Those of you in the US, and those who really don’t listen to government sponsored radio, may not be aware of this but our national broadcaster (CBC, similar to the UK’s BBC) went on strike last week.
So Tod Maffin of ILoveRadio, who reported a number of items prior to the lockout (including a post that said “email is no more, oh so is my voice mail”), started CBC Unplugged.
The locked out workers have been doing podcasts, blogging and more. Even doing competing shows
Even the managers from within the locked out building are posting.
Some have suggested that this isn’t the way to get people to appreciate them.
My brother, Keith, works for the CBC – at one time as a producer (even won some awards) and now I believe as a Manager. Haven’t heard from him on this although he lives up in Yellowknife so who knows.
I’m not a big fan of strikes or lockouts but then I don’t like unions to begin with. But what would be interesting would be if what Tod had talked about doing with CBC Unplugged actually came true.
Have a REAL online network – don’t just gripe about your picket lines and blah, blah, blah. Show the world (and I guess your managers at the same time) that you love what you do so much that you are going to do it WHILE you’re on the picket line and you’re going to do it SO MUCH BETTER than the normal CBC could do it.
But enough anti-union spat, I think that it’s very cool that if enough like-minded individuals wanted to get together and start a “network” for news, music, commentary anything – that they don’t have to get the handouts from the government to do this. (CBC gets almost 1 BILLION dollars annually – maybe instead of looking for advertisers for the TheFoxShow, I should just go to the people who take all my money anyways)
Speaking of a “real network”, I’m going to fire up the TechPodCast Network live feed. Why is this cool? Well, all 40+ members of the network upload their latest shows onto the Live Stream. As a result, you get the equivalent of “tech radio” – all day, all night.