Channel & Station Creator.
ZoomerMedia Limited Founder.
Moses Znaimer is an internationally renowned Canadian broadcaster and media pioneer, founder of some 20 popular Canadian television channels and stations, including Citytv and MuchMusic. In 2008, Marketing Magazine named Moses one of the Top 10 Canadian Media Moguls Of The Past 100 Years. Currently, he is the Founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited, a unique multi-media company devoted to serving the interests and needs of Canada’s 15.3 million people aged 45plus. He is also the President of CARP, Canada’s largest Advocacy Association for Canadians As We Age.
In the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, long before Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or MySpace became worldwide phenomena, Moses anticipated the popularity of viewer-generated content and introduced innovations later widely imitated by American and international networks. His groundbreaking concepts such as Speaker’s Corner (a video equivalent of print’s time honoured; Letters To the Editor), Videography (first-person, hand-held TV reporting), Televised Diversity (ethnic and racial diversity among on-air personalities), and the Streetfront/Studioless Television Operating System were at the core of the over 20 popular and independent Stations and Channels he co-founded and executive produced, including Citytv, CityPulse24, Bravo! – Canada’s NewsStyleArtsChannel, SPACE: The Imagination Station, FashionTelevision, Star! – The Entertainment Information Station, Book Television, SexTelevision, ACCESS: The Education Station, and Canadian Learning Television: Television That Teaches; not to mention MuchMusic and MusiquePlus, which served to define a generation of Canadian youth in both official languages. Moses’ impact extended throughout the broadcast world with TV co-ventures and licenses in Argentina, Colombia, Finland, and Spain. To permanently commemorate his visionary contribution to Toronto’s urban landscape, the City of Toronto designated the famous downtown stretch in front of the former Citytv building at 299 Queen Street West – MOSES ZNAIMER WAY.
In February 2008, Moses emerged as a champion of the Baby Boomer generation, and announced A New Vision Of Aging for the 15.3 million Canadians 45plus. He called them “Zoomers” (“Boomers With Zip!”) and has since created a multi-platform organization, comprised of a national non-profit Advocacy Association, national and local television channels and stations, regional radio stations, a national magazine, websites, conferences and tradeshows uniquely devoted to serving their interests and needs.
“My insight was that even that massive, market moving and ultra youthful generation known as the Boomers had inevitably to age; and that if they were considered dominant while they were young (because of their size) then surely they must still be dominant even if they were getting older.
And what is old anyway, these days? When does it begin? How should society understand and respond to the deep changes at hand given that we are all, generally speaking, living longer and better? In Canada, that discussion is led, with increasing vigor, by the Advocacy Association known as CARP.” – Moses
Moses is the President of CARP, Canada’s largest non-profit, non-partisan advocacy association for Canadians as we age, with a network of 54 chapters and ±300,000 members, nationwide. Moses is also the Founder, President and CEO of ZoomerMedia Limited, a public company that trades on the Toronto Venture Exchange (TSXV) under the symbol ZUM. ZoomerMedia publishes ZOOMER Magazine, the largest paid circulation magazine in Canada for the 45plus with content aimed at Boomers in the areas of health, finance, travel, sex, longevity, fashion, beauty, style, and life in general. ZoomerMedia also operates a suite of e-newsletters and websites including everythingzoomer.com – Canada’s leading provider of Zoomer-related content; www.CARP.ca – the online voice of CARP; and www.zoomersingles.com – Mating, Dating & Relating for the 45plus. ZoomerMedia also produces the ZoomerShow in Toronto and Vancouver, Canada’s first large scale consumer trade show and lifestyle expo for Zoomers and those who love and/or are responsible for them.
ZoomerMedia also operates The New Classical 96.3 FM (GTA) & 103.1 FM (Cobourg) &102.9 FM (Georgian Triangle), English Canada’s only commercial all-classical radio stations; and The New AM740 – Zoomer Radio, the last music service playing “The Best of the Best” of adult standards and the original Rock ‘n Roll left on the AM dial in the Greater Toronto Area; MZTV P&D, a boutique independent television production and distribution company; and since 2000 Toronto’s prestigious three-day ideaCity Conference featuring 50 presenters, each of whom has 17 minutes to speak on a wide range of subjects. In 2008, he introduced the CARPConference, now renamed the ZoomerLife Conference (in conjunction with the annual CARP AGM and Convention), a mini-ideaCity featuring talks on aging, longevity and life extension.
Through connections made at ideaCity 2008, Moses, along with NASA and Google, became the first Associate Founder of Singularity University in Silicon Valley, a facility that mixes top thinkers, scientists, innovators and philanthro-capitalists to find technological solutions to the world’s great challenges.
June 2010 marked Moses’ official return to television as ZoomerMedia Limited closed on the acquisition of the broadcasting assets of the Vision TV Group, comprising VisionTV, Canada’s only English language cable and satellite television analog specialty channel that airs multi-faith, multicultural and family oriented entertainment programming in 10 million homes; the diginet ONE: Body Mind Spirit Love offering programs on yoga and meditation, weight loss and fitness, sex and relationships, natural health and nutrition, and alternative medicine, now available in over 1 million homes; plus two Canadian over-the-air (OTA) television stations JoyTV(Vancouver) and HOPE – The Nation’s Faith Station.
In 1992, Moses started the MZTV Museum of Television & Archive housing the world’s largest private collection of rare vintage television sets (from the dawn of image transmission until the arrival of the transistor) and associated popular culture in the world, some 10,000 objects in all. His sets have appeared at Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa/Hull, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies in Banff, and at the Cinémathèque québécoise in Montreal, Quebec to which he donated the bulk of his collection in 2008. Selections of his sets are on permanent display in both Montreal and Toronto.
Moses was born during World War II in Kulab, Tajikistan to East European parents of Jewish descent fleeing Nazi persecution. In 1948, he arrived in Montreal, a post-WWII “DP” (Displaced Person). Following an Honours BA in Philosophy and Politics at McGill, he completed an MA in Government at Harvard University. Moses’ broadcasting career began at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in the 1960s, where he co-created Canada (and the world’s) first live national, open-line radio show, Cross Country Check-Up (still on the air today); and then went on to network television with 20 Million Questions, Take 30 and The Way It is.
Moses holds honourary doctorates from York University, University of Windsor, and Athabasca University. He is also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), Order of Ontario (2005) and the Republic of France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (2005).
Moses’ multiple broadcasting honours include the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ CAB Gold Ribbon (1998) – Canadian private broadcasting’s highest award to an individual; Canadian Music Hall of Fame Inductee (2004); the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime achievement (2005); Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame Inductee (2007); and the Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award at the 2008 Juno Awards for his “invaluable contribution to the advancement of the Canadian Music Industry”.
For his pioneering promotion of tolerance and multi-culturalism in media, Moses has received The Urban Alliance on Race Relations Diversity Award, the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews Human Relations Award; and the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award for his “extraordinary contribution to the public realm over many years and in more than one field, thereby gaining reputation and acclaim for his vision, passion, and impact”.
Updated January/15 by ZoomerMedia Limited. Not to be altered without permission.
ZoomerMedia Limited (TSXV:ZUM) is a publicly traded diversified media company uniquely devoted to the needs and interests of Canada’s 14.5 million 45plus, aka “Zoomers” (derived from “Boomers With Zip!”).
Media Contact for Moses Znaimer
Tel 416 619 5517 Fax 416 619 5512 [email protected]
64 Jefferson Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada, M6K 1Y4
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