CBC Podcasts launches Pressure Cooker on Sept. 5, a five-part series hosted by Dan Pierce that takes listeners deep undercover into a sprawling anti-terror investigation, drawing on more than 100 hours of police surveillance tape and interviews with John Nuttall and Amanda Korody, the couple convicted in 2015 of planting explosive devices on the grounds of the B.C. legislature in Victoria. Early access to Pressure Cooker is available to Canadian audiences via CBC Listen. Those outside of Canada can gain early access via CBC True Crime, a premium subscription channel available exclusively to international subscribers via Apple Podcasts. Launched in May, CBC True Crime is available in the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and Germany, with listeners still able to access CBC’s sponsorship-supported podcasts for free.
Curiouscast has released a new podcast series in partnership with Porsche Canada, called Driven By Her. Part of the Ongoing History of New Music, hosted by Alan Cross, the five- episode series explores the contributions made by some of the women who have changed modern music – from those who rocked the ‘90s to guitar heroes, female drummers, songwriters and producers. New episodes will be released monthly.
Jack Dawes is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. Dawes has been a key voice of agriculture in eastern Saskatchewan since the 1980s and is still working part-time at the age of 81, producing agricultural programming for The Rock 98.5 FM (CJJC-FM) Yorkton. Over the years, he worked at CKOS-TV and CJGX-FM Yorkton, before joining the Prairie Oat Growers Association as Executive Director from 2002-11. His induction ceremony will take place Nov. 12 in Saskatoon.
Behind The Mic: Five Decades Covering the News in the Maritimes by veteran talk show host Rick Howe is now in stores. Published by Pottersfield Press, Behind The Mic takes readers into radio newsrooms from the 1970s and on, drawing from Howe’s five decades on-air in Campbellton, NB, Saint John and Halifax. The RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award honouree also publicly discusses his ongoing battle with cancer that resulted in his decision to retire earlier than planned. Howe, 69, stepped away from his News 95.7 (CJNI-FM) morning talk show in May 2021 and officially retired in September of last year.
Buzz Bishop, morning host on Stingray’s XL 103 Calgary, has published a children’s book he wrote with his son. Out this week, My First Book of Sharks, is published by Callisto Media and explores fun facts about sharks around the world.
SiriusXM Canada and Jaguar Land Rover Canada have announced that beginning with the 2022 model year, SiriusXM is now a standard feature in all Jaguar and Land Rover models sold in Canada. Most Jaguar Land Rover models, including the New Range Rover, will include SiriusXM with 360L – SiriusXM’s advanced audio entertainment platform – as a standard feature. The standard availability is part of a new agreement that extends the relationship of the two companies into 2027. The Land Rover SiriusXM with 360L experience will also feature Pandora Stations, which gives the user the ability to create their own ad-free music stations based on the artist they are listening to.
Pacific Content’s Pippa Johnston asks Do you hear that hum? in her latest blog post exploring the risk of hearing loss for podcasters and what can be done to prevent further damage. Canada’s Occupational Health and Safety regulations recommend capping audio exposure at 87dBs over eight hours a day.
Voices, the London, ON-headquartered voice marketplace, has a released a new report indicating voice assistant applications are the top priority for more than 40% of marketing departments polled. The 2022 Voice Branding Trends Report also found that more than 35% cited social audio as a priority, while a little over 20% identified podcasting as their priority in 2022. 40% of respondents said they plan on using voice or sonic branding in their 2022 marketing strategy. Angela Hawkins, Voices’ VP of Marketing, says the report affirms that every industry is now being touched by and beginning to use sonic branding across tech, education, tourism, and other sectors.
LISTEN: Broadcast Dialogue welcomes Stephanie Donovan, Global Head of Revenue, at Triton Digital to the podcast to dive into current audio listening trends, including how smart speaker growth is driving listening habits, the revenue opportunities presented, and why this year’s Infinite Dial Canada is a great story for radio. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
LISTEN: Jenn Dalen-Gordon, Operations Manager for Stingray Radio’s B.C. Interior stations, is on the latest Sound Off Podcast. Dalen-Gordon also oversees about 20 other Country stations under the Real Country and New Country moniker. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here: