CBC has announced a new podcast addition to its Spring slate from the creators of popular true crime podcast, Someone Knows Something. The Next Call tackles unsolved cases in a pandemic-restricted world. Through a series of phone and video calls with victims’ family members, the police and even potential suspects, host David Ridgen uncovers new information, reigniting each case. The first case looks into the disappearance of 15-year-old Melanie Ethier who vanished from New Liskeard, ON in September 1996. The Next Call joins the previously-announced A Death In Crytopland and a new season of The Village, investigating the unsolved deaths of two transgender women in Toronto’s queer community.
Robyn Flynn and Michaela Schreiter are set to host a new show across the TSN Radio network focused on women’s sports. Featuring player profiles, game analysis and more, She’s Got Game will air Saturday mornings (11 a.m. ET), starting June 5. Flynn is a CJAD 800 Montreal producer, while Schreiter is a host on TSN 1200 (CFGO-FM) Ottawa and also hosts a podcast on the CFL Ottawa Redblacks.
Shaw Communications is partnering with Calgary’s Mount Royal University (MRU) to introduce a new podcasting initiative intended to support and amplify community voices and stories. Launching this fall, the Community Podcast Initiative (CPI) at MRU’s School of Communication Studies is a first-of-its-kind program for a Canadian university that will see students and the community develop, produce and promote storytelling through podcasting focused on giving a voice to marginalized and underrepresented groups. Facilitated by the Journalism and Broadcast Media Studies program and powered by a $100,000 donation from Shaw, MRU intends to use the program as a launching pad to establish the school as a national and international leader in podcasting education.
SiriusXM is partnering with TikTok on several new audio initiatives aimed at increasing its reach with teens, including the introduction of TikTok Radio. Available on the SiriusXM app, the channel will feature trending music and audio from the short form mobile video app, akin to swiping through TikTok’s “For You” page. SiriusXM-owned Pandora will also introduce a new series called TikTok Tastemakers that will see popular TikTok creators host and curate playlists, alongside commentary.
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