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Kardinal Offishall, rapper and Universal Music Canada A&R rep, has landed a national radio show on Bell Media’s Virgin Radio. The syndicated The Kardi Party started the weekend of Oct. 1. It will also be available on the Canadian version of radio aggregation app iHeartRadio, which launched on September 30.
David Skok is joining The Toronto Star as associate editor and head of editorial strategy for its digital platforms as the paper struggles with its underperforming tablet app. Skok is the former Managing Editor and Vice President at the Boston Globe. Skok had been with the paper as a digital advisor since 2013 and prior to that helped launch the Canada-wide news sites at Global News, where he had worked since 2003.
Robyn Urback has joined CBC News as a new producer and regular contributor with the new Opinions section of the CBCNews.ca website launching in November. Opinions will feature regular freelance columns and commentary on news and current affairs. Urback was previously a columnist and served on the editorial board at the National Post. She has also been a regular panelist at Newstalk 1010, SiriusXM and AM640 as well as a commentator on CTV.
Meghan McPeak is joining TSN 1050 Radio (CHUM) Toronto as a studio host for the station’s live coverage of the Toronto Raptors. McPeak will host pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage alongside analyst Duane Watson. McPeak previously served as a play-by-play commentator for NBA TV Canada and handled play-by-play and colour commentary for McMaster University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams for four seasons. Her first broadcast was Oct. 1.
TSN 1050 Radio Toronto has also hired former NHL centre Patrick O’Sullivan as an analyst for the station’s coverage of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He will team up with host Jim Tatti for pre-game, intermission, and post-game coverage. O’Sullivan’s first broadcast is Oct. 12 and he will also be a regular on the daily show Leafs Lunch with Andi Petrillo. O’Sullivan was a second round pick of the Minnesota Wild, and also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Phoenix Coyotes.
CJAD in Montreal has announced a new evening show to replace The Exchange with Dave Kaufman and Dan Delmar. The Night Side will be hosted by Natasha Hall, who left The Beat 92.5 FM (CKBE-FM) about two months ago, and Jon Pole who has been a fill-in host at CJAD and Newstalk 1010 CFRB in Toronto. Kaufman is moving to England and Delmar is going to focus on his PR business. The new show began Oct. 3.
Allan Gidyk has been named general manager/program director for Classic Hits, Coast 101.1 (CKSJ) in St. John’s, NL. Gidyk had been the station’s operations manager since 2008. Previously, he worked with MBS Radio in Halifax, NS as operations manager and program director.
Eileen Ross pairs with Josh Holliday to co-host the Josh and a Lady podcast. Ross was most recently a co-host and producer with the Humble and Fred Show on SiriusXM Canada. Holliday most recently did morning-show fill-in on NewsTalk 1290 CJBK London. He was also a host with CBC Radio, X92.9 (CFEX-FM) Calgary and 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto. Holliday will also appear in the upcoming 3rd season of Schitt’s Creek.
Vin Scully, Hall of Fame broadcaster, has announced his final game for the Los Angeles Dodgers after 67 years in the baseball team’s broadcast booth. The 88-year-old called the final home game on Sept. 30. In a typed letter given to the first 50,000 fans at the game, Scully said, “I have always felt that I needed you more than you needed me and that holds true to this very day.” He then made the trip up to San Francisco for the Dodgers’ final three games of the season, ending his career on Oct. 2.