Radio & Podcast News – CRTC calls hearing for repeat non-compliers, denies McBride renewals

Numeris has released the latest PPM ratings for Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton and Calgary completing the 13-week period covering Nov. 25, 2019 to Feb. 23, 2020. Find the full market-by-market breakdown, courtesy David Bray, here. In Toronto, CBC Radio One delivered a 15.5% share for A12+ (down from 15.7%). In Vancouver, CKNW grabs the #1 spot A12+ with a 14.4% share of hours tuned (up from 13.3%). 96.3 The Breeze takes #1 in Edmonton,  A12+, posting a 10.2% share of hours tuned (up from 6.9 %). In Calgary, CBC Radio One leads the way for A12+ with an 8.8% (down from 9.3%). In Montreal, CHMP 98.5FM is #1 for A12+ (Franco), while CJAD 800 leads Anglo listening.

The CRTC has called a hearing for licence renewals for a number of radio stations it’s found to be repeat non-compliers. They include Montreal French-language stations CPAM 1410 (CJWI-AM) and CJMS 1040, community stations CICR-FM Parrsboro, NS and CKMN-FM Rimouski/Mont-Joli, and CKKX-FM Peace River and its transmitters. The hearing will take place in Gatineau May 12.

Matthew McBride

The CRTC has denied the renewal of station owner Matthew McBride’s licences for CKPM-FM Port Moody and CFPV-FM Pemberton, BC. In a Feb. 28 decision, the commission notes: “Given the severity and recurrence of the current instances of non-compliance; the station’s history and the licensee’s actions, which clearly demonstrate its poor understanding of its conditions of licence and regulatory obligations, or a lack of willingness to respect them; the licensee’s demonstrated inability to implement the necessary measures to ensure compliance; and its disregard for the Commission’s authority and for its responsibilities as a broadcaster, the Commission is not convinced that the imposition of conditions of licence, the imposition of a mandatory order, a suspension of the licence or a short-term licence would be effective measures. Consequently, the Commission finds that not renewing the licence is the only appropriate measure in the circumstances.” The CRTC has approved applications to change ownership and effective control of McBride’s CHMZ-FM 90.1 Tofino and CIMM-FM 99.5 Ucluelet. The commission says it will revoke the station licences July 1 if their shares are not transferred to station manager Cameron Randall Dennison by June 30.

My Broadcasting Corporation’s myFM branded stations, in addition to Classic Rock 107.9 (CHUC-FM) Cobourg, ON, will play 100% female artists on Sunday, Mar. 8 to mark International Women’s Day. From 8 a.m. to noon, the stations will air a special IWD 2020 edition of the myFM Sunday Morning Music Vault. Announcers Laura Earl, Rebecca Wilkinson, Robyn Beazley and Emily Moore will continue the all-female playlist through the remainder of the day. 

Jon McComb

Jon McComb, who retired from the CKNW Vancouver morning show in December, has dropped the first episode of his new weekly podcast on Spotify. The Jon McComb Podcast will feature a look at what’s in the news and the veteran host’s “considered thoughts and opinions and interviews with ‘interesting’ people.” “These things tend to take on a life of their own after a few months so we’ll see where it goes,” McComb told Broadcast Dialogue in an email. “I wanted to retire because I was exhausted from the AM show hours…but now that I’ve rested I find I still want to be involved in the conversation around what’s happening in the world. And to tell my own story…which is filled with twists and turns.”

LISTEN: On the latest episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, our guest is Matt Cundill, the host of the Sound Off Podcast. Cundill also works with other podcasts under the banner of his Sound Off Media Company and is partnering with Broadcast Dialogue to help monetize our podcast going forward. If you’re a podcaster or thinking of getting into podcasting, this episode is for you. He covers lessons learned, why patience is a requirement in the podcasting biz, and the viability of making money as a podcaster.

LISTEN: On the latest Sound Off Podcast, Matt Cundill’s guest is Dave Jackson, owner/headmaster of the School of Podcasting and a support specialist at Libsyn. Jackson discusses podcasting’s evolution, radio’s entry into the podcast space, ruffled feathers following the recent Podcast Academy announcement and the value of video to podcasters.


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