Registration Counter Hours

Festival wristband pick up Only: June 5th & 6th from 4:00pm-7:00pm

Conference Delegate Badge Holders & Festival Wristband Pick Up:

Wednesday, June 7, 2023: 3:00pm – 7:00pm (Pre-Conference Check-in)  

Thursday, June 8, 2023: 7:00am – 7:00pm

June 9, 2023: 7:00am – 6:00pm  

June 10, 2023: 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Location: Westin Harbour Castle: 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, Ontario; inside the main hotel entrance through the revolving doors on the lobby level.

Schedule-at-a-Glance

The Radiodays North America program caters to anyone in radio, audio and podcasting. You can find sessions on all of these areas with specific topics such as: Strategy, Radio in the car, Youth, Revenue, Advertising, Creativity, Content, Talent and much more!

Radiodays North America ’23

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Day 1
Thursday June 8th, 2023
8:45 AM — 9:00 AM
Thursday June 8th

With Radiodays North America Partners Neill Dixon, Peter Niegel, and Conference Manager Ross Davies.

  • Neill Dixon
    General Manager / President
    Radiodays North America / Canadian Music Week

  • Peter Niegel
    Media Analyst | General Manager
    Danish Broadcasting Company (DR) | Radiodays Europe

  • Ross Davies
    President
    The Davies Company - Broadcast Solutions
9:00 AM — 9:45 AM
Thursday June 8th

(Interviewer: Connie Thiessen) It is arguably one of the most intriguing technological advances to hit the broadcast industry in recent years. Are robots taking over the airwaves? Is Chat GPT killing the radio star? Is this a practical solution that can “staff” the overnight and weekend shifts with localized content and entertainment? The early industry reaction is polarized for sure.

In a special presentation and Q&A discussion with moderator Connie Thiessen from Broadcast Dialogue, Futuri CEO Daniel Anstandig will explore how artificial intelligence is transforming broadcast radio by improving content creation, personalization, and audience engagement through digital transformation.
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Fred Jacobs) What's new in the connected car and what does this mean to radio? This year at CES 2023, cars continued to be a focal point. These days, there's never been a time when the driving experience has been more central to how we live our lives and the media we use - like radio. And our once dominate place on the center console is now surrounded by a whole new universe of digital alternatives. So, what actionable steps does radio need now to optimize their station’s look and sound in the vehicles of today and tomorrow?  Fred Jacobs will walk you through the key discoveries at this year’s CES convention and this panel will provide you with a clear path to what the industry needs to do now to remain the #1 listening choice in the automobile.
10:00 AM — 10:45 AM
Thursday June 8th

(Host: Leah-Simone Bowen) Two passionate podcasting advocates. Two brilliant data nerds. Two world-class speakers and educators. Only one will survive… (kidding). Tom Webster of Sounds Profitable and Dan Misener of Bumper are two of the brightest minds in the podcasting industry. They are coming together to present what they believe you need to know about the current state of podcasting. CBC Podcast Playlist host, Leah-Simone Bowen, will host a Q&A with Tom and Dan after their presentations.

11:00 AM — 11:45 AM
Thursday June 8th

(Presenter: Aled Haydn Jones) BBC Radio 1 plays the best new music across the UK and supports emerging and exciting new talent. As well as Radio 1’s Live Lounge and the world-famous Essential Mix, it’s home to some of the best British radio hosts, such as Greg James and Clara Amfo, who entertain 8 Million listeners a week on the radio. In this session, Head of Radio 1, Aled Haydn Jones, will lift the lid on how the station continues to engage with youth audiences, and how its multi-platform approach has ensured it stays relevant in the digital lives of young people.
11:00 AM — 11:45 AM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Alison Broddle) Great stories are the life and soul of radio and audio, and our jobs are to help bring them to an audience… whether it's working with someone speaking out about wrongdoing or helping someone craft an intimate first-person story to share with the world. But doing this right takes time and care. Come and hear from two of the best in the business - CBC Radio/podcast host Duncan McCue and The Moth podcast's artistic director Catherine Burns - as they share their learnings and advice.

  • Alison Broddle
    Senior Director, Current Affairs and Investigative
    CBC/Radio-Canada

  • Catherine Burns
    Artistic Director
    The Moth Podcast

  • Duncan McCue
    Host of HELLUVA STORY, KUPER ISLAND, CROSS COUNTRY CHECKUP | Correspondent for THE NATIONAL
    CBC Radio One
1:00 PM — 1:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

James Howard and Steve Jones will show the core branding strategies of high-performing companies and demonstrate the takeaways for your radio station. In this entertaining back-and-forth session, you’ll discover how strong brands thrive through recessions, supply chain problems, pandemics, and inflation. From outrageous promotions to under-the-radar tactics, you’ll come away with proven actionable branding concepts you can build on immediately to help your radio station grow ratings and revenue.

  • James Howard
    Regional Senior Vice President of Programming
    iHeartMedia Chicago

  • Steve Jones
    Senior Vice-President/Brands & Content
    Stingray Radio
1:00 PM — 1:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Presenter: Thomas Giger) A sonic identity that fits your format is just the foundation of audio branding. Strategically scheduling and effectively using your jingle package and other elements is where the rubber meets the road. PURE Jingles presents the best practices of applying radio imaging & branding. From format clocks for imaging rotations to smooth transitions for maximum flow, this session covers many tools for brand awareness and audience increase. Relevant for both recall-based and electronically-measured rating markets. If you have any questions on how to get more out of your station imaging, you may be able to get it answered during this interactive session. And you’ll leave with practical ideas to implement as well as a free resource.
2:00 PM — 2:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Sharon Hinds) The talking is over. It’s time to walk the talk and start demonstrating specific strategies and tactics encouraging diversity and inclusion in the workplace. From the discovery process to mentoring to placement, the roadmap to achieving success can be challenging.  How do we attract more young and diverse people to the industry? How do you remove unconscious bias from the hiring process to ensure that diversity, inclusion and equity remain top of mind? What learning can we take from those who’ve already travelled this road?  This panel will explore all sides, from the top down and the bottom up. From the executive suite to the talent working in the trenches, you’ll hear the mistakes to avoid and the tips to succeed.

 
2:00 PM — 2:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Presenter:  Joe Harland) The BBC is 100 years old. YouTube is 18. TikTok is 6. And the next video platform that will transform radio’s business model is currently in the head of someone who can’t yet buy a drink. Joe Harland - Head of Visual Radio for the BBC, tells the story of radio’s decades-long relationship with film, tv and video with content that ranges from the globally impactful to the laughably misguided. As radio embraces its second century, he looks towards what the next stages of evolution will be.
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Fred Jacobs) Since those early days of AM radio a century ago, one of radio's constants was its local news coverage. If you wanted to know what was going on in your city or region, you turned on the radio. But today, the hometown news mantle is being pursued by outside players, anxious to wrest away one of broadcast radio's original "steel swords." Who's out there and what does the local news environment look like for 2023/24? This panel, representing three diverse areas of local content creation, will give their reasons why local radio is vital and provide you with a roadmap for making it work in your market.
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Geneviève Levasseur) Learn how these broadcasters have embraced the importance for media to be rooted in the local culture in terms of representativeness and relevance. They have captured and incorporated the culture of their city/region into their daily programming and made it a successful business strategy.
3:00 PM — 3:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Interviewer: Jamar "JNiice" McNeil) Tom Poleman, Chief Programming Officer and President of National Programming, iHeartMedia will be at Radiodays North America for an exclusive one-on-one interview! Considered one of the most influential programmers in America, Tom is also highly respected in the music industry, well-known for introducing innovative programming and music initiatives across multiple platforms including broadcast radio, digital and live events. Poleman co-produces iHeartMedia’s major national events including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, the iHeartCountry Festival, iHeartRadio ALTer Ego, iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina, and iHeartPodcast Awards.
4:00 PM — 4:30 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Interviewer: Leah-Simone Bowen) Renowned CBC Radio host Tom Power takes us inside his show, Q, and shares how an experiment with Adele led one of the most successful radio shows and podcasts in North America to go “podcast first” and rethink everything about the show from the ground up.

 
4:00 PM — 4:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Larry Rosin) Edison Research has been studying the direction of audio in North America for nearly 30 years.  Through our unique surveys “Infinite Dial”, “Share of Ear”, and “Edison Podcast Metrics”, as well as a variety of other custom studies have chronicled the changes over time.  Over the course of time certain ‘Megatrends’ have emerged, ones that have been consistent over time and promise to continue to affect listening habits and behaviours.

See the latest updates on radio listening, streaming, podcasting, subscribing, in-car usage, and how these megatrends are expected to continue to affect the audio space going forward.
5:00 PM — 5:45 PM
Thursday June 8th

(Moderator: Ronnie Stanton) It’s time to draw a line in the sand. To truly innovate and stop just talking about innovating. Are you a motivator or an administrator? Are you truly leading or just following?

In this session moderator Ronnie Stanton will challenge some of North Americas brightest programmers to break paradigms and set us on a course of reinvention as a medium for this new era of listening and listener needs. No more talking about innovating. Are you a motivator or an administrator? This session will challenge some of North America’s brightest programmers to break paradigms and set us on a course of reinvention.

Presented By:



 

  • James Howard
    Regional Senior Vice President of Programming
    iHeartMedia Chicago

  • Josie Fenech
    National Talent Development Director | Program Director
    Stingray Radio | Hot 89.9

  • Paul Kaye
    Vice President and Head of Audio Business
    Rogers Sports & Media

  • Ronnie Stanton
    Vice President - FM Radio Programming
    Corus Entertainment

  • Tammy Cole
    Regional Program Director
    Corus Entertainment
6:15 PM — 8:00 PM
Thursday June 8th

Dear esteemed Delegates and guests,

On behalf of the RadioDays North America conference, we are excited to extend an invitation to you and your team to attend our evening Presidents Cocktail Reception event on June 8th, from 6:15 pm to 8:00 pm, at Corus Quay, 25 Dockside Drive in Toronto.

This event will provide a unique opportunity for C-suite executives and other radio personnel to connect and network with one another in a relaxed and informal setting. The reception is open to all RadioDays North America delegates, and entry will be permitted with a conference badge only.

At this event, you will have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals in the industry, share insights and experiences, and build meaningful relationships with others in attendance.

We look forward to welcoming you and your team to this exciting event, and we are confident that it will be a valuable addition to your RadioDays North America experience.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require further information. We look forward to seeing you at the reception.

 

Presented By:



 
    Day 2
    Friday June 9th, 2023

    8:45 AM — 9:30 AM
    Friday June 9th

    (Presenter:  James Cridland) Podcasting is producing new and interesting tools every week - and you can use them for radio as well. In this whistle-stop tour, James Cridland - radio futurologist and editor of Podnews, a daily podcasting newsletter - shows us some of the best tools and how you might use them to make your radio station sound better, market yourself better, and work better.

     
    8:45 AM — 9:15 AM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderated by Josie Fenech) A radio station's on-air talent is the one thing that makes that station unique. But managing talent can be fraught with challenges, as everyone’s different. Plus you have to develop a culture of teamwork, whilst at the same time conveying leadership in a compelling and inspiring way. Not an easy job! In this session, UK radio consultant Nik Goodman will go through some of the methods you can use to create a winning team of high performing individuals, providing you with the 'talent management essentials’!
    9:45 AM — 10:30 AM
    Friday June 9th

    (Presenter: Dennis Clark) Radio listening is being disrupted like never before. So how do we replenish lapsed listeners and welcome new listeners to our stations? What can we do in programming to increase the number of listeners tuning in every day? And how can building real on-air personalities and great characters ensure your station stands out? Dennis Clark will explore how you can use creativity to help you improve audience delivery and explain the strategies you can employ at your station to help you go from ‘Good’ to ‘Great’!
    9:45 AM — 10:30 AM
    Friday June 9th

    DTS AutoStage is changing the game for radio broadcasters by delivering the best in-car radio user experience and granting station managers unprecedented access to quantifiable and actionable in-vehicle listener data. See how broadcasters everywhere can tap into a global platform that preserves radio’s competitive advantage via enhanced discovery, engagement and rich analytics available in 140+ countries.

     

    Presented By:



     

    • Juan Galdamez
      Sr. Dir. Broadcast Strategy & Business Development
      Xperi
    10:45 AM — 11:30 AM
    Friday June 9th

    Carolina in Conversation – A one on one interview with Carolina Bermudez, co-host of Carolina with Greg T in the Morning Show, WKTU New York.

    (Interviewer: John Simons) Carolina Bermudez got her first radio gig on the morning show on Y100 in Florida, but within 2 years she was recruited by ‘Elvis Duran and the Morning Show’ on Z100! Since then, she’s worked on prime-time TV as an actress, been a freelance reporter for E! News and Senior Editor for ‘In Touch Weekly Magazine’. She can now be heard daily, hosting ‘Carolina Bermudez with Greg T in the Morning’ on the legendary 103.5 KTU in New York. She’ll be in conversation with UK radio consultant John Simons to tell us the secret to her multi-media success story and how radio hosts need to stay relevant in the digital age.
    10:45 AM — 11:30 AM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Reshmi Nair) There is significant work to be done to create work models and talent strategies to support and retain women in order to ensure a successful future.  The discussion points are many: Opportunities to challenge ourselves to increase momentum in supporting women in this business, addressing burnout and promoting wellbeing, creating inclusive environments and the important of representation at all levels and how to make it happen.

    Join Reshmi Nair as she leads a panel discussion and idea-sharing session around supporting and retaining female employees, preserving their career paths into leadership roles.

    Presented By:



    • Hilary Whyte
      General Manager
      Bell Media

    • Janice Smith
      Vice President National Sales
      Rogers Sports & Media

    • Julie Adam
      Executive Vice President & General Manager
      Universal Music Canada

    • Reshmi Nair
      Host of The Rush, Anchor on CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
      Bell Media

    • Susan Marjetti
      General Manager CBC News, Current Affairs and Local English Services
      CBC
    11:45 AM — 1:15 PM
    Friday June 9th

    Host: Myles Galloway

    Dear esteemed Delegates and guests,

    On behalf of the RadioDays North America conference, we are excited to extend an invitation to you and your team to attend our exclusive Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon event on June 9th, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm, inside Harbour Ballroom B/C at the Westin Harbour Castle Toronto.

    This *separate ticketed event will acknowledge and celebrate four unique individuals in the Canadian Radio Broadcast industry with these Awards of recognition:

    14th Annual Allan Waters Young Broadcaster of the Year - in honour of Steve Young - Recipient: Jenny West


    1st Annual Patrick Grierson Radio Sales Person of the Year - Recipient: the late Patrick Grierson. Patrick's family will be accepting the award on his behalf.

    Rosalie Award - Recipient: Maie Pauts

    Allan Waters Broadcast Hall of Fame - Recipient: Wayne Webster


    A seated, served lunch will give attendees such as C-level executives and other personnel to hear from speakers such as Bram Abramson of the CRTC (Commissioner Ontario), while connecting and networking with one another in a relaxed setting. The Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon is open to the general Broadcast industry and friends alike.

    We look forward to hosting you to honour this years' esteemed recipients.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or require further information.

     

    Presented by:


          


     
    1:45 PM — 2:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Co-Moderators: Larry Rosin & Steve Parsons)

    In North America, one day you’re on top of the world, the next day you’re wondering if you’ll have a job.  It’s literally a daily rollercoaster ride.  Who’s figured it out? Should the jocks just shut up and let the music rule the roost? Should we play our stop sets over the quarter hours? Should we put our top talent in drive? Is there really more cume in afternoons? Does branding even matter anymore? Do these questions just beget more questions?

    You bet they do, and that’s why you need to be at this session.  Your questions, your realities, your tips on how to program better radio stations for PPM and diary will be our north star. Come bounce your questions off our all-star panel of programming experts in this town hall format.
    1:45 PM — 2:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Presenter: Wade Kingsley) Everyone is creative, but not everyone believes they are. The difference comes from building confidence to be able to conceive original ideas and then get them out into the world.  So, what sets highly creative people apart from others? In all walks of life, those super creators - or Creative Champions as we call them - focus on developing three Core Strengths:

    • Curiosity: how to care about more things, ask better questions and gather more inputs

    • Connections: how to notice more opportunities, copy ideas, and recreate them in original ways

    • Courage: how to share your ideas so they stick, overcome fear, and handle rejection


    If you want to be a better creator, you’ve got to work the muscle and improve the core strengths. In this interactive session, global Creative Consultant and Coach Wade Kingsley will show you the secrets of how Creative Champions work and show you the exercises you can learn to improve your creative fitness.

     

    • Wade Kingsley
      Global Creative Consultant and Creative Coach
      The Creative Coach
    1:45 PM — 2:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Sean Ross) The song salesmen engage the gatekeep-ears in this popular and instructive CMW event that allows musicians to see what happens to their music inside glass-walled offices. Top PDs/MDs listen to new tracks supplied by promotion execs and respond candidly. Will they consider it for their playlists? Why or why not?

    Presented By:



    • Donald Robins
      DIRECTOR, RADIO PROMOTION
      Warner Music Canada

    • Gareth Jones
      Vice President
      DMD

    • India Coran
      National Music Promotions Manager
      rpmPromotion

    • Jeremy Slattery
      Program Director
      Surge 105.1 & Hot Country 103.5 // Acadia Broadcasting

    • Lisa Grossi
      Radio National Music Director CHUM 104.5 | Assistant Program Director
      VIRGIN Radio & MOVE Radio | CHUM 104.5

    • Race
      Music Director for Hot 899 & Today Radio
      Stingray

    • Rick Lee
      Program Manager
      Corus Entertainment, Toronto

    • Ryan Shepard
      Senior Director of National Promotions
      Universal Music Canada

    • Sean Ross
      Editor
      Ross On Radio

    • Wayne Webster
      Music Director at boom97.3
      Stingray
    2:45 PM — 3:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Alan Cross) It’s time to get real. Can Radio survive in the Digital Age? Over the air radio as we know it has been around for about 100 years and is the most successful and far-reaching of all broadcast media. But in the always-on/on-demand digital era, radio is going to have to evolve into something more and greater to compete and to stay relevant. Can the industry do it? Does it have the imagination to make it happen? Where will talent come from? How will it be distributed? These life-or-death questions will be debated and argued by a panel of industry professionals who will be stating the case for radio’s ability to redefine itself and fight for radio’s future. And you, the audience, will be the judges deciding the outcome.
    2:45 PM — 3:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Kristin Wozniak) The headlines for podcasting in 2023 have not had the unbridled optimism of years past. This year’s podcasting news has focused on recession worries, softening advertising, over investment in hit shows, and significant layoffs everywhere from Spotify to SiriusXM NPR. Yet, podcasting continues to be one of the only media generating double-digit growth in revenues in uncertain times.

    So how are top podcasting companies making money and how are they feeling about the state of the industry? Find out what’s working and what’s not from this top-tier panel of experts that represent a wide variety of business models in both the American and Canadian markets.
    3:45 PM — 4:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Host: Warren Kurtzman) In this session, learn why brand building is more urgent than ever for your show, station, or podcast to be noticed by today’s distracted consumer. Today we have access to a wealth of statistics about the audience’s behavior, but focusing too much on ratings, downloads, etc. can lead to a short-term thinking trap. Hear specific examples of brand-building tactics that will reward you with long-term success.
    3:45 PM — 4:30 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Shawn Smith) Radioplayer Canada’s Shawn Smith leads a discussion with Radioplayer’s CEO, Yann Legarson (France), and General Manager Lawrence Galkoff (UK), on the future of radio in the dashboard, the importance of worldwide broadcaster collaboration to tackle radio’s greatest existential issues, and the results of these efforts across 19 countries, including Canada.

    Presented By:



    4:45 PM — 5:15 PM
    Friday June 9th

    (Moderator: Nik Goodman) Bringing Radiodays North America to a close is a fun-filled session, jam-packed with ideas – 30 of them in just 45 minutes to be precise! A collection of great speakers from across the conference will provide plenty of quick-fire and practical ideas, meaning you’ll leave Toronto brimming with thoughts and inspiration to bring back to your radio stations and audio businesses!