Brad Dryden will join Natalie Fournier on the Mix 96-5 (CKUL-FM) Halifax morning show, starting Feb. 5, following the departure of Frankie Hollywood in December. Dryden leaves Newcap sister station Z98.9 (CIZZ-FM) Red Deer, where he’s been hosting the morning show for the past year. Dryden previously did an eight-year stint in the Halifax market as host of the C100 (CIOO-FM) Breakfast Club.
Shawn Turner, brand manager for Bayshore Broadcasting’s country stations has taken over program director duties for Country 104.9 (CHWC-FM) Goderich, which rebranded Jan. 2 from AC format 104.9 the Beach. Mike Brough remains operations manager, along with morning team Matt Hussey and Fadi Didi, and midday host Kati Durst, who remain in their roles.
Edison Research has made several internal promotions in advance of significant expansion of its digital audio portfolio and syndicated Share of Ear research series. Rob Farbman is promoted to executive vice president, while Melissa Kiesche and Tom Webster are promoted to senior VP roles. Nicole Beniamini, Randall Brown, Megan Lazovick, Mary Meyn, Johanna Roche are also newly-minted VPs, in addition to Laura Silvia, who is the new VP of Digital Operations and Information Technology. Clint Stevenson has been hired as VP, Data Science.
Carter Brown has parted ways with KiSS FM (CISS-FM) Ottawa. Brown had been part of the KiSS morning show since Aug. 2004 when he moved over from Hot 89.9 (CIHT-FM) Ottawa with Andrew Boyle and Sandra Plagakis. Plagakis remains with the station.
Mike McFarland is the new evening announcer at Live 105 (CKHY-FM) Halifax. McFarland was most recently working in radio as a part-time announcer at Q104 (CFRQ-FM) Halifax.
Tara Kemes has been named general manager at Cinesite Vancouver. The former Rainmaker executive will manage the company’s feature animation studio, which is currently working on an animated remake of The Addams Family for MGM. Kemes takes over from Nicole Stinn.
Jamie Schouela has been promoted to president of Canadian media at Blue Ant. Schouela had been EVP of Canadian media since 2015, after joining the company in 2013 as EVP, marketing and communications. In his new role, he’ll continue to head up the Love Nature, BBC Earth, Cottage Life, T+E, A.Side, Makeful, Smithsonian Channel Canada and HIFI channels. Prior to Blue Ant, Schouela served as VP, marketing at Shaw Media.
Norman James has parted ways with CTV London. James had been with the station since 2002, initially as sports anchor, until budget cuts led to the position’s elimination this past March and he moved over to news.
Ian Power has taken over mornings at Pulse 107.7 (CISF-FM) Surrey. A longtime host in the Vancouver market, most recently on CKNW-AM’s weekend talk shows, Power takes over from Dave Sheldon, who left to join Sportsnet 650 (CISL-AM). Neil Morrison, who had been filling in, moves back to afternoon drive.