Radio & Podcast News – Nearly $70K raised in memory of Dave “Bookie” Bookman

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David Bray

David Bray has a look at Spring diary ratings for Winnipeg, Ottawa, Victoria, Quebec City and Halifax here. Numeris has delayed the scheduled release of PPM ratings for Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto until noon ET on Thursday. Watch for Bray’s analysis Friday morning at broadcastdialogue.com.

Dave “Bookie” Bookman.

Indie88’s (CIND-FM) 12-hour radiothon to raise funds for MusiCounts in memory of station personality Dave “Bookie” Bookman on May 29, raised more than $68,000 with donations still coming in. At a tribute at the Horseshoe Tavern the following night, friends and family spoke of Bookie’s impact on Toronto’s independent music scene with bands including Sloan, Billy Talent, and Broken Social Scene performing. You can still donate here.

Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada is investigating illegal use of band in Calgary. A pirate dancehall/reggae radio station has been heard at 102.5 FM, and said to be more than a lower power transmission. According to reports on Reddit, the station went silent in early May. ISED is continuing to monitor the frequency.

Rafale FM, the Labrador community radio station accused of allegedly collecting advertising dollars while off the air, has withdrawn its broadcast licence renewal. Radio communautaire du Labrador has told the CRTC in a letter that the station has been off the air since July 2018 due to transmission server issues, however sources to the CBC say no local programming has been produced since 2015. The station also indicated it’s in talks with creditors.

QUB radio, Quebecor’s digital radio platform, has announced a strategic partnership with Groupe Nissan Gabriel, that will see the car dealership become the station’s main media partner. In addition to sponsorship and advertising, Groupe Nissan Gabriel will have in-show mentions during Dutrizac de 6 à 9 and at the opening of certain podcasts, as well as logo integrations across the QUB radio ecosystem (website, mobile app, social networks). The partnership will also be visible during QUB radio events in the form of a promotional vehicle and branding in the broadcast studio.

The Truth Sharing Podcasts have been released, inspired by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The series shares the truths of family members, survivors of violence, activists, elders, and artists. The project saw four female Indigenous writer/directors – Jacquie Black, Kaniehtiio Horn, Monique Hurteau and Eve Ringuette – travel to five communities and places: Norway House in Manitoba, Nain & Goose Bay in Labrador, The Highway of Tears in British Columbia, Métis Nation in the prairies, and Uashat mak Mani-Utenam in Quebec.  

The Canadian Podcast Listener (CPL) study, conducted by Audience Insights Inc. and Ulster Media with support from TPX (The Podcast Exchange), finds that on average 40% of monthly podcast listening in Canada is comprised of Canadian podcasts. However, fewer than one-third (30%) of the Top 50 podcasts with the greatest monthly reach were Canadian. Of the 15 Canadian podcasts appearing in the Top 50: Most – a total of nine – were not original podcasts, but rather time-shifted programming already broadcast on CBC Radio One or its French-language equivalent ICI Radio-Canada Première; two were original podcasts from private broadcasters; one was an original podcast from the CBC; and three were original podcasts from independent publishers. Read more here.

NEWSTALK 1010 (CFRB-AM) has a new podcast discussing the birth of the Toronto Raptors franchise. Unhatched is available on iHeartRadio.ca and the iHeartRadio App and hosted by reporter Ryan Doyle. It features interviews with Raptors franchise founder John Bitove, the team’s first draft pick Damon Stoudamire, and former coaches Butch Carter and Darrell Walker. It covers initial discussions that shaped the NBA team, how the name was chosen, and more.

IAB and PwC have released the third annual Podcast Revenue Report that shows marketers spent $479 million to advertise on podcasts in the U.S., an uptick of 53% from $314 million in 2017. Based on market trends and surveys returned by significant podcast companies in the U.S., the report projects revenues will top $1 billion in 2021. Driving the growth in revenues is podcast listening which continues to surge, increasing 7% in one year in the U.S.

Mark Elliot

Mark Elliot, longtime Toronto and Ottawa radio host, is in need of a headstone. Elliot died in January at the age of 65. His partner, Jarrett Rainhard, has set up a gofundme page. A celebration of life is planned for June 15 in Toronto.

CJRU Ryerson will hold its annual Kids Radio Camp from July 15-19 and July 22-26. Kids Radio Camp is an opportunity for kids ages 8-12 to learn the in’s and out’s of radio broadcasting, creating jingles, PSAs, and ending their week with a live broadcast with all of the content they’ve created. All activities happen on campus at Ryerson except for an afternoon excursion where the kids learn from industry professionals. Learn more here.

The National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA) Conference is underway this week in Toronto. On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The PodcastBarry Rooke, executive director of the NCRA, on community radio’s ongoing evolution and how the NCRA is helping campus stations prepare for the impact of Ontario’s Student Choice Initiative.


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