A selection of recent articles written by Stephen Weir and published in newspapers, magazine and websites. The articles are posted in chronological order. Stephen Weir lives and works in downtown Toronto, Canada. His motto? Always busy. Never bored.
No Radio Station For Amherstburg, Ontario. Scarborough To Get Its Second FM Station
Two Radio Station News Shorts by Stephen Weir
Scarborough’s Second FM Station Still Two Years Away!
You wouldn't think there's any more room for another radio in Toronto, but the Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC) has decided to squeeze in one more. The CRTC gave the station the nod back in April and made it official last month when it approved a licence for the International Harvesters for Christ Evangelistic Association and their new station 105.3 FM.
Don’t go looking and listening for the station just yet, the new Scarborough outlet – CKSC - says that it will be up and broadcasting by April 28th, 2023. The new micro-broadcasting station’s 150-watt signal won’t reach too far outside of Scarborough – in contrast G.98.7’s FM signal at its peak time is 1,000 Watts (and has difficulty being heard in downtown Toronto.
According to the CRTC the new station “indicated that it would broadcast 126 hours of programming each broadcast week on the proposed station, of which 84 hours would be devoted to local music and spoken word programming. The remaining 42 hours would be devoted to non-local programming in the form of Bible programs to be produced in Canada and intended for numerous Christian stations across the country.”
"It would also broadcast interviews as well as programs offering different views on religion and matters of public concern, featuring teachings from over a dozen world religions, including Buddhism, Judaism and Islam."
CKSC will not be the first FM station for Scarborough. Ethnic station CJRK – 102 FM, has been on air for the past five years ... sweirsweir
THUMBS DOWN FOR MARTY ADLER'S FM MICROSTATION IN THE BURG
Longtime broadcaster, horse racing journalist and hopeful radio station owner Marty Adler didn't make it into the winner's circle this time. But the Canadian Radio and Television Committee told him he can apply again to start a radio station in Amherstburg, once the pandemic is over and the business of broadcasting becomes more economically stable in the Windsor area. Amherstburg is located 15 miles (25 km's) south of Windsor, Ontario.
Late last month the CRTC gave thumbs down to his Amherstburg Broadcasting Company's plan to build
a 50-watt commercial radio station in town. CKBG was to be a news talk station at 107.9 on the FM dial. Mr Adler proposed broadcasting 124 hours per week devoting most of the on-air content to local programming.
Cover shot of Marty Adler from his Facebook page
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GEORGE HUNTER, PASSES AT 91 George Hunter, a Canadian photography pioneer, has passed away in Mississauga at the age of 91. Hunter, a long-time National Film Board photographer captured the disappearing nomadic Inuit way of life in Canada's Arctic. His career spanned 70 years and took pictures all over Canada, the United States and the world. he considered himself as a visual historian and "Canada's Location Photographer". Two of his pictures have been used on Canadian paper bills - salmon ($5 bill) and a petro-chemical plant ($10 bill). Hunter took pictures for many news sources and high profile clients including the Winnipeg Tribune, Expo 67, and the Royal Family. In the fifties after leaving the National Film Board, Hunter learned how to fly, purchased a Piper Cub and soon became an expert at low-level photography. In the 60s he built a photography bus (complete with a 7 metre ladder on the roof for high-angle shots) and spent ten years traveling a
. Curtain Call for the cast of Salome Photograph - George Socka Photographs from the Salome Dress Rehearsal Toronto Canadian Opera Company Directed by Atom Egoyan . Atom Egoyan - Four Seasons Centre For the Performing Arts. Photograph by Stephen Weir Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils. Salome danced by Linnea Swan Space Time Continuum impacts the costumes. photograph by Stephen Weir Atom Egoyan - Four Seasons Centre For the Performing Arts. Photograph by Stephen Weir Salome Dress Rehearsal Jochanaan ( Martin Gantner) emerges from his cell Photograph Stephen Weir Erika Sunnegardh - Salome with the head of John the Baptist Photograph George Socka Erika Sunnegardh - Salome Photograph George Socka
Art Bites: Happy Birthday Bob! One Love Wishes From The 6Ix. Saturday was Bob Marley Day in the city of Toronto. For the 30th year in a row, the city has issued an official proclamation in honour of Jamaica’s reggae icon. Marley, who was born on February 6th, 1945 died in 1981, is honoured around the globe on the 6th for his music and his legacy of promoting peace. “ Bob Marley always tried to use his influence to help tear down the walls of apartheid and promote unity,” said John Tory, the mayor of Toronto, as he read the city proclamation on camera ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQwcfgBR_IU&feature=youtu.be ). “Today his music continues to inspire and uplift people throughout the world.” Every year the Bob Marley Day Committee holds a ceremony in Toronto to mark February 6th. During the ceremony the committee, headed up by Toronto lawyer Courtney Betty, always recognize individuals for their contribution in “building our City and our country.” In 2021, because of the Cov