Terry DiMonte has announced he’s hanging up his headphones after a more than four-decade career in broadcasting. His last day on Montreal’s CHOM 97.7 morning show will be May 28. DiMonte kicked off his broadcast career in Churchill, MB in 1978 working as an announcer/operator for CBC’s Northern Service before joining Moffat Communications’ Winnipeg stations 92 CITI FM and 58 CKY. After a brief turn into A&R and band management, DiMonte joined the CHOM morning show in 1984. From there, morning show runs at MIX 96 (CJFM-FM) and CJAD 800 followed. After a five-year stint back at CHOM as part of “Terry & Ted in the Morning,” DiMonte headed to Calgary in 2008 to host the Q107 (CFGQ-FM) morning show. He’s been back on CHOM mornings since his return to Montreal in 2012. Read more here.
Scott Metcalfe officially retired April 30 as Rogers Sports & Media’s National Format Director of News and News Director at Toronto’s 680 News (CFTR-AM), which saw #ThanksScott trend on Twitter. Metcalfe’s career started in 1976 at CHAB Moose Jaw, SK, followed by a stint as a City Hall reporter at CHED Edmonton. He joined then Telemedia-owned CJCL Toronto in 1981, starting as Queen’s Park reporter and was made news director two years later. In 1992, when the station rebranded to The FAN 590, Metcalfe was appointed Sports Director and Executive Producer. When Rogers acquired CJCL in 2003, Metcalfe was subsequently named news director at 680 News and promoted in 2018 to National Format Director, overseeing the Rogers’ “Green Brand” news stations across the country.
After 45 years in radio, our leader, mentor and friend @Metcalfe680News is hanging up his microphone.
Scott has mentored thousands of broadcasters over the years. We are forever grateful for his kindness and empathy.
Congratulations on your retirement, Scott! #ThankYouScott pic.twitter.com/GrLlIHmiq4
— 680 NEWS Toronto (@680NEWS) April 30, 2021
Daryl McIntyre is officially joining 630 CHED Mornings, starting Friday. McIntyre left CTV Edmonton after 33 years, much of that time as co-anchor of CTV News at Six, in September of 2019. He resurfaced as a guest host with Corus Entertainment stations’ CHED and 770 CHQR Calgary this past February. He assumes the role vacated by Shaye Ganam, who has moved into the mid-morning time slot. McIntyre will be heard weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. MT, starting the same day co-host Chelsea Bird departs on maternity leave. Read more here.
Lynda Steele is stepping away from her afternoon talk show on Vancouver’s 980 CKNW at the end of May to spend more time with her family, including her father who is battling Alzheimer’s. Steele has been with the station since 2015, following a long career in television news that included 15 years with Global Edmonton. Prior to joining CKNW, she hosted CTV Vancouver nightly consumer segment and half-hour BNN show “Steele on Your Side.”
“My career can wait. And my family cannot.”@steeletalk tells listeners why she’s decided to leave the CKNW airwaves at the end of May.
We’re going to miss you, Lynda! ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Z5qU9q3QJx
— CKNW (@CKNW) May 5, 2021
Andy & TJ, aka Andy James and Tamara “TJ” Joel, will host mornings on Kelowna’s 103.9 The Lake (CKOV-FM), starting May 10, as the station debuts a veteran talent lineup. The husband and wife team were formerly heard on Bell Media’s 101.5 EZ Rock (CILK-FM) in the market, from 2003 up until December when the station rebranded as The Move. Mark Jeffries will host middays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jeffries was previously the host of middays on EZ Rock for 19 years. Crystal Darche takes on afternoon drive from 2 to 7 p.m. Darche, who grew up in Penticton and relocated to West Kelowna with her family last year, was most recently with Corus Radio Edmonton. Read more here.
maxine bailey has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), succeeding Slawko Klymkiw, who retired at the end of March after 15 years at the helm of the organization. bailey joins the CFC after 18 years with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), most recently as Vice-President, Advancement, where she was TIFF’s principal liaison with government, donors and members, and the festival’s chief fundraiser. She was also the driver behind Share Her Journey, TIFF’s five-year fundraising commitment aimed at achieving gender parity both behind and in front of the camera. Read more here.
Sarah Nathanson has been promoted within Thunderbird Entertainment Group to the position of Corporate Secretary and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for all Thunderbird divisions. Thunderbird says the move is part of efforts to consolidate its Senior Leadership Team. Prior to her promotion, Nathanson served as Thunderbird’s General Counsel, a responsibility she’ll continue to oversee as part of her expanded portfolio, in addition to taking on the role of Corporate Secretary as co-founder Cameron White steps down. Mark Miller has also departed Thunderbird and factual-focused subsidiary Great Pacific Media (GPM), five months after stepping down from his dual role as president of Thunderbird and CEO of GPM.
Farah Nasser is now anchoring Global National on Friday evenings and serving as fill-in anchor when needed, in addition to her regular duties with Global Toronto anchoring Global News at 5:30 & 6. Nasser has been with Global News since 2015.
Travis Dhanraj is returning to CBC News as a Senior Reporter in the Parliamentary Bureau. He rejoins the public broadcaster from Global News, where he’s been Queen’s Park Bureau Chief since 2018. Dhanraj was previously a reporter with CBC Toronto from 2011-14. He’s also worked as a producer for Entertainment Tonight Canada and CBS, and anchored and reported for CP24 and CTV News.
Maham Abedi, Senior Producer, Digital with CBC News, is returning to Global News after just eight months with the public broadcaster. She’ll take on the role of Network Managing Editor, overseeing the distribution of breaking news and original content across the broadcast, online and radio network. Abedi was previously with Global News for three and a half years as a national online journalist.
Nelly Gonzalez is leaving CBC Winnipeg to join the local edition of Global News Mornings as a producer. Gonzalez has been a newsreader and reporter with CBC Winnipeg for the last nine years.
Rebecca Lawrence is leaving Victoria’s CHEK News to return to the insurance industry. Lawrence was previously an insurance agent before taking BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program. She joined CHEK as a multimedia journalist and web editor in March 2020.
Peter Schaad has parted ways with TSN. Schaad had been the longtime Vancouver Whitecaps’ TV play-by-play announcer. He started calling games for the team in 2002 through it’s A-League, USL and MLS transitions and also hosted a daily Whitecaps show on AM1410 (CFTE-AM). Corey Basso and Colin Miller, who were formerly with TSN 1040 (CKST-AM), have been enlisted by new broadcast partner Corus Entertainment to call upcoming games on AM730 (CHMJ-AM).
Not going to lie…I’m a bit numb a the moment. Broadcasting soccer was a childhood dream, and it never really felt like a job.
I’m grateful for all the memories and the support of listeners/viewers from the USL days to the very disrupted @MLS 2020 season.
Time to regroup. pic.twitter.com/UHxHiMM65W
— Peter Schaad (@PeteSchaad) April 30, 2021
Jonny Parks has joined Hannah Witherbee as the morning show co-host on 93.9 Virgin Radio (CIDR-FM) Windsor. Hannah & Jonny is airing weekdays from 6-10 a.m. ET. Parks was previously the midday host on KiSS 105.3 (CISS-FM) Ottawa.
Al Lewis is joining Starboard Communications’ Cool 100 (CHCQ-FM) Belleville, ON as morning show co-host, alongside Jen McKay on “Cool Mornings with Lewis & McKay.” Lewis held a similar position with Corus Kingston for the last six years. He previously worked with Cool 100 from 2008-15 as the station’s production manager and evening announcer.
Scott Pettigrew will head up Acadia Broadcasting’s newly-acquired stations in Halifax as station manager for CKHY-FM and CKHZ-FM. Pettigrew has been station manager in Thunder Bay for the last five years. John Ongaro is promoted to station manager in Thunder Bay. Ongaro was previously PD for both 99.9 The Bay (CJUK-FM) and Country 105 (CKTG) and hosted The Bay morning show.
Kevin Jeffrey is the new News Director at 99.9 The Bay (CJUK-FM) and Country 105 (CKTG) Thunder Bay. Jeffrey has been a reporter and editor with the stations since September of last year. He takes over for Vic Krasowski, who retired last month after a 45-year career in radio.
Bob Keating has retired after 29 years at CBC and 35 years in radio. Based in Nelson, BC, Keating has been CBC’s sole reporter in the Kootenays since 2000. He’d been with the public broadcaster since 1992 after a career that started in Cranbrook in 1986. Keating has already dropped 10 episodes of his new podcast, Kootenay Time, and is also producing podcasts for others under the banner of his production company, Keating Words.
Jennifer Tory, who up until her retirement in Dec. 2019 was Chief Administrative Officer of RBC, and Cornell Wright, Executive Vice President of Wittington Investments Limited (the principal holding company of the Weston-Loblaw-Choice Properties group), have joined BCE’s Board of Directors. Following the company’s annual meeting, Barry K. Allen, Robert E. Brown, Thomas E. Richard and Paul R. Weiss have also retired from the BCE Board.