THINK TANK: Market Analysis: Winnipeg

As part of our ongoing series of market explorations, this month we delve into the city that gave the world Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, is home to the Royal Canadian Mint, and was crowned the “Slurpee Consumption Capital of the World” in 2012 for the 13th...

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THINK TANK: What Does “Recurrent” Mean?

Well, the Merriam-Webster definition is "running or turning back in a direction opposite to a former course," but in this instance we're wondering more in terms of what it means when your song goes “recurrent" at radio. Let's start from the beginning, with a record...

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THINK TANK: Changes Are Coming

Last month, the Calgary Herald was doing a story on the potential ownership changes in that market, and after reading our Think Tank piece on the city, they asked us for our thoughts:  "Shuffle looms in Calgary's $90-million radio market" In case you’re not fully...

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THINK TANK: Breakout Artists of 2012

Now that 2012 officially in the books, let’s look back and examine who the breakout new artists were for the year, those formerly-unknown domestic acts that leapt onto the stage and into the spotlight, grabbing the attention of radio programmers and listeners alike...

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Market Analysis: Calgary

This month, we thought we'd start with the first of what'll slowly become a periodic series of market explorations, digging deeper into some of the radio facts and figures that may not be well-known outside of the city in question. Fueled by several grande caramel...

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Anatomy Of A Hit (Part Two)

Last month we explored the mechanics behind the Top 40 (CHR) airplay charts, with a focus on two key ideas.  First, for a song to hit “Number One” on the chart, there's a theoretical threshold that needs to be crossed for the number of spins required, which we...

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Anatomy of a Hit (Part One)

According to the Collins English Dictionary: "Hit Single" [noun] a successful and popular song. As definitions go, it's an easy one to understand, especially for generations of Top 40 listeners who searched the radio dial to hear the latest from Buddy Holly, ABBA,...

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Just How Important is Radio?

First off, in case you haven't heard, the CRTC granted a license to Rock 95 Broadcasting, allowing it to launch a new radio station in Toronto at 88.1 FM. The license is for an English-language music format with a focus on independent and emerging Canadian artists....

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Is Active Rock really active?

It's no secret to anyone who's ever met me that I love Active Rock. I literally used to hang out at every Nickelback gig at the now-demolished Starfish Room on Homer Street in Vancouver, right in the front row, singing along to "Leader Of Men" and the band's requisite...

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