is ending its daily and weekly coverage 

“I will keep the website running. We will still accept long-term display advertising. And we will still run stories occasionally, as our budget and my time allow. But without daily or weekly content, and without full-time attention to the invisible but vital role of running the business side, it won’t be a sustainable business. It will be a labour of love” – Lissa Harris, Watershed Post

Why we click on news stories 

“Headlines conveying disheartening news attracted attention up to a point — if the information seemed too disheartening, people avoided the story. Light-hearted news also resulted in clicks among those looking for stories would lift their spirits. Stories that actively irritated some of the participants, such as an article describing an anti-gay law in Uganda, yielded clicks” --  Natalie Jomini Stroud, American Press Institute

The Guardian says it has more than 200,000 paying members 

“By April 2019, we hope to be supported by the equivalent of 1 million members, who will help secure the Guardian’s future in a tough commercial environment. Advertising conditions remain highly treacherous, with advertising in the Guardian — which helps pay for our journalism — down £11m this year. For every new advertising dollar spent in the US, 99 cents is now taken up by Facebook and Google – Katharine Viner, The Guardian

What's new at the movies? Classic Rock!

Sequels and hot action flicks aimed at the youth brigade are increasingly using music from older eras and there's a reason for this, as Fred Jabobs Blog explains

JJ Johnston talks about Steve Young on the Matt Cundill podcast

Matt never worked with Steve Young but did get "the next best thing" which was to work with many people who did work with him.  JJ was one of those people. This week, the Allan Waters Young Broadcaster Award, (a tribute to Steve Young) will be announced. It goes to a Canadian broadcaster under the age of 30 for their creative contributions on radio and in the community. Past winners include Fearless Fred, Amanda Logan, Rena Jae, Adam Wylde and others.

"It made me wonder how much younger broadcasters know about Steve and his contributions to radio in North America," Cundill says, "so I called JJ up as someone who knew him well and had him paint a picture of the kind of radio Steve created, and the impact on the people he mentored."

As JJ put it on the podcast, Steve was simply the best radio programmer to ever come out of Canada. He mentored many, including many talented women like Liz Janik and Vanessa Thomas who spoke about Steve and his ability to identify and connect with radio talent.

Finally, JJ asks Cundhill to remind everyone going to Canadian Music Week to not bypass the Breakfast Round Table on April 20th at 8:15 am at the Sheraton. "This is an opportunity to meet some of the best minds in radio, have coffee, share ideas and ask questions. And when you are there, let him know you heard him on the podcast."






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