Bob Harris has had an incredible radio journey that has spanned Peterborough, #Calgary, #Toronto, #Montreal and #Hamilton. Along the way it has been about the people. He'll be the first to admit that he made mistakes along the way and learned on the job through the mentorship of General managers like Rob Braide, the late Gary Russell, Tom Peacock and Pat Holiday. Bob also worked with Canada's two biggest morning shows in Gerry Forbes in Calgary, and Terry #Dimonte & Ted Bird
She answered the very first question I asked her correctly. She was supposed to get it wrong. How Very Meredith Geddes of her. Meredith Geddes arrived in Vancouver at the World Famous CFOX and pretty much everything changed. She'd never been out west before and was about to take a big step in her radio career. From evenings, the shifts began to fall her way; whether it was voice tracking a daypart in another part of the country, then co-hosting the afternoon show with Jeremy
Dean Blundell was the host of the morning show on 102.1 the Edge in Toronto starting in 2001. As the internet age progressed, and social media took hold, the very things that elevated the Dean Blundell show to great heights became a part of its downfall. Add in some self-admitted flaws and it all came to an end in 2014. In the ensuing years, Dean worked mornings at 590 The Fan, but didn't appear to love the work. The last year and change has seen Dean take a look inward and c
Kolter Bouchard was on the list to be on this podcast last summer. He had an interesting tale to tell about going from Dawson Creek to Dubai, and his program director Blair Bartrem was excited to get this talent on the air a Q107. Fast forward a few months and Corus renovates their airwaves and Kolter is now co-hosting the afternoon drive show on Edge 102 with Meredith Geddes. The story of how that show came to fruition is as every bit compelling as his journey from Dawson Cr
Troy McCallum had it all figured out. He listened to the episode with Gruff Gushnowski and knew that doing the podcast in the car would be a fitting place to talk radio. After all, he spends up to 3 hours a day in the car listening to the radio on the way to work as program director at Boom 97.3 in Toronto. Troy and I spent about half of his commute home talking about his early days in radio, his affinity for the Classic Hits format, programming said format, and discussing tw
Amanda Logan headed west in 2008 to Regina, Saskatchewan where she did evenings at 104.9 The Wolf. Amazingly, we still have audio from that era and it makes an appearance in this podcast. A few weeks ago, The evening personality at Toronto's Z103.5, got married and in lieu of a wedding present, I figured a podcast appearance would suffice. We talked about her journey west and then back east to the Big Smoke where she worked at Corus, CHUM-FM and now Evanov's flagship station
Sarah Burke has been the new girl at Sirius XM for about 18 months. After a decade at London, Ontario's heritage rock brand FM96, Sarah moved back to Toronto to work at Sirius XM's the Verge and later take on weekend duties at Indie 88. If you pay attention closely to this interview, you'll note that every time Sarah made a career shift, it was because she had mastered what she set out to. Sarah has one more to hill to climb in radio - I won't spoil what she says but let this
Jaclyn Irwin was raised on a steady dose of Kelly, Peter, & Moya on C100 in Halifax. The venerable morning radio show has been #1 or #2 in the market since Marconi sent his first radio message to Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, about 330 kilometers away. Jax got to listen to the show on the school bus - which means the school bus driver is instantly cool. There's a whole lot that happens radio wise on the east coast of Canada that the rest of North America should pay attention toward
In this episode, join us as we sit down with Bruce Barker to catch up with what's in store now that he's back in the game and geared up to play. We chat about his journey across the Canadian prairies from Ontario to Alberta and back to Ontario again; catching up on his long career in the industry and his two great loves: radio and sports. Naturally, Matt and Bruce -- two huge Buffalo Bills fans -- also spend some time acknowledging their first trip to the playoffs since 2000.
This week's episode features Blair Bartrem, the program director at Toronto’s Q107. Over his 30+ years in radio, Blair has worked in promotions, and as program director at legendary brands like CHOM-FM, Q107, Mix 96 & Mix 99.9 in Montreal and Toronto. The questions we tackle in this episode range from what goes into a making a great station brand, to the formula for being married to the head of a competing station (a.k.a. Virgin Radio's Karen Steele), to how to drive a Zambon
David Marsden was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry and Broadcast Hall of Fame back in 2011. Most of us might consider hitting the beach at that point, but David carries the Spirit of Radio onward with NY The Spirit - a high-quality streaming free-form station whose sound rivals that of any FM product and complements the former sound of the legendary version of CFNY.
David penned an editorial for FYI Music News, citing the disconnect between radio and millennials. I