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A CKMS-FM “New Frequency Party!


Doors Open to the Public !!!

A fun evening of entertainment, Nightlife and Live performances!
A door prize ticket and chance at a Great door prize to come with everyone’s entry!!
All while supporting local talent, DJ’s and community radio of Waterloo Region, CKMS-FM Radio Waterloo!

Come celebrate a night of fun, live music, drinks and beverage at the KW Boathouse as we celebrate the switch from 100.3 to our NEW FM frequency 102.7 FM!!!

Live Music provided by CKMS-DJ’s!!
Opening Mix: 8:30 – 9:00 PM
Ati of “LA ROCA” (Latin Mix) :
9:00 – 10:00 PM
DJ Carmelo of “STREET HOP” Radio (Old school Funk) : 10:00 – 11:00 PM
Live hip-hop performance by “Crispy” and “Lakes”! : 11:00 – 11:25 PM
Door prize Draws!! : 11:30 – 11:40 PM
A Special Announcement from CKMS Radio Waterloo! : 11:40 – 11:55 PM
DJ Denim of “DENIM ENTERTAINMENT RADIO!” (Bass and Electronic Dance Music) : 12:00 – 2:00 AM

Door prize draws included with your entry fee!! Sponsors from Street Hop, Denim Entertainment, the KW Titan professional basketball team, New Damage Records and many more to come! Keep posted for more exciting door prize updates and Full details on prizes to come withn the event page!

19+ Event
Cover only $4 for CKMS members, $7 for non-members and $20 that includes a 2017 CKMS-FM membership!

Celebrate a community radio station that has served Waterloo Region for 40 YEARS and still Is continuing to grow strong thanks to its great community and surrounding cities!!

Come support CKMS-FM on Friday, FEBRUARY 17TH !!!

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Edmonton radio host Rob Christie gets in the hot seat for charity


A record player and a tape recorder sat beside each other in Rob Christie’s basement in a farmhouse near Montreal.

It was in the mid-1960s when Rob, then a teenager, played records and talked about them.

“It was my own radio station,” Rob said. “I knew back then I wanted to get into radio.”

He paused. And then softly laughed.

“People might find this funny, but I was really shy when I was young.”

Luckily, Rob’s mother Charlotte was an influence, suggesting he call the nearest radio station to see if he could lend a hand, and, more importantly, learn.

Rob did just that. He started running errands, learning about the business, which kick started his successful radio career in 1968.

Starting in Montreal he then moving west, to Calgary, where, at the age of 23, he became one of the youngest morning men in Canada.

Rob’s personality — and great sense of humour — has made impacts in the Edmonton radio market: first with 630 CHED and then with Power 92, when his morning show earned a gold medal at the International Radio Festival in New York.

Rob left Edmonton in 1994 and made stops in Toronto and Vancouver before returning to this city in 2005 to help launch Magic 99.3.

Since 2008 he has navigated the Capital 96.3 FM morning show and still answers his weekly 3:20 a.m. alarm.

But … what would have happened if Rob’s mother wasn’t there to give him the boost — camouflaged as a challenge — to follow his dream?

That’s the main reason he said yes to the Rotary Roast of Rob Christie March 8 at the Marriott River Cree. The event is organized by the Rotary Club of Edmonton with funds going to Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area.

“There are families with young children in Edmonton that only have on parent,” Rob said. “The work Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club do in providing an adult figure for support and provide good morals …”

Rob has formed friendships in the Edmonton media which started decades ago and are still going strong.

Several of those friends — Sun columnists Marty Forbes and Graham Hicks, Bruce Bowie and Bryan Hall of 630 CHED, Susan Reade and Sean Burke of 840 CFCW — will be roasting Rob.

“I think the key for any roast is to have people who actually know the person they’re roasting,” said Rob.

“So, if I was worried — not that I’m am, though — of the three of my roasters it would be Marty and Bruce, because I’ve known them the longest, and you never know what stories they have.

“And Bryan. Because nobody will know what Bryan will say next.”

It will be a fun night.

But it will also celebrate friendship and humour, and how the both are so important.

Tickets are $125 each, or a table for eight for $900.

For more information visit edmontonrotary.com/SitePage/rotary-roast

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0392


Welcome to the latest edition of the Stuph File Program.

For a program list of the items included and all their accompanying links in this one hour show, you can find the information on my website in the Stuph File Program section, or just follow this link to #0392.

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Featured in this episode:

  • Dave Pell, editor, NextDraft — Weeding out fake news
  • Tom Merritt, tech guru, Daily Tech News Show
  • Peter Franklin, Gabby Cabby

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Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings


Toronto Sports Media Blog
Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings
torontosportsmedia 70 December 13, 2016 12:48 PM

Toronto Sports Media Radio Ratings


So, my early holiday present to you all is the most recent radio ratings for the 2 sports radio stations in Toronto.

Station M25-54 M25-54 M18-34 M18-34
Aug. 29- May 30-Aug 28 Aug. 29- May 30-Aug 28
Nov. 27 Nov. 27

M- Fri. 6a-9a
Fan 590 7.2 7.1 11.8 12.5
TSN 1050 0.8 1.1 0.6 1.6

M- Fr. 9a-12p
Fan 590 9.3 10 14.9 12.5
TSN 1050 0.3 0.7 0.7 2.3

M- Fr. 12p-1p
Fan 590 4.2 8.9 6.7 11.8
TSN 1050 0.6 0.9 5 4.8

M- Fr. 1p-4p
Fan 590 5.7 6.4 8.1 7.4
TSN 1050 0.6 1 2.3 4.1

M- Fr. 4p-7p
Fan 590 10.1 8.2 14.8 10.1
TSN 1050 1.5 1.8 4.2 4.2

*The above chart is a brief overview of share figures from the latest PPM 2016 Numeris release courtesy of David Bray, ​David Bray of Bray & Partners Communications davidbray@brayandpartners.com

Lethbridge: Radio-a-thon raises over $234K


By Martin, Tijana on February 17, 2017.

Tijana Martin

Lethbridge Herald


It’s not every day that you see all the local radio stations working together but when they do, it’s a beautiful thing.

Since the inaugural event eight years ago, the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation has raised more than $1.5 million through the Care from the Heart Day Radio-a-thon.

“That’s a huge amount of money and all of that stays right here for the benefit of our hospital,” said Jason VandenHoek, executive director of the CRH Foundation.

On Thursday, 98.1 The Bridge, 94.1 CJOC, 106.7 Rock, Kiss 107.7 and Country 95.5 broadcast live from the hospital’s atrium from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“It’s a very unique initiative really to this city,” said VandenHoek. “The fact that we can get all six local radio stations working together to kind of help one cause – that being the hospital – that’s pretty exciting and it’s kind of unheard of in other markets, so we’re really proud of that.”

In the past year, the foundation has disbursed more than $1.3 million towards state-of-the-art health-care equipment and the goal for this year’s event was to raise $230,000.

Renovations are underway to help improve the mental health area and VandenHoek noted funds from this year’s event will be used to help with the renovation costs.

“We just think it’s a really important piece of our hospital right now that needs some attention, so we’re happy to be able to do that.”

By Thursday night, more than $234,000 had been raised for the CRH Foundation.

“We’re so lucky to have such a generous community and business community. Each year we’re surprised and really humbled by the folks that step up and help us,” said VandenHoek. “We wouldn’t do this every year if we didn’t think our community wanted to support the hospital and we just thank everybody for giving.”

Donations for the CRH Foundation are accepted all year at www.crhfoundation.ca. Donations for Care from the Heart will be accepted online for the next few days or by calling the office at 403-388-6001.

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Fate of College Radio Charts Uncertain at CMJ After Almost 40 Years


For the second week in a row, the charts haven’t been published. Will they follow the CMJ Music Marathon into oblivion?

One of the remaining bastions of the college-rock era has fallen silent, at least for now. For the second week in a row, CMJ has not published its weekly college radio charts, calling into question the fate of an institution that has tracked the music played by college stations around the country since 1978. No date has been set for when the venerable—and, once, invaluable—charts will resume.

Adam Klein, who owns CMJ through his Abaculi Media, has not responded to Pitchfork’s requests for comment on the matter. The charts typically go out on Tuesday afternoons. On Tuesday, February 7, in an email to radio promoters and publicists obtained by Pitchfork, Klein said the charts might resume by the end of last week, and would “definitely” be back this week. On Tuesday, February 14, in another email viewed by Pitchfork, Klein told the CMJ community, “There will not be charts this week and I will let you know where we stand on timing before the end of the week.”

The chart hiatus is just the latest in a series of setbacks for CMJ. The last-known remaining employee, Lisa Hresko, recently took a new job with indie-label trade group A2IM. And last year’s lack of a CMJ Music Marathon, for the first time in the event’s 35-year-history, came despite Klein’s assurance it “absolutely” would happen in 2016.

Here is Klein’s February 7 email to radio promoters:
Read On.

Stuart McLean, CBC Radio host and award-winning humorist, dead at 68


Stuart McLean, the host of CBC Radio’s The Vinyl Café and an award-winning humorist, has died at age 68 after a battle with melanoma.

McLean’s trademark blend of storytelling — part nostalgia, part pithy observations about everyday life — and folksy, familiar delivery made him a hit with audiences for more than 20 years. But he always maintained that success came as a surprise to him.

A message to the Vinyl Café community

He laughingly recalled how his mother, accosted by a fan after one of his live performances of The Vinyl Café, said she never expected McLean to become famous.

“I didn’t really expect myself to amount to very much either,” he told CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight in 2012. “I was intimidated by the brains and the athletes all around me and just didn’t think I measured up.”

Read on,

Charles Adler Tonight – World Radio Day – Ryan Jespersen


Radio provides accessible, real-time medium to bridge divides,’ UNESCO says on World Day


Source: UNESCO

13 February 2017 – Radio has never been so dynamic, engaging and important in the midst of deep change in ways to share and access information, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said today, World Radio Day.

“At a time of turbulence, radio provides an enduring platform to bring communities together,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in her message on the Day.

“On the way to work, in our homes, offices and fields, in times of peace, conflict and emergencies, radio remains a crucial source of information and knowledge, spanning generations and cultures, inspiring us with the wealth of humanity’s diversity, and connecting us with the world,” she said.

Radio is a force for human rights and dignity and a powerful enabler of solutions to the challenges all societies face, she said, calling for nurturing the power of radio to foster the conversations and the listening needed for cooperation to tackle the challenges all humanity faces.

Radio plays an important role in taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, advancing fundamental freedoms and bolstering good governance and the rule of law. It can help tackle new challenges, such as climate change and discrimination, by providing an accessible and real-time medium to bridge divides and strengthen dialogue.

This requires a new commitment by all, including broadcasters, regulators and audiences, she said, noting that radio can provide “a beacon” for innovative solutions to local problems, and continue to advance human rights, gender equality, dialogue and peace.

In January 2013, the UN General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of World Radio Day, 13 February, the day UN Radio was established in 1946.

Ten things you may not know about UN Radio

‘Radio is the theater of the mind’ – 100 quotes on World Radio Day


By Madanmohan Rao

Each medium has reinvented itself with the advent of successive new media waves – with perhaps a few exceptions, such as the near-extinct cassette tape! Radio transmission and broadcasting have come a long way since developments such as the founding of the Marconi Corporation 120 years ago, in 1897.

Radio transformed print media, news, sports, politics, music, home entertainment, education and even the driving experience, and would in turn have to reinvent itself with the advent of TV, satellite, internet and mobile phones. I have had the good fortune of being an RJ in India and in the US, on FM radio (WMUA), satellite radio (Worldspace) and internet (Radiowalla), each with differing strengths in immediacy of user feedback, national reach, breadth of customisable choices, and monetisation.

UNESCO has designated February 13 as World Radio Day, to celebrate its strengths in fields like socio-economic development; recent annual themes have been women empowerment and youth mobilisation. “Broadcasters, regulators and audiences alike should nurture and make the most of its power,” according to Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

Asia has added its own flavour to the world of radio, with Kotmale radio-internet surfing (Sri Lanka), CGNet Swara (community radio via mobiles among tribal communities in India) and even the award-winning ‘Kan Khajura Tesan’ (on-demand entertainment via mobile radio in Bihar). See also YourStory’s coverage of community radio and startups in India such as Anchor, Audiomatic, Radio Raja, One Beep, and SamaritanPhone.

“Perhaps no invention of modern times has delivered so much while initially promising so little,” observes Guy Gugliotta. In this compilation of over 100 quotes, we capture the promise, potential and pitfalls of radio over the decades, as it continues to morph and evolve. Happy reading – or, happy listening!

The Stuph File Program – Episode #0391


Welcome to the latest edition of the Stuph File Program.

For a program list of the items included and all their accompanying links in this one hour show, you can find the information on my website in the Stuph File Program section, or just follow this link to #0391.

To download the podcast, right click here and select “Save Link As”

Featured in this episode:

Click logo for iTunes podcast subscription If you have any comments or suggestions, or items for the mailbag, feel free to click on the “Comments” link below to add your thoughts.

Canadian Radio News Updates Via AC Twitter



Radio Communautaire F.M. de la Haute-Gatineau has applied to increase the power at CHGA 97.3 in Maniwaki, Quebec from 2,877 to 11,900 watts (2,877 to 16,900 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height will be lowered from 214 to 205 metres (EHAAT). The radiation pattern will change from non-directional to directional.


Shawn Axelrod is reporting that a new South Asian station has commenced operations in Winnipeg at 88.7 FM. Call letters are CKYN with 50 watts. The owner is listed as Gill Broadcasting who also operates South Asian station CKYZ 92.9 “Radio Awaz” in Winnipeg. It is not clear at this point if Mr. Gill has moved Radio Awaz to 88,7 or if the new station will have separate programming from that of 92.9..






The CBC received approval today to establish a new Ici Premiere rebroadcaster in Sarnia, Ontario. The new station will operate on 101.5 with 1,886 watts (average & maximum ERP). Antenna height will be 104.7 metres (EHAAT). Call letters will be CBEF-3 with programming originating from CBEF 1550 in Windsor.




Clear Sky Radio has dumped the Alternative Rock format on CKBD 98.1 THE BRIDGE in Lethbridge, Alberta replacing it with Modern AC.






The CBC is proposing to install a new elliptical directional antenna with a higher center of radiation above ground level on Its existing tower in Peterborough. All 3 existing CBC facilities in Peterborough will be affected by the change.

Radio One CBCP 98.7 will decrease power from 10,170 to 5,442 watts (19,150 to 12,438 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height will be raised from 244.7 to 272.2 metres (EHAAT).

Radio Two CBBP 103.9 will decrease power from 17,300 to 5,831 watts (26,000 to 12,438 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height will be raised from 200.6 to 272.2 metres (EHAAT).

Ici Premiere CJBC-5 106.3 will decrease power from 9,500 to 5858 watts (13,000 to 12,438 watts maximum ERP). Antenna height will be raised from 221.9 to 272,2 metres (EHAAT).


Rogers Media CKXC COUNTRY 93.5 in Kingston, Ontario was launched in 2008 originally branded as KIX 93.5. The station dropped the KIX branding in 2013 becoming COUNTRY 93.5 as part of Rogers rebranding of its country formatted stations to a unified brand



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Dean Blundell Axed In 590 The FAN Morning Show Reboot


Hamilton Spectator
By Morgan Campbell and Raju Mudhar

Toronto sports radio is undergoing a line change.

Dean Blundell’s show has been cancelled. Again.

On Wednesday, Rogers Sportsnet announced a morning show makeover at its flagship radio station, Sportsnet 590 The FAN, with the controversial Blundell replaced by The Brady & Price Show — featuring hosts Greg Brady, Elliott Price and Hugh Burrill — in the 5:30 to 9 a.m. time slot starting Feb. 27. Blundell is gone immediately, though. There will be fill-in hosts until the new team takes the air.

Sportsnet executives are framing the shakeup as a return to the station’s roots.

“When you look across our station, we are sports experts wall-to-wall and the morning show had a different approach. It was more of a laid-back show when it came to sports talk,” the station’s program director, Dave Cadeau, said in an interview. “Dean has an engaging personality and was an excellent broadcaster who has a passion for sports, but his level of sports expertise wasn’t up to the same level as the rest of our cast.”

For years, Blundell was a morning radio stalwart at 102.1 The Edge, an alternative rock station. Often labelled a shock jock, Blundell survived several controversies which he chalked up to poor attempts at humour. One in particular — involving a sex assault case where one of his producers was on the jury — resulted in him losing that job in January, 2014. After a year of cooling his heels and trying his hand at podcasting, he was hired by Sportsnet Radio.

He told the Star at the time that doing sports radio was a dream come true.

“One of the things that I wasn’t allowed to do in the old format was sports. Apparently the fastest thing you can do to turn off an alternative rock format is to talk sports, and I love sports,” said Blundell.

Toronto Star

A Random Q&A With A Radio Personality


Every so often, a Facebook link with a title like “10 Things To NEVER Ask A Radio Personality” will float through my timeline and it irks me a little bit. As someone in that industry, I’d rather be asked about my job than, say, my preferred deodorant scent or most traumatic Leafs-related collapse.

With that in mind, I thought I’d tackle a few questions I get asked from time to time.

Q: What kind of music do you play?

A: Classic rock. Other stuff, too, but maybe you have an important meeting to get to. I don’t want to keep you here on this chilly side street all afternoon.

Q: Like Led Zeppelin and that sort of thing?

A: Actually, stuff like Pearl Jam and The Tragically Hip is in there these days, too. I know! In a stunning turn of events, it ends up we’re not 21 anymore! Please consult your birth certificate for confirmation!

Q: Do you pick what songs get played?

A: I don’t and that’s probably for the best. If I had the ability to broadcast whatever tune I wanted at a given moment to thousands of people, you’d be hearing 12-minute live versions of Nautical Disaster, the Bob Clute Pontiac jingle, Hulk Hogan’s entrance music and my daughter’s Magic School Bus theme song request.

Q: Must be cool to just talk for a living, eh?

A: Is that all you think I do? Did it ever occur to you that I also adjust my volume levels, Roll Up The Rim, and chuckle at Matthew McConaughey Internet memes — sometimes all within the same day?!

Q: How did you get this job?

A: I went to school for it as a “mature” student. Yep, while some of my classmates were arriving in the maternity ward, I was “mature” enough to be seeing my first Tragically Hip show.

Q: School for radio? Seriously? Uhhh “¦ what did they teach you?

A: You’re picturing classes titled “Non-Stop Rock Blocks Of The 20th Century” and Johnny Fever from WKRP doing a PowerPoint presentation about how the letter E is five syllables, aren’t you? Let’s just go with that, actually.

Q: Can I go now? I’m really starting to get cold.

A: Wait! WAIT! We need to Instagram this or something!

Ben McLean is a husband, a father, and hopes you’ll remind him about Valentine’s Day if you see him on the street. Thanks. He can be heard evenings and weekends on 96.3 Big FM and reached at benmcleancolumn@gmail.com

The Kingston Whig-Standard 2017 ©

The Airchecker Radio Journey Series-Graham Hatch LG104.3 Vancouver


Graham Hatch award winning broadcaster started his journey at age of 19. Hatch as you can see below was a natural talent from the get go. CKDA Victoria to the steps of CFUN Vancouver only to be told he does not have what it takes. 73 second news updates was his calling by CKLG Vancouver. Hatch says diversity plus what you do off air is more. This is The Radio Journey Series and the journey of Graham Hatch. Thanks for be real and doing this for AC.

Over 35 years radio experience. Award winning broadcaster. This is the journey of the talented Graham Hatch from Vancouver.

Airchecker gets the talent to tell the journey of radio in their own words.


Graham Hatch – Broadcast journalism graduate Fanshawe College and part time CFPL London ON 1982; news reader/reporter CKDA Victoria 1982-83; news CKLG Vancouver 1983-87; co-host LG Morning Zoo CKLG 1987-92; afternoon co-host and musician/lyric writer Rock 101 Twisted Tunes CFMI-FM Vancouver 1992-2011; p.m. drive CHHR-FM Vancouver 2011-12; freelance broadcaster, voice actor and communication specialist 2011-current; Hatching Ideas Creative Solutions Inc./morning news/co-host CHHR-FM 2012-14; p.m. drive host CHLG-FM Vancouver 2014-current. LinkedIn profile Website.