Friday, September 29, 2023

Radiodays North America announces first round of speakers

Radiodays North America has announced the first round of speakers appearing at the inaugural conference, June 8-9 in Toronto, as part of Canadian Music Week (CMW).

Taking place at the Harbour Castle Westin Hotel, the expansion of the Radiodays radio and audio industry conference brand to North America, replaces the long-running Radio Active conference.

Featured speakers will include: Aled Haydn-Jones, Head of Radio 1 at BBC, on successfully attracting youth audiences; Catherine Burns, Artistic Director of The Moth Podcast, on the journey of storytelling vs. story taking; James Cridland, Radio Futurologist and Editor of Podnews, on the best new podcasting tools and how radio stations can utilize them; Dennis Clarke, Vice President of Talent Development, iHeartMedia, on developing on-air personalities; in addition to Duncan Campbell, Chief Content Officer, ARN; Sarah Van Mosel, Executive Vice President of Podcast Revenue, iHeartMedia; and Fatima Zaida, Founder/CEO of Quill Inc.

Additional speakers include Alan Cross, President, Brain Dead Dog Productions; Alison Broddle, CBC/Radio-Canada, Senior Director; Angela Perelli, Angela Perelli Coaching; Caroline Gianias, President, Radio Connects; Chris Ebbott, Vice President, Programming / National Classic Hits Format, Audacy; Dan Misener, Co-Founder, Bumper; David Plotz, CEO, City Cast; Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media; James Howard, Regional Senior Vice President of Programming, iHeartMedia Chicago; Jeff Leake, Director of Podcasts, Listenership, Music Programming, SiriusXM Canada; John Parikhal, Joint Communications Corp.; Larry Rosin, President, Edison Research; Peter Niegel, GM, Radiodays Europe; Sarah Cummings, Director of Radio Content, iHeartRadio & Orbyt Media; Steve Parsons, GM Toronto and National Director of Programming, Stingray Radio; Steve Pratt, The Creativity Business; Steve Jones, SVP Radio, Stingray Radio; Susan Marjetti, General Manager, CBC News, Current Affairs and Local English Services; Tom Webster, Sounds Profitable; and Valerie Geller, Geller Media International.

Radiodays North America will also feature a Radio Awards Luncheon on June 9, among other opportunities to network and take in CMW events. Registration is now open.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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