Corus Entertainment has restructured its radio division to reinforce the distinction between the company’s radio news teams and opinion-based talk programming. The internal moves are highlighted by a newly-created role that Brad Phillips, formerly Vice-President and Head of FM Radio, will step into as Senior Vice-President, Corus Audio. He’ll oversee all audio platforms for Corus including all FM and AM stations, as well as podcasting. Ronnie Stanton takes on the role of Vice-President, FM Radio Programming, and will oversee all FM programming. For the last two years, Stanton has held the title of Regional Program Director for Western Canada, as well as National Music Director. Other changes see Jackie Moss add AM stations to her role as National Director of Promotions & Marketing. Corus says radio news content will continue to be overseen by Ward Smith, Senior Vice President, Global News. Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio, and Julie Mangat, National Manager – FM Digital, continue in their roles, as does Chris Duncombe, Director of Streaming & Podcasting. Corus says there were no departures associated with the changes.
Steve Jordan has exited as Senior Director of CBC Music. During Jordan’s two-year tenure, he brought shows like The Block, Frequencies, Canada Listens, The Intro, and About Time to life, while parting ways with long-running programs, including Randy Bachman’s Vinyl Tap. Prior to joining CBC in March 2020, Jordan was the founder and Executive Director of the Polaris Prize. Before that, he held A&R roles with True North Records and Warner Music, among other labels.
Geoff Poulton has been hired to lead Durham Radio’s new Vancouver Adult Contemporary station, Wave 98.3 FM (CIRH-FM). Poulton was most recently President of Vista Radio from 2013-19, following a 24-year career with Rogers Sports & Media, including VP & General Manager roles in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Kitchener, and Toronto. As of April 15, he’ll assume the position of Vice-President, B.C. Operations, to prepare for the launch of Wave 98.3 FM in early summer.
Scott Roberts, who had been co-anchor of CTV Vancouver CTV News at Six since the fall of 2018, alongside Mi-Jung Lee, is among those caught up in a round of West Coast layoffs at Bell Media. Roberts had been with the CTV Vancouver newsroom since 2012 and been recognized with numerous awards for his reporting. CTV Morning Live traffic and segment host Luisa Alvarez, who’d been with the station since 2019, has also parted ways with the station. Alvarez additionally contributed traffic updates to TSN 1040 (CKST-AM) and BNN Bloomberg 1410 (CFTE-AM). On the radio side, Olivia Jones, midday host at MOVE 103.5 FM (CHQM-FM) Vancouver, and Amy Beeman, a producer and host with the 94.5 Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM) morning show for 17 years, were released. Jones’ midday show had been heard across the MOVE brand in B.C. for the last year, including MOVE 97.1 (CJMG-FM) Penticton, MOVE 101.5 (CILK-FM) Kelowna, and MOVE 98.5 (CHRX-FM) Fort St. John. Jones had been with CHQM-FM for the last 11 years and prior to that was a host on The Beat 94.5 (CFBT-FM). Read more here.
Andrew Johnson is joining CTV Vancouver as the co-anchor of CTV News at 5, hosting alongside Nafeesa Karim, starting March 21. Johnson is currently the 6 p.m. news anchor at CTV Vancouver Island, in addition to holding the title of Managing Editor. Scott Hurst vacates the 5 p.m. anchor role to pursue another opportunity within Bell Media. Mary Cranston, who prior to joining CTV last year was a host on Breakfast Television Vancouver, will take over Karim’s weekend host duties.
Danielle Graham is moving on from CTV’s ETALK. Graham, who had been with the show since 2007 and its co-anchor since 2015, started her career as an intern at Citytv Toronto and went on to host YTV’s “The Hit List” before joining Star! Daily as an entertainment reporter in 2005.
Katie & Ed are being heard in mornings on Z95 (CKZZ-FM) Vancouver, following Kid Carson’s departure last month. The Stingray network personalities, who also helm mornings at AMP (CKMP-FM) Calgary, additionally have an evening show that airs in numerous markets.
Zach Bedford has added Program Director duties at Z95 (CKZZ-FM) Vancouver to his title. Bedford, who is also PD at AMP (CKMP-FM) and XL103 (CFXL-FM) Calgary, additionally has been National Brand & Content Leader for Stingray’s HOT AC and CHR stations for the last year.
Craig Picton is the new Program Director of 100.5 CRUZ FM (CHFT-FM) and MIX 103.7 (CFVR-FM) Fort McMurray. Picton was General Manager of the Harvard Media stations when COVID hit and subsequently was caught up in cuts when his position was eliminated. He went on to roles as Digital Communications Coordinator at Keyano College and then Program Director for Bell Media’s radio stations in Terrace, BC. With Andrew Wilcox taking on PD duties in Regina, Harvard is now welcoming Picton back to Fort Mac. His first day on the job will be April 11.
John Perras is leaving Stingray where he’s been Retail Sales Manager for boom 97.3 (CHBM-FM) and 93.5 TODAY Radio (CFXJ-FM) in Toronto since 2020. Perras, who also runs sales training consultancy, Sales Fundamentals, has held previous positions, including serving as General Sales Manager for Indie88 (CIND-FM) Toronto, among other stops. His last day with Stingray is March 24.
Ralph “Racoon” Carney has joined Q Country 91.5 FM (CKLQ-FM) and 94.7 Star FM (CKLF-FM) Brandon, MB as Program Director of Broadcast and Digital. Carney got his start at CFAR Flin Flon and then CKRC Winnipeg, before heading west to Vancouver in the late 1970s to host at CFUN and CKLG. Since the mid-2000s, he’d been with 1290 AM (CFRW-AM) Winnipeg through its format flip to TSN Radio, up until last year when Bell Media dropped the format in several markets.
Yasmin Gandham is leaving Global Okanagan to join CBC Vancouver as a reporter. Gandham has been with Global, based in Kelowna, for the last nine months. Prior to that, she was a part-time anchor/producer with CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver.
Touria Izri has joined CTV Montreal. With the network since 2013, this is the third bureau stop for the videojournalist in the last two and a half years, including stints in Winnipeg and Edmonton.
Emily Olsen is joining CTV Morning Live Edmonton as a producer and reporter. Olsen arrives from Global Saskatoon where she’s been a Digital Broadcast Journalist for the past year. Prior to that, she was a videojournalist with Global Lethbridge.
Amandalina Letterio has joined CTV Morning Live as an anchor in Regina. Originally from Toronto, Letterio has previously worked with the CFJC newsroom in Kamloops and Castanet Media in Kelowna.
Crystal Darche is leaving afternoons at 103.9 The Lake (CKOV-FM) Kelowna as the station nears its first anniversary. Darche is moving on to a new opportunity outside of radio and will be transitioning to weekends. Starting March 21, Susan Knight, another longtime Kelowna personality who previously held morning show positions with Sun FM (CHSU-FM) and Q103 (CKQQ-FM), will take over the afternoon daypart.
Seanna Collins, who has been hosting afternoons for the past year on Blackgold Broadcasting’s stations, is stepping back from afternoon drive, but will continue to host weekends on 93.1 The One (CJLD-FM) Leduc and 88.1 The One (CKSS-FM) Stony Plain. Starting March 21, Carly Kincaid will be heard in afternoons. Kincaid has previously held positions with up! 99.3 (CIUP-FM) Edmonton and Hot 103 (CHTT-FM) Victoria, among other stations.
Scooter (Scott) Shantz has departed Pulse FM (CISF-FM) Surrey where he’s been hosting mornings with Leslie Stein since August 2020. Stein is now paired in the morning time slot with comedian “Hollywood” Harv Puni. Prior to joining Pulse, Leslie & Scooter were heard in mornings on Stingray’s Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM).
Rachel Emmanuel has parted ways with iPolitics over an edit to a story about Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. She’s joined the Western Standard where she’ll be covering federal politics. Emmanuel had been with iPolitics off and on since October 2018.
Maya Harijanto has moved into a new role at CBC as Production Manager, Unscripted and Music Content, Radio Programming. For the last year and a half, Harijanto was the Unit Manager for Digital Production & Design at CBC Sports. Prior to that, she was a financial analyst in the Olympics Unit.
Erich Lochner has been appointed Senior Vice President, Creator Partnerships at BBTV, reporting to Chairperson and CEO, Shahrzad Rafati. A seasoned executive within the creator economy, Lochner most recently served as VP Creator Partnerships at Jellysmack following five years at The Outloud Group, where he served as VP Operations and Chief Media Officer. Lochner is also co-founder of Vanishing Angle, an independent production company specializing in feature films, commercials, and industrial productions.
John Rosso, Triton Digital’s President of Market Development, has been elevated to President and Chief Executive Officer. Neal Schore, the company’s founder and former CEO, will become a Managing Advisor. Rosso served as Triton Digital’s President of Market Development since 2012, where he was responsible for overseeing business development, sales, and marketing operations. Prior to joining Triton, he held several positions in the broadcast industry, most recently as President of the Citadel Media radio network.