Episodes

April 19, 2019

Community Radio resurgence with Co-op Radio's Bryan McKinnon and Broadcast Hall of Famer Don Shafer

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, an off the cuff roundtable on the resurgence of Community Radio with Bryan McKinnon, the executive director of Vancouver's highly successful community station Co-op Radio, and Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame inductee Don Shafer. Shafer is now a station volunteer, still nursing a few wounds from the failure of his Roundhouse Radio venture, but getting set to host a new show that will launch in May.

March 29, 2019

An Interview with Brad Danks, CEO of OUTtv

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Brad Danks, the CEO of Canadian specialty channel and OTT platform OUTtv. The LGBTQ network expanded its global footprint in 2018, finding success with its original content in New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, and was subsequently named Playback’s Channel of the Year. Danks talks about the challenges of being an independent Canadian operator in the current regulatory landscape and why he thinks the future of Canadian broadcasting lies in the production of original content.

March 22, 2019

An Interview w/ Michael Hill, Managing Director, Radioplayer Worldwide

Radioplayer Canada celebrates its second anniversary this month of streaming Canadian radio stations to millions of listeners each week. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, our publisher Shawn Smith in conversation with Michael Hill, managing director of Radioplayer Worldwide, on the rise of radio streaming, the future of the in-dash radio experience and the challenges of smart speaker adoption.

March 16, 2019

An Interview w/ Ross Davies, Director of Member Engagement, Radio, Numeris

Numeris has announced it’s making major changes to the way Canadian radio in small and medium markets like Kelowna, Saskatoon, Thunder Bay and Halifax, is measured. Starting this Summer, those 95 stations will join Canada’s major cities in being in ratings year-round. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Ross Davies, Director of Member Engagement, Radio, for Numeris, on ongoing sample challenges and the way forward - continuous measurement.

February 26, 2019

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group's Jamie Wall on 101.5 Today Radio's debut in Calgary

101.5 Today Radio has made its debut in Calgary - a re-launch of Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s Hot AC station 101.5 Kool FM. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - the Podcast, Jamie Wall, general manager of the Pattison stations in Edmonton and Calgary, on the broadcast group’s personality-driven, high engagement strategy.

February 22, 2019

Michael Geist, University of Ottawa Law Professor on this week's CRTC telco report release

It was quite a week at the CRTC. The commission released its report on misleading and aggressive sales practices in the telecom industry which drew heavy criticism for its lack of clear, actionable timelines. One of those critics is Michael Geist, University of Ottawa Law Professor & the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Geist talks about why the telco sales practices issue is a "Penske file" for the regulator, and the commission's re-opening the ISP code of conduct proceedings, among other issues.

February 15, 2019

An Interview with Mike Cosentino, President, Programming & Content, Bell Media

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Mike Cosentino, president of Content and Programming for Bell Media, on the philosophy behind the recently-launched CTV Super Hub, and staying competitive in an increasingly crowded media landscape.

February 12, 2019

An Interview w/ Josie Fenech, PD @ Flow 93.5 Toronto

Stingray has taken its Toronto hip hop station Flow 93.5 (CFXJ-FM) back to its roots after three years as The Move. Canada’s first urban contemporary station, it continues to serve as a launch pad for emerging hip hop and urban talent. We spoke with program director Josie Fenech about Flow's staying power as a taste maker in the era of the multi-platform audio universe.

February 02, 2019

An Interview w/ Khaled Sabawi, founder of Open Screenplay

If you’ve ever dreamed of writing a screenplay, Canadian entrepreneur Khaled Sabawi wants to help you get there. Better known for his work co-founding companies like MENA Geo Thermal and TABO Palestine, Sabawi is now taking on Hollywood with a new platform called Open Screenplay. It aims to democratize the screenwriting process and ultimately bring more diverse stories to mainstream audiences.

January 25, 2019

Carleton Journalism Prof. Dwayne Winseck on the Growth of the Network Media Economy in Canada

Every year the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project (CMCRP) puts out a series of reports on the state of Canada’s telecom, internet, and media industries. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - the Podcast, Dwayne Winseck, professor at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, who also leads the CMCRP, on the latest Growth of the Network Media Economy report, and among other things why he’s calling for the resignation of CRTC chair Ian Scott.

January 17, 2019

Social Media Hacking and How To Protect Your Organization

With two incidents this week that saw hackers gain control of the Twitter accounts of Rogers Radio stations News 95.7 Halifax and News 1130 Vancouver, Momentum Media Marketing's in-house digital experts James Wallace and Christian Lind offer insight into how the hacks occurred and how media organizations can take steps to protect themselves.

January 08, 2019

An interview with Esther Enkin, retired CBC Ombudsman

Esther Enkin has retired after six years as the CBC’s complaint watchdog and another 40 as a working journalist. Broadcast Dialogue had the chance to talk to her about the challenges facing Canadian journalism in the era of outrage and distrust.

December 14, 2018

An Interview with Gave Lindo, CBC's executive director of OTT Programming

CBC has launched its newly-rebranded CBC Gem streaming service, featuring 4,000 hours of free content from Canadian film to international series. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, Gave Lindo, CBC’s executive director of OTT programming, on the strategy behind CBC Gem.

December 07, 2018

Duff Roman - 2019 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award honouree

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) has announced that broadcast veteran Duff Roman will be awarded the 2019 Walt Grealis Special Achievement Award for his ongoing contributions to the Canadian music industry. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - the Podcast, we cover everything from Roman's meteoric rise to the head of the CHUM Radio Network, to his discovery of singer/songwriter David Clayton-Thomas, and the story behind DAB radio's failure in North America.

November 23, 2018

Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast: StatsRadio

Amidst the disruption of changing consumer viewing and listening habits, audience measurement has been challenged to keep up. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, we talk with Eric Blais, Director of Client Success, at audience measurement startup StatsRadio.

November 19, 2018

Millennial Radio

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, we talk with a group of Humber College students who conducted research this past summer, under the direction of radio veteran Alan Cross, on the listening habits of millennials and what the future of radio targeted to that age demographic might look like. Nicole Swanson, Jeff Pastor and Steph Byles had the opportunity to present "Millennial Radio" at the recent Ontario Association of Broadcasters conference, during the Future of Content panel.

November 01, 2018

An Interview With Jeff Vidler, Audience Insights

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue the Podcast, we talk to Jeff Vidler of Audience Insights about the 2018 Canadian Podcast Listener Survey. Vidler covers everything from barriers to podcast growth and the rise of smart speakers in Canada, to which podcasts Canadians are listening to.

October 19, 2018

An Interview With Jean La Rose, CEO of APTN

First People’s Radio is set to launch its ELMNT FM English and Aboriginal-language radio stations in Ottawa and Toronto on Oct. 24. FPR — a non-profit corporation established by the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network — has an eye to fill the gap for members of Canada’s urban indigenous community that don’t hear themselves reflected in the current radio landscape. On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue - the Podcast, Jean La Rose, the CEO of APTN and chair of the board of directors of First People’s Radio.

July 31, 2018

An Interview With David Allison, David Allison Inc: Audience Activation Advisors

On Broadcast Dialogue - The Podcast, is the era of how we measure consumer habits using traditional age-based demographic stereotypes over? Publisher Shawn Smith speaks with Vancouver speaker, author and former brand strategist David Allison whose fourth book, We Are All The Same Age Now, is about Valuegraphics: the idea that people’s values now override age in defining the target audience for any product, service or brand.

July 23, 2018

An Interview With Canadian country superstar Terri Clark

On this edition of the Broadcast Dialogue podcast, we speak with Canadian country superstar Terri Clark. 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for the Medicine Hat, Alberta native...in addition to releasing a hit duet with Dallas Smith, and touring both solo and as part of the Chicks with Hits Tour with Suzy Bogguss and Pam Tillis, Clark is about to be inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Clark also continues to host the Country Gold with Terri Clark, heard on 145 stations in the U.S. and Canada.

June 20, 2018

An Interview With Zach Sang, Host of the Zach Sang Worldwide Countdown

On this week's Broadcast Dialogue podcast, publisher Shawn Smith talks to Zach Sang in Los Angeles, the fresh-faced host of the Zach Sang Worldwide Countdown, which made its debut on Rogers Radio stations earlier this year. Sang is being credited with paving the way for the next generation of radio personalities.

June 06, 2018

An Interview With JJ Johnston, JJ International Media and Management Solutions

JJ Johnston really is the man that everybody knows. From his early days as a radio jock town to town and up and down the dial, to his days at the programming helm of CFOX in Vancouver and then running the show at Corus in Toronto, JJ has made friends everywhere he’s been. And for the past five years he’s been the principal of his own company, JJ International Media and Management Solutions.

May 15, 2018

An Interview With Fred Vail, Treasure Isle Recorders Inc.

On this week’s Broadcast Dialogue podcast, publisher Shawn Smith talks to Fred Vail of Treasure Isle Recorders Inc.

May 09, 2018

An Interview With Mike Boon, Toronto Mike'd Podcast

On Broadcast Dialogue, the podcast, publisher Shawn Smith talks to Mike Boon host of popular podcast Toronto Mike'd. For almost six years Mike has been inviting many big radio personalities to his home studio for a long form conversation. From Roger Ashby to Erin Davis to Maureen Holloway to Matt Galloway.