Nik Nanos, one of the country’s best-known pollsters, is hosting a new podcast for CTV News, alongside producer Michael Stittle, that will push out episodes three times a week leading up to the federal election. Trend Line promises to provide listeners with insight into “the public mood of Canadian voters” with the 15-minute podcast offering analysis of the latest polling results and tracking numbers. Trend Line is available on CTVNews.ca, iHeartRadio Canada, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts. It joins Kevin Newman’s new podcast Attention Control, which debuted Monday, and explores the impact digital media and technology will have on the election. Read more here.
When Life Gives you Parkinson’s, the podcast hosted by Corus National AM Radio director Larry Gifford, has been renewed for a second season. Gifford, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017 at age 45, co-hosts with CKNW Vancouver producer Niki Reitmayer. This season’s guests will include Rasheda Ali, daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali; Tim Hague, Season 1 winner of Amazing Race Canada; and Dave Clark, BBC television presenter. This season will also explore Gifford’s life, two years into his diagnosis. Parkinson Canada has signed on as the presenting partner of the second season, with UK charity Spotlight YOPD (Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease) on board as a content and promotional partner. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is also teaming up with Gifford to promote a series of free, educational panels in 2019-20 called Parkinson’s IQ + You. When Life Gives You Parkinson’s was a finalist in two categories at the Canadian Podcast Awards and was named one of the best of 2018 by Apple Podcasts Canada.
Melanie Case, of 95.1 The Peak (CKCB-FM) Collingwood, ON morning show Talk of the Town, is set to star in independent feature film Good Grief It’s Friday. Shooting at various locations around Simcoe County, the film noir is set for release in Spring 2020. Written and directed by Mike Patterson, the film will also feature Matt McLean, morning co-host at 93.1 Fresh Radio (CHAY-FM) Barrie.
“CKGM Rendez-Vous With You 2019, The 60th Anniversary Alumni Reunion” is set to take place Sept. 21 at Montreal’s Sir Winston Churchill Pub. Close to 120 station alumni are expected to attend, crossing all of CKGM’s incarnations, including its brief CHTX and CKIS rebrands in the late 80s and early 90s. CKGM Alumni can contact Marc Denis at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to confirm attendance.
LISTEN: SoundExchange, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit collective rights management organization, made waves a few weeks ago with the announcement that it’s collaborating with SourceAudio and Podcastmusic.com to make label and publisher-owned music available to the podcast industry. On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, Richard Conlon, SoundExchange’s Chief Corporate Development Officer, in his first-ever podcast interview, on the future of music licensing for the podcast space.
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