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Kid Carson and Stingray’s Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM) Vancouver have mutually agreed to part ways after the host embarked on an on-air rant Wednesday morning in support of the ongoing trucker convoy in Ottawa. As first reported by Daily Hive in Vancouver, Carson started his commentary by expressing frustration at having to “avoid talking about all the things that really matter,” adding that he had paid a “heavy price” for previous comments against vaccine passports. The host went on to plug his new podcast, which starts at a subscriber rate of $20/month, saying he had kids to feed. Carson, who started his career with Z95.3 before going on to stints with The Beat (CFBT-FM) and KiSS Radio (CKKS-FM), had been hosting alongside actor, comedian, and childhood friend Jordan McCloskey since March 2020. Read more here.
Jay Michaels, Sharon Hyland, and Chantal Desjardins will debut new CHOM 97.7 Montreal morning show, Mornings Rock with Jay, Sharon & Chantal, on Feb. 28. Michaels arrives at CHOM from within Bell Media after a five-year run co-hosting afternoon drive on Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto. The Canadian Radio Award-winner previously did mornings on 99.9 Virgin Radio (CKFM-FM) Toronto, 98.1 CHFI Toronto, and Q104 (CFRQ-FM) Halifax, among other stations. He’ll join station veteran Hyland, who over the last 25 years has been heard in almost every daypart. Comedian and media personality Desjardins, who previously did a co-hosting stint on the CHOM morning show in 2010, also returns to the station. The trio joined Pete Marier on CHOM Friday morning. Marier, who’ll take over Hyland’s weekend morning time slot, has been hosting the show since Terry DiMonte’s departure last May. Producer Esteban Vargas will also continue behind-the-scenes. Read more here.
Chris Nilan, the former Montreal Canadiens forward turned TSN 690 (CKGM-AM) Montreal host, says he was fired by Bell Media over his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19. In a Twitter post, Nilan said he received a letter from Regional General Manager Richard Gray on Feb. 1 notifying him that his contract was being terminated effective immediately. Nilan, who also spent time on the ice with the Boston Bruins and New York Rangers, had been hosting weekday afternoon show “Off The Cuff” for the last decade, in addition to contributing to “Habs Lunch.”
Terry Chan has assumed the title of National Music Curator for JACK FM. Chan has been with Rogers Sports & Media since 1990, starting as an announcer and music director at 97 KISS FM Vancouver. He was most recently Programming Assistant for JACK 96.9 (CJAX-FM) Vancouver and CJAQ-FM Calgary, as well as JACK 103.1 (CHTT-FM) Victoria.
Peter Whitehead, Technical Director at CTV Regina, has retired after a nearly 40-year career in broadcast engineering. Whitehead has been helping keep stations on the air since 1984, working in television in London, ON and Yorkton, SK, prior to arriving in Regina.
Natasha Pace has left CTV Atlantic to join Halifax Regional Police as a Communications Specialist. Pace had been a videojournalist with CTV Halifax since 2018, following a nine-year stint in a similar role with Global News Halifax.
Brit Dort, who has been a co-host and anchor on CTV Morning Live in Regina since 2018, is moving into a new role with the station as a sports reporter. Dort has been with CTV Regina since 2017.
Will Aiello is departing CTV Northern Ontario to join CTV Kitchener. Aiello has been a weather specialist and anchor with Bell Media for the last three years.
Dominic Terry, Supervising Producer at Global News Calgary, has left the station to join Heritage Park Historical Village as Communications Manager. Terry had been with Global for the past year after holding various news producing roles with Corus, Bell Media and Rogers in Calgary over the last decade.
Eilish Bonang has joined the Global News Morning team in Halifax. Bonang returns to her hometown from Moncton where she’d been a videjournalist with CTV Atlantic for the last four years.
Irelyne Lavery has joined Global News as a national journalist, based in Toronto. Lavery, a 2021 Humber College Journalism grad, arrives from the Toronto Star where she’s been a staff reporter for the past year.
Aly Laube has joined Daily Hive Vancouver as a staff writer. Laube has been a web editor with CityNews Vancouver for the last six months. She is also the co-owner of Cushy Entertainment, behind Vancouver’s Glitter Ball festival.
Julie Kerr has been appointed to the newly-created role of Senior Director of Digital Ad Product and Revenue Management at CBC & Radio-Canada Media Solutions. Kerr was most recently Vice-President of Strategy and Development for the Quebec market at GroupM. She’s also held roles including Director of Digital Business Development at Rogers Communications, National sales Director of Consumer Solutions at TC Media, and Manager of Media Sales at Bell Sympatico. Based in Montreal, CBC says Kerr will also spend significant time in the Toronto market.
Alison Fraser has joined the Pacific Screenwriting Program as its first Executive Director. Fraser brings 20 years of experience delivering national programs and leading marketing, communications and content delivery initiatives with organizations including Microsoft, Telefilm Canada, ELLE Canada and TELUS. She started her career in television working with Court TV, HBO and BET in the U.S., and has worked as a Unit Publicist and Production Manager in Canadian independent film.