Genevieve Borne is really talented. I met her in 1992 after a concert and was enamoured with her immediately. She is a bridge to the province I love, and a broadcaster I respect and emulate where applicable.
Terry O’Reilly is a radio guy. He will tell you on the show that he is an ad guy – and that might be partially true. However, it is apparent that when you listen to his take on the world of media, advertising, marketing and radio, that he is grounded in radio.
It sounds easy. Produce a compelling 15 to 20 minute piece of audio every day about a Canadian news story. And then you find out it isn’t easy. For the last year, Jordan Heath-Rawlings has been doing just that with Frequency Network’s flagship podcast, The Big Story
Bob Harris has had an incredible radio journey that has spanned Peterborough, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Hamilton. Along the way it has been about the people. He’ll be the first to admit that he made mistakes along the way and learned on the job through the mentorship of General managers like Rob Braide, the late Gary Russell, Tom Peacock and Pat Holiday. Bob also worked with Canada’s two biggest morning shows in Gerry Forbes in Calgary, and Terry Dimonte & Ted Bird in Montreal
When Tom Webster released the Infinite Dial Canada 2019 study at Canadian Music Week, one slide caught my eye.
Big Rick Daniels grew up in Indiana. If you had to name famous people from the state, there’s the obvious like John Mellencamp, the Jackson’s and the sitting Vice President of the United States. Perhaps you are fan enough to mention David Letterman or David Lee Roth
Kelly Alexander is a team player, and great interviewer and knows her audience. It doesn’t matter what radio station she is on, or what platform she is immersed with – she understands her audience and is the conduit between what is happening in the studio, and what is going on in her listeners lives.
Sammy Kohn is the drummer for Canada’s the Watchmen. He will contend that he is a realtor in the Greater Toronto Area, but so long as the Watchmen keep getting played on the radio and the band continues playing a few shows a year, he will be known first as the drummer of the Watchmen.
This week, Matt talks about his time at Canadian Music Week and after years of everyone staying mum on regulatory issues, there is a consensus that it’s time to install the latest Radio update. Left unanswered is the who, how and when, but the why answers are transparent. Declining revenue, changing audio consumption habits and new players and platforms have left radio in a weakened position
Brad Karp is the winner of the 2019 Alan Waters Young Broadcaster of the year award in memory of Steve Young. Born and raised on Montreal’s West Island, Brad grew up with a steady dose of Terry Dimonte and Ted Bird on CHOM. After Algonquin College, Brad found himself working in Thompson, Manitoba and later Fort McMurray, Alberta where he does the morning show at Country 93.3
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