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Wed Sep 12 8:30 am  #1


Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

FYIMusicnews.ca has reprinted a Facebook post by the now retired Mark Elliot, formerly of CFRB's "People Helping People," an ex-rock jock and recovering drug addict. Now going by his real name of Nils Johansen, the longtime radio veteran laments the state of the industry he's left behind and wonders where future talent will bloom as a result of the way things are run today. 

"As one radio programmer told me recently, it's amazing how much local Canadian radio talent is on the side of the road today unable to find a job.

"Radio stations used to be mostly locally owned and operated. Of course, there were also corporate operators - but they were limited and only allowed to own a few radio and television stations. Now without limits, the few surviving corporate giants use their weight against the regulators."

Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

 

Wed Sep 12 9:26 am  #2


Re: Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

I wish 740 (Zoomer) or even 640 would hire Mark/Nils for a late night or overnight shift. 

 

Wed Sep 12 9:37 am  #3


Re: Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

Luckily there's CKNT for local, homegrown talent.

 

Wed Sep 12 2:04 pm  #4


Re: Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

He's right on the money.  But none of that comes as a surprise to any of us here.  I think we all are acquainted with former radio people who have gone off in other directions such as voice work, public relations, real estate, or even trucking.  It's just a sad reality of what the industry has become.

Not expecting it to ever change back to the "good old days".  But that doesn't mean one can't lament about it once in a while.

I really miss when Mark/Nils was a regular here.  His writing is still riveting.  (With no offence to you, RadioActive.  Your writing is pretty damn good too.)

I hope he finishes that memoir he's been talking about writing.  It will surely be a "must read".

 

 

Mon Sep 17 5:07 pm  #5


Re: Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

Thank you! I still look in once in awhile, and lurk but stay off the board.
 

 

Mon Sep 17 6:45 pm  #6


Re: Retired Broadcaster Mark Elliot Remembers A Kinder Time

Mark Elliot wrote:

....and lurk but stay off the board. 

Not any more. 

Welcome back.