CBC Radio has revised its programming and schedule effective this week that includes an expanded edition of The Current with Matt Galloway until noon in most time zones to accommodate the latest updates and information on COVID-19. As a result, q is on temporary hiatus, however host Tom Power is still contributing regularly to The Current with stories of how artists are coping, in addition to feature interviews and content recommendations. CBC Music’s weekday schedule has shifted to all-Canadian programming in support of the Canadian music industry. Nationwide weekday programming includes Morning with CBC Music, hosted on a rotating basis by Saroja Coehlo and Daniel Greaves, now extended by one hour from 6 – 10 a.m. local time. A modified daytime show Midday with CBC Music, hosted on a rotating basis by Julie Nesrallah and Tom Allen, is airing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., preempting Tempo and Shift. New program Afternoons with CBC Music, hosted on a rotating basis by Angeline-Tetteh Wayoe and Rich Terfry, airs 3 – 7 p.m., temporarily replacing Drive. Canada Live, also hosted by Tetteh-Wayoe, expands to five evenings a week, 7 – 8 p.m., Monday to Friday on CBC Music.
The Late Shift with Jason Agnew, which originates from Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto, is being syndicated to iHeartRadio stations nationally. The overnight talk show, airing live from 1-4 a.m. ET, invites listeners to call in, share their stories, and stay informed. It’s being picked up by CJAD 800 Montreal, CJBK London, CFRA Ottawa, 610 CKTB St. Catharines, and CFAX Victoria. It replaces Coast-to Coast AM with George Noory. In addition to The Late Shift, Agnew also hosts Newstalk 1010’s Sunday Morning Trivia Show and Sunday Night’s Main Event on TSN Radio.
Virgin Mornings with Adam Wylde, TJ & Jax on Virgin Radio (CKFM-FM) Toronto has added a new livestream of their radio broadcast on Instagram from 6:30-7 a.m. and 8:30-9 a.m. ET. Since Mar. 18, the show has been broadcast live from Adam Wylde’s home in Toronto. The brainchild of producer Jesse Blake, the livestream adds an interactive element and allows discussions with viewers while off-air. Wylde is among those who participated in our latest Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast on adapting to working from home.
Bayshore Broadcasting’s Country stations – Country 93 (CKYC-FM) Owen Sound, Country 102 (CJMU-FM) Muskoka, Country 104.9 (CHWC-FM) Goderich and Country 105 (CFDC-FM) Shelburne – are presenting live concert “Tommy Gilham – The Social Distance Tour” on Friday, Mar. 27 on the station Facebook pages. Gilham, a recording artist who has worked with the Charlie Daniels Band, Hank Williams, Jr., and Marty Stuart, among other country legends, doubles as Saturday evening show host on all four stations. The concert gets underway at 2 p.m. ET.
Michael Godin is responding to social isolation by expanding his long-running Treasure Island Oldies online radio show, to go live for one hour, daily Monday to Friday, starting at 11 a.m. PT (2 p.m. ET). Vancouver-based Godin, a former Montreal disc jockey and A&M Records exec, will spin the music of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. He’ll also continue his weekly four-hour show that airs on online radio stations in Canada, the U.S., UK, New Zealand, and Sweden on the Broadcast Partners Network. Treasure Island Oldies is set to celebrate its 23rd Anniversary on May 4.
The Toronto Star has launched new daily news podcast, This Matters. Hosted by Adrian Cheung, Saba Eitizaz and Raju Mudhar, it features experts and newsmakers talking about social, cultural, political and economic stories. New episodes drop Monday to Friday at 5 p.m.
LISTEN: How are radio and TV adapting to self-isolation? On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we hear from a cross-section of programmers, on-air talent and more, on the challenges of the last week that saw most stations pivot to work from home scenarios. Among those sharing their thoughts are Global Toronto anchor Farah Nasser; Golden West Radio engineering director Laverne Siemens; Harvard Broadcasting National Program Manager Christian Hall; Adam Wylde, Virgin Radio Toronto; Mackay Taggart, Regional Director of News, Global News Ontario; Barbara Williams, EVP of English Services, CBC; James Peters, Assistant News Director, CFJC-TV & Radio, Kamloops, BC; Taz & Jim, FM96 London, ON; Anthony Farnell, Global News’ Chief Meteorologist; Shawn Turner, Country Brand Manager, Bayshore Broadcasting; and Lana Gay, afternoon drive, Indie88 Toronto.
LISTEN: On the latest Sound Off Podcast, Matt Cundill’s guest is Susie Erjavec Parker from Winnipeg’s Sparker Strategy Group on Content Creation in Social Isolation. Her and Matt cover adapting to working from home, the increased use of social media over the last week, and why radio’s time is now.
Infinite Dial 2020, the longest-running survey of American digital media behaviour, finds that AM/FM radio is still king in the car; smartphone, tablet and smartwatch growth has stalled; and that monthly podcast listening has now cracked the 100 million listener ceiling. Conducted by Edison Research and Triton Digital in January and February of this year by randomly dialing 1,502 Americans, 12+, the survey found that monthly podcast listening grew from 32 to 37% of the U.S. population or 104 million Americans. This year’s study also indicates that in-car shows the most potential for digital audio growth. AM/FM radio continues to lead in-car listening at 81%, down one percentage point from last year. Online radio is now being consumed in-car by 33% of drivers, up from 28%, while online audio via cel phone went up from 41 to 45% year-over-year. Tom Webster, Senior Vice-President at Edison Research, told Thursday’s webinar that how much online audio people are consuming amid the current disruption to most people’s daily routines is unpredictable right now. Read more here.
Radio Sales Cafe (RSC), the online gathering place founded by Grace Broadcast Sales in 2009 for radio advertising sales professionals to share resources, ideas, and solutions related to radio advertising sales, has created a new COVID-19 Roundtable to address the challenges stations are facing. Membership to RSC is free to all radio advertising salespeople, managers, owners, and allies.
Momentum Media Networks is offering A Better Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta to radio stations FREE for the next 90 days. CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent delivers facts and dispels rumours related to the spread of COVID-19. Learn more here.
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