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A 14-year-old Gloucester boy who embodies the spirit of rock n’ roll has been warned by Industry Canada to shut down his pirate radio station or face charges and a hefty fine.

Jayhaed Saadé said Wednesday night he has been operating MIX FM, at 91.9 on the FM frequency, for the last week or so and wants to stay on the air.

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Ted Rogers

Rogers took an $85000 loan in the early 1960s and used it to buy an FM station.

In a city already filled with things named after him, Ted Rogers was doubly celebrated once again yesterday with a street and TV studio named in his honour.

Family members, city councillors, board members and Rogers employees showed up en masse at the corner of what was once Charles and Jarvis. The intersection outside the Rogers campus will now be known as Ted Rogers Way, after the media magnate who died one year ago yesterday.

“As everyone who has lost someone close knows, on the first anniversary you alternate between disbelief that it’s been a whole year and feeling like it’s [been] a long time since they were around,” said his widow, Loretta Rogers. “In many ways Ted was larger than life, so today’s events add to this legacy; I’m sure he is pleased and I know we in the Rogers family are pleased.”

Family members also attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Rogers Media television broadcast studio at Dundas Square.

Rogers took an $85,000 loan in the early 1960s and used it to buy an FM-radio station that grew to become Canada’s largest cable television and wireless company that was worth more than $20-billion at the time of his death. But Mr. Rogers was also known for his philanthropy and love for the city where he grew up and raised his family.

“He truly believed the best was yet to come for his company, his family, his country and his city,” said Philip B. Lind, vice-chairman of Rogers Communications Inc., who worked with Mr. Rogers for over 40 years. “There is no exaggeration to say that Toronto’s best has come and gone,” he added.

Said Councillor Kyle Rae (Toronto Centre-Rosedale), who spearheaded the campaign to have the street renamed: “He was a great Canadian business leader. A great philanthropist. He gave so much to Toronto and also he kept the Blue Jays here. He was an all-around Torontonian.”

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December 2, 2009: Radio One President/CEO Alfred Liggins spoke up for Arbitron’s Portable People Meter in the second session of today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, an extended hearing in which every other witness — aside from Arbitron President/CEO Michael Skarzynski — was to one degree or another critical of the way Arbitron has implemented the PPM methodology.

Liggins said that, in his opinion, the PPM is “neither affecting the diversity of our airwaves nor contributing to the decline of minority radio.” Rather, he said, the problems faced by many minority stations are due to “poor choices,” including taking on too much debt — something he said Radio One did as well –and bad competitive decisions.

He also said that “short-term dislocations” and a “learning curve” are inevitable when technology changes. Liggins said, “PPM is the new reality,” and that he’d rather move forward than see a delay that could undermine advertisers’ confidence.

Radio One has responded, he said, by “designing our programming for a PPM world.” Though Liggins the PPM is not a perfect system, he blamed d the reduced ratings for many minority stations under PPM not on racial bias, but on the subjectivity of the diary method and its bias in favor of “legacy stations.” The PPM, he said, offers a “level playing field.”

Earlier in the hearing, ICBC Broadcast Holdings President/COO Charles Warfield pointed to a “disproportionate reduction” in the number of listeners for minority stations under the PPM, saying AQH ratings translate directly into ad dollars. He said, “Our formats did not change. Our audiences did not change. The only change was the PPM methodology.”

Like other witnesses, Warfield did not blame the PPM technology but said the problems “stem from the methodology that Arbitron employs,” particularly phone-based recruiting and cellphone-only samples that, he believes, are too small.

Spanish Broadcasting System Chief Revenue Officer Frank Flores began by saying Arbitron is, “for all intents and purposes, an unregulated monopoly.” He noted that SBS was the first minority-targeted broadcaster to sign up for the PPM and that the company supports electronic measurement, but said the methodology needs “significant changes” to accurately reflect listening.

Though he acknowledged the effect of the bad economy on the radio industry, Flores said there is “no argument” that the PPM has “added greatly to our inability to price our inventory on a competitive basis.”

Flores said that SBS is committed to finding a way to resolve the issues, and said Arbitron is now more responsive than it has been in the past. He said there have been “continual conversations,” and “They’re willing to listen to what the issues are.” Flores said, “Two years ago, they believed they had no problems.”

Both Warfield and Flores said that MRC accreditation in all PPM markets would resolve their concerns with the methodology. Flores said, in that case, “Our grievances will go away.”



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Interview: Gord Lansdell Northwest Broadcasters

Airchecker wanted to know more about the person who runs the site of Vancouver Broadcasters/Northwest Broadcasters. We searched out Gord Lansdell for answers.

A Broadcaster himself who worked at CKCQ in Quesnel , CFCP Courtenay/CFWB Campbell River.

Gord has documented all the radio personalities that have come through the city of Vancouver. Although he left the radio industry in 1967. His passion for the radio industry has never left him. We talked to Gord to find out who the man is behind Vancouver Broadcasters.

Welcome to AC, Gord Lansdell. Vancouver Broadcasters is like the “Personnel Department” of the radio industry. Lets find out a little bit about you today rather than you documenting history, we are turning the tables on you. Where did you grow up in Vancouver and lets find out about the time you spent in radio.

Gord: I graduated from Lord Byng High School in Vancouver in 1961. After three years with Pacific Press in Vancouver, I landed (thanks to CKWX personality Cal George and his broadcasting school) a position in radio starting in 1964 at CKCQ Quesnel, first as a copy writer/weekend announcer, then in 1965 as the morning host. That first winter in Quesnel was a bit rough for me, so in early December 1965, just as the first snow started falling, I headed to Coast Radio (CFCP Courtenay/CFWB Campbell River) as a split shift jock at CFWB, then within a couple of months (early 1966) as news director of the two stations, based at CFCP in Courtenay. The summer of 1967 I moved to do the afternoon shift at CJJC Langley

Airchecker: Why did you leave the industry?

Gord: I needed more money than radio could provide. So I landed a job in car sales. I continued selling cars until 1970, branching out into the car accessory business. By early 1973, I started with BC Tel (now Telus) as an installer, moving to technical support by 1983. For my last six years with the company, I headed up technical support and design for the Wireless Services division of BC Tel Mobility. That was one of the most interesting positions of my work career, although news at CFCP was pretty interesting too. I retired from BC Tel in March 1999.

AC: Gord I’ll assume in 1999 this is when you decided to have the radio blood boil again?

Gord: I always had the radio bug, so I started “Northwest Broadcasters” in August 1997, initially as a station listing website with links. By 2000, I had added a Recent News page and the site started to get more recognition. I currently spend about an hour or so each morning scouring news services and filtering through press releases, with regular re-checks later in the day.

In 2001, I answered an online ad by the “Canadian Communications Foundation” in Toronto for a BC representative and landed a contract position with them. I continue to research and write their BC-related history.

AC: Gord the hard work is noted. We salute you for continuing to provide current background on radio personalities plus documenting the latest going on’s. I know have a better understand why one of the website pages has technical frequency broadcast range infotmation. I thought that I was the only one interested in the sort of thing. Your technical background at Telus allowed you to explain it on the site. What made you document Vancouver Broadcasters?

Gord: I started to get to know many of the local broadcasters as a result of my research, including author Chuck Davis, who suggested I start a site listing local personalities to help make contacts. As a result, Vancouver Broadcasters was born in 2002. It was a grind at first, several hours a day, as it quickly got up to listing about 800 personalities, then over 1000, and up to nearly 2000 today. It’s a bit easier now, as most of the mainstays are up on the site and it has become more a maintenance job. And, or course, when people started to learn they were on the site, the info began rolling in from a number of contributors, whom I acknowledge on the home page.

Airchecker: Any other sites that you run?

Gord: Less known is my “Okanagan Broadcasters” website, which lists stations in the Okanagan/Kamloops areas and also has a Recent News page. Also other cities are using my Vancouver site as a template. I understand there is a Vancouver Island one in the planning stages.

Thanks Gord. We wanted to acknowledge Gord’s dedication to the radio industry. He took it upon himself to use his radio news/technical skills to create an information website that provides past/current history on personalities. The latest breaking news information in the radio industry. His template is being used across the country by others who will carry on Gord’s legacy. His website has documented radio history in Canada and the U.S.A. for everyone to enjoy.

Airchecker: Gord you get the last word !

Gord: Last word as we always give our guest the final say.

Thanks very much for the opportunity to document my short radio career and talk about my websites.

 

Cheers,

Gord

Airchecker Canada has been sharing information with Vancouver Broadcasters/Northwest Broadcasters for many years.
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VINYL 95.3

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BOB Steele – Country 95.3

The New Country 95.3 FM is Ontario’s favourite and most listened to counrty station. All of your favourites, plus the best of all the bright new artists, let Mookie and Lea start you day off, while the legendary Real Bob Steele brings you home.

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CRTC approval to sell Thunder Bay radio station

DARTMOUTH, N.S. — Newfoundland Capital Corp. (TSX:NCC.A), one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters with 81 licences across the country, said Wednesday it has received approval from the CRTC to sell two FM radio stations in Thunder Bay, Ont., to Acadia Broadcasting.

The company announced the sale of the stations CKTG-FM The Giant 105.3 and CJUK-FM Magic 99.9 for $4.5 million plus working capital in July.

Acadia Broadcasting is a community focused radio broadcaster with 10 licences in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Ontario. It owns radio stations in the Ontario cities of Fort Frances, Kenora and Dryden.

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Shake-up at Fan590, Nelson Millman out

In a blockbuster move, Nelson Millman has quit the Fan590 in Toronto to join Rogers Sportsnet.

Millman, the vice-president and general manager of the radio station, will take over as executive director of studio production at Sportsnet.

In addition to his new job, he will oversee the operation of the Fan590 until his replacement is hired. Sportsnet and the Fan590 are owned by Rogers Communication

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WHAT’S NEW WITH JACK?

In a move to widen the JACK FM radio format and “Playing What We Want” brands around the globe, SparkNet Communications has reached an exclusive agreement under which Passion Radio Oxford Ltd (PRO) will work to expand JACK FM throughout the UK. PRO is already a licensing partner of SparkNet and operates JACK FM in Oxfordshire where it has been recognized as the most successful new radio brand launched in the UK for over two decade

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CHUM Radio

CHUM Radio of Toronto decided to shake up some of its stations, including stations in Ottawa and Vancouver. In Vancouver an all-news station became an all-sports station. In Ottawa, about a dozen people were fired from two stations owned by CHUM. Victims included such popular hosts as rabbi and a former Canadian Football League star.

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Cancelled last week, Rabbi Reuven Bulka’s radio show returned to CFRA Sunday night, but it may be only a brief reprieve.

“Rabbi Bulka was on the air because we extended his time with us by at least a week to give him an opportunity to do his final United Way campaign wrap-up program,” said Ri

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"Radio is complicated"

She has done it all. A super-amazing MTV VJ, model, travel

writer turned actor who had for some years disappeared from the scene. Her contagious smile flutters many a hearts even today after she made a comeback with Aagey Se Right. She is none other than Shenaz Treasurywala. And now, the real life VJ has turned reel-life RJ in Ishaan Trivedi’s Radio where she will be seen sharing screen space with Himesh Reshammiya and Sonal Sehgal.

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The Pirate Bay’s Heir Apparent

The world of peer-to-peer piracy is in turmoil. In April, copyright-flouting icon the Pirate Bay was ordered by a Swedish court to shut down its file-sharing service, and last week the second largest file-sharing destination, Mininova, announced that it would comply with a court order to remove all of its copyright-infringing files.

That leaves Isohunt, a peer-to-peer file-sharing search engine with 30 million unique monthly visitors and 10 million daily searches, as the biggest remaining magnet for the Web’s pirate population. It’s also attracting the same legal troubles: The Vancouver-based site is being sued by both the Motion Picture Association of American and the Canadian Recording Industry Association.

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Jennifer Burke – Interview

Jennifer Burke — the CTV news anchor and wife of Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke — began her broadcasting career at a Vancouver radio station before making the shift to television, eventually hosting CBC’s daytime show Living Vancouver. After splitting her time between B.C. and California, the Gemini-winner is now firmly ensconced in Toronto. Burke spoke with the Post’s Barry Hertz about seafood, shopping and success.

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Sir Richard: Eternal marketing machine

It’s not even 8 o’clock in the morning, and already Richard Branson is fending off a paternity challenge.

Here he is, perched in front of a microphone in the cramped studios of the Toronto outpost of Virgin Radio, trying to do double promotional duty, chatting up a local homeless charity at the same time as a Virgin Mobile event occurring in a few hours’ time, and he’s suddenly at a loss for words. He was already stammering a little, likely from lack of sleep after jetting into town around 2 o’clock in the morning. But now the radio personality Billie Holiday, has presented Mr. Branson with what she says is a photo of her nine-month-old baby boy. Someone has superimposed an image of the Virgin Group chairman’s face atop the infant’s body.

“I was here about a year ago, and I remember we had a really drunken night, and I don’t remember anything else,” says Mr. Branson, playing along, as laughter echoes through the studio. “But I’m sure I would have remembered that.”

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The Internet killed the joke. Humor still exists, witticism are coined all the time, sarcasm is widespread and of course there are still television sitcoms. But the joke, at its best a short story that ends with a punch line, is dead. An ancient tradition that took place when people met up and someone said “I’ve got a joke,” waited for those around to stop talking and began telling a story at the end of which everyone was expected to laugh – it’s gone

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He calls himself a radio personality, not a news person

“Wanna see my picture on the cover Wanna buy five copies for my mother Wanna see my smiling face On the cover of the Rolling Stone.” “On The Cover of the Rolling Stone” — Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show.

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Hate radio jingles? Blame this man

Not many successful 54-year-olds throw up their careers and cycle around the world but head teacher Anne Mustoe did just that in 1983 after watching a lone cyclist in the desert while on holiday in India. She admitted to being unfit, slightly overweight and had not sat on a bicycle for 30 years. When she finally got on board a bike she nearly fell off. Undaunted, she quit her job and, in 1987, set off from London, arriving back 15 months and 12,000 miles later. A keen historian, she made a point of retracing ancient routes such as Roman roads in Europe and the tracks of pioneers in the US. She followed this with another circumnavigation before a series of rides in India, Africa and South America, all of which she recorded in a series of travel books. She set off on her last ride in May 2009, at the age of 76 but was taken ill in Syria where she died.

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Become a writer with Suite101 – the web’s leading online writers’ network that offers emerging and veteran freelance writers a new avenue to further their careers.

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Signal fading on radio traffic reportsCORONA, Calif. (AP) _ For more than 20 years, Mike Nolan was known to radio listeners as the “eye in the sky.” He flew over Southern California freeways in his single-engine plane, reporting on the nation’s worst traffic. These days, he broadcasts about traffic snarls and lurking gridlock without leaving the ground _ without even leaving his home in this Los Angeles suburb. Sitting in a chair behind computer monitors and a television, Nolan gathers traffic data and broadcasts live on two radio stations a day.

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Three tips to a successful career

From: SPEAK MEDIA

Ask any top executive about their career, and they are most always willing to share a few anecdotes about the good old days. I am certainly no veteran but I have had the privilege to learn from some great minds that have passed along bits and pieces of wisdom that I have carried with me throughout my career.

Regardless of title, rank or years of experience, I began to hear recurring themes from these great executive. They have been in the trenches, done all the back breaking work, and heard all the excuses. If it has worked for them it should work for me, right?

While coaching new staff or when asked to speak to University and College students I always refer to my “Theory of Three”. Three principles I have gleaned from watching, listening and learning from my mentors.

1) Take care of yourself: Sounds simple enough, yet one we tend to brush off. As a manager we require staff to work at their peak performance level every day. However the moment a staff member phones in ‘sick’ (we’re heard every excuse in the book), it puts a strain on all the remaining staff who are required to fill the void. There are limits to everything but the more ‘sick’ days you take, the more apt you are to finding yourself taking an order at a drive-thru window. Take care of yourself. Drink lots of water, take vitamins, go to the gym, stop smoking, lay-off the all night parties – take care of your voice and take care of your body. Do not give your manager a reason to go looking for your replacement, because there are many fresh faces who want your job.

2) Never burn bridges: There are only a handful of companies in Canada. OK,I know there are many more than three but think of all the people you know in your line of business. Now think about all the managers they know? In conversation with any Manager you will quickly find they know a lot of the same people you network with. They know two friends, and so on, and so on, and so on.There are no secrets. We talk.As a Manager who does reference checks when going through the hiring process I might phone one person on your resume. I will most likely check your Facebook page. Or in most cases, I will drop an email to another person who I know from that city, company or at your business. Like any Jerry Springer show, we will find the truth, without having to throw any chairs around. As I mentioned earlier, there are only a handful of companies in Canada. They should be your best friend. Network with other managers as much as you can. Make them your support team the next time you are looking for a new career change.

3) Always be accepting to change: This has happened to me, as it will happen to everyone several times in their career. Does this sound familiar? One day you are doing a dream job at a great company, the next day you are in the General Managers office being laid-off because of a company restructure or other major changes. It sucks. How could this be happening to YOU, the ‘star’?!That is the nature of the business world. If you have followed the first two rules I listed then, in most cases you are not being fired because of something you have done. It is a decision out of your control perhaps made in a boardroom across the country, but you will survive. If you are lucky, you might find yourself transferring to a new position or to a new location because your talents are needed there. Be accepting to change. In today’s industry, most companies use words like centralization and shared resources. That boils down to fewer positions available in the work force. Which would you prefer; a paying job or that drive-thru window gig at the hamburger place on the corner of town.

Bottom line is: never give your manager a reason to fire you. There are many people who want your job. Do not get voted off the island. I have offered three very basic principals that will affect you somewhere along the way just as they have for my journey. We are all on a rollercoaster ride of a lifetime. Have fun and enjoy the ride.

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Why Radio & Music Industry Sucks Nowadays

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