New Driving Rules, Radio Changes and countdown to European Bike Trip
By Marty Forbes Monday September 4th, 2011
Lots of stuff this week.
First off I am very proud to be asked to be part of a smart “Distracted Driving Pledge” promotion with Kingsway Mall. Go to http://www.kingswaymall.ca to see several Edmonton folks doing the “I won’t text/talk/eat/drink” etc. pledge while driving. This law is ‘so overdue - and so needed.’
Congrat’s to Pat Cardinal, now ex of Newcap Alberta, for moving in to my old chair at The Bear - Virgin Radio - and Team 1260. Pat takes over as General Manager of the Astral properties next week. Stewart Meyers, who was in that chair after I left now handles Astral Calgary duties.
Another ex Team 1260 pal Bryn Griffiths (now Northlands) moves on to a great new gig in Calgary as he returns to his first love of ‘radio.’ Bryn will be the Afternoon Drive host of Rogers Fan 960 Sports Radio station plus he’s part of the Calgary Flames broadcast crew hosting pre/post game broadcasts...but don’t hold that against him.
Just back from Arizona where they are complaining about their ‘excessive heat’ warnings. The ‘average’ temperature in August was 110f (43c) and I enjoyed the last NFL pre season Arizona Cardinals game courtesy of an ex Albertan Tom Luzzi. More on Tom’s great Arizona business for my Snowbird friends in my next column.
My lovely pal Dianne Young wants to remind you that “Motown Meets Vegas” is a one night only show on September 10th, at the Jubilee Auditorium. Some of these cover acts are so close to the originals (Tina, Diana, etc) that it’s uncanny.
Or as the Honourable Gene Zwozdesky, Ministor of Health for Alberta says “I have been involved in literally hundreds of productions around the world - but never have I seen such a polished presentation of multiculturalism in motion as this.” Tickets through Ticketmaster.
Lots going on in television land so keep an eye open for the new CTV Edmonton news package starting at 5 pm on Monday, Sept 12th. This fills in the one hour gap left by Oprah. The new CTV ‘morning’ news start date will be announced shortly. As well one familiar face is moving from in front of the camera to behind the camera. Sports guy Dave Mitchell has a young family and those evening and late night shifts are tough on a guy so Dave is shifting into a new role inside the ‘news’ department.
Dave is known for his ‘unique’ questions - so “Who’s going to miss you the most Mr. Mitchell?” “I know Danny Maciocia and Craig Mactavish are somewhere wishing they could send me off with a few parting shots.” Don’t worry though Dave - as I was boarding my flight south last week Craig was seen hopping on a plane to Chicago at the same time!
Congrat’s to Globals Kevin Karius, who raised more than $91,000 at the recent Easter Seals Golf Tournament, which takes this high profile event to over the $1,000,000 mark for the past 20 years. “A big thanks to the participants, celebrities, valued sponsors and committed volunteers for their wonderful support” says Kevin.
At Global 'no replacement' for Lynda Steele as of yet. Lynda, as I'm sure you know, is now the Consumer Reporter at CTV in Vancouver. The other TV warning is at this time is that Digital tv is officially here. If you’ve been using an antenna or good old rabbit ears you’ll have to purchase a ‘digital box’ to get your tv signal now. If you have cable, or satellite, nothing changes.
One more column before my “Tres Amigos do Europe 2011” European motorcycle trip. I just got my welcome kit and 24 of us will be travelling to Europe with riders from Taiwan; Brazil; the Eastern United States. We will hit five countries in 9 days with the highlight being Alpine Riding through Austria and Switzerland. I will be reporting back to The Edmonton Sun throughout the trip with pictures; stories; and travel tips for anybody who wishes to visit that glorious continent. That title above is also our Facebook site where you can follow along with the trip should you like. Send us notes too!
As this will be my last column before 9/11 I’m sure we can all remember ‘where we were’ when this terrible tragedy hit. The impact of those moments have been felt heavily for the past decade and the memory of those who died should be honoured by each of us in our own special manner. A “moment” of silence seems nothing but all too quick.
And hey - get off that cell phone and quit texting or you'll get the famous Forbes 'finger point and hand wag no no no no you idiot' visual on the road - as well as a nice ticket.