Spotlight on Media


Spotlight On Media – RADIO

Mike Richards Talks About His Experience with Corporate Radio


Well known Toronto radio personality Mike Richards has an interesting story to tell about his health, his dedication to the listeners, and how he was removed from the morning show on TSN 1050 in Toronto. Some say telling the story is probably career ending for him. Mike’s story is just one more chapter to put on the pile of sad but true tales of how corporate radio is only interested in money and not the needs and wants of listeners.


Radio Television Broadcaster Bob Bowland

Guest Commentary – Bob Bowland Talks About The State of Radio

Bob Bowland is best remembered in the Collingwood/South Georgian Bay region as a no nonsense news anchor on CKVR TV in Barrie and News Director/Operations Manager for CHAY-FM in Barrie.

“The Bean Counters have taken over the broadcast industry. In doing so, they have abdicated their responsibility to the listener.”

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If you are of a certain age, you may remember listening to this “jock” on All Hit Radio 680 CFTR! His climb to the top of the Canadian Broadcasting food chain took a familiar path to others who were bouncing around the radio dial back in the day.

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UPDATED: Long time morning show fixture Mariane McLeod is no longer on 97.7 The Beach. Without any explanation to the audience, McLeod disappeared from the morning show suddenly last week, a trend that is happening far too often on local radio stations throughout the province and across the country.

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Radio Broadcaster Ted Telford


What On Earth Is Happening To Radio News and Information … Everywhere?

UPDATED – The South Georgian Bay region has been hit hard by media cutbacks. We asked four long time local/regional radio veterans to jump into the conversation to give their opinions regarding the alarming increase of disappearing local and regional news and live programming at your favourite radio station.

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Shaw Seeking Buyer for Corus Entertainment says the Globe and Mail

Local media ownership may change again, this time involving 95.1 The Peak FM.

The Globe and Mail has reported that Corus Entertainment has been put up for sale by Shaw Communications.

In a story entitled “Shaw seeks buyer for Corus to finance wireless expansion” written by Andrew Willis in the Report on Business section of Wednesday June 13th edition of the Globe and Mail newspaper, it was stated that Shaw Communications Inc. is attempting to sell its stake in Corus to accumulate cash to expand its Freedom Mobile wireless network.

“Shaw recently hired investment bank TD Securities Inc. to find a buyer for its 38 percent stake in television and radio station owner Corus, according to sources familiar with the Shaw’s plans.”

The article went on to say say that Shaw is shopping its portion of Corus Entertainment to a list of dozens of potential buyers, focusing on private equity funds and other investors that aren’t already in a national media ownership position.

Corus Entertainment is based in Toronto and consists of 44 specialty television channels, 15 conventional TV stations and 39 radio stations including 95.1 The Peak in Collingwood and 93.1 Fresh Radio and 101.1 Big FM in Barrie.

Alberta based J.R. Shaw and his family basically control Shaw Communications and Corus.

In 1989, in his first eastern Canadian radio venture, J.R. Shaw purchased CHAY-FM in Barrie for 9.1 million dollars.


… and now for the GOOD NEWS!

Thank goodness the destruction of over-the-air radio hasn’t killed the creativity of those people who have been blown through the speakers by corporate managers! Many “downsized” programming types have gone on to prove that if you put a good product together, people WILL listen to it on any device.

For example, internet radio station BOSS BOSS RADIO is “live” and features on-air hosts (jocks) from different time zones. Great idea!! And it sounds great.

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BIG 8 RADIO IS BACK

If you remember listening to the BIG 8 – CKLW – you will love this web project, featuring the voices and promos that made THE BIG 8 the massive station it was, dominating Detroit from Windsor Ontario!

Big 8 Radio is a tribute radio station honoring the Motor City Classics and features Big 8 Breaks with legendary voices like Dave Shafer, Tom Shannon, Scott Regen, Big Jim Edwards, Pat Holiday, Frank Brodie, Ted Richards, Bill Gable and MORE!

Give it a listen … you’ll enjoy the memories!

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