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Cross Talk: Season 7, Episode 1

Cross Talk: Season 7, Episode 1

July 7, 2022

On Radio and Roswell: 75 years later.  On July 8, 1947 the U-S military announced it had recovered a flying saucer near Roswell, New Mexico.  A day later, it rescinded the story; but not before the individual who had "discovered" the wreckage had told their story in an interview for broadcast on the radio.  That interview...never aired.   But does a recording still exist? On the 75th anniversary of the official news about the Roswell Incident.  For educational purposes; makes fair use of audio from ABC Radio News from July 8, 1947 retrieved at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUlCBY-K9A8

The book I refer to is The Truth About the UFO Crash at Roswell by Kevin D. Randle and Donald R. Schmitt (Avon Books, New York 1994). 

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode 11

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode 11

February 12, 2022

On trust in radio on World Radio Day.  From February 11, 2022.  UNESCO -- the United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization -- designates February 13th as World Radio Day.  Each year's recognition has a new theme; this year's is trust. Let's consider that, in light of the three sub-themes of the day.  Commentary. 

This show also airs on 96-9 CKHC-FM Radio Humber from Humber College in Toronto.  On World Radio Day, it airs at 12 noon Eastern; 4pm and 7pm.

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode 10

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode 10

February 4, 2022

On how to frame the events on Parliament Hill. From February 4, 2022.  As a protest by a group calling itself Freedom Convoy continues in Ottawa, perhaps some more attention should be given in the news to the people who seem to be looked up to by the protestors.  What started out being billed as a truckers' protest against a federal mandate about being vaccinated against covid-19 in order to cross the Canadian border seems to have become a general rage against all covid restrictions.  Of course most of those are the jurisdiction of provincial governments, not the federal government.  But some fringe political figures insist protestors won't budge unless the federal government gives in to their demands to end all covid restrictions.  Makes fair dealing use of audio Tweeted by Ontario MPP Randy Hillier; news conference audio broadcast over CTV; public domain audio from the House of Commons.

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Nine

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Nine

January 28, 2022

On radio station branding – and what’s in a name.  From January 27, 2022.  Another information radio station in Toronto has rebranded - changed its name and its on-air imaging that signifies how it wants to be perceived.  It's probably not wise to have "News" in the name of your radio station if your on-air product is mainly "talk". For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of aircheck audio from CFMJ Toronto, now re-branded as 640 Toronto. 

For more on the difference between news and talk: Season 3, Episode One: https://paulcrosstoronto.podbean.com/e/cross-talk-season-3-episode-1/

For reference to the late 2021 re-branding of 680News Toronto and some thoughts on the future of news: Season Six, Episode Two.  https://paulcrosstoronto.podbean.com/e/cross-talk-season-six-episodetwo/

 

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Eight

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Eight

January 20, 2022

On media manipulation: the premier’s snow job. From January 20, 2022.  The Premier of Ontario takes a drive after the worst snowstorm Toronto has experienced in years and the news media falls for his good guy tactics.  Commentary and analysis.  For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of bits of audio from CP24, the 12:36, City TV Toronto, CFRA Radio Ottawa, @Radio_Brent from Indie 88 Toronto. 

Links to places I found audio for this episode:

@Radio_Brent

https://twitter.com/Radio_Brent/status/1483184000378277890

12:36

https://1236.substack.com/p/doug-fords-littlest-snow-shovel-show

CityTV Toronto

https://www.breakfasttelevision.ca/videos/ontarians-react-to-doug-ford-helping-people-stuck-in-the-snow/

CFRA Radio Ottawa

https://www.iheartradio.ca/580-cfra/audio-podcasts/the-morning-rush-premier-doug-ford-interview-positive-news-on-the-way-later-this-week-1.16960462?mode=Article

The Global News Toronto web story with photos provided by the premier's office

https://globalnews.ca/news/8516631/doug-ford-helps-drivers-southern-ontario-snowstorm/?utm_source=%40globalnewsto&utm_medium=Twitter

 

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Seven

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Seven

January 13, 2022

On covering the insurrection.  From January 12, 2022.  On January 7th -- one day after the anniversary of the assault on the U-S capital -- I check in with a radio and tv reporter who was there, reporting the events as they were happening.  Reggie Cecchini is a Washington correspondent for Global News, and is heard on Global News and Corus-branded radio stations across Canada as well as on tv news. Students note: he's a graduate of the Broadcasting - Radio program at Humber College.  Our full interview discussion is part of course content in RBD 154 in Winter 2022.  For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of audio from a live-hit stand-up tv report on Global News Toronto from January 6, 2021. 

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Six

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Six

December 20, 2021

On transmedia and multiplatform storytelling in the age of the pandemics. From December 17, 2021. In the time of the pandemic, users are using more of our creative content to meet their wants and needs.  As I was producing this episode, we were on the verge of a new round of restrictions on activity because of a wave of another variant of the virus.  There will be more engagement in the content we make available.  In this episode, I consider the concept of uses and gratifications. The term audience is already so old and outdated as a concept. It's all about the user experience now, being everywhere the user might find you, and considering how the user who becomes a fan may wish to engage further.  For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of bits of audio from The Tonight Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS-TV.

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Five

Cross Talk: Season Six, Episode Five

December 9, 2021

How local radio reacts – the murder of John Lennon. From December 8, 2021. FM rock radio in New York City breaks the news to listeners...on December 8th, 1980.  For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of bits of audio from The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS, 1964 and radio aircheck and archive audio from WPLJ -FM New York, ABC Radio News New York and WNEW-FM New York.  The WPLJ aircheck recording can be found on YouTube, posted by TVR Productions.  They say the radio audio was recorded on an 8-track tape.  Oh, the recording 8-track.  Gives me another idea.  I hope to find access to some of the remarkable on-air recordings from CHUMFM Toronto and from CFNY-FM for a future episode, too.

Cross Talk: Season six, Episode Four

Cross Talk: Season six, Episode Four

November 26, 2021

On preserving Canada's radio and tv history.  From November 25, 2021.  Radio history is part of our history.  But there's no publicly-funded, organized institutional repository or archive of significant audio or other records from Canada's radio history.  By contrast, the United States has a Radio Preservation Task Force at the Library of Congress.  In Canada, a charitable foundation -- the Canadian Communications Foundation -- started with a grant from broadcasters as a "Centennial Project" in 1967 appears to have run its course, and is likely to archive its decades of writings and audio online.  Meantime, another group still faces obstacles after 20 years of trying to create an online museum of Canadian radio and tv history.  Hello, National Archives of Canada...your move? For educational purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of audio from Canada Post; CBC archives; The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation; cites The Canadian Communications Foundation.  

The CCF website and resources can be found at www.broadcasting-history.ca 

The Canadian Broadcast Museum Foundation is at www.aireum.ca

The CBC Radio and tv archives can be found at https://www.cbc.ca/archives

The US Radio Preservation Task Force is at https://radiopreservation.org/

Photo: Showing crew with equipment labelled from CHNS Radio, Halifax and CRC (before CBC) taken from Nova Scotia Archives https://archives.novascotia.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Talk Season Six, Episode Three

Cross Talk Season Six, Episode Three

November 12, 2021

On the podcast career accelerator at Hot Docs. From November 12, 2021. The Hot Docs documentary festival in Toronto is offering young independent podcast makers an opportunity to learn from experts.  Their initiative seems like something that would appeal to many of the students I teach in the three academic programs I'm involved in; so I connected with the festival to find out more.  For education purposes.  Makes fair dealing use of a bit of audio from The Kids Table comedy troupe, found on YouTube.  Original interview with Stephanie McArthur of Hot Docs conducted by me.  Here is the link for applying to the two initiatives she discusses: https://www.hotdocscinema.ca/c/podcast-accelerator?ep=1&utm_source=ExternalOutreach&utm_medium=PodcastOrgs&utm_campaign=PodcastFestival&utm_id=utm_id&utm_content=CareerAccelerator

https://www.hotdocscinema.ca/c/opening-act

 

 

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