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Episode 94: Matt's Podcast Thoughts and Nerding out on the Edge

A few more thoughts about Podcasting and its relationship with radio. Recorded in Spain as I tour the country side eating tapas and watching football. As well, I call up Bob Willette at Rock 95 in Barrie and we nerd out of the branding history of Edge 102.


Episode 93: Gary Begin Adding to his Book of Radio

Gary Begin is the owner of Sound Advantage Media. His company works with radio stations across America is get their branding strategy in order. One of the things I like about Gary is how is business is always working the social media space to promote the latest. At one time that was a book called Radio Programming and Branding: The Ultimate Podcasting and Radio Branding Guide. Gary is going to be adding to that book shortly, with 7 more parts added to it involving podcast. We spoke about...


Episode 92: Lori Lewis Facebooking and Conclaving

Lori Lewis knows how to deal with change, which makes her ideal to lead the way when it comes to navigating the murky waters of Facebook. From its changing algorithm to the overextension of selling your data to third party sources, Lori offers up her tips and expertise to great posting and audience engagement. We also touched on some best practices for Facebook Live which still remains a challenge for talent. Lori is also the chairperson of the long standing Radio Summer Learning...


Episode 91: Mark Burley Launching, Programming and Networking

We are off to the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and catching up with Mark Burley. (SUN-FM, AM 1150 & 101.5 EZ Rock) During the 12 years as Group PD and PD of the local cluster, he enjoyed enjoying 8 years with Sun at #1 A25-54 in Kelowna and garnered industry recognition with 6 consecutive Program Director of the Year Awards and Station of the Year for Sun FM on 5 occasions. Mark went through 3 different owners during his time including Standard, Astral and then Bell. He speaks about...


Episode 90: Gregr and the Sound of Seattle

Gregr is the morning show host at 107.7 The End in Seattle. Last summer at the Podcast Movement, Gregr shared the stage at Jacob’s Media’s Broadcaster meet Podcaster series. At dinner he had the deer in the headlights look. Turns out he had just became a dad for the first time days earlier. Throughout dinner we shared radio and podcast stories. I couldn’t believe he had 4 podcasts on top of a morning radio show in Seattle. Now there were other people at dinner that night and we could have...


Episode 89: Raina Douris, Rain's World Goes National

Raina Douris has spent her entire career working in Toronto, and it has served her well. When you love music, Toronto is a great place to live work and breathe your passion. From her radio beginnings at 102.1 the Edge, to upstart Indie 88 and now working mornings at CBC Radio 2 nationally, Raina shares her music and radio experiences with us. She also talks about her love of Twitter, her favourite albums and what needs to change in the music business. There are few Sound Off firsts on...


Episode 88: The Branding of Steve Jones

Steve Jones is the VP of Branding & Content at Newcap Radio. He knows a thing about branding having penned two books including "Brand Like a Rock Star" and "Start You Up". His career has taken him in an east-west direction as much as has north-south to places like Boston and the Cayman Islands; and two of the most competitive markets in the country in Halifax and Edmonton where he worked with great rock brands like Q104 and K97. We spent time discussing some of the great promotions, great...


Episode 87: Chantal Desjardins - Who Am I?

Chantal Desjardins is a television and radio personality, stand-up comedian, voiceover actor and event host. Those are actually the words used in her bio and it's all accurate. What's not in the story is how she got there. Credit her marriage and ensuing divorce for the getting her to where she is today, one of Canada's top up and coming comedians. She is often recognized locally as a radio personality, filling in on Virgin Radio Montreal; nationally as a former host of the venerable...


Episode 86: Jean Marie Heimrath is in the Audience Business

Jean-Marie Heimrath became interested in podcast sometime in November 2016. He has always been fascinated by the business side of the entertainment industry he has worked in. Whether it be the record industry when he worked for Island Records, the business of radio syndication when he worked for the Sound Source Radio Network., or being at the forefront of streaming with Iceberg Radio. His knowledge of monetizing content is incredible and will have you re-thinking exactly what business you...


Episode 85: Art Vuolo, Radio's Best Friend

Art Vuolo was radio's best friend long before Scott Shannon knighted him with that legendary slogan. Throughout the decades, Art has been a mainstay at conventions andin the hallways of radio stations with the latest video technology ready to capture incredible radio moments. From the early days of Vuolo Video Airchecks for the radio programmers and performers, to the Radio Guide for travelling radio listeners, Art is radio's biggest advocate. In this episode, we talk about how both those...


Episode 84: Sharon Taylor Tells (Almost) All

Sharon Taylor's radio career has criss-crossed the country from Moose Jaw, Winnipeg, London, Ottawa and Toronto. Her love and passion for radio programming has made her one of my calls I make when I need an opinion. This includes the time we worked at competing stations in the same market. Between our stations, we had the top 4 morning shows in the city and loved to have to odd conversation about the market Last July, I had a chance to connect with her again and I regretted not having my...


Epsiode 83: Bruce Barker's Back

Actually, he never went away, but it's great to catch up with Bruce! After a 2017 that featured a health setback, Bruce joins me to talk about his path from Ontario to Alberta and back again twice. We catch up on his career and talk about his 2 loves, radio and sports. And yes, these two Buffalo Bills fans used the occasion to acknowledge their first trip to the playoffs since 2000. Bruce's path from CJAY 92 in Calgary, to Toronto's Mix 99.9, CFRB, and later MOJO Radio, has coincided with...


Episode 82: Drake Donovan's Brain Powers His Voice

Drake Donovan's path to becoming the voice of great radio stations across North America went from the on air studio, to the production studio, and then to his home studio where he manages Drake Donovan Creative Services. The thing with Drake is that it is not just the voice; it's also the writing, creative concepts and the swag. Yes, the swag. Drake is making the radio Tee great again. (We have posted some examples on our website) If you are headed to CRS or Conclave, be sure to say hello...


Episode 81: Chris Scheetz Livin' Charitably, Country and CISN

Chris Scheetz spent his first 18 years in Edmonton radio as a dedicated listener. He spent his hours on his family farm in Thorsby, Alberta listening to CISN country 103.9 while driving tractor. He was hooked. In 1989, he started working overnights at CISN country 103.9. He has never forgotten about what makes the station tick. The listeners, the sense of community and lending a helping hand when it is needed. In this episode, we spoke to Chris about why Edmonton continues to be the leader...


Episode 80: Karen Steele, Radio's Woman of Steele

Karen Steele is the new Program Director at 99.9 Virgin Radio in Toronto. She has worked in radio for over two decades and in this episode, she walks us through her impressive career, from small markets to big ones, from radio to film and back to radio again. She even throws out a couple dollops of advice along the way, so stay tuned, this one's a keeper! Over two decades of hard work, running compelling campaigns all the way along, Karen climbed the ladder from intern, to assistant...


Episode 79: Happy New Year Extravaganza with Perry Michael Simon

There is something refreshing about starting a brand new year with a brand new episode. Radio, and podcast should be excited for 2018; not since the iPhone and iPod has so much technological been exchanged at the holiday season. The good news is that it is a speaker and it plays radio. Perry Michael Simon is the News/Talk and Podcast contributor for We spent time looking back at the year in N/T Radio, the state of Sports Radio and Podcast, and then look ahead into 2018 which...


Episode 78: Another Very Terry Christmas

Terry Dimonte is back for another Christmas episode. The CHOM 97.7 Morning man has a love for Christmas and radio. Last year we spent our time talking about his relationship with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This year, we spoke about his love of Canada, his morning routine, and the loss of his dear friend Kenny Shields of the rock band Streetheart. Terry and I have known each other since 1987 and we spent Christmas of our 30th year of friendship by doing a podcast. Merry...


Episode 77: Alexa, Play the Episode with Steve Goldstein

With the arrival Amazon Smart Speaker products in Canada, I thought it would be a good time to speak with Steve Goldstein from Amplifi Media about what it means for radio stations. Indeed there is a race to secure names like Z100 and Mix 96, the same way we raced for URL's back in the 90's. The radio is back in the house, but so are a whole bunch of new audio competitors, including newspaper and podcast brands who are entering the world of audio. Steve has also been a fixture at the...


Episode 76: E-Mail is Killing Your Productivity

Amber De La Garza is a productivity specialist and the host of the Productivity Straight Talk Podcast. She helps businesses and entrepreneurs get their act together and not waste time. We are big fans of her work and spoke with her briefly in our episode when we were live at the Podcast Movement. We see this when we visit radio stations: People spending too much time on e-mail, and not enough on the on air product and their craft. In this episode, Amber will change your relationship with...


Episode 75: Blair Bartrem's Romance with Radio

Blair Bartrem is the program director at Toronto’s Q107. Over his 30 plus year’s 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. His promotions have ranged for award-winning to haven’t always rubbed everyone the right way. What goes into a making a great station brand? Hiring great people and not “boxing them in”, writing fun and catchy promos, and having a passion for what you do. Blair also...


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