Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Post 2615 - Halifax Media News

Okay.

On Tuesday my friend Wayne Harrett reported that it was Ruby Carr who was going to leave the Bounce and move out West. She will remain at that station through the end of ratings. I do not know where she is going, and if I did, I would not tell you.

Why?

Let me use an example.  A couple of years ago, DJ NoLuv (Jeremy Slattery) left Z103/Energy 103 and moved to BC. He would not tell me what he would be doing, and where he would be doing it. Turns out that he was going to a station that was going to flip formats in such a way that its current listeners would feel out of place, not to mention the on air staff at the time. The on air announcers were all fired and replaced by other folks, including Jeremy. Now do you understand why he couldn't/wouldn't tell me where he was going?

I am not stating that this is the situation with Ruby Carr. I am just telling you that I understand when a jock can't (or won't) tell me where she is going, and what she will do when she gets there. And I am not  going to pry in an immature attempt to find out.

In other news, Tim  Bousquet has resigned from the Halifax alternative weekly, The Coast. His last day there will be the 28th of March. He will be going to California to visit some friends and family before he returns to Halifax to resume his life. He says he is a Haligonian, and will remain that way.

Where will he end up? I get the feeling that his days in the media are not behind him. I can't imagine someone like him going to work in a call centre or becoming one  those guys who sell stuff at Staples. I did email Andrew Douglas, editor of Frank Magazine, and out-and-out asked him if Tim would end up there. Andrew did not answer the question. I will leave it at that.

I have never met Tim Bousquet, but have exchanged pleasant emails and tweets with him. The morning the issue of The Coast that had the long cover story by Bousquet about the enduring mystery of my friend Holly Bartlett's death, he tweeted me to let me know it was out, and then told me he had read my "very moving" blog tweets about Holly. He spent months writing that story, researching what may have happened that evening, and asking probing questions about the inconsistencies in the official police investigation.  Here is a link to that story. Go read it.  I think it says something that he took the time to write that story when nobody else in the media would have bothered.

I hold Tim Bousquet responsible for getting the police to re-open the Holly Bartlett investigation. I am convinced they would not have done this had he not written that story. Thank you.

I have not always agreed with  Tim Bousquet. But he always wrote what he wanted to and did not care whether it ticked off the right people. He had the courage of his convictions, and I respect that.

On a personal note, I will fondly recall the tweets we exchanged one hot summer's night when I was at the cottage idly asking what crime fiction I should check out for my next reading experience. He wrote back and extolled the virtues of Walter Mosley. On his recommendation, I read one of the Easy Rawlins novels, and liked it enough to want to read more.  I hope he checks out Max Allan Collins  sometime.

Mr. Bousquet, my very best to you as you start the next chapter of your life.

See you tomorrow.

Bevboy


3 comments:

Tim Bousquet said...

My tombstone will read, "we didn't always agree with him, but…"

Thanks for the kind words!

(And I'm not going to Frank.)

Tim Bousquet said...

My tombstone will read, "we didn't always agree with him, but…"

Thanks for the kind words!

(And I'm not going to Frank.)

Bevboy said...

My pleasure. And while you and Andrew Douglas both deny going to Frank, you would be an excellent addition to it.

All the best. And, let's do an interview sometime.

Bevboy