Tuesday, March 25, 2014

z95.3 Returns to the Vancouver Air Waves

One of the most iconic radio brands in Vancouver is making a return to Vancouver’s airwaves. Virgin Radio 95.3 (CKZZ) re-brands to its famous Z95.3 moniker following the recent sale from Bell Media to Newcap Radio. The rights to the Virgin Radio Brand remain Bell’s property.

“We’re excited to bring back this truly Vancouver brand while continuing our current Hot AC mix that Virgin Radio 95.3 listeners have come to love,” says station general manager Sherri Pierce. “Z95.3 never really disappeared. The popular Z95.3 bumper stickers are still everywhere on vehicles around the city.”

The new Z95.3 will continue to play Today’s Best Mix and listeners can expect to hear all their favourite regular features such as the $1,000 Minute, Golddigger and The Sleaze.

Within the transaction, the rights to the Virgin morning show were also retained by Bell. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with the Nat & Drew show and we wish them the very best,” says program director Mel Kemmis. “We look forward to introducing our dynamic new morning show team to our awesome listeners in the weeks ahead”.

Consumers will be made aware of Newcap Radio’s re-branding of Z95.3 with the support of a city-wide advertising campaign across Metro Vancouver.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted its final approval on the deal on March 19th stemming from the purchase of Astral Media by Bell Media. Locally within the Vancouver radio cluster AM650 (CISL) and SHORE104.3 FM (CHHR) were also acquired by Newcap Radio.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Phil King on Big Bang’s three-year renewal with CTV

Canada’s most-viewed program, The Big Bang Theory has been picked up for three more seasons, giving CTV more opportunities to launch Canadian programming following the laugher’s 8 p.m. Thursday night time slot. So far original airings of the program have brought in an average audience of 4.4 million viewers for the fall of 2013.

The Big Bang Theory, which targets adults aged 18 to 54 most recently kicked-off the new Dave Foley-starring PR comedy Spun Out, which premiered following Big Bang and is being brought back to the 8:30 p.m. slot for the final two weeks of March. Spun Out‘s premiere brought in an average of 1.4 million viewers for its debut and dropped to 802,000 the following night for its regular time slot on Friday. On average, Bell Media representatives say that shows following Big Bang keep 50% of its lead-in audience.

Phil King, president of programming and sports at CTV, tells MiC that Big Bang‘s massive weekly audience has enabled the Bell Media channel to host a string of Canadian programming like Saving Hope in the 9 p.m. slot and Motive at 10 p.m. that night because of the large lead-in it gets from the CBS laugher. He adds that he would like to use the time slot following Big Bang to launch other Canadian programming in the years ahead, with rumours that its typical time slot pairing Two and a Half Men might only get a half season next fall.

King adds that it isn’t often that a channel gets a show with the reach of Big Bang across audience segments, adding other examples typically fall in the reality segment.

“The show is clever without going over the top with sexual innuendos like a lot of shows do these days, which make it uncomfortable for parents to watch with their kids,” he says. “It is a show that has a wide audience. People who were 10-years-old when the show started are 17 now and almost entering the sales demo.”

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Macleans Radio Show

Maclean’s is expanding its political coverage to radio. The Rogers-owned current affairs brand will debut Maclean’s on the Hill, a new comment and analysis show featuring political journalists Paul Wells, John Geddes and Aaron Wherry (pictured), on Rogers talk and news radio stations across the country Saturday March 22.

The show will air Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 8 a.m. on 1310News (Ottawa), 680News (Toronto), News1130 (Vancouver), 660News (Calgary), News95.7 (Halifax), and 570News (Kitchener) and will be available via podcast through Macleans.ca as well as CityNews.ca

Maclean’s also recently unveiled its redesigned responsive website following a push by Rogers Publishing to move all its websites to responsive design. The move has seen page views increase 35% and pushed mobile and tablet usage up 63% across Rogers properties, according to a release.

Chatelaine, another Rogers-owned magazine, recently expanded its radio presence recently with a cross-country Valentine’s day episode of the Chatelaine radio show.

The Edge launches new lineup - Lots of changes.

Corus Radio Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge, has announced a diverse new weekday lineup of on-air personalities to bring the best of music, pop culture, irreverent humour and topical engaging entertainment to audiences. The new station roster makes its debut Monday, March 31.

Morning drive will be hosted by Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Dominik has extensive international experience as host at BBC London and BBC Scotland. Most recently, Dominik hosted The Dominik Diamond Morning Show on Halifax’s Radio 96.5 and prior to that was the very popular evening host on the Edge’s brother station Q107.

Josie is no stranger to the Edge. She has been the station’s midday announcer and host of the nationally syndicated Josie’s Top 20. She has also been the host of Oh So Cosmo on Cosmopolitan TV.
Greg is a writer, comedian, performer and multiplatform content creator, who currently hosts the evening show on the Edge and is a video contributor to the world famous funnyordie.com.

Middays will be hosted by Carlos Benevides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carlos, a former Edge announcer, comes from Corus Radio Kitchener’s 91.5 the Beat, where he is currently the morning show co-host on The Beat Breakfast.

Afternoon drive will be co-hosted by “Fearless” Fred Kennedy and Melani “Mel” Mariani from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fred joined the Edge in 2009 and has since been the station’s afternoon drive host, as well as host of TELETOON’s Fred at Night. He will be joined by new co-host, Mel, who has been featured during the weekends on the Edge.

Evenings will be hosted by Adam Ricard from 7 p.m. to midnight. Adam is a weekend veteran of the Edge and has frequently hosted live concert performances and artist interviews for the Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions at Corus Quay.

“We're excited to introduce this sharp-witted lineup to both new and long-time listeners of the Edge,” said Blair Bartrem, Senior Brand Director, 102.1 the Edge. “These on-air personalities each bring their own unique voice and distinct sense of humour that will make the station Toronto’s alternative destination for great comedic banter, relevant interviews and amazing music.”

Tune in to 102.1 the Edge on the FM dial or listen live at www.edge.ca.

Monday, March 17, 2014

RAB News Release - Radio a Reach Medium used to build brands

Farber aims to position radio as a reach medium that builds brands. The Radio Advertising Bureau doesn’t forecast revenue but RAB president Erica Farber says there’s reason to be optimistic when radio’s position is looked at on a global scale, where corporate America’s marketing budgets aren’t growing. “It’s still a positive for us when you consider how many new entrants there are that we’ve held our own,” she says. As the industry crafts its story for advertisers, she believes it should position itself as a medium that builds brands rather than just a vehicle to deliver a “price and item” message. “Radio never positioned itself as a reach medium,” Farber says. “And yet what PPM has shown us is that there are more people listening to us than we ever thought and it’s proving that radio is a great way to develop a brand and that is a major shift as far as positioning our medium.” In the nearer-term, it appears 2014 has begun with still no strong direction evident. Some public companies have said winter weather is weakening sales, and Farber says, “When we start to see first quarter results there are going to be some major challenges because the weather has slammed advertising.” Clearly, the winds of change are still blowing for radio.


TSN is making sports available on the go. The Bell Media sports specialty channel today announced its new live streaming service TSN Go, which enables Bell TV and Rogers Cable customers who subscribe to TSN to watch its programming live and on-demand via their computer, smartphone or tablet.

The service promises 6,000 hours of live sports programming from both TSN and TSN2 each year, including the Grey Cup, the World Junior Hockey Championship and NCAA March Madness.

The service is also making episodes of fan-favourite shows including Off the Record and That’s Hockey available.

TSN Go is the newest addition to Bell Media’s line of “TV everywhere” products, following on the heels of TMN GO and CTV GO. The company said that it has more products ready to launch in the “near future.”

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Gen Y Media Consumption Break Down - Social Networking Dominant

Radio’s in the media mix for Millennials but user-generated content tops the bill. Radio’s bread and butter are 25-54 year-olds, the demo most formats shoot for and most advertisers covet. But Millennials, all 77 million of them, are waiting in the wings. In fact millions of Millennials have already entered the crucial 25-54 demo and more do so every day. Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are forecasted to have record-breaking purchasing power. Radio’s still very much in their orbit but, like all traditional media, takes a back seat to the Big Kahuna of the Millennial media mix: user-generated content (UGC). Fully 30% of Gen Y’s daily media time is spent with content that is created by their peers, according to new research by social influence marketer Crowdtap and market research firm Ipsos. That’s more than is spent with such Millennial-friendly activities as browsing the internet (20%), watching live TV (10%) or playing computer or video games (10%). Millennials find UGC content 35% more memorable than other sources. Still, Millennials spend 7% of their media time with radio. While that may sound low, Gen Y packs 18 hours of media time into their day, often viewing multiple devices simultaneously. That adds up to one hour and 16 minutes a day with radio, a little less than what Nielsen found it its recent Cross-Platform report: one hour and 33 minutes a day for 18-24 year-olds; 1 hour and 43 minutes for 25-34 year-olds. Millennials prioritize social media at the top of their media stack: 71% use social networking on a daily basis. Radio came in third place on their media priority list with 53% listening to either broadcast or streaming radio daily, behind live TV at 60%, but ahead of email/text; retrieving news, weather and sports scores; and pre-recorded TV.


Survey: ‘Consumer to consumer marketing’ drives trust among Millennials. As Millennials occupy a larger position on radio’s radar screen, broadcasters will need to come up with different solutions to effectively communicate client messages to them. The old rules may no longer apply. Millennials report that in¬formation they receive through user-generated content is highly trust¬worthy and trusted 40% more than information they get from traditional media sources like TV, print and radio. That’s according to new findings from market research firm Ipsos and social influence marketer Crowdtap. Conversations with friends and family are trusted two-to-one over TV and radio and almost four-to-one over banner ads. “Brands looking for consumers to trust their marketing can no longer rely on tradi¬tional media to communicate their messages to consumers,” the study’s authors say. “In today’s landscape, it’s peer-created content, or ‘consumer to consumer marketing,’ that drives trust.” Crowdtap and Ipsos surveyed 839 U.S. men and women aged 18-36 in January.

Monday, March 3, 2014

TSN is the #1 Source for NHL Trade Deadline Day with TRADECENTRE ’14, Live on March 5 at 8 a.m. ET

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TORONTO (March 3, 2014) – Canada’s Sports Leader delivers all the news and analysis surrounding NHL Trade Deadline Day during TRADECENTRE ’14 (#TradeCentre) – TSN’s signature 10-hour event. Consistently ranking as the industry’s most-watched and most-trusted source for NHL Trade Deadline Day news, TRADECENTRE ’14 airs Wednesday, March 5 beginning at 8 a.m. ET on TSN.


Before kicking off TRADECENTRE ’14, TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders and experts set up one of the most anticipated days of the hockey season during the 60-minute COUNTDOWN TO TRADECENTRE airing tomorrow (Tuesday, March 4) at 8:30 p.m. ET.


From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, TRADECENTRE ’14 delivers in-depth coverage of every trade. For fans at work or on-the-go, the entire broadcast will be available via live stream on TSN.ca and on the brand new TSN Hockey app. TRADECENTRE ’14 will also be available live on NHL Network in the U.S.


Immediately following TRADECENTRE ’14 on TSN, host Rod Smith recaps the day’s events with reaction from around the NHL on SPORTSCENTRE at 6 p.m. ET while NHL ON TSN takes over at 7 p.m. ET with Toronto @ NY Rangers. 


TSN has been delivering comprehensive coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day since 2000. Each year, Canadians overwhelmingly make TRADECENTRE their #1 choice for news and analysis. Last year’s TRADECENTRE more than doubled the average audience recorded by its closest competitor, while TSN Digital recorded 23.6 million page views across all of its platforms – making it one of the Top 5 busiest days ever in TSN Digital history


TRADECENTRE ’14 Broadcast Team

Host James Duthie leads TSN’s TRADECENTRE ’14 team of Hockey Insiders and experts – including former NHL players, coaches, and general managers – through 10 hours of hockey talk. Throughout the day, TRADECENTRE ’14 will feature interviews, breaking news and instant analysis of each transaction, while also checking in with SPORTSCENTRE’s Bureau Reporters on site with each Canadian team to file live reports.


The TRADECENTRE ’14 broadcast team:

·         Host: James Duthie

·         Trade Breaker Desk: Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre LeBrun, and Gord Miller

·         Instant Analysis Panel: Aaron Ward, Ray Ferraro, and Mike Johnson

·         Deadline Panel: Gino Reda, Martin Biron, plus Jeff O’Neill and Jay Feaster

·         The Big Board: Craig Button

·         Post2Post: Jamie McLennan looks at goalies on the market

·         Satellite Contributors: Pierre McGuire in Philadelphia and Darren Pang in New York City

·         TSN The Reporters Panel: Dave Hodge with Michael Farber, Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons, and National Post’s Bruce Arthur

·         SPORTSCENTRE Updates: Jennifer Hedger


RAM has signed on as lead sponsor of TRADECENTRE ’14 and the Trade Breaker Desk, helmed by TSN’s Hockey Insiders.


TRADECENTRE ’14 on TSN Digital

Launching just in time for TRADECENTRE ’14, the fully customizable TSN Hockey app delivers real-time game updates, news alerts, video highlights, and more from Hockey Canada, NHL, and AHL. Designed and engineered in partnership with the Toronto-based digital studio The Working Group, the TSN Hockey app is available on iOS and will soon be available for Android.


The TSN Hockey app and TSN.ca are the ultimate destinations for NHL Trade Deadline Day. In addition to live streaming TRADECENTRE ’14, these TSN Digital platforms also feature the following highlights:

·         Trade Tracker – delivering real-time updates on all the trades as they happen.

·         Twitter Tracker – pulling together tweets from TSN’s team of Hockey Insiders, experts, and correspondents

·         TSN Big Board – providing stats, cap hits and other key information on players in play

·         Trade Deadline Playbooks – displaying each team’s situations in terms of upcoming free agents, players with no-trade clauses, top prospects, and potential plans

·         TSN Fantasy Guru Scott Cullen’s take on NHL Trade Deadline Day’s impact from a fantasy perspective


In addition, TSN’s social media team keeps fans in the loop on TSN’s official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts with real-time content related to the biggest trades. The TRADECENTRE ’14 broadcast will also feature fan tweets using the hashtag #TradeCentre within the TradeCentre Twitter Bar.



For in-depth local coverage of NHL Trade Deadline Day, fans can listen to TSN Radio stations across the country: TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, TSN Radio 690 in Montreal, TSN Radio 1290 in Winnipeg, TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa, TSN Radio 1260 in Edmonton, and TEAM 1040 in Vancouver. Live streaming of TSN Radio is also available on TSN Digital platforms.


Each station features coverage focused on the local NHL team in their market and dips in and out of live coverage of TRADECENTRE ’14 – with the television broadcast also featuring look-ins from select TSN Radio stations.



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