Radio & Podcast News – VOCM’s Brian Madore earns RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award

Brian Madore

Brian Madore is the winner of this year’s RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award for the East Region. Madore, a 1980 graduate of the radio broadcasting course at the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology in Halifax, started his broadcast career at CRXL, which broadcast over the Dartmouth Community Cable Channel. After seven months, he was hired in news by CKYQ in Grand Banks, NL, and soon promoted to flagship station CJYQ St. John’s. Madore spent a short time at CFNB Fredericton, NB before returning to St. John’s and VOCM in 1984. Madore has been with the station ever since, including a three-year stint serving as news director. He’ll be presented with his RTDNA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award during the East Regional Meeting on Mar. 30.

Lisa Keys and David Kaye

Benztown’s Top 50 list of radio imaging voice talent in the U.S. and Canada is out. The index is devised surveying over 300 broadcast groups using a proprietary formula weighting voice talent visibility from a number of factors, including station count, station information, and audience. Several Canadians made the list including Lisa Keys, who does voice work for The Bear (CFBR-FM) Edmonton, Hot 100.5 (CFJL-FM) Winnipeg, and Rogers’ country stations in eight markets. Loyalist College ’86 grad David Kaye, who is now based in Los Angeles, also made the list. A special highlight of this year’s Benztown 50 was the first-ever presentation of the Benztown Iconic Voice Award for Lifetime Achievement in Voiceover presented to legendary voiceover talent Chris Corley. Corley, 55, best known as the voice of FOX, MLB, Discovery Channel, Nickelodeon and the Broadway show and tour of Book of Mormon, passed away Mar. 21 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Corus’ 104.3 Fresh Radio (CKWS-FM) Kingston is the new radio home of Toronto Blue Jays games in the market, starting with the season home opener on Thurs., Mar. 28. 104.3 Fresh Radio will carry every evening and weekend games throughout the regular season, with both a pre-game and post-game show for each broadcast.

Fairchild Radio (CHKT-AM) Toronto held an 11-hour radiothon on Mar. 7 at Toronto Western Hospital. The on-location event raised over $190,000 the hospital foundation.

KiSS 99.3’s Mark Kinsman

The KiSS Minutes Matter Radiothon on Mar. 22 raised more than $52,000 for the Timmins and District Hospital Foundation. Airing from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on KiSS 99.3 (CKGB-FM), local doctors, nurses and patients shared their stories on-air to raise funds aimed at improving patient service times in the hospital’s challenged emergency department.

The Rosalie Award nomination deadline has been extended until Apr. 1. Named for Rosalie Trombley, the longtime music director at CKLW-AM Windsor-Detroit, Rosalie Award recipients are women who have had successful careers in the radio industry and are seen as leaders, mentors, and people making a difference in our business. Last year’s winner was CHFI Toronto personality Maureen Holloway. Find nomination info here.

Radioplayer Canada celebrates its second anniversary this month of streaming Canadian radio stations to millions of listeners each week. On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, our publisher Shawn Smith in conversation with Michael Hill, managing director of Radioplayer Worldwide, on the rise of radio streaming, the future of the in-dash radio experience and the challenges of smart speaker adoption.

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