David BrayPartner / Creative Director / Media Director
Extensive experience with development of marketing strategies and the writing and production of broadcast, print and web creative. Expert in media analysis, planning, consumer research, buying & promotions
BBM Overview: PPM Ratings - Mar 2016
As we taste the first wisp of warmer weather, things are heating up with today’s release of the latest radio ratings. The new PPM release from Numeris (formerly BBM) completes the thirteen week period covering November 30th to February 28th, 2016. Let’s take a look the five PPM markets.
Toronto: Bragging rights at the top of the ratings heap go to CHFI-FM once again with a 11.4% share of hours tuned for A12+ (up from 10.1% last time out). The station’s “all Christmas music” programming in December gave it a bit of a boost. CHUM-FM takes the #1 spot with the ladies 25-54 delivering a 15.8% share (down from 16.4%) followed by CHFI-FM with 14.5% (up from 14.3%). BOOM-FM holds the #1 spot for males 25-54, posting a 9.6% share (down from 10.8% in the last 13 week book) followed by Q107 at 8.2% (down from 8.5%). Virgin 99.9 leads the way for M18-34 with a 10.3% share (down from 11.0%) followed by the Edge at 9.3%. For F18-34, CHFI-FM tops the list posting a 15.7%.
The Power of Radio
It was an experience I never will forget. One broadcaster called it one of the “most polarizing events he has ever personally witnessed”. But it was a week that once again demonstrated the power of radio.
Some of you are accustomed to thinking that people involved with radio get ahead by trading on their good looks. Many women have told me I have a face for radio. I thank them for the compliment, but I think that those of us who love radio also have something more to offer……
Have You Heard About The Hearing in Toronto?
In case you haven’t heard, the recent CRTC Hearing in Toronto was one of the most competitive ever, with a record number of applicants vying for the last available frequency in Canada’s largest market. The 88.1 frequency became available when the Ryerson license was pulled by the commission. The popularity of this hearing stems from the fact that the market currently boasts approximately $250 million annually in radio ad revenue, with local broadcasters posting significant profit margins. I was pleased to participate in the process which ran from May 7-16 at the Allstream Centre, and while I wouldn’t presume to speculate on who will prevail, I can provide a bit of insight as to what took place.
Have You Heard About The Hearing?
In case you haven’t heard, the Hearing in Calgary was a hotbed of competition, proving that the hunger for FM radio licences remains strong. It seems those pundits predicting the death of the medium are more than a little premature. In fact, the market currently boasts over $90 million annually in ad revenue, with local broadcasters posting significant profit margins. I was pleased to participate in the process which ran from Feb.6-9, and while I wouldn’t presume to speculate on who will prevail, I can provide a bit of insight as to the hot buttons that seem to be attracting the attention of the commission. Moreover, we were given an idea of what we might expect to see and hear at the upcoming Toronto hearing (date TBA).
The Truth About Portable People Meters
Were you lying to me then or are you lying to me now?
That is the question I have had posed to me time and again when it comes to Diary vs. PPM methodology. It is a fair question given that the results from each format are markedly different.
I put the question to Jim McLeod, President of BBM, in my recent podcast interview.
Playing by the numbers
When it comes to broadcasting in Canada, most of us (broadcasters, advertisers and the music industry) play by the numbers in one way or another either through audience reach and hours tuned, ad expenditures and target demos, chart positions, playlist adds, etc. The key is understanding the interrelationship of all of these disparate factors. The following is a preliminary examination of these elements with an attempt to gain some understanding of how dramatically they impact on one another.
Look Both Ways: The History of Radio in Canada
How do you begin to re-cap the history of radio in Canada in one brief article? It occurs to me that I had better look both ways before wading into it. Look back to a sometimes lucrative, always entertaining past rich with anecdotes. Look forward to an uncertain future filled with the perils of cultural obsolescence and the promise of reinvigoration.
It all started in December of 1900 when Reginald Fessenden of Quebec first transmitted the human voice. That makes radio older than that fuzzy food item wrapped in tin foil in the bottom of my refrigerator. Let's take a look.
The Power of Radio
Delivered by David Bray
Staying Tuned: Feb. 23, 2004
I know most of you are accustomed to thinking that people involved with radio get ahead by trading on their good looks. I mean God knows how many women have told me I have a face for radio. I thank you for the compliment, but I think that those of us who love radio also have something more to offer……
The 50th Anniversary of CHUM
When we speak of anniversaries, we generally refer either to happenings of historical significance or those of a more personally relevant nature. For many, the 50th anniversary of CHUM fulfils both criteria. For long time fans of radio and pop music, 1050 CHUM, launched by Allan Waters in December 1954, generates some serious sentimental currency in our memory banks.