VMS Media Group Ltd. has had its appeal of the CRTC decision to issue broadcast licences to First Peoples Radio Inc. and Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta denied. VMS applied to have the decision set aside after being left empty-handed in the commission’s Indigenous radio station proceedings.
The CRTC has denied an application from the CBC to use its Toronto CBC Radio Two transmitter for a Tamil-language subchannel. With ethnic station CJRK-FM still in its first broadcast year and establishing itself, the commission determined approval wouldn’t be in the best interest of the market.
Canada’s Momentum Media Networks launches TM EVO the customizable, interactive jingle service from TM Studios. The next evolution of jingles, TM EVO offers three tiers of service, from fully-produced, 17-cut packages to complete branding concierge services. Canadian stations can create and preview their own jingles online right now.
CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire has announced a new streamlined approach to the public broadcaster’s top-hour radio newscasts that will see a shorter 4.5-minute cast called The World This Hour replace the current Hourly News. McGuire’s memo says the casts will be “more dynamic and responsive to the day’s news,” airing across Radio One, Radio 2, Satellite Radio, Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices and Google Home. Host Tom Harrington will spearhead development with the new hourly newscast set to launch Nov. 6.
Sonic 102.9 (CHDI-FM) Edmonton evening host Lauren Hunter made headlines after generating significant social media buzz with her unique painting of Edmonton Oilers’ captain Connor McDavid, dressed in a 19th-century military uniform. Dubbed “Connor McPortrait,” McDavid took notice, liked the post on Instagram, and has since signed the portrait. The station will be selling prints with the proceeds going to YESS, an organization that provides shelter, guidance and hope to at-risk youth in Edmonton.
CiTR 101.9 FM Vancouver is marking Nardwuar’s 30th anniversary on the University of British Columbia campus station by hosting a 20-hour interview marathon from 9 p.m. PT on Sept. 21 until 5 p.m. PT on Sept. 22. John Ruskin, aka Nardwuar the Human Serviette, began his show in Oct. 1987. He drew a national fan base when his interviews started airing on MuchMusic’s Going Coastal.
The Mens Room, Seattle’s #1 afternoon drive radio show originating on classic rock KISW-FM, is now available in Canada from Momentum Media Networks. With an unbelievable winning streak of 51 straight #1 PPM books in a row, The Mens Room is available live Mon.-Fri. 2 – 6 p.m. PT or content-only for any timeslot. Listen here.
According to Nielsen Audio US, Classic Rock saw the biggest growth in audience share over the summer months for the second straight year. The format’s audience was up eight per cent between June and August, ahead of Classic Hits (+5.7%), Country (+4.1%) and Urban (+3.2%).
The annual Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation Radiothon had its best year yet, raising over $62,000 for the hospital foundation on Sept. 15. Broadcast on myFM (CIYN-FM) Kincardine, ON, funds raised will go towards new diagnostic imaging equipment.