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e17: Roll-up Those Newspapers

A highlight from Transcontinental Inc's 2004 Annual Report

Today's episode is all about local newspapers. I've had a long history with them, every Saturday my Dad would buy 4 different papers and we'd all sit around and read them. When I was 9, inspired by adding to my hockey card collection, I called and got myself a paper route delivering the Chronicle Herald. Little did I know, I was going to be running my own little business.
More importantly, I want to talk about some of the common stories about why local news died, and I want to add a couple of my own to this list. In my mind, the biggest culprit was companies buying up and consolidating all the local newspapers, in Amherst's case this was Transcontinental Media Group.

This episode was inspired by my Grandmother and the scrapbooks she kept full of all newspaper articles mentioning anyone in our family. I found a scrapbook from 1943-1945 that was full of articles about my Grandfather from when he was a labour leader at the Canada Car and Foundry plant in Amherst. This plant manufactured airplane parts during WWII.

I hope you enjoy this episode, and I wish you all a Happy Holidays and a successful 2023.

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One note: It turns out I mis-remembered one of the stories. My grandfather didn't go to the Newspaper office because he had the chicken pox, there was another story about him having his appendix removed.