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Radio & Podcast News – In-home tuning down, in-car up in Numeris fall diary release

Numeris’ fall diary release covers the period from Nov. 7, 2022 to Nov. 5, 2023. It is worth mentioning that, in these 22 markets, radio reached 82% of adults 12+ and 84% of adults 25-54. This fall, 38% of A25-54’s listening occurred in their vehicles, up 4% from fall 2022. In-home tuning, now at 33%, has decreased four percentage points from the previous fall. Canadians 12+ in the top markets spent an average of 13.4 hours per week listening to radio, while Quebecers 12+ spent 15.8 hours per week listening. Read David Bray’s breakdown for Ottawa, Winnipeg, Hamilton, Victoria and Halifax here.

Media Technology Monitor (MTM) has released new data indicating online audio is the main source of listening for newcomers to Canada. MTM found that while traditional radio remains popular with four in five anglophones (80%) and 86% of French speakers, that number goes down to just one in three newcomers (35%). One in five (19%) newcomers listen to online radio, while 12% subscribe to satellite radio. Popularity of traditional radio is higher among those coming from the Americas (49%), men (36%), newcomers over the age of 35 (43%), those who live in Alberta (42%) and those within the highest income brackets. MTM found the majority (91%) of newcomers are opting for online audio, with listening to music on YouTube the most popular way of audio consumption (76%), followed by music streaming services (62%). Read more here.

SiriusXM Canada and Lucid Group have announced that SiriusXM audio streaming is now available to all new and existing Canadian Lucid owners. SiriusXM access will be available as an optional subscription on the entire Lucid Air vehicle lineup. All Lucid Air owners will receive a three-month trial. Engineered with future-ready hardware, Lucid owners already subscribing to SiriusXM will also have access to SiriusXM’s Pandora Stations feature, which enables drivers to create their own personal channels that play more of what they want, drawing content from SiriusXM’s vast music library. 

The National Campus & Community Radio Association (NCRA) 2024 Community Radio Awards in Broadcast and Online (aka the CRABOs) are open for submissions. Submissions close March 1. Learn more here.

The 840 CFCW “Critters” Charity Hockey Team is celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary. What started on Nov. 25, 1993 in Thorhild, AB as an extension of CFCW’s Edmonton Oilers broadcasts has now visited hundreds of communities, raising over $1.2 million for local charities. To mark the 30th anniversary, the CFCW Critters returned to Thorhild on Nov. 30, including seven members of the original team (Tom Easy/Doug Hawryluk/Chuck Tetrault/Tim Ellis/Syd Smith/Shane Clemmer/Marty Stevens), joining the current Critter team for the game. The event helped raise over $27,000 and will guarantee the Critters push past $1.3-million dollars raised later this season. Read more here.

LISTEN: Former Clear Sky Radio President Paul Larsen is on the Sound Off Podcast discussing buying 103.9 The Lake in Kelowna during the pandemic, which he’s now in the process of selling to Pattison Media. Larsen discusses his lengthy radio career and offers up some stories from throughout the years, as well as his thoughts on the future of radio.

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FEATURE: The AM band is being prematurely abandoned by big broadcasters, says CINA Radio Group founder Neeti P. Ray, who is seeking approval to buy Bell Media’s AM stations in Windsor and Hamilton. Ray, who operates South Asian news, talk and music station, CINA 1650 AM Mississauga, FLOW 98.7 (CKFG-FM) Toronto, and multi-ethnic stations CINA-FM Windsor and CKIN-FM Montréal, has entered into an agreement to purchase CHAM and CKOC Hamilton and CKWW Windsor. Set to appear before a Feb. 8 CRTC hearing, Ray believes AM still has an audience to be served by smaller broadcasters, telling Broadcast Dialogue that the manner in which the band is being dumped by broadcasters “is tantamount to AM euthanasia.” Read more here.

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