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May 24, 2015
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Big Dog 92.7 In Regina Remembers Letterman And Dick Assman
Regina SK


Regina's most celebrated Pump Jockey returned to the forefront as the final episode of The Late Show with David Letterman took to the air last Wednesday.

Mike McGuire, from Big Dog Mornings with Mike and Rebekah, has been a Letterman fan since the age of 12. After finding out that he still lived in Regina, Mike invited DICK ASSMAN to join him on Big Dog Mornings for the show, and together they looked back to that wonderful day when Letterman made him a global phenomenon.

Assman, who STILL works at the Petro Canada on South Albert Street (just 2 blocks away from Big Dog studios), told the story of the day Dave found the newspaper ad talking about Dick switching locations, and how his name became the thing of legend. After meeting each other by phone, Letterman would often send satellite links back to Dick and they would talk about what was going on in his life. Eventually, Dick Assman was welcomed to New York City to appear with Dave on the show, and was showered with gifts and adulation.

Dick, (whose last name is actually pronounced "OSS-min", had a small merchandise empire in the form of T-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, and even his own bottled water! All the while, Dick has managed to stay a beloved member of the community, and is often described as sweet, kind, and just a nice guy to know. We see why Dave took to him, and it was a great way to locally celebrate the retirement of a broadcasting icon.

May 20, 2015
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The Ongoing History Of New Music Gives Fans A New Destination For Music Discovery
Toronto ON

With more than 6,000 one-minute audio installments of the popular syndicated series, The Ongoing History of New Music with Alan Cross launches on YouTube with new 60-second animated clips that take fans on a visual storytelling experience behind music's rich history. From "Who coined the term Grunge" to the "Longest-Lasting Rock Bands", the videos profile musicians and the untold stories behind modern music, and will also feature interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.

"With so many years of incredible stories, The Ongoing History of New Music on YouTube gives fans a new destination to discover, connect and share on the music and artists they love," said Alan Cross. "It's incredible to see what is normally heard on air come to life with these new animated videos."

Fans who subscribe to the channel will get all the latest videos as new content is released on a weekly basis. To subscribe to The Ongoing History of New Music Channel on YouTube, or to view the current video library, visit the series YouTube Channel page.

The syndicated radio series, The Ongoing History of New Music, can also be heard Sundays at 7 p.m. ET and Mondays at midnight ET on Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM).

About The Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music is Canada’s longest running radio documentary. Since its debut in January 1993, hundreds and hundreds of shows have aired in Toronto, across Canada and through the U.S. Each week, the show looks at something from the alt-rock universe, from artist profiles to various thematic explorations. Whatever the episode, you’re definitely going to learn something that you might not find anywhere else.

About Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh Radio, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com.

May 19, 2015
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NL Broadcasting Introduces Three New PD's
Kamloops BC

(NL Broadcasting Ltd. in Kamloops, B.C. is proud to welcome 3 new Program Directors to the company:

Manitoba native T.J. Connors makes his return to British Columbia as the Program Director and Morning Show host for Country 103. His past stints have included stops in Castlegar, Kelowna, and Winnipeg. T.J. is active in sports, loves the great outdoors. He married to Chelsea, and his life is run by 3-year old daughter Berkeley. T.J. can be contacted via e-mail at tj@country103.ca .

BCIT Broadcast alumni Jeff Molnar spent the last 7 years as the Afternoon Drive host at Star 98.3 in B.C.’s Fraser Valley, and also served as promotions coordinator, community liaison, and social media strategist. In addition his current duties as morning show co-host on 97-5 The River, Jeff will assume the P.D. responsibilities for the station on July 6th. Jeff is married to Julie, and they are proud parents of 1-year old son, Marshall. Jeff can be reached via e-mail at jeff@975river.com .

Howie Reimer has enjoyed a 26-year career in broadcasting that included 6 years at Rock 101 in Vancouver, a 12-year stint at Radio NL and 8 years as the original morning show host at Country 103. On July 6th he will return to Kamloops as the Program Director and Afternoon Drive Show host on Radio NL. Howie is well known in the Kamloops market. The avid sports fan, outdoor enthusiast, and news junkie is married with 5 kids, 2 dogs and a cat. As of July 6th Howie can be reached via e-mail at howie@radionl.com

May 18, 2015
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93.1 FRESH RADIO: New Name, New Look, Same Great Music
Barrie ON

(Friday) at 5 p.m., Corus Radio Barrie marks the unofficial start of summer with the launch of its newest radio station, 93.1 Fresh Radio (CHAY-FM). While the name has changed, the station will continue to feature the same great music and personalities known to Barrie audiences.

93.1 Fresh Radio features an upbeat music mix, including number one hits from favourites such as Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry. Rounding out the playlist, Ben Davy and Tara Dawn anchor Fresh Mornings, Lisa O'Hara and Chris Liedtke take listeners through the workday and Shawn Turner hosts the drive home.

"93.1 Fresh Radio will deliver the perfect listening destination whether at home, in the car or at work with hot adult contemporary music, local information and well-known personalities that Central Ontario listeners have come to love," said Deb James, Brand Director, Corus Radio Barrie.

“We’ve seen great success in our seven radio markets with the Fresh Radio brand, and are excited to extend the format to audiences in Barrie,” said Ronnie Stanton, Vice President, National Brands and Programming. “93.1 Fresh Radio will continue to maintain a local focus and deliver an energetic, relevant and contemporary listening experience.”

93.1 Fresh Radio becomes the eighth station to join Corus Entertainment's network of Fresh Radio stations including 92.5 Fresh Radio (Edmonton), 99.1 Fresh Radio (Winnipeg), 104.5 Fresh Radio (Cornwall), 95.3 Fresh Radio (Hamilton), 104.3 Fresh Radio (Kingston), 103.1 Fresh Radio (London) and 100.5 Fresh Radio (Peterborough).

Tune in to 93.1 Fresh Radio online at 931freshradio.ca, on your FM dial at 93.1 or on the Fresh Radio App.

93.1 Fresh Radio is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc, a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh Radio, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com.

May 14, 2015
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Bayshore Broadcasting Growing Again
Owen Sound ON

Bayshore Broadcasting is growing again. Rod West, Operations Manager and current morning man for 97-7 The Beach in Collingwood/Wasaga has been instrumental in the growing success of CHGB in South Georgian Bay. He has helped to grow the Beach brand both through his work on-air and in the community, and was a great asset in securing CHGB’s recent power increase. Meanwhile, we are pleased to announce that Rockin Rod West will be taking the reigns of Country 105 as Operations Manager, effective immediately. Rod will also host the new Country 105 Morning Show, as soon as the station launches later this year. The 50,000 W regional station will be a full service country station playing Today's Best Country!

Barb Jelly takes over as Program Director and Music Director for 97-7 the Beach. Barb joined the Bayshore family nearly five years ago in Owen Sound after stops in Toronto and out west, and later moved to Collingwood. There, programmed music for the Beach and for Sunshine 89 in Orillia, along with other responsibilities, and still found time to grow her family by two! The search is on for a new morning show host to replace Rod in South Georgian Bay.

In Owen Sound, long-time CFOS drive host Craig Smith is retiring at the end of May. Craig has been on the air (and kept us on the air behind the scenes, too) since 1995. His personality, professionalism, and commitment to excellence on air and in the building will be sorely missed, but we absolutely respect his desire to spend more time with Brenda and relax at home. Craig will be replaced on-air by Bob Bannister, former host of the Country 93 morning show. Co-host Donna Henry is taking care of Country 93 mornings on her own until a new co-host is found.

KICX For Kids Receives $10,000
Ottawa ON

At the 3rd annual Sudbury 100 Strong event, KICX for Kids won the votes of the 100 people in attendance to win $10,000 for the charity. The event is simple, 100 people show up, and donate $100 each. 5 out of 15 charities are selected at random to pitch their organization, and then the 100 people in attendance vote on their favourite, to receive the $10,000!

KICX for Kids launched 4 years ago, with the goal of raising $250,000 to purchase three new Neo Natal ventilators. With the public’s support KICX 91.7 raised a quarter of a million dollars in just 3 years. Phase two of KICX for Kids launched last spring to raise an additional $250,000 to completely renovate and expand the Pediatric treatment room at Health Sciences North into a more kid friendly environment. The plan is to transform it from the “Scary room” to the KICX for Kids Clubhouse, where patients can receive treatments, in a less invasive environment.

Our next big fundraising event will be our annual Radiothon being held at the New Sudbury Centre May 29 & 30, where we will have numerous musical guests including Canadian Country Artists Jason Blaine, Mike Trudell and George Canyon!

For more information about KICX for Kids, you can visit KICX917.com

Picture: KICX 91.7 GM Mick Weaver with event organizer Anna Maria Barsanti with a picture of a baby who used one of the 3 purchased neo natal ventilators to stay alive after birth.

Nearly $2 Million For Campus & Community Radio
Ottawa ON

The CRFC is pleased to award $1,998,123 to 44 campus and community radio stations through its Radiometres program.

The CRFC had already announced an increase in the financial contributions of up to $50,000 per station with the intention to offer substantial grants that would allow stations to fulfill their mandate and efficiently serve their community. Therefore, the total funding envelope has doubled from $ 1 to 2 million.

"Our stations have a unique place in the broadcasting market as they are the product of the communities they serve," says CRFC’s President Roger Ouellette. "People want to know what's happening near their home, their school, and their workplace. They want to learn about local issues, in addition to listening to their neighbours. And herein lies the great strength of community radio!"

Radiometres funds initiatives that are geared towards producing local programming, whether it’s musical or spoken word, training and retaining volunteers, and facilitating community participation in all spheres of activities of the stations.

Funded projects include core initiatives for some stations such as setting up regular news bulletins, digitizing their music library, and creating partnerships with local not-for-profit organizations. But there’s more. We’re also funding a partnership project between four New Brunswick stations aiming to identify and promote the Francophone identity in urban Acadian cities as well as innovative projects like the installation of devices to listen to the station in strategic locations throughout the city and the development of a collaborative mobile application called EnRue.

"CJRU is excited to be a part of the future of radio and thrilled to have CHHA radio as a partner. Building new digital tools for community radio production will attract young volunteers and make all our c/c stations more dynamic. We could not have contemplated doing this project without CRFC and thank you from the bottom of our hearts for recognising the need and responding," says Jackie Tuinstra Harrison, General Manager at CJRU in Toronto.

Fr. Hernan Astudillo adds that "CHHA-1610 AM is profoundly and full of gratitude for this enormous financial support which will empower our alternative voice with our Latin American and Canadian community around the GTA. In the same way, it will enable an immense opportunity to our youth in order to expand our radio station with a high quality of news production."

For a complete list of recipients and their projects, and to find more details about the CRFC and its programs, please visit our website: www.crfc-fcrc.ca.

The Radiometres program was first launched in July 2012. Since then, it has awarded more than $6.2 million for the implementation of 227 radio initiatives, bringing the total funding distributed through all CRFC’s program to $7.3 million. Moreover, the CRFC is proud to have helped a total of 123 campus and community radio stations, nearly 70% of the sector.

The funding for Radiometres is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through a portion of their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in strengthening the campus and community sector of the Canadian broadcasting system.

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is the national not-for-profit funding entity responsible for the growth and sustainability of the community and campus radio sector. More than 175 radio stations across Canada make up the community-owned, volunteer-driven sector of Canadian radio broadcasting. The CRFC helps develop and strengthen this vital radio broadcasting sector to ensure Canadian communities have access to local and public radio.

May 12, 2015
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HOT 107's HOT Factor Block Party 2015
Edmonton AB

HOT 107 is excited to bring Kardinal Offishall & Mia Martina to Edmonton as our headliners for the HOT Factor Block Party! The HOT Factor Block Party is a yearly event where the Top 5 Artists as chosen from HOT 107’s HOT Factor Program have the chance to open for successful Canadian talent. Full details can be found at hot107.ca.

This year, HOT 107 has teamed up with the Taste of Edmonton to bring the HOT Factor Block Party to Churchill Square for a FREE, All Ages Show. Along with HOT 107 DJ’s, the HOT Factor Block Party will also feature Canadian DJ & Juno nominated record producer, Skratch Bastid.

Voting is still open to help determine the winners of the HOT Factor Program 2015. The Top 10 have been posted within HOT on Demand at hot107.ca and via the HOT 107 App where listeners can vote for their favourites. The votes will be used as part of the selection process to determine the 5 winners of the HOT Factor Program 2015!

The Top 10 selected for the voting process are:

Paul Woida
Josh Sahunta
Melody Lovejoy
Rachel Woznow
TERRIAN
Mayday and the Beatcreeps
Familiar Ghosts
Mackenzie Dayle
The Mankind
Josh Williams

HOT 107’s HOT Factor Program 2015 is designed to develop the careers of Edmonton’s emerging artists. There are hundreds of hard-working and talented Artists, Groups and Bands in Edmonton and surrounding area, whose careers could be taken to the next level of success if given exposure, funding and support.

The Top 5 selected contestants will each receive the following award:

· $10,000 to be spent developing their careers (ie: touring, recording, promotion and marketing, etc)
· Promotion on HOT 107 and online at hot107.ca
· Opportunity to perform at the annual HOT 107 HOT Factor event.

Winners will be announced on June 1, 2015

For more information, please contact:
Lacey Kapler
Promotions & Marketing Director/Assistant Program Director
HOT 107 – Edmonton’s Hottest Music
Direct: 780-391-3858
lkapler@harvardbroadcasting.com

May 11, 2015
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CFRA's Lauren Davis Passes Away Suddenly
Ottawa ON

Just a short time after celebrating her 24th birthday, and a day after celebrating her first mother's day as a mom, CFRA's Lauren Shirakawa passed away suddenly at home.

Lauren is the daughter of Erin Davis at CHFI Toronto.

My thoughts and prayers are with her family, husband Phil, newborn son Collin, her friends and with all at Bell Media Ottawa.

Her brilliant, friendly smile outside my studio window will never be forgotten.

Photo: Facebook

May 10, 2015
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Gordon Burnett Passes Away
St. Catharines ON

On Saturday April 25th, prominent broadcaster and CCMA hall of fame member Gordon Burnett passed away. Please see attached for more.

The station originally owned by Gordon W. Burnett's Wellport Broadcasting Ltd. was launched in 1957 as CHOW, located at 1470 kHz on the AM dial.

In 1994, the station was purchased by Suzanne Rochon-Burnett The station moved to 91.7 FM in 1999. [3] and was rebranded as Spirit 91.7.

The station switched to Classic Rock and since then a second station…COUNTRY 89…was on air this past February.

Obituary here.

PEI’s Morning Show Makes A Mother’s Day To Remember For Carol Murphy
Carlottetown PEI

What a Friday morning as Mother’s Day arrived early on Prince Edward Island with Kirk, Kerri Wynne and Scott and the Ocean 100 Morning Show.

Every 10 minutes the doorbell would ring and another gift for Carol from our great partners.

Carol was given over $2,000 in fabulous prizes.

PHOTOS.

What's it's like having the morning show at your place?

VIDEO.

My mom should be Mom of the Year for what she does for my sister and I. In order to be able to stay in sports and be part of Provincial teams: ringette, softball and volleyball my mom works a full time job in the day time and every evening she has a second job. She works really hard to make sure we have opportunities that she didn't have as a kid. Mom always encourages my sister and I to do our best and believe in ourselves. She always says...your only limitation is your imagination. She never gets a day to herself and even when she does she puts us first, I really want to give my mom a day to herself! Please choose my mom for Mom of the Year!!

Thank you

Sarah

JUMP! 106.9 Crowns Winner Of Greatest Gig On Earth
Ottawa ON

Starting June 2, Ottawa listeners will be waking up to JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds, as the hit radio station has crowned the winner of its Greatest Gig On Earth co-host talent search.

The search began in early March, with over 160 hopefuls looking to land the coveted spot alongside current morning show host Tony Stark. The list was whittled down to 30, 10, five, and three, respectively, before Reynolds was announced as the winner this morning.

After submitting an online video, surviving a series of grueling social media tasks, co-hosting three morning shows and performing a live lip-sync battle, Reynolds, an Ottawa-based comedian and actor, was the last person standing.

“To say that we’re excited to introduce Jesse to JUMP! listeners across the region would be the understatement of the century,” said Stark. “If you’ve followed Jesse’s journey throughout this process, you know that he is a fresh, uber-entertaining voice unlike any other on local radio.”

Dubbed “Ottawa’s Acid Tongue” by Capital Xtra Magazine, Reynolds is definitely not afraid to share his two cents and, in his words, “tell it like it is.”

“I’m extremely pumped to join the team at Ottawa’s coolest new radio station,” said Reynolds. “I not only encourage, but I challenge everyone to listen to JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds. We’ll bring more caffeine to your morning than 12 cups of coffee.”

JUMP! 106.9’s Greatest Gig On Earth has taken the city – and social media – by storm, generating over 20 million impressions and consistently trending region-wide.

“This has been a wild ride, and we couldn’t be more excited,” said Mark Dickie, General Manager, Corus Radio Ottawa. “On the air, on the street, and on social media, each participant has made their mark, and we cannot wait to introduce JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds.”

JUMP! Mornings with Tony Stark & Jesse Reynolds will hit the air Tuesday, June 2, and will be heard every weekday from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

May 5, 2015
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Tom Armour (CJAD) Retires
Montreal QC

After more than 50 years in radio and TV, CJAD's Tom Armour is retiring.

More from CJAD.

Corus Entertainment Inc. Enters Long-Term Partnership with Mediabase
Toronto ON

Corus Entertainment Inc. has announced a long term partnership with Mediabase as its new supplier of airplay data in the Canadian marketplace. Corus radio stations reach more than seven million Canadians each week with a variety of programming in six formats.

Mediabase produces song charts and airplay analyses of radio airplay in more than two dozen radio formats based on the monitoring of more than 1,800 radio stations in the US and Canada. Mediabase also monitors HD formats, video channels, and satellite radio. Mediabase charts and airplay data are used on many popular radio countdown shows and televised music awards programs.

Ronnie Stanton, Corus Entertainment VP - National Brands and Programming, said: “My past experiences with Mediabase were always positive and I found the product delivered all the programming information I needed in a clear and concise fashion. I’m very happy to be bringing Mediabase into the Corus family and looking forward to working with their great team once again.”

President and CEO of Mediabase, Philippe Generali, commented: “Mediabase is the primary programming analysis tool for our industry and we are pleased that Corus Entertainment has selected us for its long term growth. Mediabase is radio’s number one music authority and the decision of Corus to partner with us reflects this position.”

For more information contact Brett Gelfant, Canadian Director Of Sales & Customer Service - Mediabase at 905-597-5726 or Lesley Soldat, Vice President & General Manager – Orbyt Media, Mediabase’s Canadian distributor at 416-384-2890.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian media and broadcasting company. Formed in 1999 as a spin-off of Shaw Communications, it is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, and has prominent holdings in the radio, publishing and television industries.

Mediabase is a music industry service that monitors radio station airplay in US and Canadian markets. Mediabase publishes music charts and data based on the most played songs on terrestrial and satellite radio, and provides in-depth analytical tools for radio and record industry professionals. Music charts are published in both domestic and international trade publications and newspapers worldwide. Mediabase is a division of iHeart Media, Inc.

Harvard Acquires KRAZE FM Red Deer
Red Deer AB

Harvard Broadcasting Inc. announced today the acquisition of 101.3 KRAZE FM in Red Deer Alberta.

Harvard has entered into an agreement to purchase the radio broadcasting licence CKIK-FM in Red Deer, Alberta, from L.A. Radio Group Inc. subject to approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (“CRTC”).

With seven commercial FM radio stations licensed to serve the city and surrounding area Red Deer is one of Canada’s most competitive radio markets, if the same per capita ratio was applied to Calgary the result would be greater than 70 commercial FM radio stations.

The acquisition creates a pairing of two complimentary and distinct stations, KRAZE FM (Current Hits) and CRUZ FM (Greatest Hits) providing Harvard the ability to strengthen its commitment to the community of Red Deer and the central Alberta market and to better compete on both a local and national level.

“It’s an outstanding end result” says Troy Schaab President and CEO of LA Radio Group “When Sonia and I made the decision to sell KRAZE, it was essential that we found the perfect company to carry on what we started. Harvard Broadcasting shares the same vision, family values, sense of community and strong passion for great radio. We know KRAZE will continue to be a leader within this exceptional community, and we’re excited for its future”.

“We are delighted with the agreement” says Cam Cowie Harvard Broadcasting’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer “our radio stations are renowned for their local focus, strong brands and innovative formats, KRAZE FM fits like a glove”.

Harvard is a western Canadian based, independent regional radio broadcaster. Over the past 9 years, Harvard has expanded its operations from it home base in the province of Saskatchewan into Alberta. Currently Harvard operates 6 radio stations in Saskatchewan and 6 stations in Alberta, including 100.7 CRUZ FM a Greatest Hits station in Red Deer.

Hammer Wins International Music Director of the Year
Toronto ON

Hammering Right to the top of his Game!

Matt Wreggitt, otherwise known to his fans on Z 103.5 as THE HAMMER, nailed the win of International Music Director of the Year award at the fifth annual Worldwide Radio Summit 2015. The ceremony, held Friday, April 24th in Los Angeles, is regarded by all individuals and companies as one of the most important radio events in the world; recognizing radio as a crucial broadcast medium, the communicator of music and sound.

This award fulfils a large dream of THE HAMMER, “becoming Toronto’s most popular announcer.” His passion allows him to surpass his dream, reaching fans not only in Toronto but around the world as he continues to ‘hammer’ his fans with hits from 3-7 pm Monday through Friday and be live from Toronto’s hottest night clubs every Friday and Saturday.

THE HAMMER, afternoon drive announcer, stands apart as he receives this international recognition in a field that is highly competitive.

Matt Wreggitt, THE HAMMER, was born in Sault St. Marie, Ontario and raised in the small town of Brantford and Waterford, Ontario. He has a passion for good music, family, friends, hockey and a good laugh.

THE HAMMER is part of the Evanov Communications Inc. which operates 15 radio licenses that serve Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Winnipeg as well as the smaller markets of Brantford, Hudson and Hawksbury. Evanov Communications Inc. has been broadcasting for over 25 years and employs over 250 across Canada.

May 4, 2015
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102.1 the Edge Launches the 2015 Edge Next Big Thing
Toronto ON

Following the success of last year’s inaugural artist search, 102.1 the Edge is once again offering emerging, independent acts the chance to showcase their musical talent with the 2015 Edge Next Big Thing. Beginning today through to June 21, 2015, artists can visit edge.ca and upload their best material along with photos and bios.

The Edge programming team and a panel of music industry experts will then select the top 20 artists to be featured on-air as part of a special series dedicated to emerging talent. Fans will then have the opportunity to vote for their favourites through a digital portal at edge.ca and catch performances, live at Bier Markt locations across the city.

The top six will be invited to a live showcase event in August where one artist will be crowned the 2015 winner.

The winning artist will receive:

· $25,000 in cash

· $10,000 in band gear from Long and McQuade Musical Instruments

· Studio time at the world-renowned Metalworks Studios, 16-time winner of Canada’s Studio of the Year

· Airplay on 102.1 the Edge, one of the most listened to modern radio stations in North America

· 25 hours of professional consulting from the award-winning A&R and promotion team at Dine Alone Records (home to City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Monster Truck, The Lumineers and many more)

· The chance to open the 2015 Edge CASBY Music Awards in October

Full program details are available now at www.edge.ca/contest/3299/enterContest.

Having seen success since being chosen as the 2014 Edge Next Big Thing winners, JJ and the Pillars have performed non-stop since appearing at the 2014 CASBY’s. The band has performed at KOI Fest, Indie Week and the Toronto Festival of Beer, and recently at a sold out Live Nation booking at the Drake.

102.1 the Edge has earned a reputation as a major force in Canadian talent development through initiatives like the CASBY’s (Canadian Artists Selected By You), Edgefest and the Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions featuring exclusive artist performances and interviews.

The Edge has also contributed to the commercial breakthrough of some of Canada’s most influential artists, including Metric, USS, Arkells, Bedouin Soundclash, Billy Talent, The Tragically Hip and many more.

April 30, 2015
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CRFC: This Summer, It's All About Youth
Ottawa ON

The CRFC is pleased to award more than $216,000 to 23 campus and community radio stations through the Youth on Air! pilot program. This program offers youth aged 16 to 30 a unique radio experience by means of training grants.

"This is a positive first experience - we have received some very interesting project proposals that will allow stations to enhance their local programming during the summer season in addition to putting forward the importance of youth in community media," says CRFC President, Roger Ouellette.

From a documentary tracing the sound portrait of the neighborhoods of Québec City to a program on environmental issues or a radio series on women in audio-related technical fields, these projects all have in common that they are at the heart of their local communities.

"CHLS-FM is very pleased to be able to run a summer internship project with generous assistance from the CRFC’s Youth on Air! program. It will enable us to expand our station’s capacity for production of high-quality locally produced pre-recorded programming and will help us to raise the station’s profile in the community generally, but especially with the youth. We want to encourage young people to see radio production as an attractive opportunity for them to exercise their imagination and creative skills," says Station Manager Jeff O’Kelly from Lillooet, British Columbia.

As for Lorinne Larouche from CKIA-FM in Québec City, receiving funding means that "the station will have a chance to offer a radio experience to young interns that will enhance their skills and help them integrate the community radio sector. They will be able to perfect the art of radio documentary and they will be offered various training including recording voices and sounds, and sound editing."

Since the CRFC first opened its doors in 2007, we have awarded more than $5 million to the campus and community radio sector in Canada. 115 stations have received funding for 313 initiatives. The CRFC would like to thank the private broadcasters for their mandatory and voluntary Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions that have enabled all of these projects to take place.

Here is the complete list of the first recipients of the program:

CFFF 92.7 FM – Peterborough, Ont.: Summer Events Intern Correspondant ($10,000)
CFMH 107.3 FM – Saint John, N.B.: Women’s Programming Coordinator ($10,000)
CFRH 88.1 FM – Penetanguishene, Ont.: Une programmation par et pour la génération X, Y et Z ($10,000)
CFRO 100.5 FM – Vancouver, B.C.: Women In Tech : Sound Off ($10,000)
CFUR 88.7 FM – Prince George, B.C.: Northern BC Spotlight Program ($9,402)
CFUV 101.9 FM – Victoria, B.C.: Arts & Outreach Internship ($9,111)
CHCR 102.9 & 104.5 FM – Killaloe, Ont.: Rural Radio Review ($9,170)
CHES 88.1 FM – Erin, Ont.: News and Current Affairs Intern Project ($10,000)
CHLS 100.5 FM – Lillooet, B.C.: Old Planet, Young People ($10,000)
CHOQ 105.1 FM – Toronto, Ont.: Stage en animation / chroniques locales ($10,000)
CHUO 89.1 FM – Ottawa, Ont.: Then and Now : a musical retrospective ($6,500)
CHYZ 94.3 FM – Québec City, Que.: Micro Campus ($9,454)
CICW 92.9 FM – Fergus, Ont.: Hands-on work experience ($9,720)
CILS 107.9 FM – Victoria, B.C.: Victoria par ses artistes ($8,572)
CITR 101.9 FM – Vancouver, B.C.: Summer of new releases! ($10,000)
CJAM 99.1 FM – Windsor, Ont.: Community and Campus Intern Outreach Initiative ($10,000)
CJRG 94.5 FM – Gaspé, Que.: Les Bonheurs du bout du monde ($9,880)
CJSW 90.9 FM – Calgary, Alb.: Cultural News Coordinator ($8,230)
CKHA 100.9 FM – Haliburton, Ont.: The History and People of the Haliburton Highlands ($7,467)
CKIA 88.3 FM – Québec City, Que.: Cartographie radiophonique des quartiers centraux de Québec ($10,000)
CKRO 97.1 FM – Pokemouche, N.B. : Été Sports ($10,000)
CKUM 93.5 FM – Moncton, N.B. : Lui/Y'elle qui fait du bruit ($10,000)
CKVL 100.1 FM – LaSalle, Que. : La jeunesse en vedette! ($9,450)

For more information about the programs and the CRFC, please visit www.crfc-fcrc.ca.

April 29, 2015
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Big Dog Regina Teams Up with Habitat for Humanity
Regina SK

Big Dog 92.7 is proud to have partnered with Habitat for Humanity in Regina to build a better tomorrow for deserving Regina families.

We're excited to be the very first Regina radio station to construct a Habitat home - from start to finish! Our goal was to use the power of radio to appeal to our audience to lend their hands and hearts to join us on this journey with our Big Dog Build Days. We encouraged Big Dog listeners to come forward to help construct the Habitat Homes.

For Habitat for Humanity, this was the very first multi-family build in Regina -- that include three tri-plexes. That means nine hard-working families will be receiving a place to truly call HOME.

We are so happy for, and so proud of our Habitat family; Sarah and her three boys - Brandis, Hayden and Tavin. Having Sarah join us on the air from time-to-time gave a face and story to the build, and our listeners got to know the family behind the four walls we were raising. They also gained a better understanding as to why this project was so important to them. But all nine families receiving keys to their brand new homes will benefit from this partnership, as well as the surrounding community. We’re so happy to have been involved in a project that our community can support and see a positive future through.

This was a life-changing year for our deserving families, and for the Big Dog team and volunteers as well.

It's no surprise that radio folks are not cut out to work in construction, yet we wielded hammers, saws, nail guns and steel-toed boots in order to get the job done – and had a blast doing it!

More information here.

April 28, 2015
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97.7 HTZ FM Honours Radio Personality’s Legacy
St. Catharines ON

“Iron” Mike Bensson’s radio legacy lives on with an award being created in his honour for a Radio Broadcasting student at Niagara College. Presented for the first time to a deserving student on Friday, April 24th, 2015, the “Iron” Mike Bensson Memorial Award recognizes someone with a love of radio, strong work ethic, respect for coworkers, passion for the community and community work and most of all a creative personality that is complimented by a unique sense of humour, all qualities that the late radio announcer possessed in abundance.

Bell Media Radio Niagara’s 97.7 HTZ FM is proud to sponsor the award which comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Recipient, Ben Minor was emotional when accepting the award stating, “By the sounds of things if I am half the man “Iron” Mike Bensson was I will consider that a huge success”.

Bell Media Radio Niagara’s General Manager, Bob Harris and his staff have been working to honour their late colleague since his passing in November 2013 from cancer, “We miss Iron Mike every day. He was such a fantastic guy and we couldn’t be happier to continue his legacy with this award. Mike personified the characteristics that make a broadcaster successful. A love for the community, a passion for his listeners, deep respect for co-workers and an undying commitment to the art of radio. Radio needs more people like Iron Mike and our hope is this annual award will help us find the next one.”

“Iron” Mike Bensson graced the airwaves of 97.7 HTZ-FM from 1995 until 2013. The scholarship will be awarded to a 2nd year presentation student of Niagara College’s Broadcasting – Radio, Television & Film (BRTF) program every year for the next 5 years.

BlastTheRadio.com Celebrates 20,000+ Listens
Ottawa ON

BlastTheRadio.com (Ottawa’s little station making BIG noise) is celebrating several milestones!

Firstly, BlastTheRadio.com was recently added to the channel lineups available on iTunes Radio, TuneIn Radio and Shoutcast, three of the world’s biggest on-line radio platforms! This means that listeners in Ottawa (and around the world) have more options on how to listen!

iTunes radio is available on iTunes for PC and MAC as well as on Apple TV.

TuneIn is one of the most popular radio apps on the planet allowing users to connect to on-line stations from their smart phones, computers, as well as countless smart TV’s, gaming units, and add ons such as Boxee Box, Roku and more!

Shoutcast is also a hugely popular app for smart phones and tablets and also permits listeners to access stations via the web.

Additionally, on Sunday, we surpassed 20,000 listens on our original broadcast platform, MixLR!

It has been 110 days since our launch; so this equates to over 180 individual logins per day! Since adding the additional platforms (above) this number is showing a steady increase!

Finally, on Monday April 27th, BlastTheRadio.com hit its highest peak ever with 144 individual computers logged in to listen at any given moment!

Highest listening periods occur during the “Milky Show,” hosted live each weekday from 9am-1pm ET by 23+ year Ottawa radio personality John Mielke.

April 27, 2015
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Fanshawe College Contemporary Media (Broadcasting) Wall of Fame
London ON
Katie Simpson – Broadcast Journalism ‘06
Melani Mariani – Radio Broadcasting ’07

Fanshawe College is proud to announce two outstanding new members to the School of Contemporary Media Broadcasting Wall of Fame.

Melani Mariani – Radio Broadcasting ’07
A native of Newmarket, Ontario, Melani was named the ‘Announcer of the Year” at Fanshawe in 2007. In August of 2014, she was named the co-host of the morning show at The Edge (Corus radio) in Toronto where she works with Fearless Fred. Melani’s rise to this position is a story of faith and persistence. She began her radio career in Fort St. John, BC. She moved to Toronto for an unpaid intern position but quickly proved her value to the company. She went from receptionist to sales and found her niche as an overnight announcer. She quickly moved to swing announcer and weekend mornings which ‘changed her career’. In August of 2014, she was named morning show co-host at the Edge.

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Katie Simpson – Broadcast Journalism ‘06
Katie Simpson is part of Fanshawe College history. She was a member of the first graduating class of the Media Theory and Production program in collaboration with Western University.
Katie is now a reporter for CTV National News. In between she’s been chasing some of the biggest news stories in the country. As a reporter for 106.9 the X, Katie was one of the first on the scene of the Bandido biker gang murders in the spring of 2006. That year she was voted by her classmates as the Broadcast Journalist of the Year. While at Fanshawe, Katie worked at AM980 in London. After graduation she was hired by AM640 in Toronto. From there she went to 680 News and then CP24, where she worked for 5 years.
In March of 2014 she was hired as a reporter for CTV National News and now works out of Ottawa. Katie also lists the G-20 riots, the Parliament Hill shooting and the Rob Ford years as other significant career moments.

Melani and Katie were honoured at the annual Fanshawe College broadcast Awards night on Saturday April 18th at the London Hilton Hotel
For more information contact:
Jim Van Horne, Coordinator Broadcast Journalism
519-452-4430 ext. 4858
Abe Kelledjian, Coordinator Broadcast Radio
519-452-4430 ext. 4174

JUMP! 106.9's Greatest Gig on Earth Top 5
Ottawa ON

The search for the new voice of Ottawa radio started in early March, with over 160 hopefuls looking to land the “Greatest Gig On Earth” as the new co-host of JUMP! 106.9’s breakfast show. That list is now down to five.

After submitting an online video, surviving a series of grueling social media tasks, and co-hosting one morning show, the top 5 are two short weeks away from finding out who will land the coveted spot alongside current breakfast show host Tony Stark.

The top 5 includes Melissa Charles, Jaya Henderson, Jesse Reynolds, Tamara Videla and Vanessa Cote.

“We’re absolutely blown away by the quality of the entries we’ve received,” said Stark. “The remaining top 5 are true stars-in-the-making, and I have no doubt the person left standing will be a fabulous addition to Ottawa radio.”

On April 19, the top 10 finalists appeared at Bayshore Shopping Centre where they were grilled by a panel of celebrity judges, including international singer/songwriter Karl Wolf and fashion supermodel Herieth Paul. The event also included a lip-sync battle where the contestants let their true characters shine.

Those still standing will each co-host their second morning show between Monday, April 27, and Friday, May 1. The winner will be announced live on the air on May 8.

“To say these are five incredible talents would be a tremendous understatement,” said Mark Dickie, general manager of Corus Radio Ottawa. “On the air, on the street, and on social media, each has made their mark, and we couldn’t be more excited as we approach the finish line of JUMP!’s Greatest Gig on Earth.”

Listeners are encouraged to spread the word using #JUMPSGREATESTGIG. The top 5 are also blogging about their experience on www.jumpradio.ca.

April 26, 2015
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AJHL Fort McMurray Oil Barons Hockey Back Home At CKYX / ROCK 97.9
Fort McMurray AB

After a 1 season absence, Fort McMurray Oil Barons AJHL hockey will be returning to Rogers Fort McMurray, and back on its original home, CKYX-FM, aka ROCK 97.9. The Oil Barons have been a fixture on either Country 93.3 (CJOK) or ROCK 97.9 (CKYX) for over twenty years.

General Manager Rick Walters and Program Director John Knox are also pleased to announce the new voice of Oil Barons broadcasts, Brad Karp. A graduate of Algonquin College, Brad started his career a province over in Manitoba and has worked in a number of markets the last few years. Brad also has a few hundred games under his belt as play by play announcer and Manager of Marketing & Communications for the Junior “A” OCN Blizzard.

Most recently Brad was with Websports Media Network when the call broadcasting lured him back and we were fortunate to add him to the team here in Fort McMurray, despite his self-described limited ‘fourth grade math skills’. Although admittedly, those same skills made salary negotiations a snap.

Brad’s first game with the team was Saturday, April 25th. This was the MOB’s first game in the Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup, which the Barons host all this week. As witnessed by his headshot, Brad’s bosses are also particularly pleased with his ability to appear in photographs that at first glance appear to be stock photographs.

100.3 THE BEAR Brings Back Guess What’s In The Bear’s Box for Chance to Win $10,000
Edmonton AB

For the second year in a row, Edmonton’s 100.3 THE BEAR listeners will have an opportunity to win one of multiple $10,000 cash prizes if they can correctly guess exactly what is inside the massive ‘box’ displayed in front of Flaman Trailers (2310 Sparrow Dr., Nisku, AB). Kicking off on Monday, April 27 and running through Friday, May 29, each weekday morning at 7:40 a.m., THE PAUL BROWN SHOW will announce a clue to help listeners guess “What’s In The Bear’s Box”. In keeping with the rollout of last year’s contest, 100.3 THE BEAR will replace the box contents for a new chance to win after each correct guess.

100.3 THE BEAR will accept one caller’s guess at the top of every hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the duration of the contest. The station will track all clues and guesses online at thebearrocks.com. Listeners are encouraged to call in as many times as they wish to try to identify the exact contents of the box.

“We are thrilled to bring back this awesome promotion, and welcome Edmontonians and those in our neighbouring regions to try guessing exactly what is stored inside ‘The Bear’s Box’,” said Rob Vavrek, Program Director, 100.3 THE BEAR, TSN 1260. “After the phenomenal response to our launch year, we simply had to bring back The Box. Last year we gave away a whopping $40,000!.”

Listeners are encouraged to visit thebearrocks.com for complete the “What’s In The Bear’s Box” rules and regulations.