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.