Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowledge, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Happy 44th birthday, hip hop

Setting up to rock the house in the Bronx: An image of early hip hop.

On Aug. 11, 1973, at a back to school party in the South Bronx of New York City, a young DJ named Kool Herc did something revolutionary for the time: Using two turntables to extend the instrumental breaks so people could dance longer.

This was the Big Bang of hip-hop. (more…)

Fri, August 11 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, multimedia, Music Monday et al » No Comments

The new four amigos of CBC’s ‘The National’

New CBC News anchors Adrienne Arsenault, Rosemary Barton, Eric Chang and Ian Hanomansing

On Tuesday, CBC unveiled the anchoring team that will be leading the National — its flagship newscast — into the future, after a decades-long run by Peter Mansbridge, who retired July 1. (more…)

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Stop Making Sense revisited

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Back in the spring of 1986, when I first saw Stop Making Sense, the Talking Heads concert film was the shit for the college crowd in Edmonton. The film had been out for about two years and had established itself as a cult movie, with the usual rituals that accompany viewings of such films. (more…)

Sun, July 23 2017 » Film, Main Page, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on Stop Making Sense revisited

Staying informed in a small city that has no daily newspaper

On Jan. 29, 2016, the Guelph Mercury ceased publishing, ending a run of almost 150 years. The city of 132,000 it used to serve is now a case study into what happens when communities lose their newspapers, reports Simon Houpt. (more…)

Sat, July 22 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Staying informed in a small city that has no daily newspaper

Kenny Yum: Visionary journalist, age discriminator in hiring

Kenny Yum, a one-time colleague when I worked for Bell Globemedia Interactive in the early 2000s, recently got snapped up by CBC News to be its chief of staff. (more…)

Sun, July 16 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on Kenny Yum: Visionary journalist, age discriminator in hiring

After 40 years, ‘I Feel Love’ still sounds exciting

July 2 marked the 40th anniversary of Donna Summer’s landmark hit “I Feel Love.” More than a disco song, it was the birth of modern electronica, and the obstetrician was genius producer Giorgio Moroder. Listen to it through headphones if you have them:

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My funny Peter Mansbridge story

CBC News anchor Peter Mansbridge

I have only one encounter¬†with the great man worth noting. (more…)

Fri, June 30 2017 » Main Page, Media » Comments Off on My funny Peter Mansbridge story

One last beer at the Transit Hotel

Fort Rd's Transit Hotel in Edmonton, Alberta has operated for 109 years.

Here’s a Facebook post I wrote on my iPhone. I’ve made some changes and extensions for this blog post, written on June 29: (more…)

Fri, June 30 2017 » Main Page, Minutiae, Music Monday et al » Comments Off on One last beer at the Transit Hotel

Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Here’s a quick note I bashed off for Facebook on the dramatic Conservative Party of Canada leadership win by Andrew Scheer — and his less-than-dramatic acceptance speech. (more…)

Sat, May 27 2017 » Main Page, politics » Comments Off on Scheer wins Tory leadership in a nailbiter

Gains of Operation Medusa on verge of being overturned by Taliban

Operation Medusa was a two-week land battle in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province that began in early September 2006. Canada’s troops did the job and drove the Taliban out of village districts such as Panjwaii and Zhari. Twelve Canadian soldiers died in the fighting.

However, nearly 11 years later, the Taliban threaten to retake control of their old territory, which sits west of the provincial capital of Kandahar City. (more…)

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