Gord Kidder, a partner in Muskoka Information Radio (CIIG-FM) Gravenhurst, ON, remains in hospital in Prague, Czech Republic. A gofundme account has raised over $40,000 to ‘Bring Gord Kidder home’ after the Port Sydney resident suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while in Europe to take part in ceremonies around the 75th Anniversary of “The Great Escape” to honour his uncle who was a PoW in WWII. After two surgeries Kidder remains in a coma in the ICU. He did not have out-of-country health insurance. Kidder was formerly an account manager at CHUM for 17 years up until 2001, when he joined Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM).
TSN has launched the TSN Original Podcast, the brand’s first foray into long-form storytelling. The first season focuses on the turbulent life of the late Steve Durbano, one of the NHL’s most penalized enforcers, who spent a total of nearly 19 hours in an NHL penalty box and more than 15 months in prison for smuggling cocaine. Hosted by TSN senior correspondent Rick Westhead, the podcast features interviews with former teammates Dale Tallon, Steve Shutt, and Dave Schultz, as well as Durbano’s family and ex-wife.
Expect Theatre’s PlayME – the CBC Podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas – has released new three-part podcast series Huff, based on the solo show from award-winning playwright and performer Cliff Cardinal. An additional episode features an interview with the playwright. Huff tells the story of Wind, an Indigenous young man and his two brothers, who are caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and suicide. Cardinal is the son of Canadian actress Tantoo Cardinal and a graduate of Canada’s National Theatre School.
Burb, a cannabis lifestyle brand launching out of Vancouver, has introduced new podcast Light Culture, hosted by David Hershkovits – founder, publisher and previous editor-in-chief of PAPER Magazine. The podcast explores the budding cannabis industry through elevated conversations with some of the worlds most highly-followed “stoners.” In Episode 1, Hershkovits talks to Fab 5 Freddy on the occasion of the release of Grass is Greener, his Netflix doc on the social and cultural history of cannabis.
Luminary has launched in Canada, the U.S., UK and Australia. Billed as “the Netflix of podcasting,” the new podcast app boasts more than 500 podcast offerings. It’s available in a free tier and an $8.49/month ad-free Premium tier that allows access to Luminary’s 40+ original podcasts. Among those forthcoming originals are The C-Word, hosted by Lena Dunham and Alissa Bennett – “a weekly historical deep-dive into the life of a woman society dismissed by calling her mad, sad, or just plain bad”; Hannibal Buress: Handsome Rambler and The Axe Files from David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Barack Obama.
On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, an off the cuff roundtable on the resurgence of Community Radio with Bryan McKinnon, the executive director of Vancouver’s highly successful community station Co-op Radio, and Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame inductee Don Shafer. Shafer is now a station volunteer getting set to host new show, The Conversation Lab, that will launch in May.
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