Brad Phillips, Senior Vice-President, Corus Audio, is the new President and Chair of the Board of Directors of Radioplayer Canada (RPC). Julie Adam, former Head of News & Entertainment at Rogers Sports & Media, who parted ways with the company earlier this month, has resigned from the position. Momentum Media Marketing, the parent company of Broadcast Dialogue, is the administrator of RPC, as appointed by the board.
Gord Macdonald has retired from 980 CKNW Vancouver after 33 years and 47 years in radio news. Macdonald, 66, started in radio while attending university with summer jobs at CKDA Victoria and CJOY Guelph. After graduating from the University of Windsor in 1979, he went on to work at CKLQ Brandon, MB and then CJAT Trail, BC where he spent five years as News and Sports Director. He then spent three years teaching broadcast journalism at BCIT, the latter two as Program Head. In 1989, he began working at CKNW and in 1991 took over as News Director from the legendary Warren Barker. He’d most recently been serving as morning news anchor.
Bob Cowan, who has been the co-host of Morning Live on CHCH Hamilton since its launch 21 years ago, is retiring. Cowan’s last show is Thursday, Sept. 29, which will dedicate all three hours to the venerable host. Prior to joining CHCH in 2001, Cowan was an entertainment reporter and anchor for Global TV in Toronto and Halifax, host of The Bob Couch on CHRO-TV Ottawa, and on-air at Ottawa’s 54 Rock (CKQB-FM) and CHXL and CFJR Brockville, ON. Tim Bolen will be Morning Live’s new co-host, alongside Annette Hamm.
Jay Richards has left the Saskatoon Media Group after more than 25 years to work in fund development with the LutherCare Foundation. Richards’ resume includes stops at 630 CKRC and QX104 (CFQX-FM) Winnipeg, followed by a 26-year career at CJWW Saskatoon. Richards has won a number of awards over the years including CCMA (Canadian Country Music Association) Music Director of the Year.
Peter Morena, Operations, Brand Manager, Program Director and Music Director at RB Communications in Niagara, has announced his retirement from 91.7 GIANT FM (CIXL-FM) and COUNTRY 89 (CKYY-FM) after 48 years in radio. Originally from Toronto, Morena’s broadcast career started in 1974 at CKDM Dauphin, MB. He was hired a year later at CHOW Welland, ON to do evenings. He eventually worked his way up to daytime and then sports director. Morena detoured to rival stations CHSC/CHRE St. Catharines and then CHML/CKDS Hamilton, before returning to CHOW as News and Sports Director, and going on to oversee the switch from CHOW-AM to 91.7 Spirit FM in 1999.
Dana Thompson is the new afternoon co-host on Pattison Media’s JR Country (CJJR-FM) Vancouver, alongside Graeme Gordon. Thompson, who recently announced her departure from The Casey Clarke Show which airs on Stingray’s country network and originates from New Country 100.7 FM (CIGV-FM) Kelowna, had been with the show since 2019. Prior to that, she was the morning show co-host on Hot Country 103.5 (CKHZ-FM) Halifax.
Sasha Teman is leaving Radio-Canada Regina where she’s been a reporter for the past year to join CityNews Montreal as a video journalist. Prior to Radio-Canada, Teman interned with Telesud in Paris.
Alicia Doyle is the new Executive Producer at CHEK News Victoria. Doyle arrives from Global BC where she’d been a producer for the morning news for the past several months. A former weekend/evening producer at CTV Vancouver, she was part of layoffs at Bell Media in Feb. 2021.
John Perras is joining Dave Charles’ consultancy Media RESULTS Inc. as a new partner. Perras, who was most recently a corporate sales trainer for Stingray Radio, offers sales training strategies under the banner of his company, Sales Fundamentals Inc. His focus will be on new revenue generation concepts and sales training for Media RESULTS’ radio clients.
Marlene Kendall is the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at National Screen Insitute (NSI). Kendall joins NSI’s senior management team after serving as Chair of the Board of Directors for the last three years.