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TORONTO, ON – (October 6) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce Michael Wekerle as our 2016 opening keynote on Thursday May 5 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. Michael is a rock star in the world of Canadian finance, known for his shrewd value spotting in the fields of tech, biotech and media. As the founder and Chairman of the merchant bank Difference Capital Financial Inc., he oversees a fund that includes such successful growth companies as Hootsuite, Vision Critical, BuildDirect and Blue Ant Media. He also holds significant real estate assets, including an impressive portfolio of high-tech commercial properties in Waterloo, Ontario, as well as the historic Toronto entertainment venue the El Mocambo. And he is a partner in the Canadian franchise of Wahlburgers -Paul, Donnie and Mark Wahlberg’s Boston-based burger chain.
dragonsDenLogoMichael lives in Toronto and is a doting father to six children. He donates millions of dollars to a wide variety of philanthropic interests, including UHN, CAMH, SickKids and Holland Bloorview, as well as the youth outreach organization Seeds of Hope and the acclaimed Baroque opera company Opera Atelier. Michael is currently featured on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, highlighting his entrepreneurial spirit.
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 12:06
J. Robert Wood Announced as 2016 Recipient of Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award
TORONTO, ON – (September 30) – Canadian Music Week is pleased to announce J. Robert Wood as the 2016 inductee to the Canadian Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. An innovator and veteran of the industry for more than five decades, Wood will be honoured for his achievements and longstanding career in broadcasting with the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award. The induction ceremony will take place during the Canadian Radio Music Awards luncheon beingpresented by Bell Media, on Friday, May 6, 2016 at theSheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

J. Robert Wood is a radio broadcast management consultant with more than 40 years experience in programming, operations, management, large-scale project development, network expansion, government lobbying and fund-raising. Born in Teulon, Manitoba, Wood began his career as an on-air deejay at CKSA in Lloydminster before moving to CKOM Saskatoon, CKY in Winnipeg and CHLO in St. Thomas. Following a successful tenure as program director of CHLO, he moved to CHUM in 1968 where he served as Program Director of CHUM, National Program Director of CHUM Group stations across Canada, and Manager of CHUM and CHUM-FM in Toronto.

“Bob Wood came to CHUM in 1968. Over the next ten years or so, he, and maybe the greatest radio staff ever put together, created magic on 1050 CHUM! Bob was imaginative, creative and a great leader”, said former CHUM Chairman Jim Waters. “His winning the Allan Waters Broadcast Lifetime Achievement Award is Iong overdue!”

Wood left CHUM in the mid-1980s to apply for a Toronto radio license; he went on to pursue broadcast management consulting, fund-raising and government lobbying activities. From 2000 to 2010, he helped launch the Aboriginal Voices Radio network (AVR), for which he raised more than $15 million.

“I feel very honoured to be selected for this Award and am grateful to accept it on behalf of the many talented men and women at CHUM whose hard work, dedication and creative brilliance enabled us to create one of broadcasting’s great radio stations,” said Wood.

Wood was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame in May of 1978 by RPM Magazine. The former radio editor of Billboard Magazine, Claude Hall, ranked Wood as number 12 on his list of the 15 best Top 40 program directors in North America in 2012. In choosing Wood, Hall said, “Robert Wood was Canadian radio.”

An innovator and entrepreneur, Wood initiated a number of projects in the early days of Canadian content regulations to help promote the development of Canadian music, including the Maple Leaf Music Network (10 stations across Canada agreeing to play the consensus choice of three new Canadian records per week), the CHUM Free Ad Plan (providing free commercials for newly released songs by Canadian artists) and the CHUM Report (a weekly report he wrote which was distributed to radio and record companies to help promote new up-and-coming Canadian music and improve the relationship between radio and record people at the time.)

Wood has served on various industry committees including CAPAC, the CAB and the United Way’s media unit and has played a pivotal role in the launch of FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record.) He has helped many broadcasters over the years, including the launch and advancement of the careers of many young broadcasters and has helped more senior broadcasters survive the difficulties visited upon them due to ill health.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 September 2015 12:12

Compiling and analyzing data from the listening patterns of their 76 million monthly usersPandora has released a list of predicted Grammy winners. Based on their findings, they predict Iggy Azaleawill be named Best New ArtistSia‘s “Chandelier” will be named Record of the YearSam Smith will take homeAlbum of the Year for In The Loney Hour, and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” will claim Song of the Year.

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Last Updated on Friday, 16 January 2015 11:19

“You can’t stop technology, nor can you control it. The only winning strategy is to embrace it — and embrace it as early as you can.”

Fitting words here at CES from iHeartMedia chairman and CEO Bob Pittman, reflecting on lessons learned from the music industry’s early dealings with streaming tech.

Pittman has been steadily redefining iHeartMedia as an integrated digital entity. The company’s new moniker is a nod to its iHeartRadio app, which he views as an extension of the company’s traditional radio brands. “We don’t look at it as iHeartRadio competing with digital players,” he tells Billboard, noting that although the app’s 54 million unique users according to comScore “sounds big in digital terms, it’s only about a quarter of our reach in broadcast radio. With broadcast radio alone we reach more consumers than Facebook, Google or broadcast TV networks in the U.S.”

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Last Updated on Thursday, 8 January 2015 02:34

The CBC announced Monday that two senior managers — radio executive Chris Boyce and human resources executive Todd Spencer — have been placed on leave until further notice.

CBC spokesman Chuck Thompson said the decision was related to the Jian Ghomeshi scandal but declined to offer specifics. The former host of CBC Radio’s Q was fired in late October from his job as host of the popular arts and culture show.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 8 January 2015 11:09

Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media introduced Canada to CraveTV, the company’s next-generation subscription on-demand video streaming service launching Thursday, Dec. 11. Costing about as much as a latte, CraveTV brings simplicity, ubiquity, accessibility, and premium content to Canadian TV lovers at an unbeatable value.

With a singular focus on delivering the best TV content of yesterday and today, CraveTV is designed to complement Canada’s current TV offerings as an additive service featuring exclusive, premium programming, all at an affordable price.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 4 December 2014 12:09