Radio & Podcast News – CRTC hearing to review non-compliance by McBride Communications stations

The CRTC will hold a hearing on Sept. 5 in Gatineau to review repeated instances of non-compliance by McBride Communications-owned stations CHMZ-FM Tofino, CFPV-FM Pemberton, CIMM-FM Ucluelet and CKPM-FM Port Moody. CKPM-FM has been off the air since April 2018. The commission will also consider an application to transfer ownership of CHMZ-FM and CIMM-FM to Tofino station manager Cameron Dennison. An application by CJNE FM Radio Inc. will also be heard to obtain a new broadcasting licence to operate an English-language, low-power commercial FM radio station in Nipawin, SK. The station would operate at 89.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. The applicant is proposing a country music format, with 126 hours of local programming per broadcast week.

The Slaight Family Foundation is making a $15-million donation over six years to United Way Greater Toronto. The Allan Slaight Seniors Fund will help connect vulnerable seniors with community support to help them remain in their homes. Slaight, who is now 87, was a volunteer United Way board member for nine years.

Kathy Kenzora

Kathy Kenzora is hosting and co-producing a new podcast for Corus’ Curiouscast network exploring the decade that brought us the grunge movement, Seinfeld and The Spice Girls, and was also marked by the fall of the Berlin Wall, the L.A. riots, and Columbine. History of the 90’s expands on Kenzora’s popular History of 1995 podcast, which made Apple’s Best Canadian Podcasts list in 2018. Kenzora is a former reporter who worked for AM 640 (CFMJ-AM) and Q107 (CILQ-FM) in the 1990s, covering the Paul Bernardo trial and Queen’s Park, among other news of the day. The podcast is set to drop July 17. Read more here.

Terry O’Reilly

Terry O’Reilly, host of CBC Radio One’s Under the Influence, revealed on Matt Cundill’s Sound Off Podcast that he’s launching a podcast company. O’Reilly said the venture will be launched as a “family business” and create original podcasts.

Bullet, an app that allows podcast listeners to share captioned video snippets of podcasts, has launched as a free download in the App Store. Bullet enables users to share up to a 30-second clip from any podcast and share the snippet with their friends as a captioned video.

Headliner Video, the social video creation platform aimed at the radio and podcasting community, has signed SiriusXM as an enterprise customer. The deal allows SiriusXM and Pandora employees to quickly repurpose audio content into social video. SiriusXM has been using Headliner for more than a year to produce videos for its social channels. Headliner allows anyone promoting an audio clip to layer in captions, various styles of a moving waveform, animations, text, images, transitions and effects to quickly create a social ready video. Audio promoters can also add in their show or company logo, intro and outro videos, and create templates to match the look and feel of their brand. Headliner has now grown to over 75,000 users.

On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we bring you highlights from this year’s Canadian Music Week panel on elevating young and diverse voices in Canadian media, featuring CHUM-FM morning host Jamar McNeil, Kiss 104.9 Vancouver’s Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu, Missy Knott from 95.7 ELMNT FM, Virgin Radio Toronto’s Jax Irwin, and Flow 95.3 host Peter Kash, followed by an interview with broadcast executive Denise Donlon on why diverse hiring is good for business.


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