The Story of Broadcast Dialogue

Broadcast Dialogue has been the voice of Canada’s broadcast industry since 1992.

Founded by Howard Christensen, a radio news veteran (CHAM-AM Hamilton, CKJD-AM Sarnia, CHYM-AM Kitchener, CHUM-AM Toronto, CFRB-AM Toronto, CJAD-AM Montreal) and one of the original Broadcast News network anchors, Christensen saw a need for a Canadian broadcast industry trade publication that published on a more frequent basis.

Howard & Ingrid Christensen at the Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Connection ’19 Conference.

Christensen came up with the idea of a weekly newsletter, faxed directly to stations and vendors, which evolved into the publication of a monthly magazine a few years later, as well as a trade industry supply guide.

With support from wife and business partner, Ingrid Christensen, who handled production and managed the publication’s extensive database, Broadcast Dialogue quickly established itself as an industry must-read offering a credible source for regulatory news, people moves and trends.

Approaching the publication’s 25th anniversary and the Christensen’s retirement, Broadcast Dialogue was acquired by Momentum Media Marketing in Vancouver, an agency serving the broadcast industry in both Canada and the U.S.

Broadcast Dialogue publisher Shawn Smith accepting the BC Association of Broadcasters Friend of the Industry Award in Oct. 2019 from BCAB President Rob Bye.

Publisher Shawn Smith took the publication fully digital in 2016 with the launch of BroadcastDialogue.com and Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast. A radio veteran, with experience in the Halifax, Vancouver and Seattle markets, Smith is president of Momentum Media Networkswhich services the broadcast industry as a provider of syndicated programming and other broadcast solutions.

“I began reading BD as an all-night on-air personality, intercepting the fax as it rolled across the machine at 3 o’clock in the morning. It opened a world of distant markets, legendary stations, and movements of key personalities. Before the internet, BD connected us all, and in short order became a trusted voice for the industry,” says Smith. “Broadcasting has always been a cornerstone of our business at Momentum, as has been working with vendors to the industry, so we were naturally-positioned to take BD into its digital future.”

To meet the changing definition of what broadcasting is, under Smith’s leadership the publication has evolved to expand its coverage to digital media, podcasting and streaming, in addition to TV, film, radio and telecom news.

The Weekly Briefing, a comprehensive overview of the week in Canadian broadcasting, is sent out FREE to subscribers by controlled e-mail circulation every Thursday. As of July 2018, Broadcast Dialogue is also publishing stories daily at broadcastdialogue.com, including breaking CRTC decisions and industry moves.

Broadcast Dialogue has an active social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Medium, iTunes and Soundcloud, among other platforms.

For advertisers, the publication offers a unique opportunity to reach a subscriber base, intensely-focused in the Canadian broadcast sector. The Weekly Briefing is read by broadcasters from the executive level to engineering, production and on-air talent, in every province and territory.

In addition to being a destination for industry news with its signature Revolving Door, Sign-Offs, Radio and Podcasting, Television and Film, Online and Broadcast Tech columns, BroadcastDialogue.com is an emerging outlet for job ads and also offers custom content offerings like advertorial features and video. All of BD’s ad partner campaigns are backed by in-depth analytics reporting. Find our rate card here.


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