Radio & Podcast News – CBC/Radio-Canada takes Gold at New York Festivals

CBC Podcasts’ Run, Hide, Repeat, based on former CBC journalist Pauline Dakin’s memoir, has won Gold (Best Personal Lives Podcast) at the New York Festivals Radio Awards. Tom Power’s interview with Bono on CBC Radio’s ‘q’ also won Gold for Best Interview, while Radio-Canada podcast Immersion Rwanda and music program Minotan! secured Gold for Best Narrative/Documentary Podcast and Best Regularly Scheduled Music Program, respectively.  The public broadcaster claimed another five Silver Awards and six Bronze, while Toronto’s JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) won Bronze for Best Jazz Format. Find the full list of winners here.

Cabin Radio wants the Federal Court of Appeal to hear its case, following the CRTC’s denial of the Yellowknife online radio station’s application for an FM licence. The station’s appeal says the commission’s February decision was “unreasonable, incorrect, and arbitrary due to errors of law, jurisdiction, and fact.” The decision maintained the addition of another FM  station in the market would financially harm the only other commercial station, Vista Radio’s CJCD-FM, which has experienced an ongoing decline in revenues. Cabin Radio argues the CRTC did not follow the Broadcasting Act requirement to regulate the system in a manner that serves to “enrich and strengthen the culture, political, social and economic fabric” and encourage the development of Canadian expression. In the meantime, the station has reapplied and requested the two-year moratorium on such reapplications be lifted. 

The CRTC has denied an application from Alberta Indigenous radio station The Raven (CIWE-FM) to install a full-power retransmitter in Fort McMurray. The station is operated by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta (AMMSA), a not-for-profit Indigenous communications society that is the licensee of CIWE-FM Edmonton and CJWE-FM Calgary, and CFWE-FM-4 which distributes its signal via satellite to 35 FM rebroadcasting transmitters serving isolated or underserved Indigenous communities in Alberta. The commission says the AMMSA application failed to demonstrate “that the service had a connection with and was of interest to the community to be served.” CIWE-FM showcases Indigenous contemporary, rock, pop, blues, and hip-hop artists, in addition to other programming which it says would have been aimed at Fort McMurray’s urban Indigenous populations living off reserve.

Red Robinson, who passed away April 1 at age 86, had a posthumous send off Sunday afternoon at the Commodore Ballroom with hundreds of Vancouver media personalities showing up to pay tribute. Organized by talent manager Bruce Allen, show producer Gary Durban, and MC Al Murdoch, the event featured Wally Oppal, Terry David Mulligan, Larry Hennessey, Jim Byrnes, Andrew Loog Oldham and Wink Martindale sharing their memories of the veteran radio and TV personality. A public event is being planned for August for friends and fans who didn’t get a chance to pay tribute. Read Phil Mackesy’s personal tribute to Robinson here.

The Sonar Network has welcomed viral TikTok sensation Emily Rose’s It’s Become a Whole Thing to its independent podcast network. In the show, Montreal-based Rose offers a look at the best and worst moments of unscripted TV history, from cult documentaries to trashy early 2000s reality shows. Billed as a “high-brow analysis of the low-brow trash we love,” Rose weaves together analysis of the most vapid and addictive elements of pop culture with intelligent social commentary. The podcast joins Sonar ahead of the launch of Rose’s highly-anticipated book, The Stuff I Hate, a positivity journal published by Simon & Schuster, set for release on April 25. 

Canadian Music Week (CMW), in partnership with the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), will host the Canadian Live Music Industry Awards on June 9 at the Toronto Westin Hotel. The awards show will mark the 7th year honouring the live music industry. Awards will be presented across 22 categories including Best Teamwork in a Venue, Productions Manager of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Legends of Live, and Community Impact, in addition to new award, Your Future Boss, honouring an outstanding young leader representing the bright future of the live music industry. Find the full list of categories here. Nominations are open until April 28.

LISTEN: Vinnie Taylor, one half of Stingray’s morning show on Real Country 95.5 (CKGY-FM) Red Deer, Alberta, is Matt Cundill’s guest on the Sound Off Podcast. Taylor, who started his radio career in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, talks about his time at Kiss Calgary and what it’s like to work on a morning show that broadcasts right across Alberta. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

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