Richard Costley-White and Chuck McCoy will receive the 2016 Hall of Fame Award from the The Ontario Association of Broadcasters next week in Toronto. Costley-White, who died in 2015, was chairman and president of Blackburn Radio and was the fifth generation of the Blackburn family in the media business. Chuck McCoy started at CKY in Winnipeg in 1965 and worked his way to 1050 CHUM as an air talent. His most recent role was executive vice president with Rogers Toronto.
CBC Radio One in St. John’s, NL celebrated its move to the FM dial Oct. 28. Zach Goudie and Transmitter Terry hosted a drive-thru morning show with listeners pulling up for free coffee and getting their radio preset reset to 88.5 FM. The morning included a special appearance from Honeymoon Suite. CBC says there are no plans to cease simulcasting on 640 AM at this time.
A new trial has been ordered in the 2013 court case that led Corus Radio to cancel the Dean Blundell morning show on 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto. Show producer Derek Welsman, who served as jury foreman, talked about the sex assault trial on-air and made crude jokes about the gay accused and the complainants. In its decision released Monday, the Ontario Court of Appeal says the incident created the impression that Joshua Dowholis’ trial wasn’t fair. Dowholis’ convictions were set aside and a new trial ordered.
Country 105 (CKQM-FM), Energy 99.7 (CKPT-FM) Peterborough and 91.9 BOB FM (CKLY-FM) Lindsay wrapped up the 6th annual Bras Around the Building on Oct. 28. More than 7,000 bras were donated and close to $17,000 was raised for Breast Cancer research. Over the six years of the campaign, more than $100,000 has been raised.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) recently handed out its Alumni Awards. Jennifer Carlson and Lorenzo Donadeo were named as Distinguished Alumni, joining only 35 so recognized since 1988. Ron Tarrant, Levi Kuta and Josh Traptow were recognized as Outstanding Young Alumni. If you missed it the first time, check out Ron Tarrant in the Broadcast Dialogue podcast here.
SiriusXM Canada is launching nine holiday music channels starting Nov. 2 and rolling through Dec. 30. This year’s line-up includes contemporary, traditional, country, religious, and francophone offerings.
Lots of photos documenting the demolition of the iconic CHUM building at 1331 Yonge Street in Toronto have recently appeared on social media. This shot is from Fred Sherratt whose longtime barber up the street, Sandy Bozzo, captured the very moment when the digger plowed through the former CHUM Limited VP, EVP and CEO’s long-time office. Sherratt’s tenure in the building spanned five decades from 1969 to 2006.