All the key players showed up in Toronto on Thursday October 21 for the Ontario Association of Broadcasters conference and gala. It was pleasing to see so many broadcasters present, many of whom were looking to fill the conference void left by the demise of the CAB.
After the AGM there was a day of interesting sessions. While all the speakers where well worth the price of admission, the three that stood out for me were Mark Ramsey who gave a thought provoking speech about “Success in the Post-Media age. Over lunch research and futurist John Parikhal talked about “Media in Chaos” and the 5 trends that are reshaping TV, Radio and the Internet.
You can read more about this here. John is clearly not impressed with PPM, and suggested that the radio industry was being fooled into paying for measurement data that will ultimately hurt radio especially at the agency level.
Next was John Potter from the Radio Advertising Bureau. He talked about how to monetize radio and the internet. John showed lots of slides and we have provided a link so you can see all this material here.
The event finished with the presentation of “Lifetime Achievement Awards” to Jim Waters and Duff Roman.
Hat’s off to the OAB team, who worked hard to put this one day conference together. Well worth the money.
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Association of Broadcasters (OAB) celebrated 60 years last night at On the Park Events and Conference Centre with its annual Awards presentation. With over 40 members, the OAB is dedicated to representing the common interests of Ontario’s private broadcasters and industry partners. The 2010 Community Service Awards were presented to the following stations:
Radio Large Market – Award: The NEW 105.3KISS-FM, Ottawa for “Father Daughter Ball” in support of prostate cancer. Gayle Zarbatany, Program Director, KISS-FM, Ottawa, accepted the award.
Radio Large Market – Honorable Mention: Z103.5FM, Toronto for “JJ Bear” campaign in support of the Children’s Aid Foundation. Paul Evanov, Vice President, Evanov Radio, accepted the award.
Radio Small Market – Award: Bayshore Broadcasting for “Healthy Tomorrows” to raise awareness for local hospital foundations’ planned giving programs. Ross Kentner, President, Bayshore Broadcasting Group, accepted the award.
Radio Small Market – Honorable Mention: STAR 93.3 FM for “Be A Goddess” in support of the United Way campaign for Peterborough and District. Joel Scott, Operations Manager and Program Director, STAR 93.3 FM, accepted the award.
TELEVISION – Award: Global Toronto for the annual “Toy Drive” in partnership with the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association. Rick Berenz, Executive Officer, Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association and Dayna Gourley, Supervising Producer, Global Toronto, accepted the award.
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RCS has achieved full direct integration between LISTENER DRIVEN RADIO software and the GSELECTOR music scheduling platform and the highly popular automation software RCS’ NEXGEN DIGITAL. These are the latest programs to deliver full compatibility with LDR, integrating listener input from the LDR platform into live on-air programming.
Now, with LDR’s seamless integration into RCS products, PDs can schedule voting sessions in any of the RCS music scheduling programs. In addition, RCS’ NEXGEN DIGITAL automation system will automatically adjust the live playlist based on audience voting results from LDR.
“When we first got together with DANIEL ANSTANDIG and his team, we were impressed with the concept of stations being able to automatically react to a live audience,” RCS Pres./CEO PHILIPPE GENERALI said. “We wanted to make sure that all the RCS products were capable of making the PD’s job easier when dealing with this important service. We look forward to helping all the LDR stations.”
“Now with full integration into both scheduling and automation products, the LDR platform is easy for radio stations to install and use in connection with existing studio systems and products,” LDR Pres. DANIEL ANSTANDIG said. “We are excited about this partnership with RCS, giving stations more options for configuring the LDR platform. RCS is a forward-thinking company with an exceptional team and suite of products.”
For more information about LDR in Canada call ByrnesMedia at 905-332-1331
There was a big shakeup at the top of the Chicago based newspaper company The Tribune on 15 October with the sudden resignation and departure of Lee Abrahams following revelations that he wrote an email to staff with a link to a video that some within the company considered offensive. Abrahams was ranked as one of the 75 most important radio figures of all time by Radio Ink Magazine and left the top job at XM in 2008 where he was Chief Programming Officer to join the newspaper as the Chief Innovation Officer. Now speculation is that Randy Michael’s and some of the “Clear Channel” people who Lee attracted will be next to go.
The Ontario Association of Broadcasters announces Mark Ramsey, President of Mark Ramsey Media, will be the first guest speaker at Connection 2010 on Thursday, October 21st at 10:15 a.m. Ramsey’s presentation “Success in the Post Media Age” will address new opportunities for broadcasters in a new era where everything and anything can be media.
In this presentation, Ramsey will discuss new opportunities for broadcasters in this new and exciting post-media age. He will answer the question of whether or not this is an age of decline or if it will be a tremendous renaissance for broadcast media in all of its shapes, forms, and platforms.
Mark Ramsey heads his own media consulting firm, Mark Ramsey Media, in San Diego, CA. He is also head of the US division of Radio Intelligence, one of the leading strategic research advisors to broadcasters worldwide. Ramsey has worked with several television and innumerable radio broadcasters over his career, including all the biggest names, from Clear Channel, CBS, Bonneville, Sirius XM, and Greater Media in the US to Corus and now Astra Media in Canada. Clients from outside broadcasting have included EA Sports and Apple.
Recently Ramsey has been in strong demand as broadcasters recognize the critical importance of integrating their strategies with digital opportunities which completely redefine the meaning of “radio.” Mark is near the center of the re-creation of media and broadcasting.
Ramsey has authored two radio industry bestsellers, “Making Waves: Radio on the Verge” and “Fresh Air.” His blog at markramseymedia-dot-com is among the most popular in the industry, and he has a new TV series on AllAccess.com called “Area 51.”
Register for Connection 2010 at http://oab.zuka.net/events/awards/tickets3.php. It will be held on Thursday, October 21st at On The Park Events and Conference Centre, at 1095 Leslie Street, just north of Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. A highlight of this year’s Gala Awards Reception and Dinner will be a special presentation of the OAB Lifetime Achievement Award to Duff Roman and Jim Waters!
Full Delegate OAB Connection 2010 Conference passes are $199 for OAB members
For more information go to www.oab.ca or call 905-554-2730.
The Ontario Association of Broadcasters’ Connection 2010 conference will feature many great speakers. John Potter, VP Training, Radio Advertising Bureau is one of them. Highly topical, the title of John’s session is Monetizing Radio and TV Web Properties.
Interactive advertising provides broadcasters the best opportunity for incremental revenue gains. Are you maximizing your website revenues? Do you have an e-mail database capable of targeted ad campaigns? Are you selling online video, online audio, texting, mobile advertising, social media and coupons? Whether you are new to selling Interactive you learn Best Practices for Radio and TV websites and other digital platforms. If you are experienced at selling Interactive your creativity will be stimulated with the Digital Ideamania segment. Join us for this fast-paced session on the latest ways to make money using your web and digital properties.
Be sure to catch John at CONNECTION 2010, Thursday, October 21st, 2010
The Ontario Association of Broadcasters announces Laura Gaggi, President of Gaggi Media Communications Inc., will be a speaker at Connection 2010 on Thursday, October 21st.
Beginning at 4:00 p.m., Laura’s presentation and panel discussion will focus on The New Media Reality: Fact and Fiction. Laura’s panel will feature Deanne Childs, Senior Sales Executive, Thindata 1:1; Jeff Corcoran, Director Corporate Marketing, OLG; and Helena Shelton, EVP Trading & Accounting, PHD Canada.
This session will explore the state of media in Canada and dispel some of the myths about broadcast and the accelerated growth and importance of online advertising and social media. A panel will discuss their successes in finding the “strategic balance” between online and broadcast in their media and marketing campaigns. They will also talk about the relationship between the media, advertising and digital agencies and how they are working together to find these optimum levels to reach and motivate consumers.
As owner of Gaggi Media for the past 18 years, and with over 30 years of media experience, Laura’s passion for the business has generated wide recognition for her creative integrated media solutions, accountability and ability to predict and adapt to the ever-changing media environment.
Gaggi Media is a highly successful and wholly owned Canadian multi-award-winning strategic media planning and buying company that plans and purchases all forms of media (including online) in Canada and the U.S. Some of Gaggi’s high profile national and international accounts include: The Globe & Mail, Cineplex, Ontario Power Generation, Direct Energy, Dr, Oetker, and Kao Brands Canada.
Be sure to see Laura at the OAB Connection 2010 Conference on Thursday, October 21st at On The Park Events and Conference Centre, located at 1095 Leslie Street, just north of Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. In addition to Laura, Connection 2010 features other great speakers – John Parikhal, John Potter, Mark Ramsey and Theresa Treutler. The conference will close with the Gala Awards Reception and Dinner. Where we are fortunate to have Rita Cugini, Commissioner, Ontario, CRTC not only in attendance, but Rita will address guests. And there will be a special presentation of the OAB Lifetime Achievement Award to Duff Roman and Jim Waters!
Full Delegate Conference passes are $199 for OAB members and $249 for non-members
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!
For more information go to www.oab.ca or call 905-554-2730
|Bill Evanov, President and CEO of Evanov Communications Inc., will be celebrated for his achievements and contributions to Canada’s musical heritage with an induction to the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He will be honoured on Thursday, March 10, 2011 during the Broadcast Industry Awards gala at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. Previous inductees include: Gordon Lightfoot, David Foster, The Guess Who, Alanis Morissette, Allan Waters, Tom Cochrane, Ronnie Hawkins and Rush… to name a few.|
|Bill Evanov is the Founder and President of Evanov Communications Inc., one of Canada’s fastest growing independent broadcast companies. A true entrepreneur, Evanov went from owning 3 radio stations in Toronto to 11 across the country in a span of just six years and in an age where independent radio ownership has drastically declined due to the consolidation of large corporate multi-chain broadcasters, he has stood firm and bucked the trend. It is one thing to operate radio stations, it is another to be hugely successful doing so, especially in major markets where competition from the large corporations is extreme.
Years ago, when a young Bill Evanov decided to get into radio, he knocked on the doors of CHUM, CFRB, CKEY, CKFH, CFGM, CHIC and CHFI; but was rejected by all due to lack of experience. As fortune would have it, Johnny Lombardi gave him an opportunity at CHIN Radio, a relatively unknown station at the time, and within 18 months Evanov became Vice President Sales.
|Johnny Lombardi and Mel Lastman hosted the First Annual “Spaghetti Dig in Contest” of which Evanov became the Chief Organizer. He subsequently morphed this event into the highly successful CHIN International Picnic, which has remained a staple event in Toronto over the last 30 years and known the world over by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest event of its kind.|
|Among his many accomplishments, Evanov created several unique, non cookie-cutter formats including: The Evanov CHR/Dance format which delivers a variety of different genres of rhythmic music – Pop, Rock, Hip-hop, R&B and Dance; The Jewel’s “Light Adult Contemporary” format blending soft, melodic music in a variety of genres from different eras; and in 2007 he launched CIRR-FM known as Proud FM, the world’s first of its kind, that programs to Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population.|
|Evanov is one of the only independent broadcasters left in the country’s largest markets. He is the founder of the famed Summer Rush Concert – the largest annual live concert produced by a radio broadcaster in Canada. Summer Rush, in its 18th year, is a platform for many local artists to perform to a sold-out crowd and is now produced in Halifax as well as Toronto.|
|Bill Evanov “walks the walk” everyday in support of Canadian music. He has opened the door for independent Canadian musical artists at ALL Evanov stations across the country which has often resulted in being the first to recognize and play fresh new Canadian talent.|
|Among some of the more notable successes who received first radio airplay radio airplay in the respective market of each Evanov station, are Michael Buble, Shawn Desman (Juno ’06 winner), Danny Fernandes (MMVA winner & Juno nominee), DJ Danny D (half a million CDs sold & Juno nominee), Massari (MMVA winner & Juno nominee), The Sound Bluntz (’03 & ’04 Juno winner), Joee (Juno nominee), Addictiv (Juno nominee), Love Inc. (Juno winner), BKS’s “Rock Em Sock Em Techno” (550,000 copies sold). The stations provided extensive airplay, far exceeding other stations to promote Richard Abel, Amy Sky, Mark Jordan, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, Jesse Cook, Molly Johnson, k.d. lang, Chantal Chamberland, and Serena Ryder.|
|Bill Evanov strongly supports education with over a million dollars through a series of scholarships and endowments. Some of the partner university and college institutions include Waterloo, Acadia, King’s, Dalhousie, Carlton, Guelph, Sherbrooke, Humber, Western and the University of Manitoba. He is also committed to the Aboriginal Media Fund that encourages, promotes and makes possible the development of aboriginal talent.|
|ECI radio holdings are both responsive and proactive in the communities they serve. For example, ECI was, the original and still is, the media partner of the Student Crime Stoppers Program, a partnership between the public, the police and the media.|
|With an enterprising spirit, he has blazed trails and achieved a roster of firsts and milestones in independent radio. He defined dance music as a unique radio format when he re-launched CING FM as Energy 108 in 1990 and took it from 90,000 to over 800,000 weekly listeners (FALL 95 BBM) making it the most popular radio station among teens and young adults. He then recreated the format on CIDC FM and grew it into the #1 CHR station in the country with 853,000 listeners. (BBM S2’09)|
|ECI is the first broadcaster in Canadian history to elevate female employees to ownership status through new radio license acquisitions.|
|His “Move Like Lightning” and “Just Do It-Make it Happen” philosophy has guided the company to stand strong in the stiffest competition and his extremely tenacious approach and street-fighter attitude have extended to the team he has carefully assembled over the years.|
|Despite a recent recession where the broadcast industry witnessed hundreds of layoffs and millions of dollars in cut-backs, Evanov managed not only to keep his staff of over 300 employees intact, he maintained the tradition of flying every single employee from across the country to the head office in Toronto for the company’s annual Christmas party.|
|Evanov sits as a board member with the Ontario Association of Broadcasters and holds membership with several other broadcast organizations. He raises thousands of dollars every year for dozens of charity initiatives including “Boating for the Cure”, an event he personally spearheads within the company that raises thousands of dollars every year for prostate and breast cancer.|
|Bill Evanov is an entrepreneur and a pioneer. His contribution to the Canadian broadcast industry is considerable and bound to continue.|
|Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards Gala Dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at http://www.cmw.net.|
|Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; three awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day period from March 9 to March 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit http://www.cmw.net.|
For over 30 years, his strategy company, Joint Communications Corporation, has continually evolved to help a distinguished roster of clients achieve remarkable success. A sample of his clients includes Turner Broadcasting, Time Warner, Scholastic Publishing, MTV, VH1, SiriusXM Radio, Rolling Stones Magazine, Corus, CBC, CBS, NBC, ABC, Pepsi, and Disney. In addition to his consulting and research work, John authored a definitive book about The Baby Boom, co-created a hit TV Show for NBC and wrote the radio series titled “Coping With” that ran on network radio for 5 years.
Widely recognized as a ‘practical’ futurist (he earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Toronto under media guru Marshall McLuhan), John helps his clients profit from the changes that are turning the media ‘rules’ of the past 60 years upside down. You can follow John on Twitter: @mediafix or read his blog at www.gomediafix.com.
Media guru John Parikhal’s engaging keynote presentation will outline how 5 New Trends reshaping television, radio and the internet can create huge opportunities for those who understand them – and grave dangers for the unprepared. He will demonstrate how you can immediately turn chaos into opportunity and how to use these 5 Trends to your advantage so that you will profit from this unprecedented (and sometimes scary) wave of change.
John’s presentation titled “Media in Chaos … How to Profit from 5 Trends Re-Shaping Television, Radio and the Internet” will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the OAB Connection 2010 Conference onFull Delegate OAB Connection 2010 Conference passes are $199 for OAB members Full Delegate OAB Connection 2010 Conference passes are $249 for non-members Additional Gala Awards Reception tickets can be purchased for just $99
For more information go to www.oab.ca. The OAB conference happens Thursday, October 21st at On The Park Events and Conference Centre, at 1095 Leslie Street, just north of Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. Or call 905-554-2730.
A new and innovative radio industry study vividly demonstrates a sea change in the way smartphones are affecting the everyday behaviors of average American consumers. The findings show that radio has multiple opportunities to take part in the smartphone revolution.
The 60-minute video research project, “Goin’ Mobile,” was commissioned by Arbitron and conducted by Jacobs Media. Read more about it here. Be sure to click on the video at the bottom of the article.