Radio & Podcast News – Rock 101’s Willy in the Morning expands reach to Calgary

Corus Radio is making the move to syndicate another of its major market morning shows. Starting Aug. 27, Q107 (CFGQ-FM) Calgary will air the Willy in the Morning show from its sister classic rock station Rock 101 (CFMI-FM) in Vancouver. Helmed by Willy Percy, Kim Seale and Alece Anderson, the show will air from 6 – 9 a.m. Q107 lost longtime morning host Jeff Brown last July when he made the move to JACK 96.9 (CJAX-FM) Vancouver. Most recently, afternoon drive host Tarzan Dan had been filling in on mornings. This is the second major market morning show Corus has replaced with syndicated programming in the past year. Last September, it made the rare move of bringing in Seattle-based syndicated morning show Brooke & Jubal In The Morning to JUMP! 106.9 (CKQB-FM) Ottawa. Read more here.

The Canadian Podcast Listener 2019 study from Audience Insights Inc. and Ulster Media has released some initial findings. Among them, that YouTube is indeed the leading platform for past year usage among monthly podcast listeners. More than four-in-10 (43%) say they went to YouTube for podcasts in the past year, ahead of Apple Podcasts/iTunes at 34% and a strong showing from the new arrival, Spotify, at 23%. Of those YouTube “primaries”, more than half say they watched/listened to the Joe Rogan Experience in the past month. Read more here.

Nielsen says despite the rise of new digital media platforms, radio – including online radio – remains one of the most popular ways for Canadians to listen to music. According to its 5th annual Canada Music 360 report, 58% of Canadian listeners are still tuning in to music-driven radio. Nielsen says online radio is now the go-to listening format among teens and young adults, as 67% of teens and 73% of Millennials listen to music online in a typical week, compared with 50% of the general population. Online streaming is also playing a huge role in music discovery among young listeners, with 58% of teens and 68% of Millennials discovering new music through online streaming, well above the 45% among the general population. Comparatively, 65% of the general population is exposed to new music via traditional radio. 33% of consumers say they listen to more podcast content than they did a year ago. Among Millennials, the growth is notably higher at 47%.

SoundExchange has announced plans to collaborate with SourceAudio to provide a new solution for the rapidly growing podcast industry to secure globally licensed, commercial music. The collaboration would provide Podcastmusic.com, a digital music marketplace for podcasters, with access to SoundExchange’s membership of music creators and offer licensing for label and publisher-owned music. The collaboration promises to provide music creators another avenue for monetization, while enhancing Podcastmusic.com’s current database of 700,000 production and music bed tracks. The service is anticipated to launch in 2020. Participation by publishers, labels, and other rights owners will be on a voluntary basis.

Jeff Fillion

Le Conseil de presse du Quebec says comments by host Jeff Fillion on CHOI 98.1 Quebec City perpetuated prejudices against Mexican workers. Fillion suggested immigration would be a solution to the labor shortage. In its decision, the Council argued that by suggesting to go and get Mexicans, “guys from Central America” ​​because they are “not afraid of the book,” that “it’s going to take a damn boil before they speak French” and that they “will not disgust you with union stories and patents alike”, the facilitator discriminated by conveying prejudices that Mexicans and Latin Americans represent a docile workforce that will never learn French and have little interest in labour law. The Council concluded Fillion exceeded the limits of journalistic ethics.

iHeartRadio Canada has launched its new Artist Radio feature which provides users with a personalized listening experience, including playlists dedicated to favourite artists and genres. Listeners can search for their favourite artists, or click on the radio tab on the bottom of the app to view the Featured Artist Radio playlists. Once the user finds the artist of their choice, Artist Radio begins to play songs from that artist along with similar artists, and music within that artist’s genre.

LIFE 100.3 (CJLF-FM) Orillia is celebrating 20 years on the air in Central Ontario this Saturday, Aug. 17. LIFE 100.3 launched on Aug. 15, 1999 with the help of volunteers and the vision of station manager Scott Jackson. It’s since grown to include three “Ontario’s Christian Superstation” repeater stations: 90.1 Owen Sound, 89.3 Peterborough and 98.9 Huntsville. Details on Saturday’s celebration at First Baptist Church in Orillia can be found at www.lifeonline.fm.

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB) has announced the lineup for a Production Supersession taking place at this year’s fall conference, Connection 2019. Running Nov. 7, the event will feature Core Image Studio Inc.’s Justin Dove; Staxx Williams, head of imaging for iHeartRadio in New York; and Ron Tarrant, director of Reelworld Productions’ RED hit music imaging, who also serves as the national imaging voice for Rogers’ rock stations. Learn more about Connection 2019 here.

This week’s episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast features veteran TV newsman Kevin Newman – the latest broadcaster to announce a move into the podcast space. Editor Connie Thiessen speaks to Newman about his pivot to what he terms “narrow-casting”, the impact of technology on the coming federal election and the future of news.


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