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Radio & Podcast News – Numeris Spring PPM and Diary Ratings

Numeris’ Spring PPM ratings reflect the 13-week period from Feb. 27 to May 28. In Toronto, CBC Radio One is #1, A12+, delivering a 12.6% share, followed by boom 97.3 at 10.8%. CHUM-FM is #1 with women 25-54 with a 11.2% share. CKNW claimed #1, A12+, in Vancouver with a 12.5% share of hours tuned. Taking the top spot for F25-54 is 94.5 Virgin Radio with 19.2%, also holding the lead for M25-54 listeners (12.0%). In Edmonton, CISN Country takes #1, A12+, posting a 9.6% share. 102.3 NOW! holds top spot for F25-54, delivering a 18.2% share (up from 14.9%). NOW Radio! is #1 with M25-54 with a 11.9% share. CBC Radio One leads the way in Calgary for A12+ with a 10.0%. C97.7 is popular with women, taking #1 for F25-54, delivering a 10.3% share, while X92.9 rules with M25-54 at 12.9% (down from 14.7%). In Montreal, CHMP 98.5 FM is #1, A12+ (Franco), with a 23.5% share. For A12+ (Anglo), CJAD 800 is #1 with a 23.7%. For F25-54 (Anglo), The Beat 92.5 is way out in front with a 38.8 % share (up from 32.5%) and #1 M25-54 (Anglo) at 21.2%. Read David Bray’s breakdown here.

Numeris’ Spring 2023 Diary release covers the period from May 2, 2022 to April 30, 2023. As David Bray notes in his breakdown, it’s worth mentioning that radio reached 84% of Adults 25-54. In Ottawa-Gatineau, CBC Radio One was out in front, delivering a 17.8% share, A12+, also #1 with women 25-54 with a 12.5% share, and men 25-54 (10.7%). In Winnipeg, CBC Radio One was #1, A12+, with a 15.4% share of hours tuned. Top spot for F25-54 goes to QX104 with a 13.3% share. For M25-54 listeners, 92 CITI-FM is #1 with an 11.8 %. CBC Radio One was also #1 in Halifax, posting an impressive 20.6% share of hours tuned. Move 100 takes top spot for F25-54, delivering a 12.8% share, while Q104 is tops with M25-54 with a 15.2% share and also takes the lead with M18-34 at 24.4%. For Hamilton originating stations, KX 94.7 leads the way, A12+, with a 7.1%, followed by Bounce 102.9 with 6.1%. KX 94.7 was #1 with F25-54, delivering an 11.1 % share and M25-54 with an 8.3% share as well as M18-34 (10.1%) and F18-34 (14.0%). In Victoria, CBC Radio One was #1, A12+, with a 19.6% share. Virgin Radio is tops with women, F25-54 (15.1%). For M25-54, The Q is on top at 20.0%. Read more here.


StatsRadio has released new survey data from markets in New Brunswick, Ontario and British Columbia where the Quebec-based audio insights company has client stations. Based on a web panel of 473 respondents, among the report’s insights are that 84% of AM/FM listeners are tuning on a traditional radio, 29% streaming radio via their cellphone, 20% listening on a desktop computer, 18% tuning via smart speaker, and another 16% through their television. In-car listening accounts for 76% of listening, compared to 29% at home and another 16% at work. When asked about their go-to local news source during a special event like a power outage, storm, or road closure, 67% of respondents answered “my local radio station and its website or social networks,” 26% said social media, 25% cited CBC and its platforms, and another 13% said their local newspaper. Read more here.

Stingray Radio stations across Canada are now available via Bell Media’s iHeartRadio Canada app. The partnership sees Stingray radio stations, including boom 97.3 (CHBM-FM) Toronto, Q104 (CFRQ-FM) Halifax, Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM) Vancouver, and K97 (CIRK-FM) Edmonton, join iHeartRadio Canada’s roster of stations and podcasts. The newly-added Stingray stations will promote iHeartRadio Canada on-air, while also continuing to stream on their respective websites and via other apps, including the Radioplayer Canada platform. Read more here.

SiriusXM Canada has announced the launch of its Black Music Month celebrations with limited-engagement channels including The 2PAC Channel, So So Def Radio, Billboard Top 500 R&B Countdown, and Hip Hop Top 500, in addition to specialty programming. Throughout June Mixtape: North (ch.164), the 24/7 Canadian Hip-Hop and R&B channel, will feature performances by LAVI$H, Savannah Ré and Boi-1da. PARTYNEXTDOOR will also hold an in-studio takeover June 23. Influence Franco (ch. 174) programming will include Montréal Hip-Hop artist and historian Kapois Lamort delving into the often-untold history of the impact of Black music on Québécois culture. Canada Talks (ch. 167) will also honour Black Music Month with a variety of feature interviews and special programming all month long.


Canadaland has initiated an open call for pitches, actively seeking original podcast ideas from across Canada and globally, to fund, produce, and release. The podcast network, which is entering its second decade, says for a series to spark its interest “it needs to be unique, surprising, and instantly compelling.” While known for its longform investigations, Canadaland says it’s also interested in new formats and genres, including comedy, considering concepts for both limited and ongoing series. As previously reported, the network recently signed a multi-year first-look deal with Entertainment One (eOne) to develop its journalism for scripted and unscripted television series and documentaries.

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Cumulus Media and Signal Hill Insights have released the Spring 2023 Podcast Download Report, diving in to the listening habits of weekly podcast consumers in the U.S. One of this year’s key findings is that podcast consumers have embraced YouTube as the number one podcast platform, particularly for podcast discovery. Podcast Download found listeners spend nearly as much time on YouTube listening to podcasts without visuals as they do while watching. It also found podcast advertising, which the report indicates is up 16 points year-over-year, captures hard-to-reach, ad-free video streamers, noting that weekly podcast consumers are also heavy viewers of ad-free video streaming services. Read more here.

LISTEN: Rick Cummings, President, Programming Radio at Emmis Communications, is on the Sound Off Podcast. In this episode, Cummings talks about his favourite mistakes, how Emmis accidentally purchased a top-ranked radio station in WLOL-AM in the Twin Cities, and his experiences working with great talent from David Letterman to syndicated radio host, Big Boy. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

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