Tom Clark, Global News chief political correspondent and host of The West Block, will end his journalism career Jan. 1. During his 45-year tenure, Clark has interviewed every prime minister since Lester B. Pearson and covered every federal election campaign since 1974. He has reported from 33 countries, including eight active war zones. Together, Clark and Global News built The West Block into Canada’s most-watched political affairs program. Prior to Global News, Clark held several roles at CTV. Earlier this year, he was recognized by the RTDNA with a Lifetime Achievement Award. A new host for The West Block will be named in the coming weeks.
Maureen Holloway of The Mo Show with John Scholes has resigned from Q107 Toronto. For 17 years, Holloway has been a content contributor to many Corus stations, including being a member of Derringer in the Morning on Q107. Holloway is moving on to another opportunity which will reveal itself shortly.
Candice Ryan is joining indigenous country station CFWE-FM Edmonton as morning show co-host with Wally Desjarlais, starting Dec. 12. The local singer/songwriter is no stranger to listeners as the station already plays her music as a previous winner of Global Country Star Search and the North American Country Music Associations International competition. The CFWE Network, which is operated by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, is heard across Alberta.
Paul Brown, longtime morning show co-host at Edmonton’s 100.3 The Bear (CFBR-FM), has announced he’s leaving to try his hand at the entertainment business. Brown has been with The Bear for 13 years, with The Paul Brown Show, one of the city’s top-rated morning shows. Morning co-hosts Yukon Jack and Ryan Maier (Ry My) will host the show in the interim while Gillian Foote remains off on maternity leave.
90.3 AMP Radio (CKMP-FM) Calgary will amp up mornings with Special Ed and producer Melissa Bunting who will join current host Katie Summers who has been with the station since 2010 and doing wake-ups since 2014. Bunting and Ed were most recently with Virgin Radio (CKFM-FM) Toronto, he in afternoons and she as morning show producer. Ed previously worked with KDWB Minneapolis, WILD Dallas and 101.3 The Bounce (CJCH-FM) Halifax. Bunting has produced for CMA and ACM award winning morning shows, including country stations KYGO, KFRG, KSON, WFUS and KDRK. AMP Mornings with Katie & Special Ed will launch in early 2017.
Brian Byrne has exited the Live 105 (CKHY-FM) Halifax morning show. He had been with the station since 2015. Byrne is best known as the former vocalist for I Mother Earth. The Newfoundland native has accepted the position of director of communications with Assured Renewables where he says his focus will be on helping First Nations communities with clean drinking water and waste management. Scotty Mars is holding down the station’s 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. time slot, solo.
Robert Ghiz is the new president & CEO of the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association. The former premier of Prince Edward Island, Ghiz succeeds Bernard Lord, who departed CWTA earlier this year after eight years at the helm.
Q103.1 (CKQQ-FM) Kelowna is shaking up the lineup. Robin Farrell, after recently concluding an 11-year run in mornings on 107.3 Kool FM Victoria, joins Darren Worts in from My96 (CFMY-FM) Medicine Hat for the wake-up shift, starting Jan. 5. Susan Knight handles middays and will add program director duties in the spring. Starting Dec. 5, Danny Kid, on the way from afternoons on 101.5 Kool FM (CKCE-FM) Calgary, will anchor afternoon drive as well as APD duties and “Your Girl” Brooklyn will move into evenings and weekends after filling in on afternoon drive for the past six weeks.
Ryan Carroll is heading to 104.3 Fresh Radio (CKWS-FM) in Kingston, ON to do middays. The Nanaimo, BC native was most recently part-time at Rock 101 (CFMI-FM) and CFOX Vancouver. Previously, he worked at B93 (CJBZ-FM) Lethbridge.
Dimitri Gourdin has been appointed of as executive vice president, strategy and communications for Groupe V Medi. Gourdin will oversee corporate, public and governmental affairs, marketing and communications as well as act as company spokesperson. Before joining Groupe V Media, Gourdin was senior vice-president and general manager of Hill+Knowlton Montreal.