ByrnesMedia https://byrnesmedia.com Radio & New Media Strategists Tue, 01 May 2018 09:21:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What Are Radio’s Heavy Users Up To? https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/05/01/what-are-radios-heavy-users-up-to/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/05/01/what-are-radios-heavy-users-up-to/#respond Tue, 01 May 2018 09:21:19 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32659 Edison Research released a new study Monday focused on radio’s heaviest users. The report looks at the 30% of the […]

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Edison Research released a new study Monday focused on radio’s heaviest users. The report looks at the 30% of the American population, ages 12 and over, who listened to more than one hour of radio in the last day. Here’s what they discovered about your biggest listeners.

As The Infinite Dial report revealed last month, among the general population, homes without a radio are becoming more common. That also holds true for heavy radio users. This new data showed that one-fifth of radio’s biggest users own a smart speaker and 82% of heavy radio listeners have a radio in their home. According to Edison, that means nearly 18% of this group achieved “heavy” status primarily through in-car or at-work listening.

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Join X 92.9’s Promo Team! https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/20/join-x-92-9s-promo-team/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/20/join-x-92-9s-promo-team/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2018 17:47:24 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32652             Job Posting Position: (Part Time) Street Team & Board Operator Reports to: Marketing Director […]

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Job Posting

Position: (Part Time) Street Team & Board Operator
Reports to: Marketing Director
Station(s) X92.9 FM
Location: Calgary
Application Deadline: May 7, 2018

Only those candidates selected to interview will be contacted and no phone calls please

X92.9 Calgary’s Alternative is looking for Part-time Street Team Members & Board Operators to join the promotions department. If you’re outgoing, enthusiastic, and reliable and want to work within an incredibly innovative environment, execute awesome promotions for both the station & our clients and even gain experience behind the board, then you really should apply!

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • On-site promotions, coordination, set up, tear down and supervision of promotional events such as concerts, community events, movie premieres and any other part-time promotional duties as required by X92.9
  • Host, set up and tear down sales remotes
  • Operating the on-air broadcast (board op) during on-location broadcasts, remotes and syndicated programming when required; ensuring all commercial and production elements run as scheduled, station clocks are running on time and filling out fault reports as needed
  • Adhere to the guidelines in the Street Team Manual
  • Assist in office administrative duties as outlined by the Marketing Director
  • Other duties as required

 Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • A love for alternative music and knowledge of the station audience
  • No fear of meeting & greeting the faithful listeners
  • Positive “I’ll do anything” attitude and a strong desire to achieve
  • Ability to problem solve, quick thinking
  • Any experience working behind a board (yes school counts)
  • Knowledge of Wide Orbit or Scott automation system a bonus

Essential Requirements:

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task with keen attention to detail
  • Extensive experience working in a team-oriented, collaborative environment
  • Must have a valid Class 5 driver’s license & provide a current drivers abstract no exceptions
  • Must have a flexible schedule (mostly evenings & weekend shifts)
  • Broadcast/Marketing students experience preferred

Please send your resume & Demo (if available) to:

Ginette Ouimet
Marketing Director
gouimet@harvardbroadcasting.com

Harvard Broadcasting Calgary

X92.9 FM

Please put “Street Team” in your subject title.

Harvard Broadcasting Inc. values diversity in its work force and is committed to Employment Equity

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Part-Time Promotions Assistant/Community Cruiser Wanted https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/part-time-promotions-assistantcommunity-cruiser-wanted/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/part-time-promotions-assistantcommunity-cruiser-wanted/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:30:25 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32639 104.7 Heart FM, Oxford County’s #1 Local Radio Station, is looking for an individual to join our exciting team in […]

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104.7 Heart FM, Oxford County’s #1 Local Radio Station, is looking for an individual to join our exciting team in a part-time capacity. This person will take the duties of Promotions Assistant, in our exciting Promotions and Interactive Media department. In addition the successful candidate will cover events in the Heart FM Community Cruiser on evenings, holidays and weekends. This job will allow someone to gain valuable experience while having fun!

Job Summary:

  • Community Cruiser duties such as scouting out, planning, and attending community events
  • Hours will vary and have the potential to be flexible. The minimum hours during the summer months are 30 per week. The candidate will be asked to commit to a regular office work period, and cruiser events
  • Upkeep of the Heart FM event vehicles to make sure we have a good public image
  • Able to perform Cut-Ins to promote an event with a fantastic understanding of Social Media including Facebook, Twitter, Instragram,
  • Upkeep of our Cruiser Pages at heartfm.ca
  • Must be open to flexible hours and the ability to be available when requested by the station sometimes even with short notice.
  • Candidate must be available weekends and holidays.
  • Regular reports to the Promotions Director regarding Community Cruiser planning and events.
  • Maintain a clean public image, and promote our sponsors and their products in the most positive way possible.
  • This position will also include some voice work
  • The successful candidate may also be asked to fill in for the production department during vacation time

Job Requirements:

  • A familiar understanding of Woodstock and Oxford County
  • Currently in Broadcasting School, hold a broadcasting diploma or equivalent experience in broadcasting.
  • A Valid Ontario G License with clean driving abstract – we do require a copy of your drivers abstract in order to be added to our company insurance.
  • Must enjoy a fast paced, team environment and have the desire to learn new skills.
  • A positive, friendly person who has no problem meeting with listeners.

To Apply:

Submit your Resume and a One Minute Sample Cut-In to:
Cody Hayward – Promotions Director/Midday Host at 104.7 Heart FM by email via cody@1047.ca with the subject “Cruiser Personality”.

Phone Calls: If you are confident, and want more information about this position you can contact me via phone at 519-537-8400 ext. 228

Only those being considered will be contacted. Heart FM is an equal opportunity employer.

Applications for this job will be accepted until the end of the day on April 15th, 2018

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April Is… https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/april-is-8/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/april-is-8/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:52:24 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32635 “Couple Appreciation Month”: To show thanks for each other’s love and emotional support. Do something special to reinforce and celebrate […]

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“Couple Appreciation Month”: To show thanks for each other’s love and emotional support. Do something special to reinforce and celebrate your relationship.

“Daffodil Month”: To support cancer research. See www.cancer.ca.

“National Oral Health Month”: See www.cda-adc.ca.

“Parkinson Awareness Month”: See www.parkinson.ca.

“Poetry Month, National”: See League of Canadian Poets www.poets.ca

“Stress Awareness Month”: To promote public awareness of what stress is, what causes it to occur and what can be done about it. See www.stresscure.com.

“Alcohol Awareness Month”: To help raise awareness about the problem of underage drinking. Call 212-269-7797, email national@ncadd.org. See www.ncadd.org.

“Humour Month”: Special events in Canada and the US will focus on the joy and therapeutic value of laughter and how it can reduce stress. Email info@worldoflaughtertour.com. See humormonth.com.

Apr 1 “April Fools’ Day”: The joke of the day is to deceive persons by sending them upon frivolous and nonsensical errands; to pretend they are wanted when they are not, or in fact, any way to betray them into some supposed ludicrous situation, so as to enable you to call them “An April Fool.”

Apr 1 “Reading Is Funny Day”: April Fools’ Day is a great time to share riddles with children. It shows them that reading can be fun and funny. Riddles improve vocabulary, comprehension and oral reading, and enhance deductive and inductive thinking and develop a sense of humour. For info, Dee Anderson hm38th@hotmail.com.

Apr 1-7 “Laugh At Work Week”: Laughter and humour are vital to a healthy, productive workplace. Call Randall Munson 507-286-1331. Email humor@CreativelySpeaking.com. See www.LaughAtWorkWeek.com.

Apr 2 “International Children’s Book Day”: Observes Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday and commemorates the international aspects of children’s literature. Call 302-731-1600, email usbby@reading.org.

Apr 2 “World Autism Day”: see www.worldautismawarenessday.org.

Apr 7 “World Health Day”: See www.who.int/world-health-day/en

Apr 15-21 “National Volunteer Week”: A time to recognize and celebrate the incredible efforts of our volunteers. See http://volunteer.ca/content/national-volunteer-week.

Apr 10 “National Siblings Day”: A commemorative day to honour all brothers and sisters who are living and memorialize those who have died. Annually Apr 10. Call Claudia A. Evart 212-779-2227, email: siblingsday@earhlink.net, web www.siblingsday.org.

Apr 8-14 “National Wildlife Week”: This year, we are celebrating how we are all connected with wildlife. Share your connection online using #ThankYouWildlife. It can be a brief experience, a favourite animal, a life-altering moment – anything at all that you would like to celebrate with us. We are also cognizant that some comments will reflect your concern for wildlife but we will encourage a more positive engagement. We’re writing a letter of thanks to Canada’s wildlife and we are all its authors!  See www.cwf-fcf-org.

Apr 14 “International Moment of Laughter Day”: Laughter is a potent and powerful way to deal with the difficulties of modern living.  Experience the power of laughter. For info: Izzy Gesell 413-586-2634, email : izzy@izzyg.com, web www.izzyg.com.

Apr 15 “International Microvolunteering Day” see www.helpfromhome.org

Apr 20 “Global Youth Service Day”: See www.gysd.org.

Apr 22 “Earth Day”: A day to pay attention to accelerating the transition to renewable energy worldwide. Call Earth Day Network 202-518-0044, see www.earthday.ca/pub/index.php.

Apr 22-28 “Administrative Professionals Week”: Acknowledgment of the contributions of all administrative professionals, and their vital roles in business, industry, education and government.  Annually the last full week of April.  Administrative Professionals Day is the Wednesday (Apr 25). For info: call the Int’l Ass’n of Administrative Professionals 816-891-6600 ext 2239 or email: eallan@iaap-hq.org.

Apr 26 “Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day”: A national public education campaign sponsored by the Ms Foundation for Women in which children age 8-12 go to work with adult hosts – parents, grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, friends. Call 800-676-7780, email tods@ms.foundation.org, web www.daughtersandsonstowork.org.

Apr 28 “National Day of Mourning”: Day of mourning for workers killed or injured on the job in Canada.

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Tips to Help You Find That Next Radio Job https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/tips-help-find-next-radio-job/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/04/02/tips-help-find-next-radio-job/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:34:23 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32633 As consultants, we see lots of resumes and talk to lots of job seekers. We are frequently asked to be […]

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As consultants, we see lots of resumes and talk to lots of job seekers. We are frequently asked to be involved in the hiring process to help ensure radio stations find and employ the best candidates for their positions. In the last few months we have done a lot of work in this area, so I thought it might be helpful to pass along 10 tips that might help you find your next radio job.

Read the job post carefully: The employer has hopefully put some thought into the position they are trying to fill and will have clearly set out the qualifications and level of experience they are looking for. If they are advertising for an AM Drive Host with at least two years on-air experience, that means they really are looking for someone who is not fresh out of school. Chances are there is a good reason for this. They may be in a competitive market and need someone who has the experience and the skills required to succeed in such an environment. Education is important, and in many cases, the skills taught in broadcast colleges today are far superior to even a few years ago. More importantly, though, are the hours a talent spends behind a microphone honing their skills and gaining real life experience at a radio station.

In Canada there are major, medium and small markets. When a major market station is looking to fill a position, typically the successful applicant will come from a medium market. There are exceptions, but not often. This, however, will create a position in that medium sized market, and that is normally filled by someone moving up from a small market. This then creates an opportunity in a small market, and chances are, the broadcaster in that small market will be willing to accept someone who has recently graduated from broadcast school. Now, I stress that this is not always the case and there are exceptions, but they tend to be just that, the exception and not the norm.

If you have recently graduated from a broadcast course and you see an ad that clearly states they require someone with at least two years broadcast experience, you should think carefully before applying if you have not spent the last two years working at a commercial radio station and therefore you don’t meet the job requirements. You cannot pass off the two years you spent at broadcasting college as being two years broadcast experience no matter how you cut it. But do not despair, there is a job out there for you, just not that job. Because that position was filled in a larger market there is the trickle-down effect and within a few weeks the medium market will have filled the vacated position and hired someone from a smaller market. That is the job you need to be going after.

Another reason not to apply for a job for which you are not qualified is that it may result in the potential employer feeling that if you cannot read the job ad properly you are not someone they want on their team. So, applying for a job you are not qualified for may result in hampering your chances down the road.

By the way, the advantage of starting out in a small market is you will get to do lots of different jobs, probably (hopefully) make a few mistakes along the way, and learn so much that could not be taught in school. Hopefully, this small market broadcaster will have training systems in place and provide lots of coaching and feedback. Spend two years in that small market if possible, because in year one you are still experiencing everything for the first time. In year two, you have first hand experience of all the things that happen in that market and can use that to your benefit. Don’t be in too big a hurry to get to that bigger market, until you have learned all you can from the people at  the station and the people you encounter in that small market.

Do your research on the market: Before you blast off that application, spend some time researching the market, so you understand what you are getting into and what the benefits and pitfalls might be. Check out the city’s website, look for the economic data, climate information, the cost of renting or buying and who the primary employers are. Incorporate some of that information into the cover letter to let the reader know that you did some research and you know a little about the place. If possible, visit the market and drive around to get a feel for what makes it tick. It’s important that you feel good about the community and that you can communicate that to your prospective employer.

Do your research on the company and the radio station: Again, there is often lots of information about the company and the radio station that can be easily found from the comfort of your keyboard. Check the CRTC website, Google the company name, check out the radio station website and look at their LinkedIn and social media profiles. Try and listen to the radio station audio stream for a few days via their online link or the Radio Player Canada app and make some notes. What impresses you about the radio station, what do they do well, and how do you feel you can add value to this station if you are employed? Also, are there some areas you feel you could help the station using your skill set? If, for example, this station has a very mediocre website and you can demonstrate how you helped your current radio station improve their website, this might be something you mention during the interview process.

Write a targeted cover letter: Most applications include a cover letter and a resume, but generic cover letters stick out a mile when you have an in-box full of applications. Take the time to read the job ad carefully and note the two or three specific skills they are looking for that you have. Incorporate that into the letter and demonstrate that you have some knowledge of the market, the station and perhaps the company. Have others read your cover letter carefully to make sure there are no spelling mistakes or errors. The cover letter should be addressed personally to the right person and submitted in the format as directed. In my opinion, there should be three sections:

  1. An introductory sentence or two, which states why you are writing to apply for the position and why you feel you are the right person for the job.
  2. Three bullet points that summarise your three strongest selling points.
  3. A closing sentence which indicates you have enclosed your resume and audio demo as directed, how the reader should get in touch with you should they require more information, and that you are looking forward to hearing from them.

The cover letter should not be more than one page, should be in keeping with the tone of the job advertised and always be personally signed.

It probably will not come as a surprise to you that most stations will receive lots of applications for any position they advertise. I know of a position that was advertised in the last few months that resulted in over 100 applications. My friend Dave Charles, who is staffing two radio stations currently, told me he received over 350 applications. It’s all about getting your package moved to the “maybe” folder, instead of the “not worth looking at” folder. The employer will then focus on the “maybe” folder and do a deep dive on each applicant to come up with the “shortlist”, which is typically 5 applicants that move to the next stage. Ultimately, they will employ the person they feel is the most qualified and the best fit for the position and the organisation.

Carefully check your resume and update it if necessary: There are lots of experts who can coach you on how to create a resume that will get noticed. Most employers look for a clean, well laid out document that lists your experience in chronological order, your qualifications, your interests, your references, and of course how to contact you. Again, have other people look at your resume and make sure there are no mistakes. Just as your cover letter should be tailored for the job advertised, so should your resume. By the way, a recent photo is something you might want to include in the resume as that can help you stand out from the others. The old saying that a “picture paints a thousand words” can be very true when included in a resume.

Include audio or links to audio: I am astounded by the number of people who apply for an on-air position and do not include any audio with their application. This would seem such a basic thing, because without the audio, the prospective employer has no clue what you sound like. Lots of resumes these days will include a link to Soundcloud or the applicant’s website. Be sure to check these links yourself to make sure they work. If the prospective employer gets the old “Error 404” message they will likely move your application to the “no” folder. The audio should demonstrate your most recent work and what you are best at.

Be honest: It goes without saying that you should never lie on a resume, as that can be grounds for dismissal when you are found out. Do not pad your resume or exaggerate your skills or experience, as that can be easily checked with a phone call. If you get the job, but clearly cannot do it, the result is bad for both you and the station and may result in you not making it past the probationary period.

Make sure you really want to apply for the job: Before you rush off and apply for any and every job going, make sure you are really looking for a job and that you are prepared to move for the right opportunity. It is really frustrating as an employer to go through the entire recruitment and interview process and make a job offer, only to have the applicant turn down the position for a reason that comes out of left field. So, if you have a terminally ill parent that you need to be close to, if your spouse cannot relocate, or you are not really up for moving from one side of the country to the other, then please do not apply in the first place. It frustrates the employer and it will be remembered. I helped a client in the west find an entry level announcer some time ago. They flew this person to the closest major city and then it was a bus ride to the town where the radio station was located. But the applicant got part way and had a change of heart. They got on the next bus heading in the other direction and flew home without every letting the radio station know they were not coming. I have seen that same application for other jobs, but I cannot, in good faith, recommend them.

Think about geography: This was touched on in the above point. Give a lot of thought to where you want to end up and where you are prepared to move to get there. When you are young and have no ties, getting paid to hone your skills as you move from market to market is a great way to see the country and experience different cultures and traditions. If you are not prepared to move from one province to another, or from one side of Canada to the other, do not apply for jobs that are not in your geographical comfort zone. But be wary of writing off markets in parts of Canada you know nothing about. We have the pleasure of working in the Yukon and that is one of the most beautiful parts of Canada in both summer and winter. This is where the world-famous dog sled race starts or finishes every other year. If you love the outdoors this is an incredible place to live and work. People pay big money to fly from all over the world to experience the Yukon for themselves. You can do your airshift and be on the ski lift within 20 minutes of leaving the radio station.

Where to apply if you have no experience: One of the best entry level positions on a radio station is that of the Summer Cruiser person or Promotions Assistant. Most radio stations will hire one or more Summer Cruiser staff, and this is a great place to start and a great place to learn. Yes, you probably set up and tear down more remote equipment than you’ll have hot dinners and you’ll end up driving the promo vehicle all over the broadcast area. And while the hours might be long and require working lots of weekends, public holidays and nights, you will also learn a lot along the way.

Being a great Promotions Assistant or Summer Cruiser person requires skills that cannot be taught in school. You need to be outgoing, positive and able to easily interact with listeners, clients and station staff. Your ability to connect at all levels is critically important. Another skill you’ll need is being a wiz on all the social media platforms on which the radio station is active. Frankly, you may be able to offer staff some tips and tricks on how best to use each platform. Lastly, you may be able to put your video and video editing skills to good use in that position as more and more stations expect promo staff to shoot, edit, and post video on their websites and social media to grow engagement.

Doing this job, and doing it well, often leads to opportunities within the radio station or within the company. Be the person who says, “What can I do to help?” and endear yourself to as many people in the station as possible to get noticed. If a job comes up, you are already there and, hopefully, understand the people and the culture of the station. At the end of the summer, if there are no jobs available, but they really like you, they will at least give you a letter of reference and have helped you add to your resume. I got my first break when someone from corporate was visiting the radio station and somehow I impressed them. They mentioned my name to a manager in another market who was looking for staff and I got to move to a bigger market.

Conclusion: This is not meant to be an extensive list, by any means. I am sure others could sit down and come up with other helpful tips that have not been mentioned. The goal of this article is to make it easier for applicants to submit a better application and hopefully land that next great job in this great industry. If you have any suggestions or questions, please reach out and send me a note at info@ByrnesMedia.com.

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There’s A Right Way To Run Radio Stations. Here Are 10 Smart Tips. https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/27/theres-right-way-run-radio-stations-10-smart-tips/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/27/theres-right-way-run-radio-stations-10-smart-tips/#respond Tue, 27 Mar 2018 06:16:42 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32630 With two of the nation’s largest radio companies in bankruptcy, iHeartMedia and Cumulus,  many who don’t really know radio contend […]

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With two of the nation’s largest radio companies in bankruptcy, iHeartMedia and Cumulus,  many who don’t really know radio contend the medium is dead or dying. But those who do know radio argue that it’s still every bit a vital medium. The problem, they argue, is that too many stations are poorly managed, often from distant headquarters by executives more interested in making the numbers look good than running stations smartly for the long term.

So what does it take to run radio stations smartly? Here are 10 tips from longtime radio pros:

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 Entercom CEO David Field speaks out about Radio https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/20/entercom-ceo-david-field-speak-radio/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/20/entercom-ceo-david-field-speak-radio/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 14:59:20 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32624  Entercom CEO David Field is once again speaking out to defend the entire industry. This is not something new for […]

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 Entercom CEO David Field is once again speaking out to defend the entire industry. This is not something new for Field. He’s been one of radio’s biggest, loudest cheerleaders for years. Here is the memo he sent out to staff this week which is worth reading

 

“As most of you already know, iHeartMedia declared bankruptcy last week. The story received prominent news coverage across the country. Coming on the heels of a similar announcement from Cumulus Media, the iHeart news has spawned discussion on the implications for the Radio industry and its future. Since there seems to be a considerable amount of misinformation and inaccurate speculation floating around, I thought it would be constructive to share some facts and thoughts to help clarify the situation. You should feel free to share any of this with friends, colleagues, partners, and customers.

“First, iHeart and Cumulus went bankrupt because years ago prior management teams made ill-advised decisions to place too much debt on their companies. Period, full stop. The bankruptcies have nothing to do with Radio. In fact, any company in any industry that takes on too much debt will suffer a similar fate.

“Unfortunately, some reporters and observers have created an erroneous and misleading narrative that the bankruptcies are a result of challenges within the radio industry. They could not be more wrong. The fact is that Radio is a healthy business that generates large amounts of earnings and operating cash flow. And as you know, Radio has recently emerged as the #1 Reach medium in the United States touching over 270 million Americans weekly. It also generates superior ROI for customers and is the #1 medium in the country from 5am to 5pm daily. While other media have been highly disrupted by changing consumer habits and suffered severe audience erosion, Radio has more listeners than ever before. In fact, even in the latest cars with the newest technology, Americans listen to 13x more Radio than all streaming services combined (source: Edison Media Research – Share of Ear study).

“If Radio has an issue, it isn’t the size of our audiences or the value of our product or the health of our business model. No, our issue is that we are highly undervalued and receive far less than our fair share of total ad spending. With Entercom’s newly enhanced scale, advocacy efforts, marketing capabilities and customer outreach, we intend to change that. And with iHeart and Cumulus emerging from bankruptcy, the industry will be even healthier going forward and that’s good news for all of us.

“On a final note, in the wake of these announcements, it is a good time to reflect on how well positioned Entercom is to compete effectively, grow and thrive in the years ahead. We did not make the mistake of overleveraging ourselves and yet we still emerged as one of Radio’s two largest companies with the scale, brands and capabilities to compete to win. We are a leading media and entertainment company, reaching over 100 million people each week through our robust collection of highly rated radio stations, digital platforms and live events. We are also the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content and the nation’s unrivaled leader in news and sports radio. And even after our competitors come out of bankruptcy, we will still have the industry’s strongest balance sheet, providing us with the financial strength to build and grow and invest and play offense for the years ahead.

“Let’s make sure we get the word out so that our advertisers, partners, and other key influencers understand the facts and don’t come away with any false perceptions.

David”

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‘The genie is out of the bottle’: Canadian broadcast industry clashes over regulations in Netflix era https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/07/genie-bottle-canadian-broadcast-industry-clashes-regulations-netflix-era/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/03/07/genie-bottle-canadian-broadcast-industry-clashes-regulations-netflix-era/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:23:55 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32619 Netflix Inc. has the largest primetime television audience in Canada. It has the most subscribers of any TV service provider. […]

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Netflix Inc. has the largest primetime television audience in Canada. It has the most subscribers of any TV service provider. But apparently nothing tops its capacity to exasperate the entire broadcasting industry.

The crux of their frustration is that the regulatory regime treats Netflix differently since it exempts digital media endeavours from the Canadian content quotas and funding requirements traditional broadcasters must obey.

This regulatory disparity is why the industry is making much ado about Netflix and other online streaming services as the broadcast regulator plots the future of audio and video distribution in Canada — a task it must complete on a tight deadline.

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Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited Announces Retirement of Chairman Harry R. Steele https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/02/27/newfoundland-capital-corporation-limited-announces-retirement-chairman-harry-r-steele/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/02/27/newfoundland-capital-corporation-limited-announces-retirement-chairman-harry-r-steele/#respond Tue, 27 Feb 2018 09:18:24 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32616 Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (the “Company” or “Newfoundland Capital”) (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) announces the retirement of Harry R. Steele from […]

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Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (the “Company” or “Newfoundland Capital”) (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) announces the retirement of Harry R. Steele from his role as Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Company effective February 26, 2018. “Harry is a wonderfully recognized and respected Canadian business icon whose vision and business acumen has formed the foundation of the successful business that Newfoundland Capital is today. He has had a unique ability to cultivate relationships and realize value from business and has done so with great decisiveness and charm, for which he is so respected,” said David Matheson, Chairman of the Audit and Governance Committee. “We thank him for the outstanding leadership he provided throughout his many years of dedicated service to the Company and wish him and his wife Catherine much happiness in retirement.”

The Board of Directors have designated him as Chairman Emeritus.

Mr. Robert G. Steele, President and Chief Executor Officer of the Company, has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors effective February 26, 2018. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Board and management team to build upon the success of the Company,” commented Rob Steele.

Mr. Rob Steele has led management and the Company in focusing on the radio broadcasting industry, successfully growing Newcap Radio into the largest pure radio company in Canada with 101 broadcast licences across the country.

About Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited
Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) owns and operates Newcap Radio, which is one of Canada’s leading radio broadcasters with 101 broadcast licences (72 radio stations and 29 repeating signals) across Canada. The Company reaches millions of listeners each week through a variety of formats and is a recognized industry leader in radio programming, sales and networking.

This press release contains forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations. The use of terminology such as “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “would”, “plan” and other similar terminology relate to, but are not limited to, our objectives, goals, plans, strategies, intentions, outlook and estimates. By their very nature, these statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in such forward-looking statements. As a result, there is no guarantee that any forward-looking statements will materialize and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements. Unless otherwise required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited

For further information: REF: Robert G. Steele, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott G.M. Weatherby, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary, Newfoundland Capital Corporation Limited, 8 Basinview Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia B3B 1G4, Tel: (902) 468-7557, Fax: (902) 468-7558, e-mail: investorrelations@ncc.ca, Web: www.ncc.ca

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How To Win The Alexa Game https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/02/09/win-alexa-game/ https://byrnesmedia.com/2018/02/09/win-alexa-game/#respond Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:01:58 +0000 https://byrnesmedia.com/?p=32608 While some companies are just now adding their stations to Home Speaker platforms like Amazon’s Alexa, Federated Media was an […]

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While some companies are just now adding their stations to Home Speaker platforms like Amazon’s Alexa, Federated Media was an early adopter. In fact Federated Media was the first company to build an Alexa skill, and put its radio stations on the platform, about a year ago. Federated Media has always been one of radio’s innovative companies, never afraid to take chances on new platforms the company can see consumers are heading for. James Derby is the Chief Strategy Officer and Director of Programming for Federated Media. We spoke to Derby about the Home Speaker platform, why radio stations should be there and the new skills Federated is building as these devices make their way into the homes of millions of consumers.

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