I have been sitting on this news for a few weeks now, since before I went on vacation. Until today, I didn't feel comfortable sharing it with you. I do, now.
I am starting a regular column with Frank Magazine. It will be all about radio, or at least as much about radio as I can make it.
I produced a test column last week, and Andrew Douglas, my editor at Frank, liked it. He asked for some changes, which I am happy to make; and he also told me where he would like the column to go. Bottom line is that if you like radio stuff, you will like this column.
I will expand the focus of the radio news to cover the entire province, from Yarmouth to Sydney, not just Metro and the Valley. If there is a format change, a jock gets fired, someone moves to another station, a PD is canned and replaced by someone else, I will do my best to find out about it and pass that along. Since Frank is a bi-weekly magazine, some of the news may be upwards of 10 days old by the time you see it. But I will have the time to get the story right. I hope to break news in this column as well. The sky is the limit. I have wondered for years why there wasn't a media column in the Chronicle Herald or in The Coast or in another outlet. Frank would have the "radio daze" feature from time to time, but there wasn't always stuff to write about every two weeks. I hope to remedy that.
Part of my feature will be to recommend something about Nova Scotia radio that I really like and that I want my readers to sample. People rag pretty hard about radio. While some of those criticisms are fair, by no means are all of them that way. There is a wide variety in terrestrial radio to enjoy, and I want to tell people about it.
What does this mean to my Blog readers? Not much. It is just that most of the radio news and commentary I was running here will no longer do so. Instead, they will be included in my column. The interviews will continue here as well, once I get out from under some other deadlines. My daily thoughts on other things will remain here. You will just have to pay for your radio news going forward either by buying Frank at the news stand every two weeks, by subscribing to the print edition, or by doing what I did last year and get a digital subscription. Your choice. I hope you select one of them.
I am very excited by this. Not many bloggers get to move over to a traditional medium, and especially get to be paid for their writing. I hope I am envied by some of my blogger colleagues. I thank Andrew for this opportunity and will not squander it.
Wish me luck as I embark on this new adventure. I am as nervous as frig about it.
See you tomorrow.