Media Beat: August 08, 2018

Media Beat: August 08, 2018

By David Farrell

Corus launches 92.5 CHUCK Radio in Edmonton

Rebranded from Fresh Radio, the station takes its name from the large Ukrainian population that has given the city its nickname of ‘Edmonchuck’.

“If you live in Edmonton, you’ll get it. We saw an opportunity in the market to introduce an unconventional and original sound,” says Greg Johnson, FM Program Director, Corus Radio Edmonton. “Edmontonians are proud of their city, and this station embodies that passion.”  – Listen here

David Marsden, Brad McNally team up again

David Marsden and Igor Loukine have announced that Australia’s The McNally Masquerade is coming to

Toronto-born Brad McNally was a key DJ at the original CFNY-FM when it was known as the Spirit of Radio and hosted his own show called the Eclectic Spirit. He went on to do consultancy work and re-settled in Australia where he was a PD in Perth.


Radio: This is how to fix what’s wrong, and it’s not just the commercials

Radio is still among the most popular of all available media, dwarfing online services and even beating television for overall reach. So what’s causing revenue to stay far below what it should be, considering how far the economy has come since the drop in 2008?

My personal belief is that today’s young-buck programmers and executives seem ignorant of the elements of good radio and are pursuing ideas that are intended to help but ultimately hurt a station’s success. What follows are some examples of what sound like good ideas, but ultimately are not. You probably have your own ideas, and I’d like to know what you think as well. – Continue reading Richard Wagoner on The Press Enterprise website

More than 1K U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect

More than two months after the GDPR took effect, hundreds of U.S. news websites — including digital properties operated by Tronc, Lee Enterprises and GateHouse Media — are unavailable in Europe, frustrating many American tourists, business travelers, and ex-pats as well as Europeans interested in news from the States. – Jeff South, Nieman Lab


Podcasting’s next frontier: A manifesto for growth

“When people say that ‘Podcasts just aren’t for them’ or that there aren’t topics that they are interested in — maybe we should take them at their word? They need a show — just one show —, and we either haven’t led them to it yet or maybe…just maybe…we haven’t made it yet.” – Tom Webster, Nieman Lab

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
@anmollium / Anmol Raina

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla

Chart Beat

Karan Aujla & DIVINE Debut in Top 25 on Billboard Canadian Albums Chart

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE land the No. 22 spot on this week's Canadian Albums chart with their new collaborative release, 'Street Dreams.' On the Canadian Hot 100, Beyoncé's "Texas Hold 'Em" ascends to No. 1, while Canadian pop artist Preston Pablo makes a debut.

B.C.-based Punjabi artist Karan Aujla and Indian rapper DIVINE are making moves together on Billboard's Canadian Albums chart this week, with their collaborative project, Street Dreams, debuting in the No. 22 spot.

The seven-track album, released Feb. 16, blends harder hip-hop and smooth R&B pop, the latter shining through especially on the Jonita Gandhi-assisted "Yaad." It's not Aujla's highest spot on the Albums chart — he reached No. 5 in 2023 with Making Memories, his collaboration with Canadian Punjabi artist Ikky — but it gives him some momentum going into his upcoming performance at the Juno Awards on Mar. 24, where he's nominated for TikTok Juno fan choice and breakthrough artist.

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