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SATURDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 18th

It’s the date that brought us Linda Evans, Elizabeth Perkins, Owen Wilson, Imogene Coca, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Collins, and NBC host/journalist Megyn Kelly.
Edward R. Murrow’s acclaimed documentary series ‘See It Now’ debuted on CBS-TV;
‘As It Happens’ started it’s nearly 50 year run on CBC Radio;
the first CanCon rules for TV were announced;
CKNW Radio boosted its power to 5,000 watts at 1320 KHz;
ABC-TV aired Britney Spears’ first TV concert;
and Fats Domino sang ‘Blueberry Hill’ on CBS-TV’s Ed Sullivan Show.
Nov. 18th claimed the lives of bandleaders Ted Heath and Cab Calloway, singers Dorothy Kirsten and Hal Dickenson (The Modernaires), composer Cy Coleman and actor Harold J. Stone.
ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Fox News Bans Gene Simmons For Life

Kiss frontman reportedly barged in on a meeting where he exposed his torso to staffers, mocked their intelligence and told lewd jokes about Michael Jackson.

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Published on at 5:14 pm by Ron Robinson

CBS Corp., Entercom Finalize Radio Merger

The combined company now holds seven FM stations and one AM in the Seattle market. Reports indicate Sports KFNQ AM 1090, Adult Hits KJAQ-FM 96.5, and Classic Rock KZOK-FM 102.5 will be swapped to iHeartMedia.

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Published on at 11:08 am by clockwatcher

FCC rule change could impact Seattle TV stations

Federal regulators rolled back a series of decades-old regulations on Thursday, in a move that will make it far easier for media outlets to be bought and sold

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Published on at 10:06 am by Voice Over

CRTC and Bell must shoulder blame for TV job cuts, says Unifor

“This latest round of layoffs isn’t just Bell Media’s penny-pinching, this one has been directly caused by the CRTC,” said Unifor Media Council Chair Jake Moore

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Published on at 9:56 am by Voice Over

NPR Chairman Steps Down as Network Grapples with Harassment Crisis

NPR’s problems with sexual harassment are seen as especially disheartening because of the feminist legacy of its founding. The network was built in part on the foundation created by trailblazing female journalists such as Nina Totenberg, Linda Wertheimer, Cokie Roberts and Susan Stamberg.

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Published on November 16, 2017 at 10:32 pm by boredop

Steppenwolf has today’s almost forgotten track

one of the reasons I started this series in the first place was to give exposure, once again, to tracks that used to be part of our radio listening experience that somehow got left behind…

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Published on at 9:05 pm by Greg Simpson

FRIDAY in Broadcast History .. Nov. 17th

Happy Birthday to Canadians Gordon Lightfoot, Lorne Michaels and Rachel McAdams. Also born this date were the late Rock Hudson, Archie Campbell and Jack Lescoulie.
Calgary’s CHQR began broadcasting at 810 KHz with 10,000 watts;
Edgar Bergen and his dummy Charlie McCarthy became overnight sensations after guesting on NBC radio’s ‘Rudy Vallee Show’;
Rush Limbaugh returned to the airwaves after a month in drug rehab;
FOX-TV aired the US’ first condom ad;
longtime CBS newsman Roger Mudd (pictured) began working for NBC News;
and Elton John recorded his next album live on New York’s WABC-FM.
Passing away Nov. 17th were Chicago radio children’s favorite Ireene Wicker, big band singer Bob Eberly, announcer Bill Baldwin, and country music’s Don Gibson.
Details and ALL the milestones for the date INSIDE.

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Published on at 9:00 pm by Ron Robinson

Fresh Radio Edmonton launches Christmas Friday

Are there changes about to be made at Fresh Radio Edmonton besides the yearly flip to Christmas? Possibly. Rumors have swirled all year and more so in recent weeks.


Published on at 12:04 pm by Brian Cook

Sen. Al Franken Apologizes to Woman Radio Host He Groped and Forcibly Kissed

“I don’t know what was in my head when I took that picture, and it doesn’t matter,” Franken said. “There’s no excuse. I look at it now and I feel disgusted with myself.”


Published on at 11:42 am by Ron Robinson

Layoffs at NL Broadcasting, including departure of Rick “The Bear” Wile

NL Broadcasting — which owns Radio NL 610 AM, Country 103 and 97.5 The River — was purchased earlier this year by Newcap Radio, a Nova Scotia-based broadcasting company with 95 radio stations across Canada, including three in Vancouver and one each in Kelowna and Penticton. The sale was finalized in June.

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Published on at 9:24 am by Voice Over

Community Radio in Seattle Fights Back Against Corporate Behemoths

There’s not a lot of room for a radio equivalent of the local blog, which can serve smaller communities like neighborhoods and immigrant groups. That’s where low power FM (commonly referred to as LPFM) community radio stations come in.

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Published on November 15, 2017 at 9:41 pm by mikedup

Warm 106.9 is (Again) First Local All-Xmas Music Station

“This is our ‘Big Game’ every year, but this year seems to be a little more special with the social and political mood of our nation,” PD RON HARRELL said

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Published on at 3:46 pm by boredop

C-FAX Loses Pamela McCall in Bell Belt Tightening

A veteran and experienced radio talk show host, Pamela McCall and her 1-3 pm show has been replaced with Bell Media’s national radio talk show hosted by Evan Solomon.


Published on at 3:38 pm by Turn Table3

Peter Weissbach, Edmonton/Vancouver/Seattle/Portland Talk Radio Host, Died Nov. 11

Standing no taller than five foot six, yet so full of life’s fire, so intense was his inquisitiveness, so forceful was his personality, one could not fail to notice his presence fill any room he walked into.


Published on at 1:07 pm by clockwatcher

NFL TV Ratings Off Nationally, But Not in Seattle

Local television ratings for recent Seahawks’ games has remained on par with where they have consistently been since the end of the 2012 season.

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Published on November 14, 2017 at 6:37 pm by clockwatcher

Bell/CTV Initiates Another Round of Layoffs

Global BC anchor Colleen Christie, herself a target of CTV budget cutting earlier this year, has posted today about a new round of local CTV bloodletting.


Published on at 12:25 pm by boredop

Dave Wheeler joins Matt Cundill on the ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Dave Wheeler is the morning host at 92 CITI-FM in Winnipeg. Along with Rena Jae and recent addition Dave Turnbull, they continue to be one of Winnipeg’s top morning shows.

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Published on at 11:01 am by Voice Over

Sun FM morning show host Randy Farmer leaving radio

Instead of serving up tunes and banter, a popular Penticton morning radio show host will soon be dishing out plates of pasta.

Randy Farmer has announced he’s leaving Sun FM after 16 years with the station. His last shift is Dec. 1.

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Published on at 9:36 am by Voice Over

6 Truths About Improving Performance by Paul Kaye

Many of us have an inbuilt desire – a burning even – to perform at our very best.  We want to achieve all that can be achieved.  We want to leave our mark.  While our intentions are honourable, our actions don’t always support our desire.   Achieving peak performance takes discipline and commitment and for some of us it is just to easy to give up or worse fail to really start.  

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Published on November 13, 2017 at 9:15 pm by Voice Over

Former Vancouver Broadcaster Taylor Jukes Promoted to Bell Media National Manager

Jukes’ newly created role sees her overseeing the creation and production of original content, marketing communications, and project management for iHeartRadio Canada,


Published on at 12:01 pm by clockwatcher

Media Matters Using Roy Moore Allegations To Go After Hannity’s Advertisers – Keurig Apologizes For ‘Taking Sides’

Left-wing activist group Media Matters is using scandalous allegations surrounding Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore as a new weapon in their months-long campaign to oust Fox News host Sean Hannity by pressuring sponsors into pulling their advertisements


Published on at 11:24 am by Michael Easton

Newcap Radio picking up two New Glasgow Stations

The Dartmouth-based parent company behind national broadcaster Newcap Radio is picking up two FM radio stations in New Glasgow in a deal that still has to be okayed by Canada’s regulatory watchdog for the industry

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Published on November 12, 2017 at 3:06 pm by Voice Over

CKVU/CHEK Sports Page Gets Exhibit at the B.C. Sports Hall of Fame

Before we had a universe of 24-hour sports channels and online content, Sports Page was must-watch TV for B.C. sports fans.


Published on November 11, 2017 at 12:12 pm by mikedup

Canada’s Vintage TV Lives On Via a New ‘You Tube’ Channel

Littlest Hobo, Mr. Dressup and many more classic Canadian favourites will feature on the online channel after a collab by the Canada Media Fund and Google Canada.


Published on at 10:47 am by mikedup

Refreshing Admission from Louis C. K.: ‘These Stories Are True’

“The power I had over these women is that they admired me. And I wielded that power irresponsibly.”


Published on November 10, 2017 at 11:29 am by boredop

Canadian Scalper’s Multimillion-Dollar Stub Hub Scheme Exposed in Paradise Papers

An investigation by CBC/Radio-Canada and the Toronto Star rips the lid off Julien Lavallée’s multimillion-dollar operation based out of Quebec and reveals how ticket website StubHub not only enables but rewards industrial-scale scalpers who gouge fans around the world.

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Published on November 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm by Turn Table3

Louis C.K. Latest to be Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Five women spoke to the New York Times about the comedian’s alleged sexual misconduct, including Tig Notaro.


Published on at 12:57 pm by boredop

Broadcast Standards Council: English ‘F’ Word Okayed for French Language Stations

The CBSC French-Language Panel determined “using the word ‘fuck’ in French does not have the same vulgar connotation as it does in English.”


Published on at 7:47 am by clockwatcher

NuVoodoo Study: Local Radio, Papers #1 Trusted News Sources

“The bottom line is that listeners still trust the radio stations they rely on for news and information.”

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Published on November 8, 2017 at 4:25 pm by Turn Table3

PROSALESGUY – How A Sales Drive Motivates Salespeople

We have introduced the concept of a customized Sales Drive to many of our sales training partners in Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria with great results.  While commission is a definite motivator for Salespeople, a Sales Drive gets everyone excited and enthusiastic toward reaching a specific sales goal within a specified period of time.  While Sales Drives […]


Published on at 12:11 pm by Dave Warawa

Bill Brioux Looks at the CBC’s Revamped ‘The National’

The four anchors smiled but never got too chummy, like on “The View.” They also didn’t shout over each other, like on the old “At Issue” panel.


Published on November 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm by clockwatcher

Capital FM call themselves Edmonton’s Official Christmas Station

96.3 Capital FM is now Christmas Music right up until the day Santa arrives!


Published on at 10:49 am by Voice Over

Jeff Vidler talks Podcast and Generation X! Matt Cundill’s ‘Sound Off’ Podcast

Jeff Vidler’s company Audience Insights teamed up with Jeff Ulster and conducted a deep dive n podcasting. The study was commissioned by the Globe & Mail.

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Published on at 9:20 am by Voice Over

First Stations Go All-Christmas in Chicago, Tampa

“In our 17th year as Chicago’s Christmas Music Station, get ready for lots of fun holiday surprises in the coming weeks!”

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Published on November 6, 2017 at 10:04 am by clockwatcher

Boston: WBZ-AM’s New Owner Trashes Union Contracts

Employees got a message from the new management that their union contracts are not being assumed by iHEARTMEDIA and they will all have to reapply for their jobs.


Published on at 9:03 am by clockwatcher

CBC’s ‘The National’ Retooled Format Debuted Monday night

The changes signify a challenge CBC’s flagship TV newscast and other nightly news broadcasters face — keeping and broadening their audience, particularly among younger news consumers, as they increasingly turn to new digital platforms to get their information.


Published on November 5, 2017 at 9:12 am by Turn Table3

DJ Human Kebab has a new mix show launching November 4

USS has done it again. Continuously proving that they are the band that CAN, today DJ Human Kebab announced the premiere of the Mill St. Mixtape with Human Kebab. Slated to premiere this Saturday (November 4) at 10:00 PM on 102.1 The Edge, Mill St. Mixtape with Human Kebab is a delicately crafted blend of Toronto’s favourite DJ and the city’s most celebrated brew

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Published on November 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm by Brian Cook

What is happening to local TV news?

taking a look at CHEK and CTV Vancouver Island…


Published on October 26, 2017 at 10:20 am by Voice Over