Sunday, June 23, 2019

There's 2 elections coming up, so we're coming back.

Consider the following:

A) The City of Winnipeg needs more independent news and public affairs media coverage, not less

B) Same with Manitoba, and Western Canada. 

C) There's needles all over our streets and parks, taxes and fees are squeezing our wallets, and voters have deep concerns about energy policy, health care, and overall government priorities. 
If you agree with that premise, The Great Canadian Talk Show has a few questions for you to consider:

  • Is it important for governments and power brokers to hear voices that MSM doesn't listen to?
  • Is it important for you to get reporting and analysis that isn't under a corporate umbrella? 
  • Is it important for the community to have stories told that don't chase the usual and expected narratives
Lastly, do you trust the existing media outlets to provide  coverage you can trust of the provincial and federal elections and give fair play to the issues important to you this fall?

If you were a fan of The Great Canadian Talk Show on KICK-FM, or of City Circus on Shaw TV, you'll like what we are trying to do with citizen journalism in 2019. 

This plan needs your support to get it off the ground. 
The mathematics are, with 100 fans and supporters donating $50 each, we're in the news game in a big way right in time for the elections. BUT EVERY DONATION COUNTS.

(As this was first being written, the first supporter stepped forward with their $50.00 after seeing this idea on our Facebook group. What a great start.)

Our region has been stripped of too many community media outlets by radio and TV executives making decisions about community programming. 

Ultimately, they don't want anything that challenges their hold on the audience and on advertisers, or puts their pals in positions of power on the hot seat. The CRTC doesn't stop them. 

Your donation can fund our basic costs for equipment, internet, parking and gas, etc. and ensure energetic, motivated coverage and analysis of Winnipeg and Manitoba politics through the federal election campaign in October. 

Commentary, analysis, and election coverage is what The Great Canadian Talk Show did best, and the biggest reason why it's needed as much as it ever was.

As Mayor Sam Katz said to Coun. Gerbasi about me interviewing politicians: "First you get grilled, then you get cross-examined." But he still shook my hand.

There's lots of ways to explain why supporting my reporting is helps arm the community with an experienced, proven and effective media outlet again at this crucial time.

Yes, I will come see you in person , shake your hand, take a photo and add you to our builders list (or not, cause I know some of you want to keep it private), provide a receipt for the donation, etc. If you want to sponsor podcasts or videos, I'd love to talk about that idea too. 

We post stories on this blog and at the Facebook-friendly Winnipeg Watchdog Report, we have TGCTS video on YouTube  -- AND Spirited Kenny's channel has content at ) - and that's not all!

That's MORE reporting on town halls, MORE asking candidates direct questions, MORE issues important to you put on the table in the Manitoba and Federal elections this fall. That is my commitment to the community. 

The easiest way is by PayPal

or email for other options such as etransfer or to meet up. 

Thank you, 
Marty Gold