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April 27, 2015
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Fanshawe College Contemporary Media (Broadcasting) Wall of Fame
London ON
Katie Simpson – Broadcast Journalism ‘06
Melani Mariani – Radio Broadcasting ’07

Fanshawe College is proud to announce two outstanding new members to the School of Contemporary Media Broadcasting Wall of Fame.

Melani Mariani – Radio Broadcasting ’07
A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Melani was named the ‘Announcer of the Year” at Fanshawe in 2007. In August of 2014, she was named the co-host of the morning show at The Edge (Corus radio) in Toronto where she works with Fearless Fred. Melani’s rise to this position is a story of faith and persistence. She began her radio career in Fort St. John, BC. She moved to Toronto for an unpaid intern position but quickly proved her value to the company. She went from receptionist to sales and found her niche as an overnight announcer. She quickly moved to swing announcer and weekend mornings which ‘changed her career’. In August of 2014, she was named morning show co-host at the Edge.

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Katie Simpson – Broadcast Journalism ‘06
Katie Simpson is part of Fanshawe College history. She was a member of the first graduating class of the Media Theory and Production program in collaboration with Western University.
Katie is now a reporter for CTV National News. In between she’s been chasing some of the biggest news stories in the country. As a reporter for 106.9 the X, Katie was one of the first on the scene of the Bandido biker gang murders in the spring of 2006. That year she was voted by her classmates as the Broadcast Journalist of the Year. While at Fanshawe, Katie worked at AM980 in London. After graduation she was hired by AM640 in Toronto. From there she went to 680 News and then CP24, where she worked for 5 years.
In March of 2014 she was hired as a reporter for CTV National News and now works out of Ottawa. Katie also lists the G-20 riots, the Parliament Hill shooting and the Rob Ford years as other significant career moments.

Melani and Katie were honoured at the annual Fanshawe College broadcast Awards night on Saturday April 18th at the London Hilton Hotel
For more information contact:
Jim Van Horne, Coordinator Broadcast Journalism
519-452-4430 ext. 4858
Abe Kelledjian, Coordinator Broadcast Radio
519-452-4430 ext. 4174

JUMP! 106.9's Greatest Gig on Earth Top 5
Ottawa ON

The search for the new voice of Ottawa radio started in early March, with over 160 hopefuls looking to land the “Greatest Gig On Earth” as the new co-host of JUMP! 106.9’s breakfast show. That list is now down to five.

After submitting an online video, surviving a series of grueling social media tasks, and co-hosting one morning show, the top 5 are two short weeks away from finding out who will land the coveted spot alongside current breakfast show host Tony Stark.

The top 5 includes Melissa Charles, Jaya Henderson, Jesse Reynolds, Tamara Videla and Vanessa Cote.

“We’re absolutely blown away by the quality of the entries we’ve received,” said Stark. “The remaining top 5 are true stars-in-the-making, and I have no doubt the person left standing will be a fabulous addition to Ottawa radio.”

On April 19, the top 10 finalists appeared at Bayshore Shopping Centre where they were grilled by a panel of celebrity judges, including international singer/songwriter Karl Wolf and fashion supermodel Herieth Paul. The event also included a lip-sync battle where the contestants let their true characters shine.

Those still standing will each co-host their second morning show between Monday, April 27, and Friday, May 1. The winner will be announced live on the air on May 8.

“To say these are five incredible talents would be a tremendous understatement,” said Mark Dickie, general manager of Corus Radio Ottawa. “On the air, on the street, and on social media, each has made their mark, and we couldn’t be more excited as we approach the finish line of JUMP!’s Greatest Gig on Earth.”

Listeners are encouraged to spread the word using #JUMPSGREATESTGIG. The top 5 are also blogging about their experience on www.jumpradio.ca.

April 26, 2015
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AJHL Fort McMurray Oil Barons Hockey Back Home At CKYX / ROCK 97.9
Fort McMurray AB

After a 1 season absence, Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL hockey will be returning to Rogers Fort McMurray, and back on its original home, CKYX-FM, aka ROCK 97.9. The Oil Barons have been a fixture on either Country 93.3 (CJOK) or ROCK 97.9 (CKYX) for over twenty years.

General Manager Rick Walters and Program Director John Knox are also pleased to announce the new voice of Oil Barons broadcasts, Brad Karp. A graduate of Algonquin College, Brad started his career a province over in Manitoba and has worked in a number of markets the last few years. Brad also has a few hundred games under his belt as play by play announcer and Manager of Marketing & Communications for the Junior “A” OCN Blizzard.

Most recently Brad was with Websports Media Network when the call broadcasting lured him back and we were fortunate to add him to the team here in Fort McMurray, despite his self-described limited ‘fourth grade math skills’. Although admittedly, those same skills made salary negotiations a snap.

Brad’s first game with the team was Saturday, April 25th. This was the MOB’s first game in the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, which the Barons host all this week. As witnessed by his headshot, Brad’s bosses are also particularly pleased with his ability to appear in photographs that at first glance appear to be stock photographs.

100.3 THE BEAR Brings Back Guess What’s In The Bear’s Box for Chance to Win $10,000
Edmonton AB

For the second year in a row, Edmonton’s 100.3 THE BEAR listeners will have an opportunity to win one of multiple $10,000 cash prizes if they can correctly guess exactly what is inside the massive ‘box’ displayed in front of Flaman Trailers (2310 Sparrow Dr., Nisku, AB). Kicking off on Monday, April 27 and running through Friday, May 29, each weekday morning at 7:40 a.m., THE PAUL BROWN SHOW will announce a clue to help listeners guess “What’s In The Bear’s Box”. In keeping with the rollout of last year’s contest, 100.3 THE BEAR will replace the box contents for a new chance to win after each correct guess.

100.3 THE BEAR will accept one caller’s guess at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the duration of the contest. The station will track all clues and guesses online at thebearrocks.com. Listeners are encouraged to call in as many times as they wish to try to identify the exact contents of the box.

“We are thrilled to bring back this awesome promotion, and welcome Edmontonians and those in our neighbouring regions to try guessing exactly what is stored inside ‘The Bear’s Box’,” said Rob Vavrek, Program Director, 100.3 THE BEAR, TSN 1260. “After the phenomenal response to our launch year, we simply had to bring back The Box. Last year we gave away a whopping $40,000!.”

Listeners are encouraged to visit thebearrocks.com for complete the “What’s In The Bear’s Box” rules and regulations.

April 19, 2015
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Keith Pelley To Leave Rogers This Summer To Head Up The European Tour
Toronto ON

Rogers Communications today announced that Keith Pelley, President, Rogers Media, will leave the company to become the new Commissioner and CEO of The European Tour – a global golf tour featuring 48 events in 26 countries. He will remain President of Rogers Media until his departure this summer.

“Keith has done a tremendous job for the company over the past five years and I’m delighted for him and his family,” said Guy Laurence, President and Chief Executive Officer, Rogers. “He’s been a key player on the NHL file and has done a terrific job of reinventing the way Canadians experience the NHL. Under his leadership, Sportsnet is on the cusp of becoming the number one sports media brand in Canada.”

During his tenure, Pelley repositioned the media business to address the changing media landscape. He reorganized the media division, breaking down silos to function in an integrated manner across the diverse portfolio of assets; he led the push to digital across the publishing brands; launched shomi and Next Issue in Canada; launched Sportsnet magazine to make Sportsnet the only five-platform sports media brand in the country; and expanded the reach of the company’s TV assets to deliver world-class content to more Canadians. He joined the company in August 2010.

“Rogers is a terrific company with the best collection of media assets in the industry. Guy has a clear vision for the company and it’s been exciting to be a part of it. This truly is a dream job that only comes up once in a lifetime. It was a very difficult decision,” said Pelley. “I know I’ll never be a professional golfer, so this is the next best thing. The Tour already has a highly regarded reputation and I look forward to building on this using my experience here at Rogers Media to ensure it remains at the forefront of the game across the globe. We’ve got a great team at Rogers Media, they know what we need to do. We’re in good shape.”

A search for Pelley’s successor will begin and details on his exact departure date will be announced later.

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Scholarship Goes Prairie-wide
Redcliff, AB

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced its sixth annual Equity Scholarship competition with a new wrinkle this year—as the Scholarship has been extended to cover the Canadian prairies. This year, the Prairie Equity Scholarship replaces the Alberta Equity Scholarship, which for six years has made awards to deserving students in under-represented groups.

The Alberta Equity Scholarship was instituted in 2009 to address the shortage of broadcasters from four groups; Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Members of Visible Minorities, and Women. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group believes that by supporting the career development of these groups, the industry will access an untapped pool of potentially talented employees, encourage diverse viewpoints and backgrounds, enhance relationships with local communities, and broaden the advertiser and audience base.

Starting this year, two $2000.00 awards will be made to residents of Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba who are planning to attend a recognized Broadcast Program at a post-secondary institution in one of those provinces.

Applicants can access a scholarship information and application package at the websites of the Prairie stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, or through the Broadcast Programs at Prairie post-secondary institutions. Deadline for applications is October 10, 2015—with the award to be announced in November.

This year, the scholarship initiative is supported by the following stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group:
- 101.5 KOOL FM, Calgary
- 95.3 The Peak, Calgary
- BIG WEST Country, Drayton Valley
- 102.3 NOW! Radio, Edmonton
- Up! 99.3 FM, Edmonton
- Big Country 93.1 FM, Grande Prairie
- Country 95.5 FM, Lethbridge
- B-93 FM, Lethbridge
- 102.3 FM CJNS Radio, Meadow Lake
- CHAT 94.5 FM, Medicine Hat
- CHAT Television, Medicine Hat
- MY96 FM, Medicine Hat
- Q98 FM, North Battleford
- 1050 CJNB, North Battleford
- 93.3 The Rock, North Battleford
- Mix 101, Prince Albert
- Today’s Country 900 CKBI, Prince Albert
- Power 99 FM, Prince Albert
- BIG 105, Red Deer
- 106.7 The Drive, Red Deer
- B-94, Rocky Mountain House
- QX 104, Winnipeg
- FAB 94.3, Winnipeg

For further information, contact:
Dave Sherwood – Scholarship Committee Chair
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-8246 dsherwood@jpbg.ca

100.3 The Bear "Cleans Up" 4/20
Edmonton AB

– THE PAUL BROWN SHOW’s Yukon Jack and Ryan Maier lead the charge and invite listeners to hit the Edmonton River Valley for a special 4-20 “Clean Up”, this Monday, April 20 –

Edmonton’s 100.3 The Bear announced today that THE PAUL BROWN SHOW’s Yukon Jack and Ryan Maier, along with numerous other The Bear staff, will be out in full force this Monday, April 20 to tidy up one of Edmonton’s most stunning areas, and at the same time change the negative perception of 4-20.

Listeners are invited to join 100.3 The Bear at the Legislature Grounds at the amphitheatre stage at exactly 4:20 p.m. this Monday for the clean-up effort. Garbage bags and extra gloves will be provided.

“We all know this Monday is a day synonymous with ‘GREEN behaviour’,” said Yukon Jack, THE PAUL BROWN SHOW. “But this year, we want to end that stigma by inviting our faithful listeners to join us in cleaning up the community on April 20th.”

THE PAUL BROWN SHOW airs weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. on 100.3 The Bear.

April 14, 2015
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Calgary's Alternative X92.9 #JustVoteDammit
Calgary AB

With the 29th Provincial General Election on May 5th fast approaching; Calgary’s Alternative X92.9 has re-launched a campaign called Just Vote Dammit. The emphasis on this campaign is to encourage Calgarians, especially young Calgarians to go out & make their vote count.

Through social media sites and on air support X92.9 is directing Calgarians to www.justvotedammit.com as their one stop shop for all things required in preparation for this May’s provincial election.

X92.9 Calgary’s Alternative launched January 1, 2007 as an alternative format aimed at young adults. We feel it’s our responsibility to use our voice to encourage our listeners to go out and use theirs.

Visit www.justvotedammit.com and www.x929.ca for more details.

Calgary’s Alternative X92.9 is owned by Harvard Broadcasting Inc. For more general information, please visit: www.x929.ca

April 11, 2015
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JUMP!'s Greatest Gig - Top 10 Finalists Announced
Ottawa ON

SEARCH FOR NEW VOICE OF OTTAWA RADIO DOWN TO TOP 10
JUMP! 106.9 Receives Overwhelming Response in Search for New Co-Host

The search for the new voice of Ottawa radio started in early March, with over 160 hopefuls looking to land the “Greatest Gig On Earth” as the new co-host of JUMP! 106.9’s breakfast show. That list is now down to 10.
After submitting an online video, surviving a series of grueling social media tasks, and an interview with the station’s management, the top 10 are a few short weeks away from finding out who will land the coveted spot alongside current breakfast show host Tony Stark.

Those still standing will each co-host one morning show between Monday, April 13, and Friday, April 24.

“I am super pumped for the talent we’ve rounded up in this audition process,” said Stark. “I have no doubt that the person left standing will be a tremendous addition to the radio landscape in Ottawa.”

On Sunday, April 19, the finalists will be appearing at Bayshore Shopping Centre where they will be grilled by a panel of celebrity judges, including international singer/songwriter Karl Wolf and fashion supermodel Herieth Paul. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m.

“Our search has really taken the city by storm, and developed quite the celebrity following in the process,” said Mark Dickie, general manager of Corus Radio Ottawa. “From recording artists and pro athletes to listeners across the region, everyone is waiting with bated breath to find out who will take home the “Greatest Gig On Earth”.”

Once they’ve each co-hosted a show, the top 10 will be whittled down to 5 and 3, respectively. The winner will be announced on-air on Friday, May 8.

The top 10 includes Mallory Rowan, Samantha Buzza, Reggie Casimir, Kimberley Johnson, Melissa Charles, Jaya Henderson, Amanda Jean Nelson, Jesse Reynolds, Tamara Videla and Vanessa Cote.

Listeners are encouraged to spread the word using #JUMPSGREATESTGIG.

Mary Ann Turcke In / Crull Out As Bell Media President
Toronto ON

BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE) (Thursday) announced that Kevin Crull will depart from the position of President of Bell Media effective today.

"Kevin Crull departs Bell with our thanks for his contributions to our customers and shareholders," said George Cope, President and CEO of Bell Canada and BCE Inc. "Kevin has been a significant part of Bell's strategic transformation as he expanded Bell Media's leadership with major new investments in Canadian content, the successful integration of Astral and competitive innovations like CraveTV."

"However, the independence of Bell Media's news operations is of paramount importance to our company and to all Canadians. There can be no doubt that Bell will always uphold the journalistic standards that have made CTV the most trusted brand in Canadian news," said Mr. Cope.

Kevin Crull joined Bell in 2005 as President of Consumer Solutions and was appointed President of Bell Media following Bell's acquisition of CTVglobemedia in 2011. He serves as a director of SickKids Foundation and is a leading supporter of the Walk for Kids Help Phone, the national youth counselling service funded by the Bell Let's Talk mental health initiative.

April 8, 2015
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NLogic (Formerly BBM Analytics) Announces New Approach To Audience Data Analysis
Toronto ON

NLogic (formerly BBM Analytics), the leading provider of software, data and consumer insight to the broadcast and advertising industry in Canada, announced the launch of Lens, their new approach to audience data analysis. “We’ve built our own cloud-based warehouse from which we will build Lens into a portfolio of audience data analysis products designed to delight our customers.” explains David Phillips, President & COO of NLogic.

While NLogic will continue to focus on the Canadian TV and radio market, they are also actively working on partnering with other data providers, including digital and social, to create what they call a ‘multi-lens’ perspective. “If I’m trying to understand the value of an audience, just understanding how many consumed it isn’t always enough. You need to understand how it made them feel, what emotions get generated, what they do as a result.” adds David Phillips.

NLogic spent the last 18 months developing the warehouse and first version of Lens, called Lens Viewers, which focuses on TV ratings data. The last 3 months have been spent refining the product based on feedback generated from a beta test involving several select clients. Results from the beta test have been extremely positive, with testers highlighting the products’ intuitive functionality and speed.
“We’re in an exciting place in the industry where minute by minute audience data allows us to uncover a vast amount of information about how audiences are consuming media. With more granular data, TV and radio audience analyses have become more complex and reports can be challenging to access. NLogic has provided a solution with Lens Viewers that allows our planners and buyers, across Initiative, m2 and UM, to spend less time building complicated reports and more time analyzing viewing patterns. The program is simple, intuitive and easy to use.” – Chris Herlihey, VP Research, Mediabrands
NLogic is already working on their next Lens product along with building an API that will offer media agencies and broadcasters opportunities to integrate Numeris data seamlessly into their own business intelligence tools and other systems. “We’re morphing into a tech company. It’s an incredibly exciting transformation, and we’re very excited to be able to share the first fruits of it with our clients.” Phillips says.

Note to media: Interviews with NLogic President and COO David Phillips and high resolution logo files are available on request. Please contact Anja Bundze at abundze@nlogic.ca 647-438-1253.

About NLogic
NLogic is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Numeris. The company’s proprietary software solutions help Canada’s leading broadcasters, media agencies and advertisers make sense of their audiences and programming. NLogic’s innovative applications are available across a range of platforms, from desktop to mobile. NLogic has offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. For more information, visit nlogic.ca.

April 7, 2015
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Over $133,000 Raised at Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon
Cornwall ON

Corus Entertainment’s boom 101.9 and 104.5 Fresh Radio are proud to announce that $133,181.64 was raised during the ninth annual Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon in support of the Cornwall Hospital Foundation on Thursday, April 2. The funds raised will help bring chemotherapy treatment to the Cornwall Community Hospital. This brings the total amount raised to over $1 million over the past 10 years and through nine Corus Caring Hearts Radiothons.

Corus Radio Cornwall is proud to continue its partnership with the Cornwall Hospital Foundation through the Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon. We are thrilled to have reached the $1 million milestone in support of health care initiatives,” said Bill Halman, Brand Director, Corus Radio Cornwall and 2015 Radiothon Chair. “Thank you to our listeners, volunteers, sponsors and the community for their incredible support.”

For more information on the Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon, please visit cornwallhospitalfoundation.ca.

April 6, 2015
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HOT 107's HOT Factor 2015 Voting Is Now OPEN
Edmonton AB

For the last 3 months, HOT 107 has been searching for local artists with the HOT Factor! HOT 107 is now turning to listeners to help determine the Top 5 Artists with the HOT Factor. The Top 10 have been posted within HOT on Demand at hot107.ca and via the HOT 107 App where listeners can vote for their favourites. The votes will be used as part of the selection process to determine the 5 winners of the HOT Factor Program 2015!

The Top 10 selected for the voting process are:

Paul Woida
Josh Sahunta
Melody Lovejoy
Rachel Woznow
TERRIAN
Mayday and the Beatcreeps
Lexi Strate
Mackenzie Dayle
The Mankind
Josh Williams

HOT 107’s HOT Factor Program 2015 is designed to develop the careers of Edmonton’s emerging artists. There are hundreds of hard-working and talented Artists, Groups and Bands in Edmonton and surrounding area, whose careers could be taken to the next level of success if given exposure, funding and support.

The Top 5 selected contestants will each receive the following award:

· $10,000 to be spent developing their careers (ie: touring, recording, promotion and marketing, etc)
· Promotion on HOT 107 and online at hot107.ca
· Opportunity to perform at the annual HOT 107 HOT Factor event.

Voting closes on May 3, 2015

April 2, 2015
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"Quick" Format Flip In Red Deer
Red Deer AB

@PaddyTeskey “Finally, a radio station designed for my attention span!”

Quantity over Quality?? That’s what one Red Deer radio station is banking on, as BIG105 flipped formats Wednesday morning to the new QUICK 105.

@HeatherToothill “Love the new format. Quick is great. Tell my husband. Bahahaha.”

BIG 105 edited their music library and shortened all of their songs to an average length of song between 1:30 & 2:00. The response on social media was somewhat mixed.

@StaceyScoville “Half songs? I don’t like it.” @KimEmerson “Can you just shorten the songs I don’t like?” @MichelleRoberts “Why did you change something that was already great?” @Danny797 “This sucks. You’ll be hearing from Jann Arden.”

The new format launched at 6am April 1st.

@JessicaGilbertson ”I grumbled about your musical changes all morning…until I got to work and realized it was April Fools. Love you guys!”

April 1, 2015
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BIG Dog Finds Cats & Dogs On The Menu
Lac La Biche AB

Big Dog 103.5 was first with the scoop on a new restaurant in Lac La Biche – one that serves cat and dog on the menu.

MJ Siebold with the Lac La Biche Humane Society told “The Dog's Breakfast with Mitch and Marsh” (hosted by Scott Mitchell and Justin Marshall) that she won't be first at the doors of Lac La Biche Bistro, but rather first at the doors of the Legislature to question why the restaurant was allowed to open it's doors.

In response, restaurant owner Landon Peterson invited the naysayers down saying “the more the merrier!”

Some callers into Big Dog said it's actually extremely tasty, while others said they are disgusted with the restaurant, and would never try it.

The Lac La Biche Public Health Inspector drove to the location of the restaurant given to him, only to find there was no such place.

Happy April Fool's Day from Big Dog 103.5!

P.S. Special thanks to all those who helped out with this prank. They know who they are...

Link to audio.

Big Dog 103.5 is owned and operated by Newcap Radio, and located in Lac La Biche, AB.

Mar. 31, 2015
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Corus Entertainment Appoints Mario Cecchini As President, Corus Radio
Toronto ON

Corus Entertainment (TSX: CJR.B) today announced the appointment of Mario Cecchini as President, Corus Radio, effective immediately. With this appointment, Mario will oversee Corus’ Radio division in addition to his current role as President, Corus Média.

“With over 25 years in the radio business, Mario’s deep knowledge, experience and leadership abilities, combined with his focus on building great brands, will serve our Radio division well as we continue to evolve and adapt our business to the changing needs and listening habits of our listeners,” said Doug Murphy, President and CEO, Corus Entertainment. “We look forward to Mario leading the charge to grow our ratings and ensure that our radio stations continue to lead in their respective markets.”

Mario was previously Vice President, Corus Quebec where he oversaw the turnaround of Corus’ radio operations in Quebec. On a national level, he was also Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Astral Radio, a division of Astral Media; President and Chief Operating Officer of Zoom Media; and, Executive Vice President at Telemedia Radio Ontario.

In April, Mario will assume the Chair of Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS) and will join the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), representing Corus. He also has extensive radio management experience with other industry organizations such as the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement (BBM) as a Board member, and the Radio Marketing Bureau (RMB) as Chair in early 2000.

Mar. 26, 2015
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Virgin Edmonton Announces New Morning Show
Edmonton AB

I’m thrilled to announce the new members of the Virgin Radio morning show in Edmonton! The new morning show will consist of Ian MacKinnon who joins us from the Bell Media family in Kelowna where he is currently hosting the #1 morning show in that market with 99.9 SUN-FM. Joining Ian in mornings will be Chelsea Bird who has been co-hosting the afternoon drive show on CISN in Edmonton for the past three years. Thanks to everyone who applied for the recent MMU posting.

Chris Myers | Program Director

Nomination Period for WAB Awards Closing Soon
Calgary AB

The Western Association of Broadcasters looks forward to celebrating the best in Western broadcasting at their annual WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala on June 4th in Banff, Alberta. Nominations are only being accepted until Friday, April 3rd, and are open to any private radio and television stations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba who are members of the WAB. Nominations can be submitted directly at www.wab.ca/awards where further information is also listed on criteria for each category.

The following categories are available:

Gold Medal Award for Community Service

This Gold Medal Award is presented to WAB member stations for outstanding contribution to Canadian broadcasting industry in the area of community service. There are separate Gold Medal Awards for Community Service given to both Radio and Television.

This year the WAB is pleased to breakdown this category even further by market size. There are additional opportunities for worthy stations to win the Gold Medal Award as both stations representing markets under 150,000 and markets 150,000 and over will have separate awards received.

Leader of Tomorrow

This award will be given to those Leaders of Tomorrow who are under 30 as of June 4, 2015 and have demonstrated leadership and skill in broadcasting. The purpose of the award is to honour employees of WAB member stations who have reached a significant level of success and to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for others.

Hall of Fame

The most prestigious award is the induction to the WAB Hall of Fame of a distinguished individual serving the broadcast industry. The WAB will recognize a long-serving broadcasting professional who has had a commitment to the highest standards of broadcast excellence and community service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Broadcast Order of Achievement

We will recognize our long serving broadcasters for their 25 and 50 years of service to the industry with the Broadcast Order of Achievement. We will acknowledge the names of all individuals at the WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala and recipients will be presented with a pin and certificate.

LIFE 100.3 Sharathon
Barrie ON

LIFE 100.3 is celebrating another successful Sharathon! The annual fundraiser was held March 25 - 26 at the LIFE 100.3 studios in Barrie. LIFE 100.3 is a listener-supported radio station and nearly one-third of our income is received through the donations of faithful listeners, churches, and businesses.

The combined total of pledges was $163,480 in one-time donations and $4,298 in new monthly pledges, provided by over 1,000 donors. Program Director Steve Jones says, “Every year is interesting as we watch the pledges go up and wonder what the final numbers will be. We were blessed once again and are so thankful for our listeners that are so committed to the station, they are willing to support it financially.”

LIFE 100.3 has repeater stations in Owen Sound at 90.1FM, Peterborough at 89.3FM and in Huntsville at 98.9FM.

Kowchmedia To Develop & Coach New On Air Talent At Radio That Doesn’t Suck.com And Talk-Radio.ca
Montreal QC

“This is an exciting opportunity for kowchmedia to work with online radio talent and podcasters heard around the world on RTDS.ca and Talk-Radio.ca I look forward to working with the new generation of online radio and podcasting talent to help them chase their dream to have a successful career as broadcasters,” says kowchmedia President Steve Kowch.

There are a dozen hosts on Radio That Doesn’t Suck who play the music they choose with an eye to deeper tracks, undiscovered artists and musical eras that are underplayed on traditional FM radio. It’s sister station, Listen Up! Talk Radio is home to a half dozen talk shows and six podcasts. Hosts discuss the issues of the day without being dismissive or disrespectful.
Todd Miller, President of RTDS.

Todd Miller

“Welcome to the brave new world of talk radio,” says Todd Miller, president of RTDS that owns Listen Up! Talk Radio. “We look forward to having Steve Kowch share his expertise with our on air talent at both radio stations. Steve Kowch is one of Canada’s leading on air talent coaches who has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting while program director at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal.”

“At RTDS we unofficially call ourselves a music discovery service,” Miller says and goes on to note the similarity to Spotify or Pandora except with DJs to introduce the tracks and add a human touch to their selection.

“The RTDS format is inline with kowchmedia’s philosophy that DJs need to be given more time to talk between songs to return personality back to music radio,” says Kowch. “What we do at kowchmedia is mentor music radio hosts how to tell stories to connect with their listeners.”

“What attracted us to kowchmedia is Steve’s philosophy about story telling. You just need to read his On The Kowch blog to understand where he comes from and why he has been so successful coaching people in radio to tell great stories,” says Miller.

Mar. 25, 2015
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Ian Clark Joins Newcap Family
Ottawa ON

It gives me great pleasure to announce the addition of Ian Clark to the Newcap Ottawa Sales Team as our newest Account Manager.

Ian’s 23-year media career has included long stints with two different companies in two different mediums in a wide range of capacities here in Ottawa.

Ian’s first chapter in his career was focused in radio. He spent 13 years with the Rogers Radio Group as a Remote Broadcast Coordinator, Morning Show Producer, On-Air Personality and Commercial and Imaging Producer.

With the arrival of Metro Newspaper to Ottawa in 2005, Ian was recruited to join the team tasked with launching the publication. During his tenure, Ian has held down virtually every post at the paper including Marketing Manager, Senior Account Manager, Distribution Manager and Sales Manager. Ian has spent the last decade of his career building Metro Ottawa into one of Metro’s most successful divisions in Canada.

I am thrilled to bring an elite media professional of Ian’s calibre to Newcap. Ian is a trusted and respected media executive known for his strength of character and personal integrity within the Ottawa community. Ian’s diverse skill set, passion for radio and exceptional track record of success make him a valuable addition to our deep, talented Newcap Ottawa Sales Team. His first day with us will be Monday, April 20, 2015.

Ian Balfour - Retail Sales Manager

Mar. 24, 2015
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Now Morning Co-Host for Jewel 925 Rockland
Rockland ON

Sylvia Asche Bullard joins Clarence-Rockland’s Jewel 925 as morning co-host with Derrick Scott, beginning on Monday March 30th.

Sylvia brings a wealth of experience in news, both print (Sherbrooke Record/The Outlet) and radio (CJMQ Sherbooke/CTN).

In addition to joining the Jewel 925 morning show, Sylvia will continue in as news anchor and traffic reporter on the afternoon show on Jewel 1067 Hudson/St

Lazare/West island.

Mar. 22, 2015
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Fort McMurray Soaks Radio Host For $2,000
Fort McMurray AB

We asked our listeners to come out and splash Country 93.3 Morning Host, Pete Potipcoe, with a big puddle to raise money for the SPCA ?

AND ... Splash him they did!

To the tune of over $2,000 RAISED FOR THE SPCA!

 
 

ROCK 97.9 Announces New Swing
Fort McMurray AB

ROCK 97.9, Today’s Best Rock & Killer Classics in Fort McMurray is thrilled to announce that Justin Beaudoin (Justin Daniels) will be joining the Rogers Fort McMurray team.

Justin is finishing his education at Humber College in the Broadcasting Program. We explained we’d administer his final exams and he TOTALLY wouldn’t be allowed to cheat or anything. And they foolishly agreed! Wait.. they don’t read Milkman right?

Justin will help out in the newsroom in addition to his on-air duties with ROCK and while we’re a little concerned about his desire to bring his waterbed to Fort McMurray, he assures us that it’s all about a comfortable night’s sleep and not some nod to the 1970’s.

We’re cautiously optimistic that’s true.

Mar. 11, 2015
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Corus Entertainment’s Syndicated Radio Series, The Legends of Classic Rock, Added to FlinkTO’s Storytelling Platform
Toronto ON

FlinkTO, the crowdsourced publishing platform for the ‘totally obsessed SuperFan’ and Corus Entertainment Inc., a leading media and entertainment company, today announced another global content and promotional partnership agreement that will now see a growing selection of past and new episodes of The Legends of Classic Rock, a nationally syndicated radio program, added to FlinkTO’s storytelling platform.

The Legends of Classic Rock follows The Ongoing History of New Music to become the second Corus-owned radio program to have its content adapted for fans on FlinkTO. Now SuperFans of classic rock can engage with first-class content in an exclusive community of diehard fans (known as a “flink”). Not only can they earn status simply for sharing their obsession with classic rock, but they become part of The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told by contributing their voices.

FlinkTO’s The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told is the most comprehensive, ambitious and interactive narrative on modern music history, across all music genres, ever undertaken. Corus’ The Ongoing History of New Music and now, The Legends of Classic Rock, are an integral part of this project for the alternative & indie rock and classic rock genres, respectively.

Hosted by legendary radio personality Jeff Woods and produced by Corus Entertainment, The Legends of Classic Rock is a unique radio program that gives fans the stories about the music that defined a generation. A genuine music fanatic, Woods brings his audiences epic interviews with the ‘”who’s who” of classic rock, deep tracks, and live recordings that give context and breathe new life into some of the greatest music ever written. Released twice a month, Legends features will include audio files and adapted transcripts from episodes that will be further enhanced with exclusive content such as video interviews and bonus audio clips with Woods.

“Finally, rock and roll fans around the world have an incredible space to share their passion and add their voices to amazing stories on the music they worship,” said Jeff Woods, host at Toronto’s Rock, Q107. “This is so much bigger than the show. It’s a groundbreaking opportunity for fans to come together and create music history—to show the world the impact classic rock has on the evolution of modern music.”

Exclusive to The Legends of Classic Rock flink, Woods will also host New from the Vault, a weekly segment that will uncover new tracks from the classic rock vault that never saw the light of day as well as b-sides, unreleased and rare versions of famous tracks. Fans will have the opportunity to hear his take, listen to the music and sound off through contributions to the weekly story.

“There’s no one more qualified than the legendary Jeff Woods to lead and rally fans around this ambitious endeavour for classic rock,” said Nathalia Ribeiro, vice president and project manager for music at FlinkTO. “It’s all about putting the classic rock genre; the bands, the events and the industry as a whole into context to create, “The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told”. Classic rock is one very important chapter of this interactive story. We know the fans will be our greatest storytellers and we’re rewarding them in exciting ways for their contributions to history in the making.”

“Corus is excited to be partnering with FlinkTO in creating, what will surely be, the ultimate living encyclopedia on music in a way that’s never been done before,” said Chris Pandoff, President, Corus Radio. “Having two of Corus’ syndicated series featured on FlinkTO is a testament to the unique and inspiring radio programming that has resonated with our listeners over the years and we now have a way to transform this legacy content into living content through this great storytelling platform.”

Subscribers to The Legends of Classic Rock flink on FlinkTO can begin contributing their expertise to stories immediately and earn status. SuperFans will rise up the flink’s leaderboard based on votes to their contributions. Also, anyone who successfully promotes the flink has the opportunity to earn a share of the flink’s revenue.

About The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told

The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told chronicles the evolution of modern music across all music genres, from the founding of the world’s most celebrated bands to the release of monumental albums and more. For the first time ever, artists, SuperFans, musicologists and key players in the music industry worldwide can converge in a dynamic community to create, discuss and contribute high-quality, discoverable content that finally creates context for modern music history. Led by renowned experts from each genre, dynamic timelines for classic rock, alternative rock, country, pop, metal, and more, are grown and nurtured through amazing stories. Together, these dynamic timelines form The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told.

About FlinkTO

Launched in 2014, FlinkTO is a crowdsourced publishing platform where totally obsessed SuperFans share the things they love in one, dynamic ecosystem. FlinkTO unites true fans around high-quality content from talented writers, in exclusive communities known as “flinks”. From music, TV shows and poetry to hobbies and more, our vision is a flink for every obsession. FlinkTO disrupts the world of publishing by recognizing and rewarding those who create, share and contribute to great content. Content producers, SuperFans and artists get a share in the revenue and a say in the story through gamification, site recognition and more. FlinkTO is the official home of “The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told”. For more information FlinkTO.

About Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com