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Media Beat: November 24, 2017

Calgary radio triumvirate splinters

After 25 years as Calgary’s ruling radio triumvirate, Don Stevens, Joanne Johnson and Jamie (the Coach) Herbison are parting ways.

On Dec. 8 at 9 a.m. on their popular (Newcap owned) XL103 show, Don and Joanne will hang up their headphones and say goodbye, not only to their countless fans but to Coach, who will stay on as host of the new morning show. He will be joined by Buzz Bishop and Heather Prosak in a new format —  Louis B. Hobson, Calgary Herald

Feds seek back-taxes from NS radio station

Pictou County radio station owner Hector Broadcasting was told to cough up almost $620,000 by the Federal Court in the last two years.

Documents obtained from the court show New Glasgow-based Hector Broadcasting, the owner of the CKEC and CKEZ radio stations, was hit with five certificates ordering the company to pay that money under the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act in 2016 and 2017.

Federal Court spokesman Andrew Baumberg said Wednesday that documents filed with the court only show about $28,450 of those monies were ever paid by Hector Broadcasting.

Although Baumberg acknowledged there is a small possibility Hector Broadcasting may have paid other monies and these might not yet have been recorded by the court, it seems the New Glasgow company still has about $591,330 in judgments against it.

Lynn MacDonald, Hector Broadcasting’s office manager, refused to comment when contacted Wednesday.

The revelations of outstanding tax monies owed to the federal government come only weeks after the Dartmouth-based parent company behind national broadcaster Newcap Radio announced its intention to buy both Hector Broadcasting stations in New Glasgow.

Newfoundland Capital Corporation already owns 72 radio stations and did not divulge the price it is to pay under its deal with Hector Broadcasting reached in early November. The agreement still requires regulatory approval — James Ridson, Saltwire Network

Songwriters demand better pay for play from US radio

Under the industry’s confusing business model, radio companies pay about 4 percent of their music-related advertising revenue to songwriters. That’s a smaller share of the ad haul than Pandora, Spotify, or YouTube pays artists (Performers aren’t compensated for radio airplay; instead, they make money from music sales, streaming, and touring).

Enter Irving Azoff, a former head of the MCA record label and ex-chairman of concert promoter Live Nation Entertainment Inc., who’s best known as the manager for such mega-acts as Bon Jovi, the Eagles, and Christina Aguilera. He and industry veteran Randy Grimmett founded Global Music Rights, which is demanding that radio stations pay its big-name artist-songwriters a higher rate—but  less than digital and internet radio services pay — Bloomberg

Surprise! Alternative tops the CHR charts

There was a time not that long ago when it was still possible that neither “Feel It Still” by Portugal, The Man nor “Thunder” by Imagine Dragons would be a CHR hit. Both were inherently poppy records, but the Alternative chart was mostly poppy records and few of them were crossing over. Imagine Dragons had also jeopardized their status as “the Alternative band that has pop hits” with a mediocre second album. Today, they have believers; nine months ago, nobody would have bet their life on the band.

But last week, “Feel It Still” was the No. 1 Mainstream CHR single. This week, “Thunder” replaced it. Alternative’s streak will likely end with Camila Cabello’s “Havana” becoming the next CHR chart-topper, but Walk the Moon’s “One Foot” just had an explosive CHR week with a gain of 859 spins. This week, “One Foot” was CHR’s second most added song, while the third most-added was the indie-pop “Best Friend” by Sofi Tukker, now scaling both the pop and Alternative charts.

The musical burst of activity coincides with a surge of Alternative activity on the FM dial. Three days before “Thunder” went to No. 1, Entercom launched new Alternative stations in its new markets of New York and Dallas. A few days later, iHeart Media brought Alternative back to Detroit, where longtime 89X had moved in the direction of Active Rock — Sean Ross, Ross on Radio

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