Carnie's Comments


It's Throwback Thursday as we celebrate 100 years on the air at 800 CHAB.

You know technology has totally changed the way we do things and that includes the way we gather the local news and information.  

Most reporters and announcers use their own cellular telephones to conduct interviews these days and we use the internet, including social media feeds, to stay on top of things.

Back in the 80s and 90s we had the Broadcast News / Canadian Press newswire which delivered 24 hours a day via teletype.  We had subscriptions for at least a dozen publications from the Leader Post to the Times Herald, the Western Producer and the National Enquirer for the entertainment news.

It was part of my job to run down to Player's Newstand to pick up the local newspapers every day.  If we found a story we didn't have, we'd get it on the air.  Of course, there was no plagiarism involved - we'd always put it in our own words and do some fact checking if we had the time.

I recall a Times Herald reporter or two accusing us of "stealing" their stories back in the day.  That offended me.  I always thought of it as "sharing".