Radio Western Morning News

NEWSCAST - Friday, August 23rd, 2019

Navaneeth Mohan



  • The only known copies of a long-lost pre-Confederation abolitionist newspaper have been re-discovered after being hidden within Western Archives, and are now carefully restored to near-new condition.
  • The Voice of the Bondsman – a clarion call that citizens and churches to condemn slavery as a sin against God and humankind – published just two issues in 1856 and 1857.
  • All but one original of each issue has been lost to time. 
  • Its publication, rediscovery, restoration and return to the library this month are a tribute to its editor’s fiery convictions.
  • While leafing through My Bondage and My Freedom by abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Huron University College professor Scott Schofield found a lump of an envelope with the name J.J. Linton on it. 
  • Inside that note were two non-descript, folded newspapers. 
  • The 160-year-old abolitionist newspaper was damaged and yellowed before conservator Jennifer Robertson set to work. 
  • Careful treatment brought The Voice of the Bondsman back to readable and more durable condition.
  • The newly restored newspapers will become rich fodder for researchers and local historians, who can now gain access to them through Western Archives. 


  • The woman who has devoted 17 years to advocating for London's downtown revitalization and business success is out of a job. 
  • Janette MacDonald left her post at the organization called Downtown London Wednesday.
  • MacDonald has been the manager of Downtown London, formerly known as MainStreet London, since 2002.
  • An oversight committee has been set up to ensure the day-to-day operations continue. 
  • Another committee has been assembled to find MacDonald's replacement as quickly as possible. 
  • Many business owners in London have complained that the construction to build Dundas Place along Dundas Street has hurt their bottom lines. Though the flex street is designed to allow for community gatherings, several businesses have moved out including McDonalds, Rexall and Runner's Choice. The Royal Bank, just south of Dundas and Richmond streets, has moved to Fullerton Street. 


  • The Western Mustangs football team is preparing for their first game of the season. On Sunday, August 25th, the Stangs will kick off the 2019 OUA football season in Waterloo, Ontario, taking on the Laurier Golden Hawks.
  • With a couple of positional fixtures now graduated, the Mustangs have a handful of positions in their starting lineup that are up for grabs. 
  • Sunday’s game will kick off at 1pm. Be sure to tune in to 94.9FM at 12:50pm for the pre-game. You can also stream live at


  • Today is the first day of a great weekend. Today’s daytime high will be 25 with clear skies. Overnight we will see the mercury dip to 10 but tomorrow and Sunday will be a repeat show with highs of 24 and sunny skies.