Re: Tom Williams & FACTOR
Tom’s history is right on. A bit more additional info.
The late Richard Hahn, a lawyer working for Rogers, helped smooth the way with Rogers, as did Bernie Finkelstein with J. Robert Wood. I was Executive Director of CIRPA at the time, and after the initial meeting, wrote the business plan for what became FACTOR.
We had lots of challenges coming up with a name, until Duff Roman called me to suggest FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent). I thought that was close, and after a few moments suggested OR (On Record), hence FACTOR.
The initial commitment of the three broadcasters was $100,000. Shortly after we started, Jim and Chuck from Moffat showed up at our office and gave us a cheque for $100,000 to make the initial budget $200,000.
It is extremely gratifying to see what an important role FACTOR and MusicAction (which FACTOR helped start) play in developing and sustaining Canadian talent and music entrepreneurs.
Re: John Parirkhal & Voltair
This is simple: Anything that enhances reported radio tuning should be considered!
If this works Numeris can ensure a level playing field by purchasing the unit for each encoded PPM station and potentially drive reported tuning up. A small price to pay if the outcome is more robust data. No one is “handicapped” and likely OTA radio tuning will increase.