Corus Entertainment and TPX (The Podcast Exchange) have announced a sales partnership that will see TPX sell Corus podcasts in Canada and the U.S. Corus’ growing podcast network features podcast programming from across its 39 radio stations, and original offerings like The Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross. TPX will be working directly with Corus’ recently-appointed director of Podcasting and Streaming Chris “Dunner” Duncombe and his team for all North American sales.
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) says comments made about Indigenous women on Radio X (CHOI-FM) Quebec City in Nov. 2016 breached the Human Rights clause of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ (CAB) Code of Ethics and Equitable Portrayal Code. Speaking on his show about allegations of sex assault against Indigenous women by police officers in remote regions, host Jeff Fillion said that according to an officer he had spoken to young, handsome police officers with attractive wives and young families would not be tempted by “messed up” Indigenous women with “rotten teeth, hepatitis and substance abuse problems.” The CBSC’s French-language Panel concluded Fillion’s characterizations of Indigenous peoples violated the code and that he did not adequately clarify that he was denouncing sexual assault and not intending to stereotype or degrade Indigenous women.
Clear Sky Radio Lethbridge and its stations 94.1 CJOC-FM and 98.1 The Bridge (CKBD-FM) are the recipients of this year’s Dr G.R.A. Rice Memorial Award for Excellence in Media Coverage. Given annually by the Order of St. John in Alberta in recognition of support and engagement with non-profit organizations, the award was presented by Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell to Lorene Halseth, director of administration for Clear Sky Radio, and sales manager Trent Fujita, on June 9 at Government House in Edmonton.
CJOS-FM Owen Sound, held its annual Radio for Oncology radiothon on June 27. This year’s event raised a record breaking $40,641.48. All funds go to the Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation for cancer care.
Okanagan Oldies 103.9 (CKOO-FM) held its inaugural Variety Radiothon on June 27. The event raised more than $20,000 for Variety the Children’s Charity to help special needs children in the Okanagan.
Fairchild Radio organized a week-long public service campaign in June in support of animal cruelty and abandonment prevention programs. During Fairchild Radio Animal Well-being Awareness Week, June 9-15, a panel of veterinarians, animal cruelty investigation officers, pet adopters and representatives from the SPCA and Humane Society were invited to guest-host programs in Chinese on AM 1430 and FM 88.9 Toronto; FM 94.7 Calgary; and AM 1470 and FM 96.1 Vancouver. In addition, each city organized their own events to support the cause, including a Vancouver cookie fundraiser that raised $2,052 in four hours for the BC SPCA.
Ross Ingram, owner of Faithway Communications Inc. and CJRI-FM Fredericton, NB, marked 65 years in broadcasting on July 1. Ingram’s broadcasting career started at CJSH-FM Hamilton where he started as a control room operator in 1953. From there, he went to CHVC Niagara Falls; CKEC-FM New Glasgow, NS; CKCL-FM Truro, NS; CHSJ Radio and TV Saint John, NB; CBC-TV Halifax; and CBC Radio and Television in Fredericton where he retired after 30 years with the public broadcaster. For the last 15 years, in addition to managing CJRI, Ingram has been hosting the station’s Daybreak morning program.