Michael Thomas O’Bright is currently in his 3rd semester of Radio Broadcasting at Seneca College at York University. He first started working in the broadcasting industry in high school, as a cooperative education student at Rogers TV. Michael has a YouTube channel (OB TV), where he posts radio commercials and his very own podcast, “The Pobcast” (news, sports talk, things that happen to him every day, and demos).
Michael hopes to learn a lot every day and aspires to the legendary, Peter Gross when it comes to sports – “The minor leagues are just as important as the major leagues.” He has gained a wealth of knowledge at 680 NEWS, and looks to continue his journey of learning through production, voice acting, on-air, and P.A. Announcing for the Seneca Sting.
Michael knows that the journey is long, but is prepared for wherever life will lead him.
Most-Subscribed YouTube Channels
Remember when Felix Kjellberg was the standalone number one YouTube personality in the world?
Now, the days of Pewdiepie ruling the social media platform are numbered.
To make it easier to understand, this may have started when YouTube decided to combine all music companies’ and artists’ YouTube channels under one main channel.
T-Series is an Indian record label company with 67-million subscribers (they grew immensely this year with over 40-million subscribers gained) and counting, while Pewdiepie hit 68-million subscribers at the start of the week.
In terms of how long it will take for Pewdiepie to finally be overtaken as the overall subscribed YouTube star, sources say it could take up to four to five days.
Meanwhile, other stars on the platform like “MrBeast” have already gotten in on the action by buying advertisements all around his city from public washrooms, to digital signs, to shopping malls, to giant billboards just to help Pewdiepie remain at the top.
But, as they always say, only time will tell…
Probiotics Can Mean The Difference Between A Healthy Gut And Being Sick
How many times have your parents gone and bought probiotic yogurt just because they think it’s good? Or, “MICHAEL, COME TO THE KITCHEN! I BOUGHT YOUR FAVOURITE YOGURT! IT’LL HELP YOU GO THE BATHROOM! YELLA (that word means “hurry up” in Arabic), MIKE!!”
Oh boy, was I ever sick of that as a kid. Now, as a young adult, I think I’ve been able to make my own decisions.
In terms of decision making, the one thing to know the difference between is marketing and GOOD DECISION MAKING. I’ve made the choice to steer clear of any yogurt with gelatin in it because it just doesn’t sound like good yogurt. If you guessed it, one of Activia’s secret ingredients is gelatin.
Marketing might attract you to buy something, but it could very well screw up your digestive tract or mean the difference between a healthy gut or coughing your guts out. It’s very important to be aware of what’s real and what isn’t.
So, guess what I have to say? “YOUDONEMESSEDUP, MOM!! [Mr. Garvey reference] THANKS FOR ALL THAT FAKE, B.S. REGULARIS!!”
In terms of what probiotics you can have or can mean the difference between a healthy gut and being sick, check out “Clinical Guide to Probiotic Products Available in Canada.”
The Tale of Strike-itis Endus
You might wonder how Strike-itis Endus came to be, but it was lots of creativity and planning at the right time.
Sure, you can argue that people weren’t actually fond of the strike and believe me, I wasn’t either.
For weeks spanning from October 16th, 2017, my friends and I were busy doing our radio commercials that were supposed to be due that very next week (sadly, they were postponed to be due at the end of the strike, which left us pondering when it would finally be over).
Ontario College Strike Video
About a week into the college strike, Willy Penarrieta and I thought about doing a college strike video, so he brought his camera and I acted in the video.
We got various camera shots of the school and interviewed classmates about the class stoppage.
On the weekend of Saturday, November 11th, 2017, I came up with an idea I thought would put an end to the strike and put us on the news.
That night, I started photoshopping a potential label almost identical to the ones on the Life Brand containers you get from Shopper’s Drug Mart. When it was done, I stuck it onto Life Brand container that used to have pills in it. The pre-setup was complete.
On Tuesday that week, I got a hold of Nisreen Abdul-Majid, Michael Conforti, and Willy Penarrieta to help me with the Strike-itis Endus radio commercial we were planning to work on together.
VoxPro was actually down that morning, so we waited out the connection problems that day, only to record and finish everything by around 6:30 p.m. that night.
Once I got home, I started editing all of the shots and audio to make sure that everything took place at the right time.
At 11:00 p.m., I posted the “Strike-itis Endus – End The Strike Now” radio commercial on my YouTube channel, OB TV.
But, I wasn’t finished… I sent the radio commercial to CTV News, Global News Toronto, and CP24, hoping that one of the news outlets would cover our goofy college strike commercial.
On Wednesday morning, I woke up at around 9:00 a.m. and quite frankly, I didn’t expect any news station I emailed to pick up on our story.
When I checked my inbox, what I didn’t realize was that I got an email from Ashley Stanhope at CP24 at around 6:30 a.m. wanting us to come down to the Bell Media studios on Queen St. West to be interviewed on the morning show.
But that wasn’t all. I checked the news and I just about went nuts after I saw our radio commercial on television.
Minutes later, my phone blew up with texts from my friends, which prompted me to tell Nisreen, Michael, and Willy that they wanted to interview us on CP24.
At that point, I called the number that Ashley left on the email to make sure that we could still be interviewed on the CP24 set and she told me that there was an open spot at 12:30 p.m., so I told them that we could make that time.
Soon after, I went downstairs to tell my dad that our radio commercial was on tv and he just about flipped the couch — well, not literally.
Afterwards, I told my dad to drop me off at Finch station to go southbound towards Queen Station.
Once I got to the Bell Media studios at 299 Queen Street West, my encounter with security was probably the funniest. When he asked me for my ID, I gave it to him and said, “I’m the Strike-itis guy”, then proceeded to show the man the email I got from Ashley Stanhope. Immediately, he went and got one of the producers to come get me and led me into the lobby.
After being in the sitting room for half-an-hour, my mom actually came down to the studio to support me. In the meantime, she introduced me to Michael McCormack (President of the Toronto Police Association) and former TTC Chair, Josh Colle, who both happened to be sitting at the table in the sitting room. I could recall Mr. McCormack becoming so fascinated with the fake brand label on the Strike-itis container, as if it was real.
After waiting for an hour and a half, while responding to multiple text messages on my phone, Nisreen and Michael finally arrived in the lobby.
Now, you might be wondering what happened with Willy. I tried to email him, but he didn’t respond in time (he was actually sleeping), which was pretty sad because he contributed most of his day to help us put this thing together.
When CP24 was on one of their commercial breaks, Stephen Ledrew came out and briefly chatted with each of us. At that point, I showed him the fake product and he couldn’t stop laughing.
When our time came, we went up and were interviewed for seven minutes, before CP24 had to cover a story on Justin Trudeau, so that was it.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the experience and it doesn’t hurt to make something out of nothing.
A day later, former Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and Patrick Brown took action against OPSEU, which legislated all faculty back to the classrooms.
Whenever November 15th comes around, always remember Strike-itis Endus.
What You Should Be Prepared For On The Biggest Shopping Day of the Year
Black Friday is a day with deals, deals, screaming, deals, more deals, and maybe even some punches thrown.
Why punches you say?
Here’s something that my grade 11 World Religions teacher told us a day before Black Friday, 3 years ago. He said,
“When you go to the store and pluck the last item off the shelf, don’t yell it out to try and show off because karma can be a villian.”
Barbie Fight At a Walmart
Four years ago, two women were caught fighting in a Walmart over a barbie doll set in Norwalk, California. One of the women threw a punch, which ended up with the sheriff’s deputies getting involved.
Tips To Stay Clear of the Mayhem
- Try to plan things well in advance and have a game plan to shop before the big day.
- Come to the store early and not at the last minute.
- Don’t start yelling when someone else grabs the toy you really wanted off of the shelf. It’s just a toy, it’s not your life.
- Don’t start screaming just because you ran off with the very last item of its kind that was on the shelf because people with an angry temper will outrun you for it and beat you up. Don’t bring ‘Zombieland’ into the picture, please.
Getting Comfy This Christmas
How many times have you tried to curl up with your favourite blanket or cuddle with your furry buddy, for the holidays and still feel cold?
Well, not anymore…
Comfy on the Couch
I had the luxury of buying a Comfy this past weekend (after Black Friday), and I have to say that it sure beats the fireplace my parents put in after that terrible ice storm, back in 2013.
Whether you’re watching a movie, studying for a test, or napping on the sofa, it’s an abnormally large sweater that you can feel proud of.
Where Can You Buy It?
The Comfy is available at Bed Bath and Beyond for $40.00, if you want to avoid the online shopping mayhem (Canada Post strike).
Or if you feel like waiting more than a week, you can purchase it on Amazon for roughly the same price.
Famous People’s Birthdays
Birthdays are probably the best time of the year to receive money, more money, presents, more presents, and finally, a touch of love.
Here are some of the public figures who are turning a new number on December 6th…
Giannis Antetokounmpo, a.k.a the “Greek Freak”, was drafted 15th overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2013 NBA Draft and continues to serve as a formidable pillar on the Bucks’ roster. Milwaukee currently sits 2nd in the eastern conference behind only the Toronto Raptors.
Wasn’t he once a prized quarterback who won the Heisman Trophy and was drafted by the lowly Cleveland Browns? Yeah, that guy. No one expected him to be a bust, but he certainly looks like one now. Since coming north of the border, Manziel signed a two-year deal with the Hamilton Tiger Cats, only to be traded to the Montreal Alouettes a short time later and led the team to a dismal 5-13 record.
Clash With Cam
Christopher Ryan used to have one of the best gaming channels on YouTube when Clash of Clans became a huge mobile gaming success from parent company, Supercell. When Clash Royale came around, it was another avenue for Christopher to explore. But, when Chris saw his views decrease and noticed that he was barely making money on YouTube, he decided to quit uploading videos to his channel entirely. Since then, it has been 5 months and we haven’t seen a video on his channel yet. With Fortnite being the latest big video game to roll out, could this be the end for Clash With Cam?
The Axe Man
This wasn’t just any man with an axe, but imagine almost coming into contact with someone like him, separated by nearly half-an-hour.
Yeah, that was me on Wednesday afternoon. I was so thrilled to get to Krispy Kreme for their “buy a dozen donuts and get a second dozen for only a buck” deal. That’s a pretty good deal if I do say so myself, eh?
I boarded the 510 Spadina streetcar to Union station and believe it or not, 30 minutes later, this guy who was swinging an axe at people on the line 2 subway station going toward Spadina station, headed to the streetcar platform where he was then arrested by police.
I’m not sure how I nearly avoided almost getting severely injured if not killed. I guess I should always put my life ahead of those yummy desserts we all come to love and enjoy.
Talk about a lucky break…