Sunday, 19 October 2014

The Radio Edition - Pledge-o-Rama Episode !

Update: Join me and guest Katie tonight on 101.5 UMFM Monday at midnight for three hours of … stuff !  It's part of the week-long special Pledge-o-Rama nightime programming !

There will be comedy by Bob Newhart, David Steinberg and Wayne and Shuster. Short stories from the Brothers Grimm, Guy de Maupassant and Ralph Connor. Also, a full episode of The Shadow, the 1930s radio drama starring a then unknown Orson Welles, that appeared in the opening lineup of the original CJUM / UMFM in 1975.

Music will include the Kubasonics, the CFL Sessions album, Red Alix, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Florence and the Machine, Viet Cong, fifth, Eagle and Hawk, the Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack, Tanya Tagak and lots more - because it’s three freaking hours long !

Billboard, January 27, 1979

 Winnipeg Free Press, September 16, 1998

Tonight on West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition, something a little different for Pledge-o-Rama !

UMFM has had two incarnations, from 1975 to 1980 and 1988 to present. My guests will be John Robertson (station manager 1975 -1976), Chris Epp (news director 1998 - 1999), Sara Stasiuk (program director 1998 - 1999), Jared McKetiak (current station manager) and hopefully a few pop-ins !

I will, of course, talk about Pledge-o-Rama, the great schwag that's on offer, and my Winnipeg Historic Hotels Pub Crawl. If you would like to donate to UMFM through the show you can do it by following this link or call in during the show - operators will be standing by ! No donation is too small !

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Historic Winnipeg Hotel Pub Crawl Oct 25th !


October 17 - 24, 2014 is UMFM's Pledge-o-Rama, when the station asks listeners for donations to help fund the station's operations and the numerous community events it sponsors. The goal this year is $28,000 which represents about 15% of its operating budget.

There's a lot of great UMFM schwag to be had, including CDs, t-shirts, travel mugs and hoodies. Be sure to check out the list here, and if you do pledge, please mention my show :)

The Pledge Masters ask show hosts to try to come up with something of their own to sweeten the pot for listeners that donate through their shows. Here's my bright idea: a Saturday afternoon historic hotel pub crawl !

The Winnipeg, The Garrick, The Vendome and The Woodbine. You may have passed them hundreds of times but have never gone inside. Now here's your chance !

The Saturday afternoon walk takes about 2 ¼ hours. We will stop outside each hotel where I will tell you a little about its early history. Then, at three of them, we'll go inside for a quick beer, talk some more and take a look at some old photos, ads and newspaper articles that I have compiled. We end off at the Vendome Hotel and one of the city's best kept secrets - their burger bar !

I’m offering the tour for people who pledge at least at the $40 level to the station through West End Dumplings between now and the end of pledge week. This also entitles you to the UMFM Friends With Benefits discount card and the 2014 version of the Transmissions CD. 

The date of the event is October 25, 2014 starting at 2 pm. 

If you are interested in pledging but that week does not work for you, let me know at cassidy at mts.net as I am willing to change the date or do a second tour to accommodate more people. The maximum per tour is six.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

The Radio Edition - October 12, 2014 *PODCAST*

Here is what is on tonight's tonight's West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition, the show about Manitoba history. Check it out at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM. Later tonight,
Show Links

- 1918 influenza precautions poster. More about the "Spansih" flu in Manitoba.

- Lester B. Pearson wins the Nobel Prize. Here is the link to his 1965 UBC address.

- The Persons Case page at Historica.ca and the U of S.

- Syd Halter, the CFL's founding father.

Play List

- The Funky Turkey by the Jive Turkeys

- Shine On, Harvest Moon by Harry Macdonough

- Farmer's Song by Murray McLaughlin

Roger Currie's daily newscast and weekly reflections can be found at his Community News Commons site.

The short story Aunt Susanna's Thanksgiving Dinner by Lucy Maud Montgomery is courtesy of SuperUtils.com. It, and many other Thanksgiving short stories, can be found at their YouTube page.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Daniel McIntyre Race Overview and All Candidates Forums !

Here's your chance to hear from the candidates running for city council in the Daniel McIntyre Ward at a pair of all candidates forums !

The first will take place at Orioles Community Centre, 448 Burnell Street, on Wednesday, October 8th from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.. Candidates will be asked questions about infrastructure and housing, then the mics will be turned over to the floor.

The second takes place on Thursday, October 9th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Magnus Eliason Recreation Centre, 430 Langside Street. Candidates will be asked questions about community safety, then the mics will be turned over to the floor.

2010 Election - Top 3 Results
Harvey Smith 3,251x
(click on name for 2014 election website)

Daniel McIntyre promises to be one of this year's tightest election races.

In 2010 a mere 352 votes separated the top three contenders and incumbent Harvey Smith, despite losing his long-time NDP endorsement, kept his seat with just 28 per cent of the vote. This time around, those top three are back on the ballot as well as John Cardoso, who finished a distant fifth in 2010, and new entrants Godwin Smith and Dave Donaldson.

The Daniel McIntyre Ward includes the neighbourhoods of West Broadway, Daniel McIntyre, St. Mathews, Spence and parts of Downtown.

Many of the hot-button issues will be the same as in 2010. Areas of the ward have stubbornly high crime rates, which include gang activity, annual arson sprees and street prostitution. It also has some of the oldest streets and lanes in the city. 

In the past four years, parts of the ward have seen great rejuvenation and redveloment, such as Central Park, Sherbrook Street and Portage Avenue. This has caused housing prices and rents to soar in an area where the average household income is $20,000 less than the city average.

2006 census data on Daniel McIntyre Ward
Daniel McIntyre Ward Official City of Winnipeg election site
Daniel McIntyre Ward WinnipegElection.ca (includes links to media stories mentioning the candidates.)

Sunday, 5 October 2014

The Radio Edition for October 5, 2014

The Bay, Downtown Winnipeg
Tune in tonight at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM for West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition or check out the podcast !


My guest will be Nicolas Geddert of the Grass Routes Sustainability Festival which takes place all next week at the University of Winnipeg. We'll also hear from Maureen Dolyniuk, Keeper of the Hudson's Bay Company Archives about their collection and how you can access it.

History Links

Winnipeg's Civic Centre turns 50 (also see),  the Bay Downtown's elevator lobby murals which were donated to the HBC Archives last week, the Countess of Dufferin, the Carnegie Library on William Avenue. 

On The Trail of the Far Fur Country plays at Cinematheque on October 24 - 26, with a panel discussion on the 26th. You can hear my interview with filmmaker Kevin Nikkel from easrlier this year.

Play List

The Countess of Dufferin Waltz by Andy Desjarlais
Blood by Tanya Tagak
Spring Song by Bruce Cockburn
Its Raining Sunbeams by Deanna Durbin

A reminder the UMFM's Pledge-o-Rama is coming up October 17 - 24. Here's a sneak peek at some of the nifty schwag that is available !

On top of these items, I am also offering up a Saturday afternoon historic hotels walking tour and pub crawl for those who pledge to UMFM through our show at the $40 or higher level. The tour, which I will post more details about next week, is a 2 hour 15 minute tour that includes The Winnipeg, the Garrick, The Woodbine and the Vendome Hotel. A few minutes of history out front, then at three of the locations, we step inside for a quick beer and to look at period newspaper ads and photographs.

For more details, you can email me at cassidy-at-mts.net or, if you want to pre-pledge, as tour numbers are limited, you can do so online at the website above or by calling 204-474-7027. If you pledge in advance you are still entitled to the gifts and prizes noted on the website !

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Radio Edition - September 28, 2014 *PODCAST*

Tune in Sunday night at 7 pm on 101.5 UMFM for West End Dumplings - The Radio Edition. Below are links to some of the people and events I will mention on the show. When it's all done, check HERE for the podcast ! 


Dr. Jody Perrun of the University of Winnipeg will launch his book The Patriotic Consensus: Unity, Morale, and the Second World War in Winnipeg on Thursday, October 2nd at McNally Robinson. We'll talk about what it was like here in Winnipeg during WWII.

Also, we will talk about last week's announcement that the remains of four Canadian soldiers from World War I have been identified.

St. Peters Old Stone Church
History Links

Here are just a few of the events that will be commemorated next week in Manitoba history. For more, be sure to check out This Was Manitoba each morning !

- The 150th anniversary of the death of Chief Peguis, (also.)
- The arrival of "Spanish" influenza in Manitoba
- The unveiling of the Little Black Devils monument
- The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre opens
- The opening of Memorial Park across from the Legislature
- Rudyard Kipling's speech to the Canadian Club of Winnipeg

The Play List

We'll Meet Again by Dame Vera Lynn, (the U.K.'s oldest top 20 artist !)

Universal Soldier by Buffy Saint-Marie

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland. (The Wizard of Oz debuted in Winnipeg on September 21, 1939 - 75 years ago - at the Capitol Theatre !)

Goldfinger (James Bond Theme) - Dame Shirley Bassey, (released 50 years ago !)

Citizen Kane Suite by Bernard Herrmann

UMFM's Pledge-o-Rama is coming up ! There will be great giveaways for pledgers and we're working on a history-themed walking tour for those who pledge through our show, (more details later !) For more info about why we do this event or to get your pledge in early.