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CFRA 75: Paul Anka reflects on Ottawa, CFRA, and stardom

Paul Anka, now 80, spoke with CFRA’s Bill Carroll about his memories of growing up in Ottawa, listening to CFRA, and about where his music career took him over the years. – CTV News Ottawa

CKOC turns 100 years old, but no birthday cake in sight

A visit to Bell Media’s website makes no mention of the fact that one of their radio stations in Hamilton, CKOC, is celebrating its one hundredth birthday on May 1. Indeed, one has to search the corporate website to find any mention of the station at all. Eventually, it did turn out to be mentioned under the banner of BNN Bloomberg radio. That is what CKOC is now—a rebroadcaster of the Bloomberg business news service.

It wasn’t always that way. At one time, CKOC was one of the most popular radio stations in Ontario. In 1980 it boasted 734,000 listeners a week—compared to the 25,000 listeners a week it now reaches as a Bloomberg outlet. – John Best, Bay Observer

Will Elon Musk follow the old adage that media freedom is only for those who own the media?

Unlike the printed pages of a newspaper where someone can choose which articles to read, the algorithm puts different stories or tweets in front of different people. While the algorithm is largely dictated by the user’s viewing history, it’s also informed by decisions made by the social media company itself. The specific ingredients that go into those formulas are a secret to users, something Musk says he will change. – Don Pittis, CBC News

Bandcamp in fight with Google that could mean high fees, payment delays

Bandcamp’s new owner, Epic Games, is seeking a court injunction to stop Google from charging much higher fees for transactions that happen via Bandcamp’s popular Android app.

Epic is also locked in a similar fee battle with Apple related to its gaming platform.

How big a problem is this?

Last year, Android accounted for about 46% of the mobile market, with iOS accounting for 53.66 percent of the market. At stake are the size and timing of payments to 500,000 independent artists and 11,000 independent labels who rely on the support of millions of music fans that buy music and merch via Bandcamp. – Brian Houghton, Hypebot

Snapchat, Live Nation partner to bring augmented reality to concerts

Snapchat has entered into a multi-year partnership with Live Nation. According to a Snapchat representative, the deal with see Snapchat “elevate performances beyond stages and screens” through an Augmented Reality (AR), powered by Snap Inc.’s studio, Arcadia. ­– Stacy Simmons Santos, Celebrity Access

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RIP

Broadcaster and news editor Peter Goodwin died in Toronto on April 8 at age 67.

Husband to broadcast consultant Liz Janik, the two met at CFNY-FM, where she hosted her own show, Streets of Ontario. Both were deeply committed to promoting young Canadian recording acts and left the station after 12 years when she noted at the time, “I knew it was time for a change when
CFNY started playing Michael Jackson.”

His news/journalism career took him from CHYM-FM Kitchener to CFNY-FM Toronto, Z103.5 Toronto and later into television at CHCH-TV Hamilton. In recent years he enjoyed several hobby businesses, including an AIR-BnB on an island in Georgian Bay, where he spent his time kayaking, gardening, feeding the birds, taking pictures and staring at the stars.

He was, above all, a gentle, kind man and a fierce supporter of wife Liz Janik’s career.

 He will be deeply missed by her and their cherished son, Ted (Jen). He is also fondly remembered by his father, Donald William Goodwin, his brother Jim Goodwin (Tracie) and sister Nancy Fitzgerald (Grant).  Peter was predeceased by his mother, Jean Louise Goodwin (nee Cruickshank).   He will be carried in the hearts of his sister-in-laws Jennifer Janik (Mark) and Lydia Janik (Stuart).

A celebration of life was held at the Badenoch Community Centre on Saturday, April 30.

– Pictured in 1988 at CFNY’s CASBY Awards: Peter Goodwin, Don Berns and Liz Janik.

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Uvalde School Shooting Sparks Cries For Action Across Social Media – BNN

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(Bloomberg) — With former President Donald Trump scheduled to speak at the NRA’s National Meeting this Friday in Houston, in the same state where 19 children and two teachers were killed at the hands of an 18-year old gunman who stormed their school, rallying cries for gun control can be heard across social media.Former President Barack Obama posted a string of tweets that began,“It’s long past time for action, any kind of action. And it’s another tragedy—a quieter but no less tragic one—for families to wait another day.” He added, “Across the country, parents are putting their children to bed, reading stories, singing lullabies—and in the back of their minds, they’re worried about what might happen tomorrow after they drop their kids off at school, or take them to a grocery store or any other public space.” 

From LeBron James to Mia Farrow, an outpouring of grief from celebrities followed an emotionally charged speech by Golden State Warriors’ coach Steve Kerr who called a press conference before tonight’s NBA semifinals game to express outrage at the “50 senators” who have failed to move on a House bill on common-sense gun safety reforms that President Biden is ready to sign into law.Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James shared Kerr’s remarks and tweeted, “My thoughts and prayers goes out to the families of love ones loss & injured at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX! Like when is enough enough man!!! These are kids and we keep putting them in harms way at school. Like seriously “AT SCHOOL” where it’s suppose to be the safest!” Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, who was born in Uvalde and runs a foundation to help high school students in Texas, asked all Americans to take action “so that no parent has to experience what the parents in Uvalde and the others before them have endured.”

Other celebrities taking to Twitter to share their grief include human rights activist George Takei who co-starred in “Star Trek: The Original Series.” He tweeted, “14 children and 1 teacher. There are no words. And there are no actions ever taken.” National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman wrote, “It takes a monster to kill children. But to watch monsters kill children again and again and do nothing isn’t just insanity—it’s inhumanity.” Actress Mia Farrow retweeted Gorman and said, “Don’t anyone dare do “thoughts and prayers”. We are way past that. We need reasonable gun legislation like every other rational country.And late night talk show host James Corden commented on how shocked he is by America’s inability to act when it comes to gun control. “It doesn’t make sense to me. It doesn’t reflect the country that I think America is. The America I’ve always admired. You have a problem, you solve it. You’re on the forefront of medicine, of technology, of innovation. When there’s a world war, you are the ones we turn to. Yet on this issue America is one of the most backward places in the world.”Cordon noted this year there have been no school shootings in England, Japan, and Australia, but this year there have been 27 school shootings in America and 212 mass shootings and we are just five months into the year.

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/REPEAT — Media Advisory – Minister Mendicino to make a funding announcement/ – Canada NewsWire

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OTTAWA, ON, May 24, 2022 /CNW/ – Members of the media are invited to join the Honourable Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety, for a funding announcement under the Crime Prevention Action Fund to underscore the Government of Canada’s efforts to keep Canadian youth safe in Halifax and surrounding communities.

He will be joined by Lena Metlege Diab, Member of Parliament for Halifax West-Nova Scotia.

Following the announcement, Minister Mendicino and MP Diab will take questions from the media.

Date
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Time
9:00 a.m. ADT

Location
YWCA Halifax
358 Herring Cove Road
Spryfield, Nova Scotia

Media representatives who wish to attend the event must arrive at least 15 minutes in advance to sign in and present photo ID and credentials.

Media can dial-in by using the numbers below. Media are encouraged to dial-in 15 minutes before the start of the press conference.

Participant dial-in numbers: 1-866-206-0153 / 613-954-9003
Access Code: 9504354#

Media and guests are asked to respect local physical distancing guidelines. Participants will be required to share their name and phone number for possible contact tracing. Wearing masks is recommended, especially when not able to maintain physical distance.

Public health protocols are in effect: please stay home if you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed here: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government of Nova Scotia, Canada, practice good hand washing and other hygiene steps, as well as physical distancing.

SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Audrey Champoux, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Public Safety, [email protected]; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]

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Analysis: Media coverage of Texas school massacre invokes Sandy Hook – CNN

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New York (CNN Business)A version of this article first appeared in the “Reliable Sources” newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.

“Mass shootings have become America’s copy and paste tragedy,” Politico’s Tyler Weyant wrote Tuesday evening. “We change the place, the town, the number of dead and injured. But the constant is lives lost, people who cannot be brought back, and the nation is left in a numb daze.”
At least, until, it happens again. In this case, it only took 10 days from the last slaughter for another spasm of senseless violence and terror to force the nation to go through the motions once again.
It’s all so predictable and formulaic at this point. First come the initial reports of a shooting, then details about fatalities and injuries, then details about the shooter and motive, and finally the tributes to the dead. All the while, there are widespread calls for the US to take some — any — action to stop these regular massacres from occurring while Fox personalities and GOP leaders insist the shooting shouldn’t be “politicized.”
“We perform this same skit every time,” pediatrician and Democratic congressional candidate Dr. Annie Andrews tweeted. “You say your thing. I say my thing. A few more people join the movement. It’s not working.”
I realize that, at this point, even pointing out the fact that we are stuck in this endless loop is cliche. But I can’t think of anything new or unique to say — and I honestly haven’t seen a single original point made in the past few hours. Years and years of these horrific acts have collectively drained us of any groundbreaking observations. Everything is just recycled. Recycled from the last shooting and the shooting before that.
“Make no mistake about it, nothing is done, and nothing is ever done,” Don Lemon said on CNN Tuesday night. “And we’re going to be back here. Grieving again, over another town.”
“This,” Lemon added, “is where we are right now.”

Stelter’s counterpoint

BRIAN STELTER WRITES:
I wish people would stop saying “there are no words.” There are so many words. Inhuman. Grotesque. Shameful.
I worry that rote news coverage and cliche reactions may unintentionally sanitize this sickening violence.
I wonder if words can slice through the cliches. Words like “destroy.” Heavy weaponry doesn’t just wound victims. These weapons destroy bodies. Local reporters on the scene say that family members are being asked to provide DNA samples to help identify the kids. “The agonized screams of family members are audible from the parking lot,” Niki Griswold of the Austin American-Statesman reported.
I want everyone to know that reality. I want answers to questions that are painful even to ask. What were the victims at Robb Elementary doing in the final peaceful minutes of their lives? What were they thinking when they heard loud noises down the hall? Did they recognize the sounds as gunshots? Did they fear for their lives? Did they cry out for their moms? For their dads? What did they feel in those final seconds?
There are plenty of words. We just have to use them.

“It’s almost like an instant replay of Sandy Hook”

“While watching the death toll rise” in Uvalde, “one father of a Sandy Hook victim felt defeated,” NYT reporter Elizabeth Williamson wrote Tuesday night. She spoke with Neil Heslin, whose son Jesse Lewis, 6, was killed in 2012, and who said he “felt compelled” to watch the news coverage. “It’s almost like an instant replay of Sandy Hook,” he told Williamson. “That replay, he predicted, would include a revived debate over gun legislation…”

Further reading

— Author James Fallows wrote a new blog post about “the empty rituals of a gun massacre,” drawing on his previous posts throughout the years.
— NBC’s Brandy Zadrozny: “I know I’m a reporter and so I’m not supposed to express opinions when babies are mass murdered … but what do we do? Who’s doing the work? How do we stop this?”
— Politico’s Sam Stein: “Sorry, but this tragedy isn’t ‘unimaginable.’ We saw ten people killed at a grocery store last week! We saw an elementary school shot up with 20 kids dead less than ten years ago. It’s very much imaginable now…”
— PBS’s Lisa Desjardins described texting with members of Congress, struggling “to hold back the feeling that I want to vomit, sob or wake up from this news. Their texts back showing similar feelings, reactions.”
A viral speech: Sen. Chris Murphy’s passionate address on the Senate floor “was viewed hundreds of thousands of times on social media,” per the NYT “What are we doing?” he asked his colleagues. “Why are you here if not to solve a problem as existential as this?”
— Novelist Min Jin Lee: “Our bodies are not designed to absorb and process this much violence, loss, and grief.”
— Liberal podcaster Jon Favreau: “I didn’t think it was possible to feel more sickened or enraged by school shootings, and then I became a parent. What an unimaginable nightmare.”
— Conservative commentator Alyssa Farah Griffin: “It’s a horrible, uniquely American epidemic. What’s the answer? Is there anything both sides can come together around? It’s not enough to just explain why each horrendous case is slightly different & therefore action isn’t justified.”

Local coverage from San Antonio

BRIAN STELTER WRITES:
The San Antonio Express-News, the daily newspaper closest to Uvalde, led with the fact that this is “one of the deadliest school shootings in modern U.S. history.” The story is full of local details: “It was also an award day at Robb Elementary,” since the end of the school year was coming up.
The paper also noted that this is “the second mass shooting in less than five years in the San Antonio area. In November 2017, a gunman armed with an assault-style rifle killed 26 parishioners at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, about 35 miles southeast of San Antonio…”

On board Air Force One

President Biden learned of the school shooting while flying back from Asia aboard Air Force One. Pool reporters on the plane were without WiFi and unaware of the news until press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre came back to the press cabin and said Biden would be speaking at the WH upon landing. Reporters turned on the in-flight TVs to see CNN’s live coverage. Per CNN’s MJ Lee, “a decision was made to make a ‘wire call’ — a rare phone call using the phone in the press cabin to alert the wires and news organizations of breaking news. While much of the news we were being told in the air had already been shared on the ground, reporters agreed — given the gravity of the news — upon a joint statement that would be read and disseminated to wires and news networks.”
All the major networks showed Biden’s prime time address live. He asked: “Where in God’s name is our backbone?”

Right-wing media immediately calls for more guns

The conversation in right-wing media immediately turned to calling for armed guards to protect schools. In other words, more guns. Pundits and personalities on Fox repeatedly suggested that funding allocated to schools to protect against Covid should be spent on security personnel. Meanwhile, personalities attacked those who called for gun control measures. After Biden did so in his address to the nation, Tucker Carlson attacked him in the most vicious terms. “The President of the United States, frail, confused, bitterly partisan, desecrating the memory of recently murdered children with tired talking points of the Democratic Party,” Carlson said, “dividing the country in a moment of deep pain…”

TV notes and quotes

— CNN will remain live all night and through the morning, with some anchors on the scene in Texas…
— Fox News preempted the 11pm comedy show “Gutfeld” for additional live coverage of the massacre…
— Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor Wednesday’s “Today” from Uvalde. Other NBC and MSNBC anchors en route to Texas include Lester Holt, Tom Llamas, José Díaz-Balart, and Ali Velshi…
— Tony Dokoupil will co-anchor “CBS Mornings” from Uvalde…
— The season finale of “FBI” was pulled by CBS “given that it involves the team preventing a school shooting,” Deadline reports
— Speaking of CBS, James Corden said on Tuesday’s “Late Late Show” that “this doesn’t reflect the country that I think America is. The America I’ve always admired…”

“It only gets worse”

WaPo reporter John Woodrow Cox, author of “Children Under Fire,” said he has been writing “almost exclusively about this subject — children who are shot to death or who survive and are forever broken — for more than five years.” He said “this feeling of horror, of helplessness, of nausea, of whatever the hell it is — it only gets worse after each day like this day.”
He pointed out on Twitter that “more than 300,000 students in K-12 schools have experienced gun violence on their campuses since Columbine.” That’s the sort of perspective that needs to be infused into the news coverage this week…

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