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Is Radio Dead? Frank Ocean And Jay


Is radio dead? Data show it isn’t as a whole—yet as a music platform, it’s a whole different story.

In a candid interview between Frank Ocean and Jay Z that aired on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio station Feb. 24, the latter spent a good portion mourning the golden days of radio, where he got his own start in the 1990s as a hip-hop artist. Said Jay, about modern radio:

It’s pretty much an advertisement model. You take these pop stations, they’re reaching 18-34 young, white females. So they’re playing music based on those tastes. And then they’re taking those numbers and they’re going to advertising agencies and people are paying numbers based on the audience that they have. So these places are not even based on music. Their playlist isn’t based on music…

A person like Bob Marley right now probably wouldn’t play on a pop station. Which is crazy. It’s not even about the DJ discovering what music is best. You know, music is music. The line’s just been separated so much that we’re lost at this point in time.

His attacks don’t come unbiased. Jay Z is the owner of Tidal, a music

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The Stuph File Program – Episode #0393


Welcome to the latest edition of the Stuph File Program.

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. The shortwave station had operated as a rebroadcaster for Radio One CBU 690 in Vancouver.

The CBC stated that the transmitter was in a state of disrepair with no replacement parts available due to the age of the equipment. Purchasing a new transmitter would be too cost prohibitive due to the minimal amount of listeners who tune into the facility..
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Denham Jolly Reflects On Canada’s First Black-Owned Radio Station


Canada’s first black-owned radio station.

Without Denham Jolly, we wouldn’t have had Canada’s first black-owned radio station, an on-air space to showcase hip-hop and R&B and, last but not least, we might not have had rapper Drake.

Jolly is the man behind Flow 93.5, a radio station that kicked off in 2001 and was the first place to play Drake’s music. Beyond that, though, Jolly has had a fascinating life that started in Jamaica, found him taking a turn as a high school teacher and only being able to launch Flow 93.5 after a 12-year battle to get a license for a black-owned station.

All of this and more is detailed in his new memoir, In the Black: My Life, out this March. Today, Jolly joins Tom Power to discuss his long journey and the pivotal musical he’s taken in throughout the years.

— Produced by Ty Callender


Bulgarian Radio Station Sees Boost In Listeners After Pop Music Ban


Published Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:45AM EST

Bulgaria’s public radio has been given a surprise boost in listeners after a copyright war limited the broadcaster to airing music recorded at least 70 years ago.

The station has been playing classical music and long-forgotten jazz and folk pieces for almost two months now after its management refused to pay increased annual royalty fees to the Musicautor performers’ rights organisation.

The refusal has forced the radio to drop contemporary music and dig up older tunes from its dusty archive. Under EU regulations, copyright lasts for 70 years after a composer’s death.

Instead of Rihanna and Justin Bieber, the crooning sounds of Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters now fill the airwaves.

The change in tune unexpectedly struck the right note with listeners, particularly among older generations. Pensioners make up around a third of Bulgaria’s 7.4-million-strong population.

“Instead of punishing us, the switch has boosted our listener base,” BNR spokeswoman Nikoleta Elenkova told AFP this week, as a new round of talks with Musicautor failed.

A listeners’ survey conducted by the IPSOS institute showed a 20 per cent boost in listenership in January, when the changes entered into effect, compared to the average monthly levels in the fourth quarter of 2016.

With a share of 16.5 per cent, the station moved one place up in the ranking of the most popular stations and was now third behind two music radios, IPSOS said.

“The music that the radio played before — a bad mix of Bulgarian and foreign pop — annoyed me,” said Galina Savcheva, a beautician in her fifties.

“Now I love turning back to the BNR for some Mozart, Vivaldi or foxtrot, which reminds me of my grandmother,” she added.

BNR’s chief executive Alexander Velev said the positive feedback had prompted the station to “re-examine (its) music shows and take into account the taste of our listeners”.

In a further twist, many young performers used the copyright row as a chance to promote their music by voluntarily ceding their rights to the BNR.

Dare to be different

The radio used to pay Musicautor an annual fee of 500,000 leva (256,000 euros), which according to the organisation was much lower than what private broadcasters paid. It now wants a rise of 250 percent.

The BNR filed a lawsuit against Musicautor in January.

Supporters on social media urged the station “not to give in”.

“Your musical programme is much better without Musicautor,” wrote psychologist Venelin Dimitrov on BNR’s official Facebook page.

“Dare to be different and your audience will grow,” read another comment.

But the rights organisation hit back, with director Ivan Dimitrov saying that “the data for a rise in listeners numbers is nothing but a bad attempt for more publicity”.

“We only demanded a gradual rise over five years,” he added.

Matt Cundill: Episode 37: Getting Social At The Conclave With Lori Lewis


By Matt Cundill

Lori Lewis is the Chairperson for the 42nd edition of the Conclave which will be taking place July 26-28 in Minneapolis. She is also the VP of Social at Cumulus; which means this call was a great opportunity to ask her some of the social media and radio questions that I get asked a lot.

If you want to check out the line up at the Conclave, go to www.theconclave.com – tickets are on sale for a very limited time for $249. Our show sponsor Promosuite is also going to be at the Conclave! www.promosuite.com



A CKMS-FM “New Frequency Party!


Doors Open to the Public !!!

A fun evening of entertainment, Nightlife and Live performances!
A door prize ticket and chance at a Great door prize to come with everyone’s entry!!
All while supporting local talent, DJ’s and community radio of Waterloo Region, CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo!

Come celebrate a night of fun, live music, drinks and beverage at the KW Boathouse as we celebrate the switch from 100.3 to our NEW FM frequency 102.7 FM!!!

Live Music provided by CKMS-DJ’s!!
Opening Mix: 8:30 – 9:00 PM
Ati of “LA ROCA” (Latin Mix) :
9:00 – 10:00 PM
DJ Carmelo of “STREET HOP” Radio (Old school Funk) : 10:00 – 11:00 PM
Live hip-hop performance by “Crispy” and “Lakes”! : 11:00 – 11:25 PM
Door prize Draws!! : 11:30 – 11:40 PM
A Special Announcement from CKMS Radio Waterloo! : 11:40 – 11:55 PM
DJ Denim of “DENIM ENTERTAINMENT RADIO!” (Bass and Electronic Dance Music) : 12:00 – 2:00 AM

Door prize draws included with your entry fee!! Sponsors from Street Hop, Denim Entertainment, the KW Titan professional basketball team, New Damage Records and many more to come! Keep posted for more exciting door prize updates and Full details on prizes to come withn the event page!

19+ Event
Cover only $4 for CKMS members, $7 for non-members and $20 that includes a 2017 CKMS-FM membership!

Celebrate a community radio station that has served Waterloo Region for 40 YEARS and still Is continuing to grow strong thanks to its great community and surrounding cities!!

Come support CKMS-FM on Friday, FEBRUARY 17TH !!!

Click here to volunteer at this event.

Edmonton radio host Rob Christie gets in the hot seat for charity


A record player and a tape recorder sat beside each other in Rob Christie’s basement in a farmhouse near Montreal.

It was in the mid-1960s when Rob, then a teenager, played records and talked about them.

“It was my own radio station,” Rob said. “I knew back then I wanted to get into radio.”

He paused. And then softly laughed.

“People might find this funny, but I was really shy when I was young.”

Luckily, Rob’s mother Charlotte was an influence, suggesting he call the nearest radio station to see if he could lend a hand, and, more importantly, learn.

Rob did just that. He started running errands, learning about the business, which kick started his successful radio career in 1968.

Starting in Montreal he then moving west, to Calgary, where, at the age of 23, he became one of the youngest morning men in Canada.

Rob’s personality — and great sense of humour — has made impacts in the Edmonton radio market: first with 630 CHED and then with Power 92, when his morning show earned a gold medal at the International Radio Festival in New York.

Rob left Edmonton in 1994 and made stops in Toronto and Vancouver before returning to this city in 2005 to help launch Magic 99.3.

Since 2008 he has navigated the Capital 96.3 FM morning show and still answers his weekly 3:20 a.m. alarm.

But … what would have happened if Rob’s mother wasn’t there to give him the boost — camouflaged as a challenge — to follow his dream?

That’s the main reason he said yes to the Rotary Roast of Rob Christie March 8 at the Marriott River Cree. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Edmonton with funds going to Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area.

“There are families with young children in Edmonton that only have on parent,” Rob said. “The work Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club do in providing an adult figure for support and provide good morals …”

Rob has formed friendships in the Edmonton media which started decades ago and are still going strong.

Several of those friends — Sun columnists Marty Forbes and Graham Hicks, Bruce Bowie and Bryan Hall of 630 CHED, Susan Reade and Sean Burke of 840 CFCW — will be roasting Rob.

“I think the key for any roast is to have people who actually know the person they’re roasting,” said Rob.

“So, if I was worried — not that I’m am, though — of the three of my roasters it would be Marty and Bruce, because I’ve known them the longest, and you never know what stories they have.

“And Bryan. Because nobody will know what Bryan will say next.”

It will be a fun night.

But it will also celebrate friendship and humour, and how the both are so important.

Tickets are $125 each, or a table for eight for $900.

For more information visit edmontonrotary.com/SitePage/rotary-roast

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0392


Welcome to the latest edition of the Stuph File Program.

For a program list of the items included and all their accompanying links in this one hour show, you can find the information on my website in the Stuph File Program section, or just follow this link to #0392.

To download the podcast, right click here and select “Save Link As”

Featured in this episode:

  • Dave Pell, editor, NextDraft — Weeding out fake news
  • Tom Merritt, tech guru, Daily Tech News Show
  • Peter Franklin, Gabby Cabby

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Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings


Toronto Sports Media Blog
Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings
torontosportsmedia 70 December 13, 2016 12:48 PM

Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings


So, my early holiday present to you all is the most recent radio ratings for the 2 sports radio stations in Toronto.

Station M25-54 M25-54 M18-34 M18-34
Aug. 29- May 30-Aug 28 Aug. 29- May 30-Aug 28
Nov. 27 Nov. 27

M- Fri. 6a-9a
Fan 590 7.2 7.1 11.8 12.5
TSN 1050 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.6

M- Fr. 9a-12p
Fan 590 9.3 10 14.9 12.5
TSN 1050 0.3 0.7 0.7 2.3

M- Fr. 12p-1p
Fan 590 4.2 8.9 6.7 11.8
TSN 1050 0.6 0.9 5 4.8

M- Fr. 1p-4p
Fan 590 5.7 6.4 8.1 7.4
TSN 1050 0.6 1 2.3 4.1

M- Fr. 4p-7p
Fan 590 10.1 8.2 14.8 10.1
TSN 1050 1.5 1.8 4.2 4.2

*The above chart is a brief overview of share figures from the latest PPM 2016 Numeris release courtesy of David Bray, ​David Bray of Bray & Partners Communications davidbray@brayandpartners.com

Lethbridge: Radio-a-thon raises over $234K


By Martin, Tijana on February 17, 2017.

Tijana Martin

Lethbridge Herald


It’s not every day that you see all the local radio stations working together but when they do, it’s a beautiful thing.

Since the inaugural event eight years ago, the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through the Care from the Heart Day Radio-a-thon.

“That’s a huge amount of money and all of that stays right here for the benefit of our hospital,” said Jason VandenHoek, executive director of the CRH Foundation.

On Thursday, 98.1 The Bridge, 94.1 CJOC, 106.7 Rock, Kiss 107.7 and Country 95.5 broadcast live from the hospital’s atrium from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s a very unique initiative really to this city,” said VandenHoek. “The fact that we can get all six local radio stations working together to kind of help one cause – that being the hospital – that’s pretty exciting and it’s kind of unheard of in other markets, so we’re really proud of that.”

In the past year, the foundation has disbursed more than $1.3 million towards state-of-the-art health-care equipment and the goal for this year’s event was to raise $230,000.

Renovations are underway to help improve the mental health area and VandenHoek noted funds from this year’s event will be used to help with the renovation costs.

“We just think it’s a really important piece of our hospital right now that needs some attention, so we’re happy to be able to do that.”

By Thursday night, more than $234,000 had been raised for the CRH Foundation.

“We’re so lucky to have such a generous community and business community. Each year we’re surprised and really humbled by the folks that step up and help us,” said VandenHoek. “We wouldn’t do this every year if we didn’t think our community wanted to support the hospital and we just thank everybody for giving.”

Donations for the CRH Foundation are accepted all year at www.crhfoundation.ca. Donations for Care from the Heart will be accepted online for the next few days or by calling the office at 403-388-6001.

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Fate of College Radio Charts Uncertain at CMJ After Almost 40 Years


For the second week in a row, the charts haven’t been published. Will they follow the CMJ Music Marathon into oblivion?

One of the remaining bastions of the college-rock era has fallen silent, at least for now. For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around the country since 1978. No date has been set for when the venerable—and, once, invaluable—charts will resume.

Adam Klein, who owns CMJ through his Abaculi Media, has not responded to Pitchfork’s requests for comment on the matter. The charts typically go out on Tuesday afternoons. On Tuesday, February 7, in an email to radio promoters and publicists obtained by Pitchfork, Klein said the charts might resume by the end of last week, and would “definitely” be back this week. On Tuesday, February 14, in another email viewed by Pitchfork, Klein told the CMJ community, “There will not be charts this week and I will let you know where we stand on timing before the end of the week.”

The chart hiatus is just the latest in a series of setbacks for CMJ. The last-known remaining employee, Lisa Hresko, recently took a new job with indie-label trade group A2IM. And last year’s lack of a CMJ Music Marathon, for the first time in the event’s 35-year-history, came despite Klein’s assurance it “absolutely” would happen in 2016.

Here is Klein’s February 7 email to radio promoters:
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Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68


Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.

McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him.

A message to the Vinyl Café community

He laughingly recalled how his mother, accosted by a fan after one of his live performances of The Vinyl Café, said she never expected McLean to become famous.

“I didn’t really expect myself to amount to very much either,” he told CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in 2012. “I was intimidated by the brains and the athletes all around me and just didn’t think I measured up.”

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Charles Adler Tonight – World Radio Day – Ryan Jespersen


Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,’ UNESCO says on World Day


Source: UNESCO

13 February 2017 – Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.

“At a time of turbulence, radio provides an enduring platform to bring communities together,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message on the Day.

“On the way to work, in our homes, offices and fields, in times of peace, conflict and emergencies, radio remains a crucial source of information and knowledge, spanning generations and cultures, inspiring us with the wealth of humanity’s diversity, and connecting us with the world,” she said.

Radio is a force for human rights and dignity and a powerful enabler of solutions to the challenges all societies face, she said, calling for nurturing the power of radio to foster the conversations and the listening needed for cooperation to tackle the challenges all humanity faces.

Radio plays an important role in taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, advancing fundamental freedoms and bolstering good governance and the rule of law. It can help tackle new challenges, such as climate change and discrimination, by providing an accessible and real-time medium to bridge divides and strengthen dialogue.

This requires a new commitment by all, including broadcasters, regulators and audiences, she said, noting that radio can provide “a beacon” for innovative solutions to local problems, and continue to advance human rights, gender equality, dialogue and peace.

In January 2013, the UN General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day, 13 February, the day UN Radio was established in 1946.

Ten things you may not know about UN Radio