Category Archives: Talk Radio

Meet Drex, host of Canada’s new national late night talk radio show

kowchmedia consultant Steve KowchFrom where I sit On the Kowch, I’m excited about The Shift With Drex, Canada’s new live national overnight talk radio show. The Shift With Drex airs on seven Corus talk radio stations including three Ontario stations: AM640 in Toronto, 900 CHML in Hamilton and 980 CFPL in London from 1am to 5am. Drex replaces the U.S. syndicated Coast to Coast program that concentrates on paranormal or conspiracy theories. The show, hosted by George Noory, can now be heard on many of the Bell Media talk radio stations including Newstalk 1010 (CFRB) in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal.

Justin Wilcomes (AKA Drex), has been one of my kowchmedia talk radio clients since he started hosting an evening show on CKNW in Vancouver three years ago.  My first air check with Drex, I told him he was a star. On par with the likes of John Moore in Toronto, Bill Carroll in Ottawa and Charles Adler. How else do you explan he went from evenings to afternoon drive to hosting a national talk radio show in three years. Well, let me tell you why. Here is what I hear when I listen to his show:

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Millennials are driving the Surge In U.S. News Radio Listening

kowchmedia consultant Steve KowchFrom where I sit On The Kowch,  President Donald Trump has impacted the U.S. ratings in news and newstalk radio. Nielsen says its latest audience study shows Millennials are driving the Surge In U.S. news radio listening. In fact, so many 18-34-year-olds listened to news and talk radio during the Fall 2016, Winter 2016 and Spring 2017 PPM ratings, that other popular formats among this group of listeners lost share in January.  “Pop Contemporary Hit Radio, a leading format among Millennials, was off nearly a full share point, while Country continued to trend downward with younger audiences. Hot Adult Contemporary (AC) and Mexican Regional were also softer compared with January 2016, while Sports radio was flat,” Nielsen said.
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My 3 Step Plan for radio to cover arrival of Syrian refugees

kowchmedia coach Steve Kowch tips on media coverage of Syrian Refugees to CanadaFrom where I sit On The Kowch, radio will play an important role in how Canadians react to the 25,000 Syrian refugees arriving in Canada over the next 90 days. Time for politics is over. Now is the time for Canadians to do what we do best: Extend a helping hand to welcome men, women and children who have experienced hell on earth. I have no doubt that radio will help Canadians rise to the occasion.

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Talk radio is spreading fear and hatred about Syrian refugees

Steve Kowch blog photoFrom where I sit On The Kowch, I have concerns about what right wing talk radio hosts and their listeners are saying about Syrian refugees coming to Canada. Listening to talk radio across the country, I’ve lost count how many times callers refer to the refugees as “terrorists” and the hosts say nothing to distance themselves from these kind of comments.

I don’t know about you, but I expect a bit more – no make that a lot more – from opinion makers with access to a 50,000 watt microphone in 2015.

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