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The Stuph File Program – Episode #0422


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 #0422.

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

Featured in this episode:

  • Andrea Lobel & Mark Shainblum, editors, Other Covenants: Alternative Histories Of The Jewish People
  • robert Crane, author, Boom! The Baby Boomer Album
  • Tony Cutillo, sports expert, — NFL controversies

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The Unique Selling Point Of Radio Is The People


Radio))) ILOVEIT

Radio personalities versus radio programmers & radio consultants: in Facebook language, their relationship is ‘complicated’. How can they reinforce each other?

The first part of the session Don’t Kill The Radio Star at Lokalrundfunktage 2017 made clear that radio needs personalities to prosper, and that there’s enough new talent around – we ‘just’ have to make our medium interesting enough for them to consider a career in radio. But then there’s that love-hate relation between formats and freedom; programming and creative. Program directors (and their advisors) have to cope with personalities, and talents have to deal with them. “Consultants said to me: you’ll never become a morning show host.”

Defend your personal beliefs

Hitradio Ö3 personality Robert Kratky was close to being fired a couple of times by his previous content director: “He threatened at least two or three times: when that-and-that happens again, I’m kicking you out”. The presenter thinks that radio personalities should overcome fear, and stand up for what they believe in, if a lot of personality is feasible for this particular station. “There are certainly formats that can handle it, but there are also formats where audiences primarily want to hear music.” His impression is that under their current director of programming, Georg Spatt, Ö3 doesn’t have many restrictions for talent. “Yes, the format should be followed, but when someone has a good idea and thinks: ‘I will now break the format’, then he may throw it out and answer for it later.”

Give your audience priority

In his opinion, that responsibility is not just towards the station management, as he feels like talent should focus on the listener instead. “The presenter who is concerned about his program director has already lost. The PD is there for those who need a missing link between them and the audience. Great personalities manage to overcome this hurdle, and talk to people instead. We’re not in the music business; not in the news business; certainly not in the we-copy-social-media business; we’re in the people business. We all like going to our favourite cafe where we know bar tender, who knows our name and is greeting us personally. It’s like getting home. You feel welcome, and you’re being cared for.”

Support your radio personalities

Kratky heard from listeners abroad that they once drove into the country on the way to their vacation adress, and discovered Ö3 on their car radio. They still like to hear Ö3 because, as they apparently said, it remembers them of their holiday in Austria. “That’s an emotion; a human factor within all those technical things that surround us, no matter which format we’re running. It’s about allowing human things.” He thinks that a program director can help doing that in a well-thought out manner. Talent coach Viktor Worms adds that while paintings made from colouring in numbered fields might be nice to see, they will never be a masterpiece. He therefore would rather offer talent a white canvas and beautiful colours. “It may go wrong, but it can also lead to art. We need those artists.”

Keep your airchecks private

Talking about the often kind of ‘hate-love’ relation between on-air personality and program director, Sina Peschke of radio SAW (who has fulfilled both roles during her career) has mixed feelings about daily airchecks, especially when they happen in front of the whole team, where everyone has something to say about everything. “Imposing, and completely overrated or even useless” are her words to describe that way of doing airchecks. Her preference is to have aircheck sessions in one-on-one meetings, which she considers to be tough enough already. “You have to cope with criticism after putting yourself out there naked for hours, giving it everything you’ve got. Then someone comes and says: that wasn’t good, and I didn’t like that.”

“The Unique Selling Point Of Radio Is The People”


How Air Personalities Can Make Content More Important


Whether it’s on-air content or online material, success isn’t just making the content good. It’s make content important.

It’s hard being an air personality. Really hard. And it takes time to generate original content every single day. Investing time in preparation is important. And every day, its important to be part of listener’s conversations.

Yet most shows are generating more content than you need. In fact, they’re generating too much content. The result is that everything is good, but nothing is really special. And you need special.

The 80/20 Rule of Show Prep That Will Surprise You

Instead of spending so much time creating so much content, spend your prep time developing less content, but prepare that content deeper. Make it unique, and make it special.

Then, practice recycling techniques to get more mileage from that truly “A” material.

Now, I’ll surprise you with a statement that you probably haven’t considered. You’ve probably heard of the 80/20 rule, where 20% of effort produces 80% of your results. It’s true. But there’s a new way to look at it.

What if you spend 20% of your time creating the content and 80% of your time promoting it?

How should you promote? Start with what you do on the air. Write creative teases for each segment. For your best moments, generate promos that drive traffic to your website or social media page. And don’t forget to promote the content via social media.

A sharper focus on fewer things almost always produces greater impact. Leverage your strengths of promotion to make content stand out.

Tommy Kramer Tip #220: Dead Streaming


Here’s a question that takes some actual hands-on experience to answer: Is your live streaming even worth listening to?

As someone who has to tape streaming audio often (because of different time zones) in order to do coaching sessions, I can tell you that most live streaming is dead in the water. Constant cutting out, horribly over-modulated audio (or a stream that’s so low I need a hearing aid to listen to it), too many steps to finally get the audio up, incessant “introductory ads” that we have to sit through before – finally – hearing the station…they’re all symptomatic of just assuming because you buy into a streaming service, your audio is being carried the right way.

And the weird thing is, we promote this ‘feature’ all the time, often without ever checking it out ourselves.

So today – now, while you’re thinking of it – get on your computer, iPad, or smart phone and check your live stream for an hour or so. You may be shocked at how poor it sounds…or you could really pleased with it – until it inexplicably just shuts off after a few minutes. (Aaaarrrrgh.)

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Tommy Kramer
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Ann S. Utterback: Creating a Richer, Fuller Voice


A thin voice is one of the problems new directors contact me about most often.  They ask me if there is anything that can be done about it.  I always tell them that it’s one of the toughest problems to fix, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.  I have heard almost 100% improvement in some clients, but it takes a devoted person who will work diligently to make the change.

Why is it so hard?  There may be multiple reasons why the person is using a thin voice.  Some of them are physiological and some of them may be psychological.  Consider Marilyn Monroe’s voice.  It was thin and childlike for a reason.  It made her appear vulnerable and helpless, which fit most of the roles she was given.

But let’s look at the physiological reasons for a thin voice.  The problems are in the position of the tongue and the openness of the jaw.  Both of these contribute to the amount of air that can resonate in the oral cavity. The more air that resonates, the richer and fuller the voice sounds.  If the tongue is raised high in the mouth, as it usually is in a thin voice, then it takes up more room.  Likewise, if the jaw is not open (especially at the back) there is less air in that resonating cavity.

Let’s try an exercise to feel the tongue issue.  Say the word, “gone,” a few times.  Now say the word, “good,” a few times trying to keep the tongue in the same position on the vowel sound for both.  Switch between the two words to get the feeling of the tongue in the low position for “gone.”  This will help you feel the lower tongue position so you can  carry it over into other vowels.

For the openness of the jaw, I tell clients to think of an inverted megaphone with the large part in the back of the mouth and the narrow opening in the front (the exact reverse of the picture to the right).  This gives you a megaphonenice opening of the jaw.  To practice this, say “ah” and then any word to follow it.  Try to keep the open feeling you get with “ah” as you say the other word.

Both of these exercises are important in beginning to turn a thin voice iinto a rich, full voice.  The bummer is that you have to practice every day and it may take months before you hear a change.

Here’s an added tip that will begin to help immediately.  Avoid smiling while talking.  Smiling works against the small opening of the mouth and actually makes your voice sound higher pitched.  Click here for a post that explains this concept.

And, finally, for you voiceover artists out there, if you need to sound childlike for a job, try humping up your tongue in your mouth and not opening your jaw very much!


Jody Vance & GENE VALAITIS Join Roundhouse Radio Vancouver


VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA—September 13, 2017 – Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 has added a nationally acclaimed voice to the heart of their weekday schedule with the addition of veteran broadcaster Jody Vance beginning Monday, September 25th 2017.

MIDDAY WITH JODY VANCE – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm (Weekdays):  With energy, honesty and a wicked sense of humour, Jody will bring depth, topical conversation and her trademark wit to Roundhouse Radio middays. Expect lively conversations talking all things news, opinion, sports, parenting, pets, lifestyle and food. And that’s just to get started!

Jody Vance brings decades of radio and TV experience to our airwaves both locally and across Canada — among many accomplishments, she has had her own national sports program, news anchor, host of Breakfast Television, and most recently she has been at CKNW talking about news and current affairs.  Mother to a young son, she knows the path of parenting and holds a red seal in Culinary Arts so there may be a recipe or two to be shared every now and then…

Roundhouse Radio CEO Don Shafer: “We are very excited to bring Jody’s considerable talents to Roundhouse Radio on a daily basis. Her level of broadcast experience and professionalism runs deep. People will be tuning in for her signature style of conversation”.

Roundhouse Radio, 98.3 is enhancing their weekday programming with the addition of award winning broadcaster Eugene (Gene) Valaitis taking on the role as Morning Show Host commencing Monday, September 18th 2017.

THE MORNING SHOW WITH GENE VALAITIS – 6:00 am to 10:00 am (Weekdays):  Gene is an award winning Canadian broadcaster/performer who may be best known to radio listeners for his work at CFRB, CKEY and Q107 FM.

He brings an incredible international perspective to our city having lived and worked in Hong Kong, Dubai, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Dallas and Los Angeles.  Vancouver is now Gene’s home as he explores our city and finds his own voice in it. A self-confessed news junkie who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, Gene will provide Morning Show listeners with a humorous and occasionally silly take on daily events.

Roundhouse Radio CEO Don Shafer: “Gene’s special brand of storytelling will help ease Vancouverites into their day in his trademark witty, topical and provocative way. We are very excited about what Gene will offer our audience in the mornings to keep them thinking and talking at the proverbial water cooler”.

About Roundhouse Radio 98/3:

Roundhouse Radio 98/3 is a commercial station with a community focus, serving the needs of the people who live, work and play in the City of Vancouver through public debate, storytelling, live music, local arts, community events, news and features focused on the City’s neighbourhoods and cultures

Richard Bacon: Why Your 30s Are Your Most Important Decade



Broadcaster and radio personality Richard Bacon is no stranger to change. After a 20-year career presenting British television and radio, last year the 40-year old moved to Los Angeles for a job with ABC News and to begin working on new projects.

This change, Bacon tells me, was prompted by the imminence of his 40th birthday. And now the broadcaster, who believes that your thirties are one of the most important decades of your life, has teamed up with The Huffington Post to create a streaming series in which he speaks to politicians, sportspeople and fellow broadcasters about their individual experiences of these ten significant years.

 “Your thirties are the one,” says Bacon. “The friends that you make in your thirties, the path your career takes, whether or not you decide to have children – many of these big decisions that set the course for the rest of your life tend to be taken when you’re in your thirties.

“Ten years ago,” continues the broadcaster, “when I turned thirty, I threw everything out. I ended a relationship and started a new one, I sold my house, I changed my agent and I changed my job. And they were the key pillars – other than friends and family – of my life. And I think making those changes was something to do with turning 30.”

Bacon believes that over the course of the last few generations, the way most people structure their lives has changed.

Ten years ago, when I turned thirty, I threw everything out.
Richard Bacon

 “A generation or two ago,” says Bacon, “decisions like this were made in your twenties. But that was when people changed jobs less and got married younger. Now, we all approach life differently.

“And that was what made me think that doing the series was such an interesting idea. I wanted to see how other people have navigated this incredibly consequential decade. And I was surprised. I found that most of the people I talked to were actually very reflective – that they actually do plot and plan and take it more seriously that I realised – or remember!”

The new 12-part series, 30 Something with Richard Bacon, sees the broadcaster engage personalities such as Reggie Yates, Rufus Hound and MP Stella Creasy in discussions about subjects such as family, jobs and social expectations.

“I think quite a few of the people I spoke to saw the decade as a ticking clock,” says Bacon, “and that was probably the most pronounced with sportspeople. In a way, sportspeople are outliers, but they’re quite good at illustrating the point in a dramatic fashion. Because, in sport, you retire at the age at which most people’s careers are flourishing.

“And that’s what I spoke to Jamie Carragher and David Haye about – their careers ending. Their daily routines of fitness, their entire ways of life very suddenly coming to an end. But, when talking to the others, I found that there’s a version of this that happens to almost everybody. It’s obviously not forced upon you in the same way that it is with sportspeople, but I found that most people will make some really dramatic change to their life in their thirties. Almost everybody.”

So what would Bacon consider a ‘dramatic change’?

“It could be one of many things,” answers the broadcaster. “Buying the house, making the big career decision, having children. Because the older you get, the harder all of these things become. You can’t make a big change in your forties now that you’ve got several children and they’re in school, now you’ve got to pay for double the amount of plane tickets to go on holiday and pay a mortgage, can you?”

Bacon, who has a young family himself, tells me that his choice to move to the United States was a decision consciously made to coincide with the end of his thirties.

“There’s something in me,” he says, “I have a need to toss things out every few years, to throw things in the air. I guess I’m driven by a sense of adventure in my life and I don’t want to find myself stuck in the same place doing the same thing forever.

“And that’s what I spoke to Jamie Carragher and David Haye about – their careers ending. Their daily routines of fitness, their entire ways of life very suddenly coming to an end. But, when talking to the others, I found that there’s a version of this that happens to almost everybody. It’s obviously not forced upon you in the same way that it is with sportspeople, but I found that most people will make some really dramatic change to their life in their thirties. Almost everybody.”

So what would Bacon consider a ‘dramatic change’?

“It could be one of many things,” answers the broadcaster. “Buying the house, making the big career decision, having children. Because the older you get, the harder all of these things become. You can’t make a big change in your forties now that you’ve got several children and they’re in school, now you’ve got to pay for double the amount of plane tickets to go on holiday and pay a mortgage, can you?”

Bacon, who has a young family himself, tells me that his choice to move to the United States was a decision consciously made to coincide with the end of his thirties.

“There’s something in me,” he says, “I have a need to toss things out every few years, to throw things in the air. I guess I’m driven by a sense of adventure in my life and I don’t want to find myself stuck in the same place doing the same thing forever.

“It’s funny, they’re all kind of in a similar position – be that Lauren Laverne or David Haye or Henry Holland, where they all give you the sense that they’re trying to work out whether or not to make a big jump, a big next step – and none of them are entirely sure. People talk a lot about risks, and we’re encouraged to take risks, but it’s very tricky when you reach your forties to take risks. So that’s why I think your thirties are such an important decade.”


So what advice would the broadcaster give to his 30-year old self if he could pass on some words of wisdom from ten years down the line?

“I guess I’d just say that your thirties are when you make all the big decisions that will change and influence the rest of your life. And also – and this goes for everyone I spoke to – your thirties will feel like a much better decade than your twenties, and while this might only be in hindsight, it’s true. Your thirties are the one – they are most consequential decade of your life, and the decade when your path is set, so make your decisions carefully!”

HuffPost UK’s new Original series ‘30 Something With Richard Bacon’ is now available on The Huffington Post UK


CHOM’s Tootall On Retirement: ’40 Years Is A Nice Thing To Shoot For


True story: Meat Loaf meets Tootall for the first time decades back.

“You’re not too tall,” Meat Loaf says.

“And you’re not too meat,” Tootall says.

Both were lying. But so it goes in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.

We have a fairly good idea how jumbo-sized Marvin Lee Aday got tagged with the nickname Meat Loaf by a football coach. And when NBA-sized Robert Wagenaar would be asked how tall he was, he would simply reply: “Too tall.” The name stuck.

As radio monikers go, Tootall (his preference is for it to be one word) is classic. So is the man behind the mic. His name has been synonymous with rock radio for generations of Montrealers.

But after 40 years at CHOM and another eight at stations elsewhere in the country, Tootall is hanging up his headphones on Sept. 22.

He will be going out with a bang. CHOM has put together the concert A Tribute to Tootall, Sept. 22 at Club Soda, featuring Sam Roberts, the Pursuit of Happiness, the Box, the Damn Truth and others. Tickets — priced at $9.77, with all proceeds benefiting Sun Youth — were all sold within hours of the concert announcement on Tuesday.

That’s because Tootall is more than just a Montreal anglo radio icon. He is a walking rock ‘n’ roll encyclopedia. If he doesn’t know about a development in the genre, it probably didn’t happen. His passion for the music is absolutely genuine. His support for local talent in this city is almost unparalleled — which explains the guest list at his tribute concert. Yet he is also credited for keeping classic rock going, thanks to his Electric Brunch and Electric Lunch Hour segments.

He likes to think of himself as a radio “mixologist.”

Tootall has been a longtime supporter of Montreal musicians while also keeping classic rock alive. His last shift at CHOM will be on Sept. 22, hours before a sold-out concert in his honour at Club Soda. (Allen McInnis, Montreal Gazette)

Tootall is in the midst of one of his weekday 10-to-3 shifts at CHOM’s studios on René-Lévesque Blvd. E. When not cueing up cuts, he reminisces about the comings and goings at the various CHOM control rooms he has occupied over the years.

“Major artists would come in at all hours of the day and night,” he recalls. “I would go downstairs to see Roger McGuinn or Ian Hunter or Kate Bush standing there. And Chris de Burgh, Murray Head and Supertramp were dropping in on a regular basis. … ‘Hello Genesis, and meet Gentle Giant,’ I said as one was coming in and the other leaving. … Met Zappa twice, and even Bowie came by. … Boy George called me on air before his first Montreal show to tell people not to buy the T-shirts outside the Forum.

“Then there were interviews with Ian Anderson and John Mayall — guys I worshipped back in the day. It was so intimidating. You have to be careful. If you act like an idiot, they will treat you like one, too.”

Oh, and one night he’ll never forget:

“It was in 1978 at the Greene Ave. studios when an exorcism took place to rid the building of the CHOM ghost. That was something else.”

Some suspect the spirit of Tootall will one day lurk around the current studio to keep CHOM announcers on their toes.

Tootall has brought a personable touch and well-researched stories to his CHOM shifts. “That’s why radio can be so relevant,” he says. “I’d like to think we can provide some sort of companionship.” (Photo: Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette)

Tootall is as evasive about his age as he is about his height. Born in Amsterdam, he was raised in Regina and got his first broadcasting break there in 1969. He found work in B.C. for a spell, before becoming anchored at CHOM in 1977.

“When I started here, I was just blown away by the local talent. The French side was in its golden age, with Offenbach, Harmonium, Beau Dommage. Later, bands like Corbeau blew me away. And on the English side, there was Pag (Michel Pagliaro) and April Wine and Walter Rossi and Teaze.”

It wasn’t long after he landed at CHOM that he launched his show Made in Canada, devoted to this country’s indie bands. He was also at the helm of CHOM’s L’Esprit competition, which provided local acts with not only cash and prizes, but also valuable recording time.

“I felt such pride when L’Esprit contest winners like Slaves on Dope, Jonas, the Respectables and Mobile used the impetus created to score major contracts and tour the world.”

So, why would he want to give it all up?

“Well, 40 years is a nice thing to shoot for. I tried to get away a little earlier.”

He is referring to some health issues he had four years ago, which kept him off the air for a few months and had him contemplating retirement.

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson was one of Tootall’s early heroes, so interviewing him was intimidating. “You have to be careful,” Tootall says. “If you act like an idiot, they will treat you like one, too.” (Photo: John Kenney / Montreal Gazette files)

Now it’s another issue that’s partly responsible — and one that many West Islanders can relate to: traffic woes. With the dismantling of the Turcot Interchange and constant detours, Tootall didn’t relish the idea of spending more hours in gridlock getting to and from his Pointe-Claire home than he would spend on the air.

“Honestly, I’m also tired. But all the same, I’d best be careful not to bug my wife at home all the time,” quips Tootall, referring to Margoe Edwards, a former broadcaster and current photographer.

“I honestly don’t know what I’ll do next. People have suggested a podcast. Well, I’m not a podcast kind of guy. I don’t listen to them and I don’t want to know about them.”

What he will be doing is spending quality listening time with his collection of 3,000 vinyl discs and countless CDs and tapes. Old habits die hard.

His tastes are diverse, including classical music. He is particularly big on the music of young English troubadour Jake Bugg and Michigan hard rockers Greta Van Fleet, and has always been a fan of Steely Dan — even more so now with the passing of the band’s Walter Becker.

“But you might love something one day and the next day not at all. There are also songs that I’ve heard too much that might make me jump off a building if I ever hear again.”

Like what?

“(Deep Purple’s) Smoke on the Water. Yeah, that would do it,” a laughing Tootall insists.

He is in awe of ’60s and ’70s groups still going strong today. “Most don’t need the money. They’re just hooked on performing. But the business has changed. These acts can still pull it off on tour, but they can’t pull it off in the recording studio. Still, who cares if they’re putting out a new album? That’s not where the money is for them — it’s all on the road.

“I wish there were more changes to the music. A lot of the pop stuff today is really sterile, droney, out of tune,” notes Tootall, who used to play harmonica but “only plays the radio — for now.”

Montreal artists such as Jonas benefited from the CHOM L’Esprit competition, which was headed by Tootall. (Photo: Peter McCabe / Montreal Gazette files)

Tootall peppers every shift with a rock ‘n’ roll tale. Today’s story involves Metallica’s James Hetfield falling through a trap door while performing Now That We’re Dead in Amsterdam.

“But the amazing thing is that Hetfield got out of the hole, with help from the crew, and finished playing the song. Then he asked the crowd if they were OK,” Tootall announces on air. “Yup, they don’t make ’em like that anymore.”

It’s that kind of context that has people listening to Tootall rather than taking in tunes from SiriusXM or their iPhones.

“That’s why radio can be so relevant. I’d like to think we can provide some sort of companionship. We now live in an age of such alienation. People are glued to their phones and social media. Before all these devices showed up, people actually connected to one another.”

Tootall doesn’t own a cellphone. He’s not on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, either.

“I just don’t see the need, but that doesn’t mean I’m not aware of what’s happening.

“So when I leave the air, no one will know where I am. I won’t exist. I will just disappear.”

Don’t bet on it.



Tootall’s career highlights

“My CHOM anniversaries: my 25th in 2002 at Club Soda where bands like Mobile and the Snitches performed. My 33 1/3rd was a big surprise, with gifts and a plaque. My 35th was another surprise, with a star being laid in the floor at our current studios on Papineau and René-Lévesque.

“But my greatest highlight of all came just a few weeks ago, when Terry (DiMonte) had Canadian Music Week president Neill Dixon on the phone to announce I would be inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame next May in Toronto.”

“To this day, he still has a passion for putting a radio show together,” says CHOM morning man Terry DiMonte, in the studio with Tootall in 2014. (Photo: Dave Sidaway / Montreal Gazette files)

Words of praise for Tootall

“My personal and professional relationship with Tootall is among the longest and sweetest in my 42-year career as a music promoter. His excitement was infectious when turning me on to up-and-coming young talent he had just discovered. And his dedication to helping develop and nurture their careers was unequalled — from playing their music on the station (often for the first time) to our CHOM’s Made in Canada Presents live concert series to live in-depth interviews on the air, to simply doing all he could to promote burgeoning and established Canadian talent to both the public and the music industry. Yes, I (like all his fans) will miss Tootall on the airwaves, but I am certain that my old friend will still manage in retirement to come upon some unknown band or singer or musician and find a way to help them out. It’s in his blood!”
Rubin Fogel, Rubin Fogel Productions/Club Soda co-owner

“I feel lucky to have had a front-row seat for Tootall’s remarkable run. To this day, he still has a passion for putting a radio show together. He agonizes over what songs go together; he researches music like nobody I know; and CHOM listeners have been beneficiaries of that. Forty years at one radio station is a remarkable run in a business that can be so volatile. I think he will miss us, and I know we will miss him.”

— Terry DiMonte, CHOM morning man

“Tootall is the soul of CHOM. I only wish I would have had the chance to work with him at some point. He’s somebody in this business whose genuine fondness and love for the work that he did managed to bust through even the crappiest of old radios we had plugged in on our kitchen counters. The best friend any music-loving radio junkie could ask for. And (choosing) his own stuff? What a concept. That could never work, right? Every time we have a talented local artist on my show and (see) the obvious pride and joy it brings them, I think of Tootall. He was there first.”

— Mitch Melnick, TSN Radio 690 afternoon host

“For 40 years, Tootall has been the bedrock of CHOM — solid, consistent, timeless. Tootall has towered above the flux, remaining an always friendly and informative companion on the Montreal airwaves. He acted as the keeper of the lore. Just as importantly, as the longtime host of the CHOM L’Esprit contest, this Prairie boy who made Montreal his home played a fundamental role in fostering the remarkable local music scene that now thrives here. Tootall is truly a giant and will always remain an inspiration and benchmark to all of us who have followed in his Size 13 shoes.”

— Randy Renaud, CHOM weekend host

“There are only two things that have survived three moves and 40 years at CHOM: Tootall and CHOM’s original entrance door with its heart-shaped window. Tootall is the only active announcer to have worked in CHOM’s four broadcast locations, including the legendary brownstone on Greene Ave. — the original home of rock ‘n’ roll. If you listen to tapes from Tootall’s early years, he sounds exactly as he does today. Credit this to his preparation both in terms of the mountains of content he brings in each day to how he sets up the studio right down to the angle of his microphone. Tootall is a consummate professional — as relevant today as he was 40 years ago. He’s timeless. And as long as I’m here, he can have a job for life. If he calls in six months and wants back in, Tootall’s on the air again.”
Martin Spalding, vice-president and general manager local radio and television — Quebec, Bell Media

Matt Cundill: When Broadcaster Matt Met Podcaster Matt


Matt Sutton worked with me in 2013 and 2014. On my trip home from Podcast Movement, we went to lunch…. and made a podcast at the same time.

Matt Sutton is the afternoon host at Z95 in Vancouver. I got off the play just before 11am and we went to hit the Wicklow Pub where I pulled out my recorder and announced we were going to be doing a podcast. He didn’t think it was for real. It was.

We spent our time talking about the positives, perils and pitfalls of both broadcast and podcast.


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Complete List Of 2017 CCMA Award Winners



Paul Brandt

L. Harvey Gold



Country 105 Caring For Kids Radiothon

Franck Boucheraud



Dean Brody

Side Effects – Dallas Smith

Meghan Patrick

Brett Kissel

The Road Hammers

Autograph – Dallas Smith

I Didn’t Fall In Love With Your Hair – Brett Kissel

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR presented by ole
Dean Brody
Song: Time (Performed By: Dean Brody)

The Washboard Union

Brett Kissel

Meghan Patrick

CCMA DISCOVERY AWARD presented by Country 107.3
Kalsey Kulyk



Travis Switzer

Ben Bradley

Shane Guse

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR presented by Cithara Guitars
Matt McKay

Bart McKay

Denis Dufresne – Banjo

Mitch Jay

*This is Shane Guse’s fifth win in the Fiddle Player of the Year category. As such, he is now entered into the Musician Awards Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour is reserved for musicians who have been awarded the same CCMA Musician Award five (5) or more times. Upon achieving their fifth award, their name is entered into the Hall in celebration of their great contribution to Canadian country music.

Amanda Kingsland – CKBY FM – Ottawa, ON

Paul Ferguson – CHCQ FM – Belleville, ON

Chris Scheetz, Jacqueline Sweeney, Matt DeBeurs (CISN in the Mornings with Chris, Jack & Matt)
103.9 Country – CISN-FM – Edmonton, AB

Casey Clarke and Roo Phelps (The Casey Clarke Show with Roo Phelps)
New Country 100.7 – CIGV-FM – Kelowna, B.C.

CKRY-FM – Calgary, AB

CHCQ-FM – Belleville, ON



Invictus Entertainment Group

Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall – Calgary, AB

Boots And Hearts Music Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON

Brett Kissel – Home Movie – Corus Entertainment

Invictus Entertainment Group


Warner Music Canada

Mike Denney – MDM Recordings Inc.

Chris Baseford, Vince Gill, Jeff Johnson, Chad Kroeger, Carly McKillip, Justin Niebank
Album: Grace & Grit (Artist: Meghan Patrick)

Design Team: Mitchell Nevins; Photography: Phil Crozier (Artist: Dean Brody)
Album: Beautiful Freakshow

Bart McKay Productions – Saskatoon, SK

Apple Canada

Jim Cressman – Invictus Entertainment Group

Ripcord – Keith Urban

Side Effects – Dallas Smith

Bush Party – Dean Brody

Stephano Barberis
Video: I Hate You For It (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: One Little Kiss (Artist: Dallas Smith),
Video: Red Dress (Artist: JoJo Mason), Video: Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do (Artist: Chad Brownlee), Video: Summer Girl (Artist: Bucko & Toad), Video: Time (Artist: Dean Brody)

About the Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA):
Established in 1976, the CCMA is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters through year-round initiatives, culminating every fall with Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. Sponsors of PotashCorp Country Music Week and the 2017 CCMA Awards Show include FACTOR, Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s “Canada Music Fund”, Radio Starmaker Fund, the Province of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon, Tourism Saskatchewan and Tourism Saskatoon. Produced with the participation of the Bell Fund.

Media Contacts:
Jess Seguire | jess@penelopepr.com | 613-921-2314
Tiffany Astle | tiffany@penelopepr.com | 416-554-7329

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0421


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 #0421.

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

Featured in this episode:

  • Ava Kaufman, founder, Ava’s Heart
  • Dr. John Huber, chairman, Mainstream Mental Health — adolescent friendship
  • Stuart Nulman, Book Banter

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Q & A with Taylor Zarzour SiriusXM & ESPNU



Overt the course of the last decade I have watched Taylor Zarzour grow from someone who was trying to get back on the air to one of the most in demand names in our industry. We first met when he became the sports director at the Curtis Media Group in Raleigh, and as a result he became the third mic on my show on 96 Rock.

During that time, we discovered that we grew up just nine miles away from one another in Mobile, Alabama. Small world, right?

Today, Taylor has become one of the most valuable sports voices at SiriusXM. He and Greg McElroy co-host The First Team on ESPNU Radio. He also contributes to the network’s PGA Tour Radio, anchoring the coverage of major tournaments and hosts a show called The Starter.

On television you’ll find Taylor on the SEC Network handling play-by-play for both football and baseball. He previously hosted Dale Earnhardt Jr’s official weekly podcast, but with all that he has going on, something had to give, right?

Taylor’s modesty is the kind of thing that might make you want to punch someone. I mean, nobody that has accomplished what he has can really be that modest and “aw shucks” about it, can they? But having spent every morning with Taylor for the better part of four years, I can tell you that it’s genuine. I’ve never thought of him as arrogant, just supremely confident. What may seem like Taylor being unfriendly is his hyper-focus.

Our conversation for this column centers on his career history, his motivation for doing what he does and how he does it, and the message he hopes colleagues and fans will take away from his work.

Q: When someone tells you they think you’re a good broadcaster, do you think it’s because you get to cover the sports you love (college football, golf, NASCAR) or is it because you’ve built a great career by being a good broadcaster?

TZ: It’s probably a little bit of both, but I’d like to think that, hopefully in a non-arrogant way, that being hard-working, passionate, and knowledgeable about the things I’ve always loved have served me well and led me to this place. I count my blessings everyday because not everybody gets to do something as professionally fulfilling as what I’m doing. Hopefully I’m giving off that kind of vibe whether it’s on radio or television. Some of the responses I’ve received from people that I work for have been exactly that and that’s what I think my biggest strength is. It’s the passion and enjoyment in my work, and I don’t ever want to lose sight of that. There are countless things I need to improve on. I’ll always be my toughest critic, but I think the thing that has served me best is how much I love what I do.

Q: I’m often asked, “how has Taylor Zarzour created these opportunities for himself?”. When we started working together, your previous position didn’t exist until you became available. The podcast with Dale Jr. didn’t exist until you were on it. How do you manage to get yourself on the radar of people? Is it simply reputation or are you active in promoting yourself?

TZ: I don’t know, Demetri. I’ve never tried to lobby for anything. David Stuckey (Senior Vice President of Curtis Media Group) approached me. Mike Davis with Dale Jr. approached me, and I’m grateful and honored that both of them did. When Mark Packer left to join SiriusXM, DJ Stout in Charlotte asked if I’d be interested in taking that job and joining WFNZ. Steve Cohen reached out through a mutual friend and asked if I’d be interested in working for SiriusXM. All of these relationships began when those guys contacted me. Without them reaching out, I don’t have these opportunities. Maybe I’m just incredibly fortunate, but I’d like to think that through hard work and hopefully what they would consider good performance, that I earned the benefit of their phone calls.

Q: What lessons did you learn from working on a rock show and news show that you carry with you to your current show with Greg McElroy?

TZ: I learned not to be too close-minded and only service the most diehard fans that are going to be interested and watching you no matter what. David Glenn, for example, had a huge impact on me, because David at some point in every broadcast will refer to Coach K as “Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski” or “North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams.” By doing that he brings every person that’s listening into the broadcast no matter how much or little they know. So that’s an example of something that had a huge impact on me, but those experiences made me more open-minded to who is listening and how much knowledge they have. I try to be really careful when talking about an offensive line’s ability to block or certain schemes and the zone read compared to a triple option, because the over-whelming majority of our audience only casually follows a sport. They have so many other responsibilities that they aren’t going to be able to be locked in all the time.

Q: So what about the time that you spent out of broadcasting entirely? What did you learn from it that sticks with you now?

TZ: That this is where I belong. I was working in real estate and realized my passion was broadcasting. I put pressure on myself to be something else because we had just had a family. I wanted to make a certain income and I thought it was a good opportunity, and I’ll never forget my wife saying “(Broadcasting) is what you’ve always wanted to do. You’ve always believed in yourself. Why would you stop now?”. I made the decision that I was going to go back into the broadcasting business, but I don’t know what I would have done to pursue it if David Stuckey hadn’t called.

Q: How old are your daughters now?

TZ: 11 and 12.

Q: I ask because this is a time period where they are involved in so much more. I know your goal is to provide them and Betsy (Taylor’s wife who likes me even though she shouldn’t because I cussed too much in front of their children) with the best life possible, but is there a point where you’d pass something up and say “I’m doing too much and I’m missing too much?”

TZ: I think about that everyday. I’ve seen some of the personal sacrifices that so many of my contemporaries have made and some of the regrets that they’ve had through the years. By taking more professional assignments, they’ve made sacrifices in terms of how much time they spend with their families. I would have so much regret about that if I put myself in that position, so I’ll probably continue to feel that way. There’s nothing I cherish more than my wife and two daughters, and there are other things that I’ve been considered for and turned down because of that.

Q: What are the benefits and struggles of doing a show, particularly a morning show, out of your home?

TZ: There are a lot of benefits to being home. We can live anywhere we want. I can broadcast from almost anywhere because of my job with SiriusXM, so there are few restrictions which is a huge benefit. The downside to it is cabin fever. I have a room in my house that is my work room. When I’m in there it’s like I’m at work. When I get done, I am literally leaving the office and trying to mentally power down which is a huge challenge compared to getting in your car, driving home, and having enough time to mentally escape to a different place.

Q: There has been a lot of talk lately about the way people consume media. Whether it’s cord cutting or the ESPN cutbacks, there are many in our industry who are skeptical. One area which is included in that conversation is the future of satellite radio. How much do you concern yourself with these topics?

TZ: I actually worry less about that kind of stuff today than I used to. I used to worry a lot about the terrestrial radio ratings game and competing against other radio stations and how much money the station could make off of my show. SiriusXM is in a tremendous place and growing day by day. I am ecstatic. I don’t have any concerns about the company’s future. As far as ESPN goes, there will always be tremendous demand for live play-by-play programming. I can’t envision a day where that goes away. To be connected to ESPN and the SEC calling games every weekend is something that is the chance of a lifetime, and the only concern I have is my performance.

Q: You grew up playing golf, so certainly you’re a fan of the sport. When it comes to NASCAR, if there was one thing I learned about you from working with you, it’s that you were a fan of Dale Jr. But you’re also an SEC guy through and through. So when you cover these sports, how do you balance your fandom with remaining professional? Particularly when you’re hosting a show with Greg McElroy who won an national championship at Alabama, a school you grew up rooting for. It’d be very easy for someone with less skill and experience to turn that program into a daily Crimson Tide report.

TZ: I’ve never thought it was any different than any other business where someone is considering what is best for their family and financial future. If they went to a certain school and are a banker, they aren’t going to take their business from only UNC fans or the side of the community that they can most relate to. That would be foolish.

Q: Right, but none of us got into this field without being a passionate sports fan. When you’re younger and developing your interests as a fan, it’s hard to love the sport as much as you love the team you’ve invested most of your time and energy into. That has a lasting impact on a lot of people.

TZ: I’m sure that’s the case for some, and maybe it is for you, but honestly, that’s never been the case for me. I’ve always cared much more about the sport than I ever did a particular team. My objectivity and professionalism is far more important to me than any team I’ve ever cheered for or who wins or loses a game. I didn’t go to Alabama, and while I do have four siblings that went to school there, I also had a brother that went to Georgia. I have a father that went to Florida. I have all kinds of relatives that went to Auburn and that’s always kept me much more open-minded to those schools and how great they are. Getting into this business and developing relationships at all of those places, has made me pull more for people. Roy Williams told me years ago that the longer you’re in this business, you will start to pull for people over teams because of the relationships you build, and that’s where I am now. The only exception to that is when I lived in Raleigh, North Carolina. I was a Carolina Hurricanes fan because I wanted the team and the city to be successful. That didn’t in any way shape or form mean I was an NHL fan which is probably the way most people look at their teams. But I love college football. I love college basketball. I love the sport far more than any one team and I try to be as objective as I can because this is a lifelong passion for me.

Q: Who have you looked at in the broadcasting industry and said, “If I can be a tenth of the broadcaster that guy is, I’ll be okay”?

TZ: Vin Scully had the biggest impact on me. I used to watch the Saturday NBC baseball game of the week and Vin’s ability to paint a picture and provide perspective on what I was watching – I still think he is the best that has ever lived. Even until the end of last season when he called his final game, I just marveled at his preparation, his passion and his perspective for what he was seeing in front of him. In my opinion, he is above all the others. I can never sound like Vin Scully, and I’ll never have his vocal chords, but I can try to emulate his ability to be prepared and be passionate about what I am talking about.

Q: Your tag line at the end of every show is “Whether you agree or disagree it’s all for him,” right?

TZ: Correct.

Q: How much when people talk to you about your show does that come up? Do they notice or appreciate the message?

TZ: It happens from time to time. I decided to say that back when I first had a sports radio show in Mobile (on WNSP-FM). My point in saying it was no matter how animated we get when we discuss certain topics, let’s try to keep things in perspective of what really matters. “Him” to me is God. “Him” to someone else listening may be someone else or something else, but I think that keeping things in proper perspective whether we’re calling for guys to be fired or sharing our predictions for who will win a game, let’s realize this is for fun. We’re supposed to be enjoying what we’re discussing. I always appreciate it when someone notices or has something to say about that.

Taylor Zarzour hosts The First Team with Greg McElroy, weekday mornings from 7a-10a ET on SiriusXM. He also calls college football and college baseball games for ESPN’s SEC Network, and hosts golf coverage for SiriusXM’s PGA Tour Radio. He can be found on Twitter @TaylorZarzour.

Kamloops: CFBX Radio Station Volunteer Drive Begins On Sept. 8


The volunteer drive for CFBX, the campus/community radio station at Thompson Rivers University, will begin at Friday’s  TRU Back to School Barbecue and will continue through Sept. 22.

CFBX is an entirely volunteer-run and volunteer-programmed radio station and is always looking for people to help out on air and off air.

Volunteers do not need to be TRU students to get involved.

CFBX programs a wide variety of music and spoken word programming with a non-commercial focus.

Music programming includes folk, roots, classical, jazz, funk, blues, punk, metal, hip-hop and electronic.

CFBX is especially in need of volunteers for morning shows, classical music hosts and anyone interested in programming in a language other than English.

Those interested can call the station at 250- 377-3988, email radio@tru.ca or visit the station at House 8, behind the Campus Activity Centre on the TRU campus.

Audio And Podcasting Fact Sheet


The audio news sector in the U.S. is split by modes of delivery: traditional terrestrial (AM/FM) radio and digital formats such as online radio and podcasting. While terrestrial radio reaches almost the entire U.S. population and remains steady in its revenue, online radio and podcasting audiences have continued to grow over the last decade. Explore the patterns and longitudinal data about audio and podcasting below. Data on public radio is available in a separate fact sheet.


The audience for terrestrial radio remains steady and high: In 2016, 91% of Americans ages 12 or older listened to terrestrial radio in a given week, according to Nielsen Media Research data published by the Radio Advertising Bureau, a figure that has changed little since 2009. (Note: This and most data on the radio sector apply to all types of listening and do not break out news, except where noted.)

Weekly terrestrial radio listenership

% of Americans ages 12 or older who listen to terrestrial (AM/FM) radio in agiven week200920102011201220132014201520160255075100

Source: Nielsen Audio RADAR 131, December 2016, publicly available via Radio Advertising Bureau.

Pew Research Center

According to “The Infinite Dial” report by Edison Research and Triton Digital, the portion of the public listening to online radio continues to grow. In 2017, 61% of Americans ages 12 or older have listened to online radio in the past month, while about half (53%) have listened in the past week. This is up from 57% and 50%, respectively, in 2016, continuing online radio’s steady year-over-year growth.

Online radio listenership

% of Americans ages 12 or older who have listened to online radio in the past …MonthWeek200820102012201420160255075100

Note: Edison Research and Triton Digital’s survey is conducted in January/February of each year. Online radio includes listening to terrestrial (AM/FM) radio stations online and/or listening to streamed audio content available only on the Internet.
Source: Edison Research and Triton Digital, “The Infinite Dial 2017.”

Pew Research Center

Nielsen lists news/talk/information among the most listened-to radio formats; in 2016, 9.6% of radio listeners tuned in to a news/talk/information station during any 15-minute period during the day

Most listened-to radio format

% of U.S. radio listeners ages 6 or older who turned to each format during any15-minute period during the dayNews/talk/informationPop contemporary hit radioAdult contemporaryCountryHot adult contemporaryClassic hitsClassic rockUrban adult contemporaryAll sportsMexican regionalUrban contemporary024681012

Note: Shows percentage of U.S. radio listeners in Nielsen’s Portable People Meter (PPM) markets ages 6 and older who tuned in to each format during any 15-minute period during the day from January-November 2016.
Source: Nielsen Media Research publicly available data.

Pew Research Center

Online radio listening in cars, like listening to AM/FM stations online or streaming other online audio, continued its increase since 2010, when it was at just 6%. In 2017, 40% of U.S. cellphone owners have ever listened to online radio in a car using a phone.

Online radio listening in cars by cellphone owners

% of U.S. cellphone owners who have ever listened to online radio in a car usinga phone201020112012201320142015201620170255075100

Note: Edison Research and Triton Digital’s survey is conducted in January/February of each year. Online radio includes listening to terrestrial (AM/FM) radio stations online and/or listening to streamed audio content available only on the internet.
Source: Edison Research and Triton Digital, “The Infinite Dial 2017.”

Pew Research Center

The percentage of podcast listeners in America has substantially increased since 2006. In 2017, four-in-ten Americans ages 12 or older have ever listened to a podcast, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital survey data, and 24% have listened to a podcast in the past month, up from just 9% in 2008. (This chart, as well as the subsequent chart also about podcasts, applies to all types of listening and does not break out news; this is primarily related to ongoing technological challenges with compiling and centralizing metrics, making fine-grained breakouts by format difficult.)

Podcast listening

% of Americans ages 12 or older who have listened to a podcast …EverIn the past month2006200820102012201420160255075100

Note: Edison Research and Triton Digital’s survey is conducted in January/February of each year. Monthly podcast listening data was not reported in 2006 or 2007.
Source: Edison Research and Triton Digital, “The Infinite Dial 2017.”

Pew Research Center

The average weekly unique users who download NPR podcasts, which include some of the most popular podcasts in the iTunes library such as Up First and TED Radio Hour, rose from 2.5 million in 2015 to 3.5 million in 2016, according to NPR data from Splunk. (More information will be available about public broadcasting in a future fact sheet.)

NPR podcast users

Average weekly unique users who download NPR podcasts20142015201601.0 M2.0 M3.0 M4.0 M

Source: NPR, based on data from Splunk.

Pew Research Center


Average radio revenue remained steady in 2016 for radio stations in the major news formats, according to Pew Research Center analysis of BIA/Kelsey data. Over the last seven years, the average station revenue for these all-news stations has hovered between $16 and $19 million per year. (It is worth noting that only 20 of the 29 all-news stations currently listed in the BIA/Kelsey database have revenue data during any of these years and thus are the only ones included in the averages.)

Average revenue for stations in all-news, news/talk and news/talk/info formats is substantially lower than all-news – in 2016, $2.4 million per station. This likely stems from the fact that this category represents a much larger number of smaller stations (438 stations in the BIA/Kelsey database in this category have revenue data during any of these years).

  • All-News
  • News/Talk/Info

96.3 BIG FM Kingston Making Changes


We’re pleased to share some exciting changes to our programming lineup on 96.3 BIG FM in Kingston.

Starting today, midday host Ange Stever joins current host, Brian Bailey on the BIG FM Morning Show. Ange is a Kingston radio vet who has been on-air in the city for more than 15 years. She knows Kingston inside and out and has a passion for local news and current events. Not to mention she’s hilarious, does stand-up comedy and is involved in the local music and arts scene. The Breakfast Club with Ange & Brian will continue to air weekdays from 6-10am keeping Kingstonians up-to-date with Big News You Can Use, Let’s Talk Sports and The Wake-Up Call.

We’re also thrilled to welcome fan-favourite, CKWS-TV Anchor, Bill Welychka to Big FM! Beginning today, Bill will not only share his news and entertainment expertise with viewers on CKWS, he will now also be hosting a segment called Bill’s Excellent Adventures on BIG FM. This new short program airs weekdays at 11am and features Bill‘s highly entertaining and sometimes unbelievable stories from years of traveling, interviewing and partying with the biggest stars on the planet…plus a different classic rock song of the day every time.