Standard Broadcasting sold its radio and TV assets to Astral Media in 2007. Since then, Gary Slaight has divided his time between being a white knight through the family trust, sitting on various not-for-profit boards, and developing Canadian talent incubator, Slaight Music. He sat with Bill King recently to discuss a range of topics. It's a conversation peppered with candor and insights, and it illuminates a complex man with a heart full of soul.
Saidah Baba Talibah has a rep as being a tough act to follow on stage. The daughter of Salome Bey has changed her name, is involved in a new musical and talks about her past, her future and family roots with Bill King.
Have music streaming services and their duplicate inventory of 30 million tracks turned the history of music into one oversized Muzak machine?
Bill King's longtime friend and bandstand partner drummer Archie Alleyne passed away earlier last month at age 82. It was his dream to have his own band playing his own music one day. That dream came true when Arch was 72 and it was then that the following Conversation took place.
Child prodigies are a dime a dozen in the world of social network sharing. Mozart, Einstein and a fretwork of violinists are about as commonplace as a daisies in a field of dreams today. At least, that's what YouTube would have us believe and what sets Bill King off in his latest column
Colina Phillips, Sharon Lee Williams and Shawne Jackson were 'The sound of Toronto' for a couple of decades. These three ladies sang both the leads and backgrounds on 90 percent of the commercials you heard on radio and television through the 70s, 80s and 90s. Bill King takes us back to yesterday in this week's featured 'A Conversation with...'
Re: Tom Williams & FACTOR
A bit more information on point. It was Duff Roman who was the progenitor of Musicaction.
As commercial radio becomes increasingly automated, and formats sound the same most everywhere, Apple Music steps forward in allowing DJs to play unfettered by restrictions and format regs. It's a step back as much as a step forward in time.
David Wilcox sits with Bill King for a wide ranging discussion about his life, his mentors and his love of guitars.
Event promoters are busy turning Toronto into a music city, writes Bill King. Now it's time for City Hall to get serious about cutting the excessive bureaucracy that snarls entrepreneurs in red tape. For starters, get rid of onerous fees for permits and stop fining people for postering in public spaces.
Earl Rosen from Marquis Classics offers further reminiscing about the history of FACTOR, while Andrew Forsyth offers two cents on the Voltair radio controversy.
Tom Williams rolls back the years and explains the genesis of FACTOR, John Parikhal wonders about the accuracy of technology used to measure audience rankings and Michelle Summers Henderson sends a note of gratitude for all who remembered "Bubba."