Media Beat: June 25, 2018

Media Beat: June 25, 2018

By David Farrell

Controversy continues dogging JAZZ.FM

Listeners to JAZZ.FM91 are dismayed by on-air changes at Canada's only all-jazz radio station, as well as news of allegations of sexual misconduct, workplace harassment and mismanagement against former CEO and president Ross Porter and board members.

"It's so disappointing, shocking that this is going on," says long-time listener Deborah Abbott. She's already cancelled her monthly donations of $120. "It's very, very sad to see it all fall apart."

Hosts at the station often referred to listeners as "members of the JAZZ.FM family," but there have been no explanations on air about the recent departures of four long-time on-air personalities, nor the earlier departure last fall of station stalwarts, including the vice president of creative talent Dani Elwell, who doubled as an on-air host, or the departure in April of morning show host Garvia Bailey. – Mary Wiens, CBC News


CKNT ready to hatch after 7-year gestation

First licensed in 2011 with an original deadline for the station to commence operations by Nov. 22, 2013, CKNT 960 in Mississauga, ON is just now starting to break radio silence.

Owner Elliot Kerr received to get the new 700 watts (days) / 104 watts (nights) AM station. The delays have resulted from three previously planned transmitter sites proving to be unsuitable or rejected by Industry Canada.

The new station is expected to provide local news and information, weather, sports, traffic, including coverage of city council, local business issues, and community-related political and social events.

A radio station originally used the AM 960 frequency out of Cambridge, known today as CJDV-FM.

The target date for the official sign-on is July 1st. board member RadioActive offers some interesting insights about the station and its readiness to meet its deadline.

CBC News Network makes summer programming cuts


Starting June 29, CBC News Network will move to a half-hour model from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, but the public broadcaster insists the decision won't hamper its ability to cover breaking news. – The Canadian Press

DIVINE (L) and Karan Aujla
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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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