— Tarzan Dan Freeman (@TarzanDan) December 20, 2022
Corus Entertainment’s Q107 (CFGQ-FM) Calgary is headed for a format flip on Monday, Jan. 9. The station has carried the Q107 branding and variations on the Classic Rock format since 2004 when its predecessor CKIK-FM dropped its Hot AC playlist and the station call letters were changed to CFGQ-FM. Hosts “Tarzan Dan” Freeman and Cam Sullivan marked their last shows on Q107 on Dec. 16. Freeman, well-known for his run hosting YTV Hit List with Tarzan Dan throughout the ’90s, has been with Q107 since 2016. Heard in afternoon drive, he was one of a handful of local voices left on the station. Cam Sullivan, who had hosted middays since 2020, is staying with the company, joining Corus’ Country 105 (CKRY-FM) across the hall as Assistant Program Director. Read more here.
Numeris has released additional insights from the fall 2022 PPM ratings, revealing that out-of-home radio tuning got a boost with the return of more Canadians to the office. Reflecting listening data for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton between Aug. 29 and Nov. 27, the share of out-of-home tuning, A25-54, was up two percentage points to 66%, year-over-year, with drive and daytime up four and five per cent, respectively. Overall, Numeris says AM/FM radio reached 86% of Canadians, A12+, flat with fall 2021. Reach was highest in Franco Montreal (91.4%), Calgary (88.3%), and Edmonton (86.5%). Time spent listening was stable across all five PPM markets with average time spent listening highest for Montreal Franco at 9.5 hours, followed by Montreal Anglo at 8.3 hours. Listening time was lowest in Vancouver at six hours. Radio livestreaming, A12+, was down one per cent year-over-year to nine per cent, consistent with fall 2020. Read more here.
OnAir Coach Presenter Training has announced the winners of its 2022 Radio Awards. With 1,400 votes cast, several Canadian stations and personalities were recognized in the international awards including Kolter Bouchard of 102.1 the Edge Toronto who won the “Going to Take Over the World” honour and placed second in the “Best TikTok Radio Profile” category. CHFI Toronto’s Troy Scott was runner-up for “Best PD To Have As a Boss”; while Q107 Toronto’s Dan Chen placed second in the “Future PD” category. Tarzan Dan came in second for “Most Inspirational On-Air Person,” while Roz & Mocha of KiSS 92.5 Toronto were runners-up for “Top Morning Show North America.” Syndicated personality Greg Beharrell was runner-up for “Funniest On-Air Personality.” In the “Best Industry Podcast” category, Broadcast Dialogue was honoured to come in second behind the Sound Off Podcast. Find the full list of winners here.
boom 97.3 (CHBM-FM) Toronto annual fundraiser “Stu Jeffries $1000 Make-A-Wish Minute” wrapped up on Dec. 23, raising a record-breaking $550,000 for Make-A-Wish Canada. Matching every dollar won during contest play (three times a morning), this year’s total will grant wishes to 55 kids with health challenges. Surpassing last year’s record of $465,000, Make-A-Wish Minute has raised more than $2 million over the last eight years.
Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye has been named the 2022 recipient of the Canadian Music Week (CMW) Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award in recognition of his longstanding commitment to charitable initiatives. Slaight Communications and CMW annually bestow the award on a Canadian artist, in recognition of their contribution to social activism and support of humanitarian causes. The Slaight Family Foundation will make a donation of $50,000 to a charity of Tesfaye’s choosing. Over the past few years, Tesfaye has donated over $8.3 million to numerous causes, including a $1,000,000 donation through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to relief efforts in Ethiopia. Read more here.
— Lisa Brandt (@lisambrandt) January 2, 2023
Erin Davis and Lisa Brandt launch their new podcast collaboration Thursday. Gracefully and Frankly promises honest discussion on a range of issues from the former CHFI Toronto morning show alumni. Brandt was most recently on-air at 1290 CJBK London, while Davis – who retired from CHFI in 2016 – has been busy recording sleep stories pod, Drift with Erin Davis, among other projects.
LISTEN: If you attended Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Connection ’22, you may have taken in the first panel of this year’s conference, The Wizards of Aus, looking at the moment of resurgence radio is having in Australia. Part of that growth is attributed to Boomtown – a collaboration between Southern Cross Austereo, ARN, Prime Media Group, WIN Network, Australian Community Media, Imparja, News Corp Australia and oOh!media – which markets regional radio and television to national advertisers. While 9.1M residents live in regional Australia, and the average income is $93K a year, just 10% of national media budgets were spent there when the campaign started. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we welcome Boomtown Chairperson and Chief Sales Officer for Southern Cross Austereo, Brian Gallagher, to talk about how educating media buyers has paid off and why he’s bullish on the outlook for commercial radio.
LISTEN: Rob Greenlee, SVP of Content and Partnerships at Libysn and co-host of the New Media Show with Todd Cochrane, returns to the Sound Off Podcast. The Podcasting Hall of Famer joins Matt Cundill to talk about many of the challenges podcasters are contemplating these days, including getting their heads around a video strategy for their podcasts. They also discuss the role podcasting can play when it comes to live and local and whether podcasting can take that from radio? Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:
FEATURE: Where will the next wave of radio talent come from? Dave Charles writes that it’s a question he’s been asked over and over again by clients, radio owners and personalities who are not sure that radio has a future in a fragmented media world. Read more here.