News Talk Sauga 960 AM (CKNT-AM) Mississauga officially launched daily programming Monday morning, with its on-air lineup featuring Mike Bullard and former CRTC commissioner Marc Patrone, among other personalities. The station soft-launched Sept. 4, nearly seven years after getting approval from the CRTC. Its owner Elliott Kerr also owns local OHL team the Mississauga Steelheads, which Sauga 960 AM is broadcast home to. A morning show has yet to be announced with the station’s current on-air schedule featuring The Marc Patrone Show from 9 – 11 a.m., focusing on politics and business. A broadcast journalist and columnist, Patrone served as CRTC commissioner from 2008-13 before taking a job with Sun News heading the specialty channel’s Western Canadian operations. Bullard will host drive-home show The Getaway from 4 – 7 p.m. with co-host Lawrence Morganstern, a Toronto-based writer and comedian. The show marks Bullard’s return to talk radio after he was relieved as host of Beyond the Mic with Mike Bullard on NewsTalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto in 2016, following allegations he later pleaded guilty to of harassing ex-girlfriend and CityNews reporter Cynthia Mulligan. Read more here.
TVO podcast On Docs has launched. Hosted by Colin Ellis, each episode welcomes documentary filmmakers in conversation. The first two episodes feature Winnipeg-born documentarian Astra Taylor (What Is Democracy) and Emmy Award-winning director/producer Deeyah Khan (White Right: Meeting The Enemy).
CBC daily news podcast Front Burner, hosted by former Toronto Star investigative reporter Jayme Poisson, launched Monday. Dropping weekday mornings at 6 a.m. ET, Front Burner aims to bring context to big national and international stories. Read more here.
SiriusXM Canada’s 200+ channels are now available to subscribers via Amazon Alexa. Content available on Amazon Alexa will mirror what is available to subscribers streaming on the SiriusXM app, based on level of subscription.
The 25th Annual XFM Hospital Help Day Raffle raised $66,190 on Oct. 24. Broadcast on 98.9 XFM (CJFX-FM) Antigonish, NS, this year’s fundraising brings the event’s 25-year total to $1.2 million, benefiting the St. Martha’s Regional Hospital Foundation.
90.5 myFM (CKXM-FM) Exeter, ON once again partnered with The South Huron Hospital Foundation in another successful radiothon Oct. 19 to raise nearly $20,000 Throughout the seven-hour live broadcast, myFM hosts Chris Soares and JD Moffat interviewed guests whose stories helped inspire donations from around the region. The event was part of the year-long campaign to help cover the cost of new x-ray equipment for SHH including a new portable ultrasound machine.
101.5 myFM (CKMO-FM) Orangeville, ON received the 2018 Business of the Year Award (under 10 employees) at this year’s Dufferin Board of Trade Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 18. The station’s nomination reads “Each day, their teams leverage the power of local radio and their local websites to help make a difference in our community. myFM’s mandate has been to always provide a price point that every business can afford. The General Managers, News Teams, On-Air Personalities and support staff take great pride in their responsiveness to the issues and events impacting the lives of their audiences. MyFM Orangeville’s local staff in Dufferin County volunteer, show-up, sit on committees, speak at events and donate to local charities.”
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