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Media Beat: May 05, 2022

By David Farrell

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.

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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

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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

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).

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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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Soleil Launière
Jaime Antonio Luna Quezada

Soleil Launière

Music

Soleil Launière wins the Francouvertes: “It means a lot to me as an Indigenous artist”

Meet the Innu artist, big winner of the 2024 edition of the showcase-competition, who is the first Indigenous artist to win since the Quebec music competition started allowing submissions in Indigenous languages.

Soleil Launière has won the 28th edition of Francouvertes, becoming the first Indigenous artist to win the Quebec-based music competition.

The multidisciplinary Innu artist from Mashteuiatsh, Quebec won the grand final of the musical showcase on Monday, May 13. The Montreal-based artist edged out rapper Sensei H and maximalist rock singer-songwriter Loïc Lafrance.

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