Career in Communications

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I have worked as a broadcaster, journalist, editor, trainer or consultant at the following organisations since 1976:

  • CKPT Radio – Peterborough, Canada
  • CKX Radio & TV – Brandon, Canada
  • CFRW & CHIQ-FM Radio – Winnipeg, Canada
  • CKRC Radio – Winnipeg, Canada
  • CBC Radio & TV – Winnipeg, Canada
  • CBC Radio – Thompson, Canada
  • Native Communications Inc., Thompson, Canada
  • CKWX & CJAZ-FM Radio – Vancouver, Canada
  • CKLG Radio – Vancouver, Canada
  • FM96 & Radio Navtarang – Suva, Fiji
  • NBC Radio – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • 2AP Radio, Apia, Samoa
  • Radio Vanuatu – Port Vila, Vanuatu
  • SIBC Radio – Honiara, Solomon Islands
  • CIBC Radio – Rarotonga, Cook Islands
  • Radio Tonga – Nuku’alofa, Tonga
  • Radio Kiribati – Tarawa, Kiribati
  • Radio Tuvalu – Funafuti, Tuvalu
  • PACNEWS Pacific News Service, Honiara and Port Vila
  • V7AB Radio – Majuro, Marshall Islands
  • South Pacific Games 1991 (Broadcast media center manager)
  • SABC Radio – Johannesburg, South Africa
  • SABC Radio – Cape Town, South Africa
  • SABC Radio – Pretoria, South Africa
  • Radio World newspaper – USA
  • KOOL 93 Radio – Auckland, New Zealand
  • New Zealand Herald – Auckland, New Zealand
  • Toronto Star – Toronto, Canada
  • Eqentia Inc – Toronto, Canada

Awards for nzherald.co.nz:

  • Qantas Award: Best online news service in NZ
  • Netguide Award: Best online news service in NZ
  • PC World Readers’ Choice Award: Best online news service in NZ
  • Wallace Award: Best online coverage of 2002 general election
  • Association of Blind Citizens ‘Extra Touch’ Award

Award for thestar.com:

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CKX Radio, Brandon Manitoba, 1977

Afternoon drive at 50,000 watt CKX Radio, 1977

 
CKWX Radio, Vancouver, c1985

News jockey at CKWX Radio, Vancouver, 1985

Recent Posts

How I made a viral video

After 20 years running some pretty successful web publishing operations, I know I have a good sense of what people like to see and read online.

Over the recent Christmas holidays, I decided to put that knowledge to use in making what I hoped would be a popular video on Facebook for the business Cat Containment Systems which my wife and I own.

The video is simple, but it’s based on careful thinking about getting people interested in our product and inspiring them to share the video with their friends over the holidays.

Here’s a screenshot from Facebook just a few minutes ago.

Facebook.com/catfence post stats, 15 Jan 2017

Facebook.com/catfence post stats, 15 Jan 2017

In the past two and a half weeks, my simple little video has been watched 6.3 million times, and shared over a hundred thousand times.

There have been over over 13,000 comments – and many of these were along the lines of “where can I buy this?”.

What you don’t see from this data, however, is just as impressive and valuable:

  • The video has generated 18,000 likes of our Facebook page – which in turn generated more enquiries, and a ready audience for my subsequent Facebook posts.
  • The video generated 63 Facebook reviews of our product, with an average score of 4.8 out of 5 – and many of these reviews attracted comments and enquiries from other Facebook users.
  • People followed the URL at the end of the video to visit our website, where Google Analytics showed an enormous increase in traffic.
  • Hundreds of enquiries poured in via the contact form on our website.

And best of all, this was entirely free – apart from the time I’m spending answering enquiries!

Oh yeah, here’s the video. It’s not flashy – but it works.

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