Media Beat: June 28, 2019

Media Beat: June 28, 2019

By David Farrell

Radioplayer supports new metadata

Radioplayer, the not-for-profit radio platform that’s now in nine countries including Canada, announced its support for the new RadioDNS ‘ClientID’ standard at the WorldDAB Automotive event in Turin, Italy.

The move will allow car manufacturers to improve radio interfaces by adding enhanced metadata streams, programs, logos, now-playing information and podcasts via an authenticated feed. – Connie Thiessen, Broadcast Dialogue

GG announces 83 new appointments

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, yesterday announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 5 Companions (C.C.), 21 Officers (O.C.), including 1 Honorary Officer, and 57 Members (C.M.). Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.


Among those honoured were Buffy Sainte-Marie, Lisa LaFlamme, Donald Sutherland, and Donna Slaight.

Wondery lands $10M fundraising round

Wondery, the West Hollywood podcast network behind Los Angeles Times’ “Man in the Window” and “Dirty John,” announced today it raised a $10 million Series B funding round led by Palo Alto-based Waverley Capital. The funds will be used to acquire new and original content and invest in technology, the company said. – Samson Amore, LA Business Journal

Hacker uses $35 computer to hack NASA data

A hacker used a tiny Raspberry Pi computer to infiltrate NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory network, stealing sensitive data and forcing the temporary disconnection of space-flight systems, the agency has revealed.

Before detection, the attacker was able to exfiltrate 23 files amounting to approximately 500 megabytes of data, the report from NASA's Office of Inspector General said.

These included two restricted files from the Mars Science Laboratory mission, which handles the Curiosity Rover, and information relating to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations which restrict the export of US defense and military technologies. – Agence France

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024
Marc Thususka Photography

Allison Russell at an interview with iHeartRadio for Billboard Canada Women in Music on June 19, 2024


Allison Russell, Charlotte Cardin, DijahSB Shortlisted for 2024 Polaris Music Prize

The Beaches, rapper TOBi, indie experimentalist Cindy Lee, and previous winner Jeremy Dutcher are also amongst the ten artists in contention for the $50,000 prize, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year based solely on artistic merit. See the whole list here.

Some of Canadian music's biggest breakthroughs of the last year are facing off for the prestigious Polaris Music Prize.

Charlotte Cardin for 99 Nights, The Beaches for Blame My Ex, Allison Russell for The Returner and Cindy Lee for Diamond Jubilee are among the ten artists shortlisted for the 2024 award, which recognizes the best Canadian album of the year.

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