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Matt Cundill: Episode 41: Eric Samuels Goes from Astounding Radio to Astonishing Act

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Eric Samuels hired me to do evenings at 100.3 the Bear in Edmonton in 1994. Although Eric would move on to Vancouver a few years later, the two years I worked under him set the tone for how I would broadcast and program radio for years to follow. The best way I could describe his approach is that it is okay to broadcast outside the lines of the unwritten rules of radio. (And by that, I don’t mean vulgarity or profanity – those are the written rules of radio)

A few months ago, Eric reached out to me and asked about doing a series about life after radio. That theme comes up often on this podcast with Todd Hancock, John “Milkman” Milke, Humble & Fred and others. (All of who are actually doing radio; just not for radio stations) The Sound Off Podcast is an audio record of radio stories told by the people who were there. In last week’s episode, TJ Connors spoke of his dad Scruff and his return to 97.7 HTZ-FM in Saint Catherines; those two elements return again and serve as a continuation of sorts. Eric was program director from the station’s inception through to 1992, then he and Scruff and a cast of characters went to Edmonton and started 100.3 The Bear.

In the years that ensued, we spoke about being at the forefront of ratings success at Z95 in Vancouver and becoming the head of programming for Standard Radio nationally – and knowing when it was time to step away.

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People mentioned on the podcast and the Episodes they appeared in:

Jeff Woods – 2
Marty Forbes – 16
Terry Evans – 22
J.J. Johnston – 39
TJ Connors / Scruff Connors – 40

Tracy Johnson

Talent Coaching Tips from Kristi Yamaguchi

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If you’re an air personality, you need a coach. If you’re a programmer, you should become a great coach. But most stations don’t teach you how. Here are some talent coaching tips from an unlikely source: Kristi Yamaguchi.

If you’ve taken figure skating lessons at any level, you know how much commitment it takes to compete, let alone rise to the top of the sport. There’s no substitute for long hours and repetition to master the craft.

Champion figure skater Krsisti Yamaguchi was gifted, of course. But she didn’t become an Olympic Hall of Fame athlete on her natural talent alone. She had help.

Kristi Yamaguchi’s Talent Coach

She credits her coach with unlocking the talent and driving her success:

[my coach] was great because she knew how to read me, and if i started to get frustrated, she knew how to turn it around or back off.

Yamaguchi goes on to say:

I learned first-hand that there’s no shortcuts. My coaches inspired me to strive for excellence every day. It’s pure and simple hard work.


Who Needs a Coach?

Everyone needs a coach. That goes for Howard Stern. It’s true for actors, singers, athletes and executives.

Who else needs a coach?

Anyone who need to be inspired. LeBron James. Ashton Kutcher. Ryan Seacrest. Bruce Springsteen.

Those who seek growth. Little Leaguers. Tom Hanks.

Winners. Stephen Colbert. Jimmy Kimmel. Andrew Luck.

Those who will become successful. You.

Work Hard, Play Hard

A coach can help with perspective. Like Yamaguchi’s coach, a good talent coach will keep you on a path to success, but know when to relax.

Learning is hard work, physically and mentally. When dogs get tired, they stop learning. They stop paying attention and need a break. Trainers call it Puppy Play Time. Programmers should do the same for talent.

One of the eight skills a talent coach needs is the ability to adapt to the talent’s individual characteristics. Watch for fatigue. Know the signs of losing attention. Focus on their attitudes. Know when they need to be encouraged. Know when they get bored. And when they need to be pushed.

When you have their attention, use it as a learning moment. And be prepared, because those moments may not come at the time you have a meeting scheduled.


Sometimes you work and work, with no apparent progress. Then they get it. And it seems so easy.


Two Radio Case Studies

I had this happen with a personality that was trying to learn the concept of Ize-ing content to be more relevant and likable. He just couldn’t get it. Then, the light came on, and his storytelling ability came through in new, vivid ways.

The breakthrough happened when we stopped talking theory and worked on applying the concepts directly to his breaks.

Another talent had a bad case of ImeWeUs, and it took six weeks of daily critique to overcome. But once he got it, it was fixed.


It would be more convenient if personalities grew on our timetable, but that’s not reality.

To bring out their best, follow the example of Kristi Yamaguchi’s coach: Know when to push forward and when to back off. You’ll find yourself much farther ahead.

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Peter Anthony Holder

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0397

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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 #0397.

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

Featured in this episode:

  • Kate McCallum & Adam Doolittle,
  • Natalie Davis, Program Director, GDPR Revolution 99
  • Stuart Nulman, Book Banter

Click logo for iTunes podcast subscription If you have any comments or suggestions, or items for the mailbag, feel free to click on the “Comments” link below to add your thoughts.


Around The Dial: Broadcast News Today

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FYI MUSIC – By David Farrell

News about media and the regulatory environment both inside and beyond Canada’s borders.

Bell Tops Radio Awards

Bell Media Radio eclipses nomination counts among all competing radio groups with 46 in this year’s Canadian Music and Broadcast Week Industry Awards that takes place Thursday, April 20 in Toronto.

Also, as previously announced, CHUM FM’s Marilyn Denis will be inducted to the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMBIAs, honouring a career that spans more than four decades as a radio and television personality. She is the first female broadcaster to receive this prestigious award. The awards will be handed out Thursday, April 20 in Toronto.

Bell Media, the nation’s top-ranked radio broadcaster, holds 105 radio licenses in 54 markets across Canada, including Virgin Radio, Canada’s #1 ranked contemporary hit radio network, along with top brands TSN, ÉNERGIE, CHUM FM, Rouge fm, and QMFM.

Bell Lands 4 WW Summit Noms

Bell Media Radio is recognized with four Industry Award nominations at the All Access World Wide Music Summit in Hollywood, May 3-5.

Bell Media Radio is in contention for Best International Radio Group; a pair of nominations in the category of International Music Director for CHUM FM’s Lisa Grossi and 99.9 Virgin Radio’s Dames Nellas; and Programming VP David Corey competes in the Best in the International Program Director/Controller category.

“These nominations underscore that Bell Media Radio represents the very best and most respected teams among peers in this very competitive industry,” said David Corey, VP, Programming, Bell Media Radio. “Congratulations to the entire Bell Media Radio team for being recognized across a diverse range of nominations, celebrating individual and collective excellence both on-air and behind the scenes. I’m blown away by the energy and talent that our Bell Media Radio teams bring to the airwaves each and every day, and proud of our role in elevating the entire industry, year after year.”

Remembering Gary Miles

Gary (Lawrence) Miles, the former CEO of Rogers Radio, died on March 14 at the age of 78. Various friends, peers and competitors including Pat Bohn, Chuck McCoy, Geoff Poulton and Elmer Hilderbrand contributed to a eulogy published by Broadcast Dialogue on Thursday.

Happy birthday Bob FM

When CFWM (99.9 Bob FM) Winnipeg launched the first Adult Hits format 15 years ago this month, the radio dial was a very different place.

These days, Classic Hits, Classic Rock, and Mainstream AC are all crowding around the ’80s as well–and even the all-’80s format is resurfacing. Stations like Bob- and Jack-FM seem diluted. But even if playing the “’80s, ’90s, and … whatever” has lost its shock value, there are still significant Adult Hits success stories. Sean Ross takes a fresh listen to the station that started it all in the ‘Peg, as well as format pioneer Howard Kroeger’s current version of Bob FM.

In 2000, Howard Kroeger, a former programming executive at CHUM, came up with the idea of Bob FM that focused on classic rock tracks mixed with a grab bag of current Hot AC tracks.

iHeartRadio logs 100M registered users

America’s largest radio conglomerate, and one of the biggest players in the streaming music game, has announced reaching a milestone 100M registered users for its app which launched in Nov. 2015. It’s an impressive number to be sure, but the company has declined to say how many active monthly listeners or premium-pay customers it has.

The broadcast giant officially entered the on-demand streaming race with the launch of two new products in December: iHeartRadio All Access and Plus that carry monthly fees of $4.99 and $9.99. The radio chain claims 250M monthly listeners in 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations in the US.

Vice loses legal battle on source confidentiality

An RCMP investigation has triggered a court ruling forcing a reporter to hand over electronic exchanges with an accused terrorist. Vice Media president Ryan Archibald says he intends to seek leave to appeal the decision at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Google’s ‘hate’ video crisis could become a $1B problem

AT&T, Verizon, pharma giant GSK and the Enterprise car-rental company all said Wednesday they were pulling their ads from a variety of Google platforms including the YouTube video-sharing site until they are satisfied their brands aren’t popping up next to internet garbage.

Marketing groups applaud US Senate vote letting ISPs sell private consumer data

Democratic Senator Ed Markey was among the dissenters, saying that the GOP “just made it easier for American’s sensitive information about their health, finances and families to be used, shared and sold to the highest bidder without their permission.”


Reginald Anthony Sellner, a Kitchener native who worked in radio at CKCR and joined CKCO very shortly after the TV station went on the air in 1954, died Monday, March 20, at U Gates in Waterloo at the age of 84. With the exception of a brief stint with the Ministry of Amateur Sport in Ottawa in the early ‘60s, he spent his television career with CKCO, hosting talk and cooking shows and the Canadian Bandstand teen dance party before becoming Promotion Manager for CKCO-TV, CFCA-FM and CKKW-AM until his retirement in 1995.