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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CFAM hit the air waves at 8:01 p.m. on March 13, 1957. The radio station, operating at 1,000 watts and located at 1290 on the AM dial, was housed in a small studio in Altona – a community of 1,800 people at the time.
The idea for a radio station in Southern Manitoba was conceived by A.J. Thiessen, an entrepreneur from Rosenfeld.
“It was a very momentous evening – something that people had looked forward to for quite a while,” reflected CEO Elmer Hildebrand, who at the time of the launch, worked as a commercial copywriter at the station. “It was a cold winter day…(and) it was an amazing evening and from my recollection it’s sort of like yesterday, I can remember it well.”
CFAM hit the air waves at 8:01 p.m. on March 13, 1957. The radio station, operating at 1,000 watts and located at 1290 on the AM dial, was housed in a small studio in Altona – a community of 1,800 people at the time.
The idea for a radio station in Southern Manitoba was conceived by A.J. Thiessen, an entrepreneur from Rosenfeld.
“It was a very momentous evening – something that people had looked forward to for quite a while,” reflected CEO Elmer Hildebrand, who at the time of the launch, worked as a commercial copywriter at the station. “It was a cold winter day…(and) it was an amazing evening and from my recollection it’s sort of like yesterday, I can remember it well.” Read On.
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: Read On.
QUESTION: I am a new programmer and I am really struggling with airchecking my announcers. I am on the air and I remember when I was airchecked by PDs and Consultants. I hated it. I used to sit there in fear, ready for them to list all the things that I did badly or could have done better. Whenever I knew an aircheck was coming, I’d try my hardest to have a great show and that extra pressure only made my shows worse. My experience was so bad that I wanted to make the airchecks I did better. I don’t list of all the mistakes or missed opportunities my team make but I do give them a few things they didn’t do well. I try and deliver the news quickly and positively but they still seem to be more demotivated when they leave. I am worried I am making my team worse. What else can I do to make these airchecks better?
ANSWER: We have all been there! Coaching isn’t something you can just do, it’s something you need to learn and then constantly fine tune. Acknowledging your effects on the team is a really positive start.
Across our industry personalities are frequently subjected to a coaching mistake – critiques where programmers focus only on the talent’s failings and weaknesses. This type of coaching never makes for a positive difference. It’s a myth that fixing someone’s weaknesses will significantly help improve their performance. At best, improving a weakness tends to only advance someone to an adequate level. They may achieve mediocrity, but never exceptional performance.
It is my belief that people’s potential for growth comes from discovering and developing their strongest skills, attributes and prevalent talents. Building on someone’s strengths puts them in the best position to significantly improve their performance.
Think about what strengths are for a moment; “Strengths are capacities a person has which they are instinctively good at and which energize them when practiced.” People are naturally going to be more motivated when they work on enhancing their strengths. It’s a lot easier to invest time and effort into something you enjoy and are already good at.
When you think about the best performers — in any field — you can immediately reel off a list of the things they do exceptionally well. After you have exhausted that list, you can find a fault or two. No-one is perfect. Everyone has weaknesses, even those delivering world class performances. The reason those weaknesses do not hurt the world class performers is that their strengths are so profound.
When you are working with talent, help them identify their strengths and begin a coaching plan to make those strengths even more profound. Here are some questions that may help get the conversation started:
What do you love doing on air?
What things come easy to you?
What things do you look forward to doing on air?
What things do other people say you do well?
What parts of your on air performance energize you?
The best coaching conversations are centered around discovering and building upon people’s passions and strengths rather than focusing on their weaknesses and shortcomings. Developing someone’s strengths creates peaks in their performance, and your goal should be to raise the amplitude of those peaks.
Trying to fix weaknesses is the biggest coaching mistake you can make. Put your effort into building upon someone’s strengths to allow them to stand out and differentiate themselves.
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For most of you, New Year resolutions feel like a forced, trite way to make a change. In fact, you may have already given up on the whole process. After all, if you really wanted to change, why wait around for January 1?
Sometimes we need a benchmark as a trigger point to get us to take action. It’s way too easy to push aside those adjustments and goals that are important, but not really time-sensitive.
To seriously make lasting changes, it’s important to create specific goals with a timeline. Doing it at the beginning of a new year is a natural time to refresh, adapt and make those changes that will lead to greater success in your future.
If you’re looking to set resolutions for next year, but are struggling for achievable ideas, you’ve come to the right place.
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Here are resolutions that are worth considering:
New Year Resolutions: Preparation
Plan Your Show 2-3 Days In Advance
You know the current routine. The show is over, and we start prepping for tomorrow. That’s fine, but it’s short-sighted. Make it a priority to constantly prepare the show at least two days in advance, adjusting as needed in your daily planning sessions. This is detailed in the webinar on demand Turn Daily Life Into Daily Content.
Getting into this habit allows you to develop story arcs that carry over from day to day and provides a structure that helps you see the bigger picture, rather than getting caught in the weeds each day. It makes the prep process more productive and more fun.
It also helps you with our next resolution suggestion:
New Year Resolutions: Promote
Promote Tomorrow’s Show
If most of tomorrow’s show is already laid out in a schedule, you can easily promote the best content today! One of the most effective methods of teasing upcoming segments is promoting “tomorrow at this time“.
Why? Most of the audience tuned in at any given time is available to listen the next day at the same time. That’s an opportunity you should use with specific promos and teases to capitalize on the existing audience!
Knowing what’s happening tomorrow can also provide content for forward momentum at the end of your show, with quick hooks that build anticipation for the next day. And, it makes far better copy for your recorded morning show promo than the tired “If you missed today’s show, here’s what you missed” promo.
The New Year is a great time to look back at your best-performing quarter hours. Dig into the ratings software and track performance over the entire year. Why do those quarter hours perform well? Which quarter hours drag you down? Why? If you have research available, use it to seek further insight!
The goal is to identify the content that causes the greatest listener response and become famous for it. Perhaps it’s one of your benchmarked features. Or an appointment tune-in moment for a contest or game. Or maybe you don’t have anything that stands out. This is the time to find your One Thing that can make you #1.
Then, figure out how you can squeeze more juice from it.Can you create a greater online presence for it? Should it be a podcast? Should there be bonus content available by download? Can you air the feature more often? How can you add a new twist to reinvent and freshen the concept?
Next, apply your findings on the air. Drop the features that don’t perform well and repeat your most popular one more often.
It’s also a good time to identify features that are “second tier” — the ones that are decently successful, but could be even more so if you optimized them. And, if you can’t find a way to improve them, it may be time to dump them entirely.
New Year Resolutions: Improve Yourself
Try Something New Every Day
Want to become a better performer? You must stay fresh, motivated and just a little bit anxious. If you become bored your audience will soon be bored as well. And being boring is one of the 7 Deadly Sins of Radio Personalities. That means challenging yourself to constantly innovate. This will keep you from falling into ruts.
It doesn’t have to be anything major, but change things up each day. Introduce a segment with a different tactic. Change the production elements for a long-time feature. Get into a segment with a different technique for hooking your audience. Or just work on the techniques of executing content additives consistently.
New Year Resolutions: Network
Form Partnerships With Other Departments
You’ve probably heard that you have to win in the halls before you win on the air, and it’s true. Your co-workers can help make your show or hold it back. And it’s up to you to turn them into an asset that takes you higher.
The promotions director should be one of your closest allies. Make yourself available to help them do their job more effectively by volunteering to host events and appearances even if you’re not being paid. In the process, you’ll be amazed at how many paid opportunities come your way.
Make it your mission to meet more station advertisers and get to know them personally. The account executives will love you for it, because it makes their job easier, and you’ll probably increase your endorsement fees and live commercial opportunities.
This is the year to make a greater effort to be more immersed into the fabric of the station outside of your studio doors.
New Year Resolutions: Extend Your Brand
Start a Podcast
Podcasting is a growing mini-industry, but think about what it really is: Specific audio packaged for listening on demand. That’s it.
It’s easy to start a podcast, but difficult to promote it. You have the power to promote on the air! So start a podcast.
But please, a podcast is more than just a recording of your entire show from this morning. That’s not a service to the listener. It’s an ordeal. Identify specific topics that interest you and build a community around it. Or create a podcast around one of your most popular features.
As your podcast builds an audience, you’ll find ways to recycle your online audience into appointment tune-in moments on the air.
New Year Resolutions: Online Updates
Update Your Website Daily
The number of static radio websites is sad. Make a commitment that this is the year you’ll make your site come alive with living, breathing content.
Replace that tired bio of each personality with highlights from this morning’s show (make it shareable), previews for tomorrow and content that takes the audience into a deeper, interactive relationship with your brand.
There are many ways to do it. For a great example, check out The Bert Show site.
And use video! It’s easy and inexpensive to set up a high quality video studio. Videos are a great way for listeners to get to know you in new ways and extend your personality in new ways.
Updating your site is like working out: You’ve got to do it consistently to see great results. You can’t just update it once a month and expect to rack up the results.
The most successful people never stop learning. One of the best ways to keep up with trends in personality radio is to learn from those who are great at it. This can get the creative juices flowing, and help you become a more inspired personality.
Find shows you admire or have heard about and start a relationship. Listen to them regularly, borrowing (or stealing) the ideas and techniques that apply to your show.
The tough thing is, there’s so much content out there, you have to be discerning to find the really good stuff. We make it easy to find great new air checks, updated almost weekly-and with analysis here.
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New Year Resolutions: Research
Test Content Before it Airs
How many times have you launched a bit, expecting the phones to light up and….crickets? Many times, a slight tweak or a different angle makes all the difference in the world. Now you can pre-test your content, for free!
With Facebook and Twitter, it’s easy to run small tests – throw a topic out with a question or hook, and engage your audience to see how they respond. Then, introduce the same topic a couple of hours later with a different angle, a different hook.
You can also try your hooks on friends, family and co-workers. Pay attention to how they respond. Do they ignore you or engage in the conversation? Use that information when crafting your on-air content.
See how that performs. If it strikes an emotional chord on social media, it’s likely to resonate on the air too. By A/B testing content, you can launch that break with confidence, know which direction to steer it and have insight in how to promote it.
New Year Resolutions: Measure Progress
Track Your Growth-and Celebrate It
In marketing, advertisers track their ROI. How are their commercials growing their business? In radio, it’s a little trickier. Ratings may not be the best measure of progress.
On-air growth is one of the most notoriously difficult things to measure, but also the key to unlocking career growth. So why not make it your New Year’s resolution?
Set up a system to save a show every week. Don’t pick just the best show, or the worst. Make it random. Archive it, save it as an Mp3 and label it clearly. Then, at least once a quarter, listen to how you sounded three months ago. Or six months ago. Or a year ago. or two years ago. How have you grown? Are you reaching your goals? Have you progressed? What were you doing well then that isn’t as sharp now?
Archiving and reviewing content regularly is a great way to chronicle your history and help you see the forest for the trees. I’m constantly amazed at how far shows I work with grow when reaching into the past to compare. And that’s reason to celebrate!
New Year Resolutions: Conclusion
Growth should be continuous, but the beginning of a new year is a great excuse to make new plans and establish goals. What are your New Year Resolutions?
We’ve already witnessed fewer local shifts at local radio stations, thanks to networking by the big radio operators who say it’s all part of “efficiencies”. Most of us feel, this is B.S.
What happened to the core values inside a local radio station? What happened to local managers, local journos and local staffing who offered one on one “face to face” connections?
In 2015, I embarked on my own fact finding mission at a variety of local markets (Country, regional and metro). Not scientific, but it got the job done.
The removal of that local connection is the reason many retailers stopped buying ads with a local station which offers more networked programs than shows.
One retailer told me, he was allowed to walk away because the station could not provide local talent to provide a live broadcast in the afternoon from his store. Another retailer told me a similar story because they didn’t offer a local Saturday morning show.
Inside the station; it goes without saying: “We are passionate about our work and what we do.” But it’s mostly just recognised at a local level. How is your work evaluated if your management team is in another market place?
Once upon a time, a local News Director or a local manager made those local hiring decisions. They were always in touch with what’s going on around them and who is available locally. Not anymore.
Imagine you’re supporting your Sydney NRL or Melbourne AFL footy team. But the Captain isn’t on the field. Instead, he’s calling the shots from Adelaide while the Coach is online from Perth. Club management gives direction in a phone hook up from Canberra. Where’s the loyalty, dedication and trust? How successful do you think your local footy team would be at the end of the game… of the season?
So, what happens when the department head is in another city? Often staff feel helpless at a local level.
A leader MUST be based locally and evaluate decisions on local matters. It’s the only way for the local team to rise to the next level. It’s been proven to deliver results.
How does it match up with your local operations?
Scott Mayman is an award-winning Australian radio presenter who has worked professionally in both his home country and in the United States. In 2010, Scott initiated the 4BC/101FM “ready reserve” program with great success. Many radio journalists attribute their success to the program.
Scott is currently Breakfast Host at RADIO 97 – FM104.1 on the Tweed Coast and a Correspondent for CBS Radio News.
Am730 is back on the air! However, we are still operating at reduced power for the time being. We are currently able to be heard on the North Shore, in the City of Vancouver to the Massey Tunnel, in Burnaby, and in the North West area of Surrey.
You can still get all your traffic updates and real time road closures from:
– Online streaming at www.am730.ca,
– On AM730 social media (Facebook or Twitter),
– The Free AM730 App,
– With an HD radio on 101.1, sub channel 3
– News Talk 980 CKNW (story here)
When CHNS aired its first radio broadcast on May 12, 1926, the station used a 500-watt transmitter and aired from a tiny room at the Carleton Hotel in Halifax.
The times have changed, but CHNS is still around. Now known as 89.9 The Wave and airing from Bayers Lake, Nova Scotia’s oldest radio station has seen it all.
Thursday marks the station’s 90th birthday, and it’s celebrating the milestone with special vintage programming for the entire month of May.
Along with the usual music, news and talk shows, listeners this month can enjoy vintage commercials, historic news stories, archived interviews, and old-school music and jingles.
“We’re taking listeners on a trip down memory lane,” said Mike Mitchell, director of programming with Maritime Broadcast System Radio, the station’s parent company. “We’ve archived a significant portion of our 90-year history, so we’ve been able to put together some pretty great stuff from an audio perspective that will air every day, all month long.”
No radio station in Halifax has more memories than CHNS. Over the years, the station has been home to some of Atlantic Canada’s most well-known broadcasters and radio personalities, including Ian
Hanomansing, Stan Carew, and Mike Duffy.
From 1933-1960, the station was an affiliate of the CBC. It served as an important outlet for the news stories of the time, including the Second World War, the Korean War, and the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. Clips from those days will be airing all month.
Vignettes from other iconic local programs, like Jerry Lawrence’s Hello Metro, will be on the air as well.
“Throughout our history, this radio station has told the story of Halifax,” said Mitchell. “We’ve accompanied great music with stories about this city’s people, businesses, organizations, and charities. This month, we’re celebrating that.”
From the 70s to the 90s, CHNS specialized in top-100 music before switching to oldies in 1992. In 2006, the station abandoned its original AM channel and re-branded as a classic rock station, 89.9 HAL FM. Just three years ago in 2013, the station switched to classic hits, and was reborn as 89.9 The Wave.
During a panel discussion at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles on April 15, the moderator asked veteran programmer Jim McGuinn, formerly of modern-rock station WPLY (Y100) Philadelphia, why FM was no longer relevant to listeners in their 20s. “I blame commercial radio for f—ing it up,” said McGuinn, who today programs a Minneapolis public station that plays My Morning Jacket and Coldplay. “Sometimes, it feels like we are [still making up for] the sins of commercial radio.”
Such anti-corporate-radio sentiment is getting louder as companies like iHeartMedia and Cumulus Radio add commercials and cut staff in the face of crippling debt. IHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel) is the world’s biggest radio company, with 861 stations and a healthy streaming service, but it’s at risk of defaulting on $3 billion in loans. Cumulus, the second-largest player, holds $2.5 billion in debt and has been cutting costs at iconic stations like San Francisco’s KFOG, which lost its entire staff in April. CBS Radio, with its 117 stations, reported a 5 percent decline in fourth-quarter revenue. Just weeks after putting the radio division up for sale, CBS decided to pursue an initial public offering instead.
In some ways, it’s an old and familiar story. “Tower Records is the perfect analogy — just substitute the words ‘radio station’ for ‘record store,’” says James Caparro, former president of Island Def Jam and PolyGram Distribution, who now is head of the Kefi investment group. “How do you right-side the company without destroying the culture? They’re going to be challenged with those financial realities.”
Indeed, while traditional radio companies have maintained steady ratings during the past 20 years — in the face of fierce competition from online music services and next-gen radio companies like Pandora and SiriusXM — those numbers recently have declined. Today, listeners spend roughly 14 hours a week listening to old-school radio, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau; in 2007, it was nearly 20. Even more sobering: 21 percent of the U.S. population does not own a radio, up from 4 percent in 2008, reports Edison Research.
Chris Price, the new head of music at Radio 1 and 1Xtra, has a big task on his hands. The 42-year-old, who now holds what is arguably the most influential position in the British music industry, must not only replenish the passion for music radio, but justify the existence of his station at a time when the BBC is facing millions of pounds’ worth of cuts.
On the same day as Price started in his new role, 1 March, a report commissioned by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said that changes to the focus of the BBC’s popular music, news and sport radio services, including Radio 1, could help advertising-funded rivals by as much as £47m annually. The changes would include airing fewer populist shows, with the “most likely and practical option” being to turn Radio 1 into “something more like” Radio 1xtra on FM, or a hybrid of Radio 1 and 1xtra, where the median age of a listener would be 18 to 20.
“It’s a terrible idea,” Price says, when I meet him in a small room on the eighth floor of Broadcasting House, as groups of young professionals in jeans and bright trainers congregate in studios nearby. “Breaking new music is enshrined in Radio 1’s service licence, it’s what we’re here to do. But what’s unique about us is that we play brand new music in the mix with more established names, that’s what gives us our size and our strength. So if Radio 1 were to play only music that was ignored by other broadcasters, it would quickly turn into a niche station. We would lose our ability to make the hits, which means commercial radio wouldn’t have any hits to play.”
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This ability to discover and nurture talent is the reason Radio 1 brings massive cultural capital as well as revenue to the UK creative industries, which are now worth more than £75bn per year. “If you look at the three breakthrough artists of last year – Jess Glynne, James Bay and Years & Years – Radio 1 played a central role in kickstarting and then growing all of their careers,” Price says. “It’s because of our scale that we’re able to do that. Of course, all that money flows back to the music industry and it’s one of the reasons we have such a vital music industry that’s respected around the world.”
Price, who grew up in Buckinghamshire, doesn’t “remember a time when he wasn’t making mixtapes and playlists” for his friends. After a brief flirtation with record label marketing in the late 90s, the French and German graduate from Bristol University went on to become a music producer at Radio 1 for six years before heading the music team at MTV and later Last.fm. It was then that he decided to set up New Slang Media, a music strategy consultancy working with radio stations and streaming services to help them curate music.
The words “passion” and “heritage” are bandied around often in the interview, with Price calling his appointment a “Rage Against the Machine moment” in his life. “I think, in general, music radio has over the past five years or so become a bit too over-reliant on data,” he says, in what appears to be a step away from Radio 1’s previously established system of using streaming stats and social media-follower counts to pick artists to playlist for daytime airplay.
“We’re kind of drowning in data, whether it’s Shazam tags or YouTube views, and the irony is that it almost leads to less certainty about what’s going on in the market than more. The best and only response is a return to the two things that are never going to let you down: your ears and your heart.”
In an attempt to ensure radio catches up with changes in the music industry, such as the global release date for music being moved to Friday as part of the “on air, on sale” strategy, Price is launching an initiative on Radio 1 in April: New Music Friday will feature more music than other days, including the hottest new releases.
“I want to reflect and satisfy our audience’s impatience to hear new music,” Price says. “For example, last Friday morning I was getting the train into work and I noticed that Kendrick Lamar had dropped this surprise new album that nobody knew about overnight. At midday that day we had posted a Kendrick listening party on daytime 1Xtra, where we played the full album front to back, uninterrupted, with DJ Ace giving his spontaneous reactions as he went.”
It hasn’t been plain sailing for the station, which has had fluctuating listening numbers over the past few years. The latest Rajar figures showed it has lost listeners since the last quarter, going from 10.56m a week to 10.33m. This is in part due to the growing popularity of streaming services, with Apple recently saying it had signed 11 million people to its music service since launching last year. That compares with 75m active users on Spotify, 16m on Deezer and 2.5m on Tidal. In a further sign of transition, Apple’s Beats 1 poached Radio 1’s Zane Lowe and Price’s predecessor George Ergatoudis moved to Spotify.
Does Price think radio stands a chance? “It’s radio that’s sending people in their millions to streaming services,” he says. “Look at Justin Bieber: his hit Love Yourself was streamed about 2m times last week on Spotify. But radio impact for that track last week was in the region of 70m. Streaming services are moving into music discovery, and Radio 1’s been doing this for 50 years, so it’s inevitable that they’re are going to look to us for talent. But right now I don’t see them as competition.”
Price also points out that while Radio 1 has 10 million FM listeners, it also has 3 million subscribers to its YouTube channel and 7.5 million social followers, “so we probably need a new way to measure how young people engage with us”.
“Young people” is precisely the target audience for the station and Price faces a further challenge to lower the average age of a Radio 1 listener. In the late 2000s, the BBC trust chastised the station for having too old an audience and promised to monitor its listening figures among the 15- to 29-year-old demographic. To ensure this happens, Radio 1 has focused its output on music it deems appropriate for younger ears – a policy that has opened it up to criticism from older artists such as Robbie Williams and Noel Gallagher, who have been left off the station’s playlist.
“Radio 1 considers every single artist, every single record, on its own merits,” Price says. “Age really doesn’t come into it. Who’d have thought septuagenarian Paul McCartney who recorded a track with Rihanna and Kanye West would have ended up back on the playlist? We’re just focused on finding the best new music for our diverse young audience. If the person recording it is 15 or 50, that’s fine by me.”
Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu are returning to Kelowna’s airwaves. Starting on Monday, March 7th you will be able to listen to Kevin and Sonia on Q103 (103.1 FM) from 10am to 2pm. The syndicated show will air weekdays. The duo are not moving back to Kelowna and will remain as hosts of PEAK Mornings at Vancouver’s 102.7 The PEAK.
However, Sidhu says the pair are looking forward to being back on the radio in Kelowna, “We’re so excited to be back on the air in Kelowna. Over the years we’ve developed such a close relationship with our listeners and it’ll be nice to continue that on Q103.1.”
Kelowna listeners who have missed the pair will be pleased to hear that their style hasn’t changed, with Lim explaining, “We like to have fun and don’t take ourselves too seriously, so we’re hoping we can pick up right where we left off. You’ll get more of that brother/sister rivalry and our light-hearted perspectives on the world around us.”
Kevin and Sonia left Kelowna on April 25th, 2014. At the time, their morning show on 99.9 Sun FM topped the ratings. The pair were named “Performers of the Year” by the BC Association of Broadcasters in 2014, while they have also previously seen success in Best of Kelowna in 2013 and 2014.
So what does Sonia miss most about Kelowna? “It’s easy to say things like the weather, the beaches, and the amazing scenery, but when it comes down to it, we definitely miss the people! Whether we’ve run into you at the grocery store, a charity run or a winery, each interaction made us feel so connected to the community. We’re looking forward to getting to know all the new faces in Kelowna too!”
It’s fair to say Kelowna has missed Kevin and Sonia too. Listen to Q103 weekdays from 10am to 2pm to catch up with the pair.
You can find Kevin and Sonia on Facebook HERE.
Whether you have a band or show tip, need help booking music for an event or simply want to chat, feel free to email Vince at: firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with him on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn or Instagram.
The show will go on for Howard Stern — and his driver.
At the end of 2015, the shock jock struck a five-year deal with SiriusXM Satellite Radio, guaranteeing plenty more obscene antics, not just from Stern, but also from Ronnie Mund, Howard’s vitriolic chauffeur-turned-radio star.
Mund, a profane, gaudily tattooed Queens native, first began driving for Stern in ’86, when he was hired to take the shock jock to Connecticut for a meeting. It was supposed to be a one-off gig, but Stern took a liking to Mund and hired him as a full-time driver — and occasional on-air personality. Over the decades, Mund, 66, has grown into something of a cult figure with fans, he says, including Bradley Cooper, Jason Statham and Larry David. Last summer, he drove the pace car at a NASCAR race.
“He’s a superstar and an everyman who doesn’t hold back,” says “The Howard Stern Show” senior producer Jason Kaplan. “People love that. What other limo driver gets paid to emcee strip-club openings?”
Mund says he wasn’t looking to be a star. “I never wanted to be famous,” he tells The Post, while hanging out at the show’s Midtown headquarters. “I just wanted to drive Howard. Then [one day in the mid-’90s], I heard [late comedian] Sam Kinison on the show and didn’t like a prank he had pulled. I called the hotline and really got into it with Sam.”
Stern liked his chauffeur’s moxie and started putting him on-air. Mund has cultivated a knack for getting under people’s skin — like when he went after a writer on the show for getting hair implants and trying to hide them — and unleashing perverse proclamations and romantic advice. The divorced dad of two once told listeners that his secret for attracting women is Mambo cologne.
Recently, Stern came up with the idea of creating a nearly life-size cardboard replica of the sideburned, soul-patched, mustachioed Mund. A cross between Flat Stanley and your embarrassing uncle, it has popped up everywhere from a WWE match to a Backstreet Boys photo shoot.
“That was weird,” says Mund. “I got messages from girls who thought I had joined the band.”
On a show where humor derives from contentiousness, Mund comes across as the unfiltered, untrained on-air equivalent of a hockey enforcer. He takes his lumps, as long as he can inflict damage on others. When the creator of an app that judges attractiveness revealed Mund’s rating to be 0.0, the driver exploded in anger.
“I was legitimately pissed off,” he says. “It was not an act. It’s never an act.”
While Mund has no qualms about lashing out at Stern on-air — “I told him he drives like an old lady” — away from the mike he spouts compliments. “As a boss, Howard is great. You don’t have to do the deal of opening the door for him. He’s a regular guy.”
But Stern is still the boss. After a drunken Mund was loud and disorderly at a friend of the show’s wedding, Mund anticipated a razzing. “I picked up Howard, and he didn’t say a word,” recalls Mund. “Then he got on the air, and I got destroyed. I asked Howard why he didn’t discuss it beforehand. He said, ‘That’s not my job. I save everything for the air.’”
Stone Temple Pilots are searching for a new lead vocalist, and Halifax radio announcer Brian Byrne hopes it’s going to be him.
Band members Robert DeLeo, Eric Kretz and Dean DeLeo posted a message on the band’s website earlier this month explaining that while “no one will ever replace” former lead singer Scott Weiland — who was found dead on his tour bus in December — they intend to continue making music and are seeking a new lead vocalist.
The busy father is no stranger to the life of a touring musician. He’s been the lead singer of I Mother Earth since 1997 and the alternative rock band continues to release several songs a year — as well as playing 10-15 shows. He’s also been an on-air personality since November, hosting Live 105’s weekday afternoon show from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
He connected with the band’s management through his buddy Todd Kerns — the bass guitarist for Slash — just before Weiland’s passing and then didn’t follow up out of respect. But when the band publicly announced they were opening up the search, he felt comfortable publicly pursuing the gig.
Byrne’s friends started a Facebook fan page called Brian Byrne for Stone Temple Pilots Frontman and it surpassed 1,500 fans in the first three days. Many of the posts are reaching more than 60,000 people and Byrne says he’s been amazed by the support.
“All of the attention on social media has been incredibly overwhelming, and it’s all been really kind of lovely,” says Byrne. “There are always a few negative comments, but I understand the game — people get really precious about change within something that inspires them.”
Byrne says the Stone Temple Pilots remind many people of “the best times of their lives” — their late teens and early 20s — and it might be difficult to accept the idea of a new lead singer. But he feels the band has a long career left ahead of them “making music and making people happy” and he’d love to join them.
“They’re still young guys and they have wonderful music they’ve shared for a long time, and they have more they want to share with whoever that new person is that makes sense to them,” says Byrne.
He was driving to a lake to have a bonfire with friends when he first heard Stone Temple Pilots’ debut album, Core.
“My friend picked it up for us to listen to on the drive, and I just thought ‘Man oh man, this is something I’m going to remember forever,’” says Byrne. “Even when I hear those songs now, they’re still so relevant. Nothing feels like a snapshot of that time — it feels timeless.”
His boss, Live 105 program director J.D. Desrosiers, knew he’d need to make concessions when he hired Byrne in November because he’s still an active touring musician. But he says the entire Live 105 team has been “fully supportive” of this new possibility.
“Brian’s really been settling into his role on-air and he’s getting great reaction and engagement from the Live 105 listenership,” says Desrosiers. “There would definitely be a void in the time slot he occupies, but he’d be representing the Maritimes and Canada in an internationally successful band.”
“Congratulations, celebrations and high-fives would be going around the office!”
AB Calgary 97.7 CHUP From Classic Hits-Hot AC (UP 97.7) to AC (SOFT ROCK 97.7)
NS Halifax 103.5 CKHZ From Hot AC (ENERGY 103.5) to Country (HOT COUNTRY 103.5)
ON Smiths Falls 92.3 CJET From Oldies-Classic Hits to Variety Hits (remains JACK FM)
NEW STATIONS LAUNCHED
ON Hamilton 95.3 CING-HD1 4,900 watts. Hot AC (Fresh Radio). Simulcasts CING 95.3 Hamilton.
ON Hamilton 95.3 CING-HD2 4,900 watts. Talk (AM 640). Simulcasts CFMJ 640 Richmond Hill.
BC Vancouver 98.3 CIRH Will begin testing in early October.
ON Barry’s Bay 106.5 CHBY Will begin testing in mid-October.
ON Prescott 107.9 CKPP Will begin testing this Fall.
CALL LETTER DATA
NS Halifax 99.1 new Will become CHHU
ON Arnprior 107.7 CHMY-1 Becomes CFMP
OFF THE AIR
QC Victoriaville 103.5 CKYQ-1 Off the air due to a condition of approval related to the common ownership policy attached to
Attraction Media’s recent purchase of stations in Victoriaville and nearby towns.
CRTC & IC DECISIONS
NEW STATIONS GRANTED
NL Gander 97.7 Commercial. 2,800 Watts. Hot AC. Newfoundland Broadcasting Company. Will simulcast CHOZ 94.7
NS Halifax 99.1 Commercial. 300 watts (355 watts Max. ERP). Arabic-Multilingual. Antione Karam. Will partially simulcast CHOU 1450 Montreal.
TECHNICAL CHANGES GRANTED
NT Yellowknife 98.9 CFYK Reduce power from 5,500 to 4,090 watts. Raise antenna height.
NS Middleton 106.5 CBHM Lower antenna height.
NS Middleton 107.5 CBAF-6 Increase power from 19,000 to 19,200 watts. Lower antenna height.
ON Fergus 92.9 CICW Move to 101.1. Increase power from 45 to 750 watts (150 to 2,500 watts Max. ERP).
ON Kitchener 94.3 CJTW Move to 93.7. Increase power from 50 to 420 watts. Raise antenna height.
ON Tillsonburg 88.7 CBCL-1 Reduce power from 1,320 to 1,280 watts.
QC Victoriaville 101.9 CFDA Decrease power from 1,350 to 955 watts (1,350 to 1,600 watts Max. ERP). Raise Antenna height. Relocate transmitter. Change radiation pattern from non-directional to directional.
EXTENSIONS TO CP’S GRANTED
AB Hinton 104.9 Newcap has until February 20, 2017 to get this new 1,100 watt Active Rock station on the air.
BC Grand Forks 107.3 CBTK-2 The CBC has until October 31, 2016 to get this new 252 watt AM to FM conversion on the air
BC Williams Lake 92.1 CBYK-1 The CBC has until December 11, 2016 to get this new 275 watt AM to FM conversion on the air (ex-CBRL 860).
CLASSIFICATION CHANGES GRANTED
NB Moncton 105.1 CITA From non-commercial to commercial. Includes CITA-1 107.3 Sussex and CITA-2 99.1 Amherst, NS.
PROPOSED NEW STATIONS
ON Aurora 101.5 Community. 32 watts (50 watts Max. ERP). Variety. Voice of Aurora Community Radio.
ON Ridgetown 91.3 Commercial. 50 watts. CHR-Rock. Christopher Clarke.
PROPOSED TECHNICAL CHANGES
AB Peace River 96.9 CKUA-5 Reduce power from 100,000 to 22,000 watts. Lower antenna height.
BC Alert Bay 105.1 CBRY Increase power from 77 to 360 watts. Raise antenna height. Relocate transmitter.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO SPECIALTY LICENSES
SK Yorkton 98.5 CJJC Remove specialty FM license requirements and flip to a mainstream music format.
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Despite the fact that three quarters of Americans listen to music online in a given week, radio is still the king of new music discovery, says global information measuring company Nielsen.
Today, the company released its fourth annual Music 360, a survey of American music listeners that includes a slew of information regarding how people first access new music. Interesting stuff, considering the company claims that most Americans hear over 24 hours of music a week.
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It’s tough to believe in 2015, but the majority of listeners, 61 percent, still report first hearing new bands through local AM/FM, or satellite radio. Interestingly, the report seems to suggest radio music discovery is actually increasing, showing a “7 percent increase over last year,” and a 10 percent increase over the 51 percent Nielsen reported in January. It appears, to many listeners, the old ways are still the best.
Despite radio still reigning supreme, streaming is very much on the rise. Coming on the heels of BMI’s report that internet-based music is generating more money than ever, Nielsen says that online users streamed 135 billion tracks in the first half of 2015, compared to 164 billion in all of 2014. Most of those plays were from free services, according to the data, and 78 percent of people say they are unlikely to use a paid streaming service in the next six months.
Record labels might be unhappy with this fact, considering that ad-based streaming services like Spotify and Pandora’s free tiers bring in less revenue, but venues and promoters are sitting pretty. In a music world that is becoming increasingly digital, the report notes that attendance of live events is actually up, and that listeners now spend over half of their annual musical expenditures attending live shows.
In a profession known for bombast, hyperbole and self-aggrandizement, radio talk-show host Art Finley stood out by relying on none of that.
The broadcaster displayed a witty yet probing technique in on-air interrogations, making him “the thinking man’s host” in the opinion of Red Robinson, another well-known Vancouver radio personality.
Mr. Finley, who has died at 88, first made a name in San Francisco before coming north to Canada in 1968, the year after the Summer of Love, quickly becoming a star in an era when talk-radio dominated the Vancouver scene.
In a broadcast career lasting a half-century, the mellifluous host interviewed a Who’s Who of celebrities and news makers, including musicians (Joan Baez, James Brown, John Lennon), prime ministers (Pierre Trudeau, John Diefenbaker, Brian Mulroney), authors (Gore Vidal, Pierre Berton, Isaac Asimov), movie stars (Sophia Loren, Bette Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger), television stars (Leonard Nimoy, Andy Griffith, William Shatner), healers (Dr. Jonas Salk, Dr. Henry Heimlich, Dr. W. Gifford-Jones), and such activists and rabble-rousers as Germaine Greer, Huey Newton, Cesar Chavez, Ralph Nader and Dr. Henry Morgentaler.
He enjoyed a good laugh and had a wicked sense of humour himself, so took every opportunity to put on air such comedians as Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, George Carlin, Jonathan Winters, Lily Tomlin and Phyllis Diller, as well as members of the Monty Python troupe.
A voracious reader, the host said he gained an audience by listening objectively to the opinions expressed by call-in listeners and by not putting on airs with his guests
Last week, CKNW afternoon drive host Mike Eckford quit his radio show. On this week’s Radio Stuff PodcastI called him up to see how he’s doing. Among our topics of conversation was what he thinks his legacy at CKNW will be. He was very frank, “I don’t think it will be much to be perfectly honest. I came to the station at a real transitory time for them and I was part of that transition. You know, hopefully, a positive part of that transition for people internally. Externally, I’m very gratified that some people enjoyed it and I understand that some people didn’t. But, I think my legacy if anything will be part of the internal transition of CKNW to whatever it is next.”
Harvard Broadcasting Inc. announced today the acquisition of 101.3 KRAZE FM in Red Deer Alberta.
Harvard has entered into an agreement to purchase the radio broadcasting licence CKIK-FM in Red Deer, Alberta, from L.A. Radio Group Inc. subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”).
With seven commercial FM radio stations licensed to serve the city and surrounding area Red Deer is one of Canada’s most competitive radio markets, if the same per capita ratio was applied to Calgary the result would be greater than 70 commercial FM radio stations.
The acquisition creates a pairing of two complimentary and distinct stations, KRAZE FM (Current Hits) and CRUZ FM (Greatest Hits) providing Harvard the ability to strengthen its commitment to the community of Red Deer and the central Alberta market and to better compete on both a local and national level.
“It’s an outstanding end result” says Troy Schaab President and CEO of LA Radio Group “When Sonia and I made the decision to sell KRAZE, it was essential that we found the perfect company to carry on what we started. Harvard Broadcasting shares the same vision, family values, sense of community and strong passion for great radio. We know KRAZE will continue to be a leader within this exceptional community, and we’re excited for its future”.
“We are delighted with the agreement” says Cam Cowie Harvard Broadcasting’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer “our radio stations are renowned for their local focus, strong brands and innovative formats, KRAZE FM fits like a glove”.
Harvard is a western Canadian based, independent regional radio broadcaster. Over the past 9 years, Harvard has expanded its operations from its home base in the province of Saskatchewan into Alberta. Currently Harvard operates 6 radio stations in Saskatchewan and 6 stations in Alberta, including 100.7 CRUZ FM a Greatest Hits station in Red Deer.
For more details contact
Cam Cowie – 403-692-1820
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Harvard Broadcasting Inc.
High-tech infotainment systems may be offered in more cars than ever, but that doesn’t mean drivers have abandoned traditional radio. In a new study from Ipsos, the majority of American drivers said they listen to AM and FM radio more than any other type of music in the car. Moreover, the majority of drivers said that the lack of an AM/FM radio would be a deal-breaker when buying a new car.
In the survey, 84 percent of drivers said they still listen to AM/FM radio when driving, with 62 percent saying they do so every day. That’s not to say drivers have abandoned spinning silver discs, however, as 64 percent of respondents told Ipsos they still listen to CDs in their cars. Of those respondents, the average driver has 10.5 CDs in the car at any given time. However, they’re not exactly the latest hits: Ipsos found that 68 percent of respondents haven’t purchased a new CD in the past year, and that most drivers plan to start using streaming music websites instead of buying more CDs.
“Despite all the technological advances we’ve made when it comes to digital listening, the vast majority of Americans still prefer AM/FM radio overall and especially expect it to be a part of their cars,” Ipsos MediaCT vice president Thomas Spinelli said in a statement. “In fact, virtually all said they wouldn’t buy a car without a radio.”
Ipsos also found that among American drivers have switched to internet streaming services to listen to music in the car, only one-third of them actually pay for the services versus using free versions. Eighty percent said they don’t plan to pay for premium streaming music services in the future.
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