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It’s My Job: Radio Personality Scott Steele 96.3 Country


Scott Steele, As told to The Clarion-Ledger

My name is Scott Steele, and I’m the afternoon on-air radio personality from 3-7 p.m. each day for US 96.3 Country.

I was born and raised in Gainesville, Florida, and attended the University of Florida, also in Gainesville. I now live in Madison.

I was bitten by the “radio bug” while attending the University of Florida. I auditioned for a slot on a very popular Gainesville radio station that was run by the UF College of Journalism. I began working the graveyard shift from midnight to 6 a. m. during my sophomore year at UF. Eventually I worked my way up to the afternoon drive timeslot, where I stayed for a couple of years until graduation. I was then blessed to have the opportunity to work for another popular Gainesville station with Jerry Banta, whom I had listened to in the morning for over 10 years, and a real Gainesville legend! Working with Jerry supercharged my passion to make radio a career. I also worked for stations in Fort Myers and West Palm Beach, Florida, before moving to Mississippi.

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Having been a music lover my whole life, it was a natural fit to be a “disc jockey.” Willis Bodine, the organist at our family church in Gainesville, would let me sit beside him during services to watch him play when I was about 4 years old. Almost every Sunday for several years I’d sit quietly beside the organ just watching his hands and feet, and listening to the organ music. Willis and I would talk after services about all kinds of music. My dad also played a lot of records at home — everything from the Beatles, Beach Boys and Temptations to the Rolling Stones, Michael W. Smith — so I grew up with a deep appreciation for all kinds of music.

We moved to Mississippi on April 7, 1999. That is a marker day in my life — one I’ll never forget. It’s like God opened up a big “connect-the-dots” coloring book. Slowly but surely, we’ve connected the dots and can look back at the most beautiful images you could ever imagine from the last 17-plus years.

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We moved here following God’s leading and Scott Johnson, my former boss in West Palm Beach, who moved to Jackson to be closer to family. He offered me the program director position at 95.5 The Beat, then a start-up “pop” station. After a short time there, I made the transition to mornings on Y101 and eventually mornings at US 96.3 Country. The move to Mississippi has been the biggest blessing I’ve ever encountered. When I first arrived, I thought I’d work in Mississippi for a year or so, then move up the radio management ladder to a bigger market with more opportunity. Little did I know the opportunities God had in mind for our family here. This is home now!

I’ve been with US 96.3 Country 10 years. I did the morning show for the last nine-plus years, until I recently transitioned to the afternoon slot. The afternoons are mostly music-intensive, but I have the opportunity to put a lot of phone calls on the radio, visit and share life with our listeners.
My day-to-day activities include goofing off, napping and playing cards — just kidding! But seriously, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into a four-hour radio show. I read almost everything I can get my hands on to stay up on current events, trends and local news. I’m also responsible for producing commercials for our clients, and meeting with clients and community organizations to plan events, concerts, fundraisers and other activities. I’m also blessed to serve on the board of directors for the CJ Stewart Foundation and the Jackson Area Salvation Army.

Being a “personality” on the radio means I’m constantly involved in the community — from military send-offs and welcome home celebrations to Little League baseball games, Braves games, festivals, ribbon cuttings and funerals. If it’s happening around town, chances are pretty good I’m going to be there. Most folks assume I have a “cake” job spending four hours on the radio, but it’s a constant process of building relationships and staying as connected as possible to the people who listen to our station. It’s truly nonstop — a nonstop blessing!

The thing I like most about my job is having a daily opportunity to bring hope and encouragement to people, by being able to speak to our listeners on the phone or in person at various events. To have a positive impact on people’s lives at the end of their day is an amazing feeling. I’m surrounded by incredibly talented and loving people, and together, we’ve had the opportunity to raise money for amazing organizations like Batson Children’s Hospital. I’ve been blessed to be a part of 11 annual “radiothon” live broadcasts where our group of stations has raised over $5 million to date. Seeing soldiers reunited with their families never gets old, either. Every day there’s something new and exciting we get to be a part of.

The biggest challenge I face is my own level of expectation. When you work with so many talented and creative people, you tend to set the bar pretty high. Trying to find a new and unique way of thinking about a news story or community issue can be really challenging. We’re also trying to stay connected and relevant. We really want to meet people where they are, and cutting through the clutter is probably our biggest challenge — one we look forward to every day.

— As told to The Clarion-Ledger www.clarionledger.com/

Radio World: Radio Stations, “Licensed to Serve”


By Mark Lapidus

When is the last time you heard about audio giants Pandora, iTunes or Spotify — or any national audio streaming service — doing something to help your local community? I’ll give you a second to think about it.

My question to you: Is helping your local community part of your fiber, or are you content with being just a jukebox or news/talk machine?


For quite some time now I’ve been concerned that actually serving a local community has become an afterthought in today’s auto-license renewal environment. I firmly believe that community service best shows how broadcast radio remains vital. A station’s positive standing in the community can generate loyalty from listeners and, if done correctly, can even generate revenue.

Recently, when I received the National Association of Broadcasters’ “Licensed to Serve” e-newsletter, I was thrilled to read of like-minded station operators that remain in the vanguard of service. Please permit me to recount a few of these stories about industry leaders, with hope that they will encourage many others to re-energize commitment to the local community.

Here are just a few highlights:

• After wildfires scorched 500 square miles of grazing area in two Kansas counties, WIBW in Topeka brought 1,100 pounds of milk to a relief center four hours away. Many cows had died in the fire, and their orphaned calves urgently needed milk.

• During its 11th annual radiothon, stations WPRO, WWKX and WWLI in Providence, R.I., raised $436,000 for Hasbro Children’s Hospital. This event has brought in more than $7 million over the years.

• “Coins for Kids” at KONY, KPLD and KZHK in southern Utah raised more than $100,000 to help more than 800 families during the holiday season. This incredible effort has been going on for 17 years.

• “Kans 4 Kids” began with children raising money for their baby cousin who was facing cancer. KHOK in Great Bend, Kan., made it a station priority and brought in $42,000 in its most recent collection efforts.

• KSNX in Heber, Ariz., and its five sister stations produced and aired anti-drug PSAs with high frequency over the cluster for half a year. They raised more than $16,000 for the Arizona Meth Coalition to fight the widespread use of the drug.

• WNIC Detroit morning host Jay Towers organized a water drive for Flint, Mich. Other radio and TV stations helped him collect 240 tons of water.

• KBBO, KDBZ, KFAT and KXLW in Anchorage, Alaska, joined forces to help out a master sergeant in the Air Force, who wondered if they had any extra CDs. Their CD/DVD drive collected more than 1,500 for troops overseas.

• WTMJ afternoon host John Mercure in Milwaukee, Wis., led an effort that raised some $250,000 to fund flights for veterans to take them to memorials in Washington. “Operation Parallel” featured Mercure interviewing veterans telling their stories and what a trip to their war memorial would mean to them.

• Mark Curdo of WCCY, Portland, Maine, stayed live on-air for 102 hours playing requests for people who donated to the Center for Grieving Children. This center helps 4,000 children each year who have lost a family member, who came to the state after experiencing war or witnessing genocide.

• In Hartford, Conn., “The Chaz & AJ Morning Show” on WDRC helped raise nearly $16,000 for a local veteran at risk of foreclosure. The money was raised during one special day that they and their listeners will never forget: Veterans Day.

Congratulations to these stations who are leading by doing. Perhaps their stories will inspire others to do more and provide initial ideas to generate some local brainstorming.

If you’d like to read more and see how you might also be able to partner with TV stations in these efforts, visit the NAB’s specific public service website at broadcastpublicservice.org.

Mark Lapidus is president of Lapidus Media. Contact him at marklapidus@verizon.net.

Tracy Johnson Blog: Stop Obsessing About A Station App


by Tracy Johnson

Apps are all the rage. Now that most of the population carries a smartphone, stations have elevated developing a dedicated app to a much higher priority. How’s that working out? And do you really need a dedicated station app?

The short answer: There’s nothing wrong with having an app for your station or for your show, as long as you have realistic expectations, develop it for the right reasons and actually put time and resources into keeping it relevant.

And, there’s no doubt that more and more listening will be taking place on mobile devices. So having a mobile presence is critical to your future success.
What The Research Shows

Let’s look at the numbers. In the United States, 49% smartphone app users tap on less than 10 apps in a week. (Survey by Localytics conducted by Research Now).

Less than half of all smartphone users tap on fewer than 10 apps per week. Does your radio station need a dedicated app?
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Meanwhile, a Pew Research Center report reveals that 62% of smartphone users had less than 20 total apps on their phone. Among those, 46% use just one to five apps per week.

More surprising, in a finding reported by eMarketer, many apps are deleted the same day they are downloaded. And after 30 days, only 3% of all newly downloaded apps still had active users.

Not surprisingly, apps installed for organic reasons, as opposed to the result of paid app-install ads, are more likely to be retained. After 30 days, an organic app install was 156% more likely than an ad-induced install to result in continued usage on Android phones.

So maybe you don’t really need one.

4 Reasons You May Not Need an App

There are plenty of app developers that can produce a good-looking app quickly and somewhat affordably. But just because you can doesn’t mean you should.

1. Audio Is Already Available.

First, the primary reason for having an app is to make your audio available on mobile devices. In that regard, there are options.When users can get thousands of audio streams on apps like iHeart, iTunes and Tune In, why would they download an app that offers just a single station?

Maybe it would be better to point your attention to getting your stream on those services.The counter-argument, of course, is that your station is unique, and has a fan base. The app could provide community for those fans. Evaluate your brand objectively. If the station is a commodity, without a loyal and passionate fanbase, don’t get an app. Don’t develop an app hoping to turn it into more fans. Apps won’t build fans.

2. Website is Responsively Designed.

One reason managers are drawn to apps is that they’re designed to fit mobile devices. But if your website is responsively designed, it functions as if it were an app already. It will adjust to the user’s screen. If your site is not responsive, you’d be much better off investing in that, rather than producing an app.
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3. Will We Really Generate Revenue?

Another argument for apps is to add a revenue source. While it may be sexy to take that sponsorship package that demonstrates how exciting your digital presence is, this is a weak reason to create an app. Revenue derived from mobile apps is sustainable only if it delivers value to advertisers over time.

4. Our Website Is A Mess.

This is a sad commentary on the state of radio websites, but I’ve heard this more than once. Some programmers want a station-specific app because their website is a cluttered, jumbled mess and they know they can control the content on the app.Fight the clutter battle on your website. It will get far more traffic than your app.

If You Already Have A Station App

Maybe you already have an app, or have decided to get one. Now what? Three key things:

Manage it. Make sure it’s working, and keeps working. You can’t set it and forget it. As software is updated and new operating systems released, many apps have a tendency to break. If it doesn’t work, even once, chances are the user will delete or ignore your app. And they won’t tell you about it. So it’s up to you to launch the app and use it every day. Make sure it’s functional.

Program it. The primary reason anyone will use your app is to listen to your station, either live or on-demand. The app should be consistent, but it shouldn’t be static. Update the content regularly (daily) and use it to promote your station features, contests and content.

Promote it. They won’t find it on their own. It must be promoted. How will it be promoted? And what unique selling point makes it worthy of the time and resources dedicated to driving awareness?

Most smartphones are loaded with dozens (or hundreds) of apps, but that doesn’t mean users are actually using them, or even keeping them for long.

What It Means For Your Station

Look, I’m not against an app for your brand as long as it delivers value for listeners. Just make sure you’re developing the app for the right reasons and are able to devote resources to keeping it fresh, relevant and useful.

It’s a crowded competitive arena, and stations have limited resources. If you decide that an app fits your brand’s strategy, do it and do it well. However, based on my experience, most stations would be better served investing their resources (money and time) elsewhere.
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The Five Most Promising Technologies For Radio


By the editors of Media Life.

The new face of radio.

To survive with other traditional media, it must embrace innovation.

Among the many types of traditional media—television, out of home, magazines, newspapers—radio may have been the slowest to embrace new technology.

That’s for good reason. For a long time it didn’t feel all that much pressure to do so.

Radio remains among the most-used media. It hasn’t suffered the audience declines of print, and its advertising has held up much better.

Still, innovation is a vital part of the survival of any media in the digital age, and it is even more so for radio if it to avoid the fates suffered by other traditional media.

Here are the five technologies that offer the most promise for radio in the future, in the view of media planners and buyers in a recent Media Life survey.

1. Streaming radioradio bug newnew technologies

This one’s a no-brainer. Streaming of local channels has become commonplace, but media people say there’s much more that can be done in this area, including better promotion and stronger outreach to listeners through social media.

“It’s an extension of the local station and a competitor to Pandora,” noted one reader.

“You can take your favorite radio station anywhere. It’s great for listeners,” wrote another.

2. FM chips in smartphones

Many phones contain FM chips that allow people to listen to the radio, yet as of last year two-thirds of devices with the chips had not been activated. The radio industry has been pushing for greater public recognition of the chips’ availability and easier ways to activate them, through simple-to-use apps.

Buyers see great promise in anything mobile and believe FM chips will help keep radio relevant.

3. FM translators

Buyers don’t think HD radio delivered on its promise—the sound quality simply didn’t draw in listeners as radio stations had hoped. But they say FM translators, which can turn an HD radio signal into an analog one broadcasting on a lower-powered frequency, could bring HD stations to greater audiences.

“Only a few stations are taking advantage of this great opportunity,” noted one reader.

4. Programmatic buying

Radio stations have been much slower than other media to offer programmatic buying. Yet buyers say this could make radio buys more efficient and make their jobs easier, which means they’ll be pushing for it. Radio is certainly under pressure to deliver.

5. Better measurement

For virtually any medium, buyers want better measurement, and that’s certainly true for radio, which has not seen any major ratings improvements since Nielsen’s portable people meter rolled out nearly a decade ago.

Buyers say better measurement only stands to help the industry.

“We need it so people and clients can see radio works,” wrote one reader.

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0358


Welcome to the latest edition of the Stuph File Program.

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FYI Music News: Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today


By David Farrel

The federal cabinet has issued an order in council that removes Raj Shoan as a CRTC commissioner after more than a year of legal battles with regulatory staff and with Chair Jean-Pierre Blais. The Globe & Mail has the scoop.

– Congrats to Red Robinson. The broadcaster, who started off spinning hits in high school at CJOR Vancouver in 1954, has been appointed to the Order of British Columbia. The investiture ceremony will take place July 26 at Government House in Victoria. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the U of the Fraser Valley in June 2012 for his pioneering contribution to the Canadian music industry and his philanthropic work.

– Canadian media are losing one of its steadiest advertising partners. Over the last two years, the federal government has shifted its digital advertising away from websites of Canadian news organizations towards services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. The government spent $3.6m, just under 24% of its digital ad budget, on news website ads in the 2013-2014 fiscal year. In the following year, that number dropped to just over $2.1m, or 15% of the annual budget. In that same period the government spent over $4.6m advertising on services like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. National Observer offers more facts and figures.

– The CRTC has released 2015 data ending Aug. on Canadian specialty, pay, pay-per-view, video-on-demand television services. Total revenues increased by 0.5%, or $19m, to $4.3b. The regulator reports that revenue growth was hampered by a $19m decline in ad revenue, which was offset by a $30.6m increase in subscription revenues. Expenditures continued to increase, rising from $3.1b in 2014 to $3.3b in 2015. As a result, profits before interest and taxes (PBIT) dropped from $1b to approximately $884.9m. However, the PBIT margin remained healthy at 20.8 Specialty services invested $1.5b in new Canadian programs, reflecting an increase of 7.8% compared to the $1.4b invested in the previous year. Of the $1.5b invested in Canadian-made programming, $409.9m went to independent Canadian producers, up 9.1% (or $34.1m) from 2014.

– Bell Media has sold off four music channels—MuchLoud, MuchRetro, MuchVibe and Juicebox—to Stingray Digital Group. Stingray’s music-channel portfolio already includes Stingray Ambiance, Stingray Lite TV, Stingray Concerts and the Brava and Djazz brands that were acquired for C$8m a year ago. The four Bell Media channels are distributed by Canadian providers including Bell, Cogeco, Eastlink, MTS, SaskTel, Rogers, TBayTel, and Telus. Following the acquisition, the four channels will be reintroduced under the Stingray brand. “In an industry where consolidation is the watchword, and where growth and scale define success, the acquisition of premium quality music content is our primary strategy,” said Eric Boyko, president, co-founder and CEO of Stingray. “I am thrilled to have come to an agreement with Bell Media to acquire MuchLoud, MuchRetro, MuchVibe and Juicebox. This transaction with Bell Media paves the way for independent media companies like Stingray to propel their global expansion.”

– The CRTC will hold a hearing beginning September 27 at the Radisson Hotel & Convention Center Edmonton to consider 11 applications vying for 580 AM and 106.5 FM on the dial. When it first issued the call for new applications, the CRTC said that its preliminary view was that the Edmonton market would be best served by proposals targeting ethnic communities, but this was not a stipulation. An application for a French language community station in Edmonton on 97.9 will also be heard, along with an AM to FM flip for CKLQ 880 in Brandon.

–Five threats to traditional radio include traffic and weather apps, computerized in-car dash boards that have become entertainment centres, Wi-Fi equipped cars, and media consolidation replacing local topicality with sameness everywhere. – Media Life

– After 20 years with Bayshore Broadcasting as a radio news broadcaster and a longstanding play-by-play announcer for the Owen Sound Attack hockey games on Rogers cable TV, Manny Paiva is moving on. He’s taken a job as television news director at CTV Windsor. His last day at Bayshore will be June 30. He starts his new job July 4. He announced his departure on the air Wednesday, according to the local newspaper.

– Viceland, the Rogers-owned TV channel carrying content from Vice Media is in talks to create a French-language equivalent. Vice has announced deals in several markets including Australia and India. One of them is a deal with Groupe V Média in Quebec, the owner of the V television network and MusiquePlus and MusiMax, which it picked up from the Bell-Astral merger. Fagstein has the details.

– The CBC has received approval to convert Radio One CBEY 1340 AM in Moosonee, ON to 99.9 FM. Programming will continue to originate at CBCS 99.9 Sudbury.

– A round of layoffs at Corus Radio.

– Rogers has launched HD radio in Vancouver. The new service with 1,393 watts simulcasts CJAX 96.9 on HD-1 and CKWX 1130 on HD-2.

– Graphics company ChyronHego has created a video software presentation for broadcasters called Video Radio. From the company’s press release: “When a DJ cues a song for playout, Visual Radio matches the audio file with XML data for the corresponding music video and syncs the two together for playout…Go Media recently added the ability to display Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds from the audience in the “lower third” area of the currently playing video.”


Dan Daniel, AM Radio D.J. One Of The Good Guys, Dies At 81



Dan Daniel, an AM radio D.J. who became familiar to New York rock ’n’ roll fans in the 1960s as Dandy Dan, died this week at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 81.

His son Chris said Mr. Daniel died late Monday or early Tuesday. The cause was not immediately known, he said.

Working for WMCA, Mr. Daniel was one of the Good Guys, a team of D.J.s at the station that also included Jack Spector, Joe O’Brien and Harry Harrison. His signature line was a self-deprecating one: “America’s most adequate swinging disc jockey.”

Mr. Daniel joined WMCA in 1961, when AM stations in New York were embracing the Top 40 format. The station’s main competitor was WABC-AM, a radio juggernaut whose best-known D.J. was Bruce Morrow, known as Cousin Brucie.

WMCA lacked WABC’s broadcasting power, but it embraced a broader range of music.

“You had this 50,000-watt giant, WABC, and this little 5,000-watt street fighter,” Mr. Daniel told The Daily News in 2004. “And I think we came out ahead.”

WMCA changed its format to talk radio in 1970 after rock music fans, eager for more than Top 40 singles, had begun flocking to FM stations to hear a wider range of artists and songs from albums. Mr. Daniel later worked as a D.J. for WHN and WYNY-FM and ended his career playing classic hits on WCBS-FM, joining contemporaries there including Mr. Morrow and Mr. Harrison.

Vergil Glynn Daniel was born to Roy Daniel and the former Vergie Fore on Dec. 18, 1934, in Buffalo, Tex., a small town about 135 miles north of Houston. Growing up, he moved frequently around the Houston area. He joined the Navy after high school and served in the Philippines, working for a time on military radio.

After leaving the Navy, he had radio jobs in Houston and Minneapolis, where he met Rosemary Bialon. They married in 1959, and she survives him.

Besides his son Chris, he is also survived by another son, Paul; a daughter, Jennifer Stinga; a brother, Phillip; and three grandsons

Five Other Threats To Traditional Radio


By the editors of Media Life

We see so much handwringing in the radio trade press about Pandora and other digital services, one might think those were the only worries facing industry executives.

But actually there are other threats out there.

Here are five that come to mind right off. We mention them in no particular order.

One: Traffic and weather apps

It’s a matter of habit. We turn on the radio while driving to get the latest weather and traffic reports. But more and more we’re checking in with traffic and weather apps for that information. These days they are the first place many drivers turn to, negating the need for radio.

Two: The computerized dash

Not so many years ago, car dashboards contained just the essentials, a speedometer, a gas gauge and a radio. More and more dashboards are becoming entertainment centers. They’ll become even more so when the driverless car arrives. Years ago, TV kicked radio out of the living room. TV and kindred entertainment devices could well kick traditional radio out of the car.

Three: The Wi-Fi-equipped car

With Wi-Fi, drivers and passengers can go directly to Pandora or another streaming service without ever thinking about the radio in the dashboard, and then they can listen to their favorite music easily, without the hassle of hooking up through Bluetooth. It’s only a matter of time before more and more do.

Four: Podcasts

Podcasts these days are all the rage, and what better place to listen to a podcast than while commuting to work? Bet that the podcast craze is only going to grow, taking away more and more ears from car radios. Think of the podcast as the more discerning person’s alternative to talk radio.

Five: Consolidation

Radio’s big advantage over all other traditional media was its localness. You listened to radio and felt connected to your community. Take away that localness—replace it with music and chat piped in from parts unknown, as has happened with the consolidation of radio—and traditional radio becomes at best a weak alternative to the likes of Pandora.

There is no there there, in the words of Gertrude Stein. Or better, there may not be enough there.

Owen Sound: Paiva Moving On After 20 years At Bayshore Broadcasting


By Scott Dunn, Sun Times, Owen Sound

OWEN SOUND – Manny Paiva, the seemingly always-working Owen Sound radio news broadcaster and a voice of Owen Sound Attack games on Rogers cable TV, is moving on.

After more than 20 years at Bayshore Broadcasting, he has accepted a job as television news director at CTV Windsor. His last day at Bayshore will be June 30. He starts his new job July 4. He announced his departure on the air Wednesday.

Born in Strathroy, the Fanshawe broadcast journalism grad always joked he’d either become a broadcaster, which he got into early, or accountant, because he was good with numbers.

“I had a passion for sports in high school,” he said. He started filing reports of his high school soccer team’s games for the local newspaper. Then he was the public address system announcer at Junior B hockey games in Strathroy, then called the hockey games on local cable.

“And that really sort of got me hungry for the media,” he said in an interview in the Bayshore newsroom.

He’s been the play-by-play announcer of the Owen Sound Attack on the local Rogers community channel, and host of Attack Rap, a weekly TV show where he interviewed members of that Junior A hockey club. He has also been the colour commentator on Attack hockey radio broadcasts.

During an interview Wednesday, Paiva’s attention was split between answering questions and watching the broadcast of Portugal’s national soccer team compete against Hungary in the Euro 2016 tournament. Multi-tasking is a must in his line of work, especially when Portugal is playing soccer.

When he came to Owen Sound in October 1995, he covered news around Collingwood, read the afternoon news on weekends and was a weekday reporter.

He worked his way up the career ladder at Bayshore, becoming news director in 2001. Wednesday his news broadcasts were aired a total 33 times on four of the company’s stations, thanks in part to the magic of pretaping. His days typically start at 4 a.m.

He’s currently news manager for Bayshore Broadcasting, CFOS AM radio program director, is part of the CFOS Morning Show, is a reporter and announcer. He credits particularly sports director Fred Wallace and his work ethic, and former Open Line host Dave Carr’s interview style, for helping him learn his craft.

Paiva covered the Walkerton water tragedy, a tour boat sinking in Tobermory and the saving of the Ontario Hockey League team from moving out of Owen Sound, among many stories that have demonstrated there’s no shortage of news in Grey-Bruce, he noted.

He’s proud of his newsroom, which has won a number of awards, and so his decision to leave wasn’t easy, he said. He and his wife, Shannon, met here, and had two daughters, Abby, 9, and Sophie, 3, here. They love the area.

His family will follow him down to Windsor later in the summer. Shannon still works for the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre in Southampton for now.

But the Windsor job was a rare opportunity which Paiva said he couldn’t pass up. He’ll lead a team of about 15 newsroom staff, this time from behind the camera instead of in front of it.

“I’ve loved it. I’ve loved every second of it, in fact. At times it doesn’t feel like work. To be able to be on-air, share laughs but share important stories that I feel the community needs to know about, has been a passion,” he said.

“And being able to do the hockey games with Fred, and on TV, that’s not work at all. That’s just a great time.”

Forever On Hold: When Bad Phone Messages Happen To Good Radio Promo Reps


Record-label promotion reps spend dozens of hours every week calling radio programmers to talk up their records, but those calls don’t always go exactly as planned. In fact, they sometimes go comically awry, especially when the reps are trying to leave compelling messages.

Many veteran record promoters can attest to this, including The Talent Associates CEO John Ettinger, who admits, “I once had a music director make a couple CDs of my voicemails. Hilarious.”

In May, 1608 Promotions’ Suzanne Durham faced an unexpected encounter with some wildlife in the midst of leaving a voicemail for WCYQ Knoxville, Tenn., music director Opie Joe Creason.

“As I started to leave the message a skunk walked into my garage, and chaos ensued,” she says, resulting in what she calls “probably the craziest voice message of my career, and that’s saying something … People who know me would be laughing, but I’ve not met this guy yet. Hopefully his PD will let him know I’m not crazy.”

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Sometimes the programmers’ rules about when and how to leave messages can trip up record reps like former Stoney Creek Northeast regional Penny Mitchell, now the evening personality/programming assistant at Westwood One’s Mainstream Country format. Mitchell recalls how she left a “spectacular” message for Sue Wilson at WQMX Akron, Ohio.

“She states on her greeting, ‘Please leave your phone number first,’ ” says Mitchell. “Even though I fully comprehend English, my mouth kicked in with other information. I got a couple sentences into it, remembered about the phone number and said, ‘Oh, shit,’ and tried to erase the message. I pressed every blessed number on the keypad and never hit the correct one to erase the message. I finally just gave up and disconnected. Of course I had identified myself first thing, so I didn’t even have the hope that she wouldn’t know who it was. After the ‘Oh shit,’ there was about 30 seconds of various boops and beeps and keys clicking and me finally muttering, ‘Dammit,’ before hanging up. It was not one of my finer moments.” Fortunately, says Mitchell, “She was super nice about it. Thank God for the Sue Wilsons of the world.”

During a PD or music director’s weekly call times, record promoters often get placed on hold waiting to speak with them. This once presented a problem for Jennifer Shaffer, now director of national promotion at Wheelhouse Records. When Tom Jordan was PD at KBUL Reno, Nev., he and music director Chuck Reeves only took music calls during a specific time frame, and if the caller didn’t at least get put on hold during that window, they were out of luck that week.

“I was working the West Coast for Atlantic Records at the time and was the last one to get put on hold that day for music calls,” recounts Shaffer. “I have no idea who they were talking to in front of me, but it was taking forever. While I was sitting there on hold, I realized that I really needed to use the restroom. So I left the call on speakerphone and ran down the hall to the ladies room. When I got back to my office, the hold music had stopped, so I knew they had picked up and, when I didn’t respond, they just hung up.

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“I must have really needed an add that week because I called back and left Tom this voicemail message: ‘Tom, that’s not fair! I was on hold forever, and I had to pee. You hung up on me when I was in the bathroom. You have to call me back.’ Well, I never got a call back, but the next time I was in Reno, I heard my voice on the air: ‘Tom! I had to pee!’ And then Tom’s voice came on and said, ‘Why does this girl leave me a message every time she has to pee?’ Apparently, I became a regular [bit] on his show. And he would introduce me to people as ‘the girl that always has to pee’ every time I came to town.”

Mistakes can also happen in text form. MCA Nashville’s Miranda McDonald has what she calls a “horrifying” story about that from the week of the Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas. One of her artists was playing a show for a local radio station, and although the show was acoustic, she sent a group text to the artist’s band members inviting them to come watch since they were in town for the awards. One of the members was named Dave, but instead of texting him, she accidentally sent it to a radio programmer with the same first name.

“Anyone who knows me knows I have very ‘colorful’ language,” says McDonald. “When I’m texting a group of band members I tend to really unleash the verbal beast inside me. In my attempt to be humorous, I sent a text that would make my mother slap me.”

A label colleague who also got the text called, laughing, to ask, “Who was the person who left the conversation?,” so McDonald checked the thread. It was KKIX Fayetteville, Ark.’s Dave Ashcraft instead of Dave Lapsley, the guitarist for Kip Moore. “I was mortified. That’s saying a lot for me,” says McDonald. “Thankfully, Dave [Ashcraft] is an absolute angel, has been witness to my sailor’s mouth before and wasn’t offended by my use of ‘hookers and Quaaludes’ — one of the few tame things I said in the text — in the same sentence. He found it amusing, but knew that I had copied him by mistake, so he left the conversation. Bless him.”

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102.1 the Edge Welcomes Rick Campanelli To The Morning Lineup


IMG_3683-300x263102.1 the Edge Welcomes Rick Campanelli to the Morning Lineup.

Rick Campanelli returns to Entertainment Tonight Canada today and will join Fred and Mel in the mornings starting June 27th

(Toronto, Canada) – Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) and Entertainment Tonight Canada are delighted to welcome Canadian media personality Rick Campanelli back on air after a four month parental leave and the birth of his third son, Harrison.

For his first week back, Rick will be co-hosting ET Canada from Las Vegas with Cheryl Hickey. Then, as of June 27th, Rick will be in Toronto to kick off his new double-duty weekday routine with mornings on 102.1 the Edge. The new triple threat morning show team, Fred and Mel with Rick Campanelli, will be on-air weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Every evening at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, Rick will resume his role on ET Canada, bringing top entertainment stories to over half a million viewers across the country on Global.

“With his extensive knowledge of music and pop culture, Rick Campanelli is a stellar addition to the Edge’s morning lineup,” says Ross MacLeod, Senior Program Director, 102.1 the Edge. “Rick brings a new perspective to the show that I know listeners will love.”

To celebrate the new addition to the morning team, 102.1 the Edge will be hosting a concert at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on Tuesday, July 5th. Wintersleep will headline the show and be joined by Brothers of North, among others. For more information on the concert and to win tickets, listen to 102.1 the Edge or check out their website.

“I loved every minute of the time I got to spend with my wife and boys. I feel so lucky to have had that time with them as babies. But, now it’s time to jump back into my role at ET Canada and I’m beyond excited to join the amazing team at the Edge,” says Rick Campanelli. “While I wouldn’t consider myself a natural morning person, being at home with our newborn has certainly been good training for those early morning starts!”

Rick began his career in 1994 as a MuchMusic VJ before joining Entertainment Tonight Canada’s original on-air team in 2005. Since then, he has profiled some of the world’s most renowned celebrities and continues to deliver the latest entertainment news to viewers across Canada.

Fred and Mel with Rick Campanelli will air weekdays starting Monday, June 27th from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge. ET Canada airs weeknights at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Global. For up-to-the-moment entertainment news, celebrity interviews and more, visit etcanada.com.

Rogers Radio Vancouver Cuts PD Russell James – KiSS RADiO


AC reported this in September 2013. Current radio PD Russell James of 91.7 The Bouncs Edmonton leaves the city after a 6 year radio adventure. James is heading back to Vancouver this time with SONiC 104.9 Vancouver. RJ no stranger to Vancouver radio host on CKLG, MD Beat 94.5 and evening host on CKZZ 95.3.

Sad neww we report today last week Russell James PD @ Rogers Vancouver was let go from his duties at CKKS-FM-2 – KiSS RADiO 104.9 FM. Rogers over the years has eaten up many great talents when it comes to this under performong frequency of 104.9. The vast coverage from Vancouver to Chilliwak has not found a ratings winner format. Good luck to Russell James from AC.

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