The Weekly Briefing

Ron Tarrant and Bif Naked

Rogers rolled out a new imaging package on its rock radio stations Jan. 1 that features Canadian alt rocker Bif Naked and former Howard Stern Show sound designer Ron Tarrant. They join existing voice Vanessa Marshall as Rogers’ new national imaging voices across all 10 Rogers rock stations across the country. Read more here.[1]

Okanagan Oldies (CKOO-FM) Kelowna has rebranded to “SOFT 103.9, familiar favourites.” The station has added artists like Adele, Ed Sheeran and James Blunt to its oldies playlist. It’s also introducing new weekend show Sunday Sixties.

JAZZ.FM91’s board of directors has reversed its decision to appeal the Commercial List Application filed by donor member Brian Hemming. In a statement posted to the station’s website Dec. 21, it says while concerned about issues related to the privacy of donors. JAZZ.FM91 has released an electronic version of the donor member email list. The statement cautions donors to “be prepared to receive email communication from the “SaveJazzFM” organization, which has indicated its intention is to hold a Special Meeting to replace the current Board. We believe that is not in the best interests of JAZZ.FM91’s listeners, donors and other stakeholders.”[2]

Dani Elwell, Garvia Bailey, Heather Bambrick, and Walter Venafro

Jazz.FM91 alumnae Dani Elwell, Garvia Bailey and Heather Bambrick, have launched their own online radio station, JAZZCAST. Funded right now by a Patreon campaign, the station aims to feature live and recorded programming, podcasts, live performances and interviews. A full programming schedule is expected to be revealed in February.[3]

Global News Radio 770 CHQR Calgary raised $255,000 for the Calgary Children’s Foundation during a 13-hour radiothon on Dec. 7. Pledge Day donations are distributed in the spring, with approximately 90 per cent going directly to organizations unable to run campaigns themselves. Special guests included Calgary Stampeder Spencer Wilson with the Grey Cup and Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

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