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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Refuting Macleans

    In mid-March, Macleans magazine published an article entitled “Why indie acts are everywhere, except on the radio.” I read it, digested it and while author Ian Gormely does make a few good…

  • Who will get 88.1 Toronto?

    A few months ago, the CRTC put out the call for those interested in acquiring 88.1 MHz on the FM band in Toronto. It came open in 2011 after the Ryerson University-affiliated…

  • Artist Of The Month; What Does It Mean?

    As you may be aware, for the last few years the Bell Media group of radio stations have run an ’emerging artist of the month’ program nationally across the chain. Participation does not…

  • Comparing the Formats

    Below is Frontside’s 1st quarter of 2012 “Comparing The Formats.” Every 3 months we take a look at where each of the Radio formats sit in terms of cross-over and unique titles…