- John Martin (Canadian broadcaster)
John Martin (1947 –
February 24, 2006) was a Canadian broadcaster, credited with "almost single-handedly" creating music television in Canada.
Early life and career
Manchester, England, Martin left school at 16 and moved to London, where he worked as a rock drummerand freelance writer. At 20, he moved to Canada, finding work as a researcher for CBC Radio, then CBC Television. On the radio side, he was the first Canadian to break the story of the use of Agent Orangein the Vietnam War; on the television, he produced segments for series like "Weekend" and Peter Gzowski's " 90 Minutes Live". (Filling in once on the current affairs series "Viewpoint", he hired the Cambridge University Choirto sing the Canada Elections Actin harmony.)
"The New Music" and MuchMusic
After the cancellation of "90 Minutes Live", Martin found himself driving a
taxicaband pitching a new concept to Canadian TV broadcasters: "rock and talk," bringing a sensibility like those of " Rolling Stone" and the "New Musical Express" to bear presenting and interpreting musical culture in a documentary television newsmagazine.
The idea didn't sell to Canadian television networks of the day – at the CBC, it was caught between the departments of variety and current affairs – but
Moses Znaimer, the impresario of Toronto independent station CITY-TV, took on Martin's plan, and " The NewMusic" launched in 1979. It was a great success, becoming Canada's most popular syndicated television series.
Martin then began to plan an entire station devoted to music, and the result,
MuchMusiclaunched in 1984 under Znaimer, Martin and CITY's corporate parent CHUM Limited. "We were a bunch of loonies," Martin later recalled. "My gig was to sort of mould the anarchy. It was a bunch of absolutely crazy people reinventing their lives every day. It was fun." Much went on to great success in its own right, inspired spin-off, joint venture and licensed sister networks and programs, within Canada and internationally, and underwrote the music videoarts foundation VideoFACT.
After leaving Much and CHUM in 1993 – "His mercurial temperament and guerilla management style," CITY's news website would recall after his death, had started "to clash with others in the industry" – he worked on specials, directing "The Genius of Lenny Breau" (1999), which explores the short and tragic life of Canadian
guitarlegend Lenny Breau, and also directing "Hank & Jimmie: A Story of Country" (2000), a portrait of the troubled lives and relationship of Hank Snowand his only child, singer-turned-preacher Jimmie Rodgers Snow. Martin was also program directorfor the Canadian dance musicspecialty channel .
He died in 2006, of
* [http://www.pulse24.com/Showbiz/Top_Story/20060223-002/page.asp Music Man Mourned] (Pulse 24, February 23, 2006)
* [http://www.cbc.ca/story/arts/national/2006/02/24/john-martin-obit.html MuchMusic Pioneer John Martin dies] (CBC, February 24, 2006)
* [http://www.chartattack.com/damn/2006/02/2409.cfm The New Music/MuchMusic Mastermind Succumbs To Cancer] (ChartAttack.com, February 24, 2006)
* [http://www.rrj.ca/issue/1997/summer/244/ I'm With the Band] ("
Ryerson Review of Journalism", Summer 1997)
* [http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/M/htmlM/muchmusic/muchmusic.htm MuchMusic] (
Museum of Broadcast Communications)
*" [http://www.triadfilms.ns.ca/cat/hank.html Hank & Jimmie: A Story of Country] ", distributor's catalogue page
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