Randy Renaud and Tootall

Randy Renaud will take over middays on CHOM 97.7 Montreal from Tootall, who retires after 40 years of broadcasting on Sept. 22. Middays with Randy Renaud debuts Sept. 25 in the 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. time slot. Renaud started at CHOM 30 years ago and has been regularly hosting weekend afternoons for the past 15 years, in addition to programming and hosting specialty shows including Classic Vinyl Sunday.

Mélanie Joly, Éric Dubeau, Nancy Juneau, Betsy Chaly

Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, has announced the appointment of five new part-time members to the board of directors of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). They include producer Keith Clarkson (BC); Franco-Ontarian singer/songwriter Éric Dubeau (Ont.); arts and culture advocate Nancy Juneau (NB); creative industries marketing pro Betsy Chaly (Ont.); and broadcasting and cultural policy expert Charles Vallerand (Que.).

Eugene (Gene) Valaitis

Eugene (Gene) Valaitis is the new morning show host on Roundhouse Radio (CIRH-FM) Vancouver. Valaitis is best known for his work at Toronto stations CFRB-AM, CKEY-AM and Q107 (CILQ-FM).

Susan Knight

Susan Knight, PD and midday host at Q103 (CKQQ-FM) Kelowna is headed to Ocean 98.5 (CIOC-FM) Victoria to be PD and afternoon drive host. Rob Therrien (aka Rob Michaels) is moving with Rogers to Star FM (CKSR-FM) Chilliwack, where he’ll be PD and afternoon host, and will also continue to program Mountain FM (CISQ-FM) Whistler.

Ashley Csanady

Ashley Csanady, host of National Post Radio on Sirius XM’s Canada Talks, is leaving NP after taking a buyout package. Csanady had been a reporter and web producer with the publication since 2015.

Stephen Maher

Stephen Maher has left Ottawa-based digital news outlet iPolitics, where he’d been executive editor since Sept. 2016. The former Postmedia columnist and Ottawa bureau chief for Halifax’s Chronicle Herald, hasn’t announced where he’s headed.

Alex Auld

Alex Auld is joining Sportsnet 650 (CISL-AM) Vancouver as an analyst. The former NHL netminder will co-host Canucks Central weekdays and work on the team’s pre- and post-game shows. During his career, Auld played with Vancouver, the Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens.

The NHL Network has announced it’s adding Rogers Sportsnet host Jackie Redmond, former NHLers Ken Daneyko and Stu Grimson, and former Buffalo Sabres head coach Dan Bylsma to its on-air talent lineup.

Graeme Mackrell

Graeme Mackrell is joining the Telelatino Network as national account manager. Mackrell was most recently with sponsorship integration firm TACK10.

Robin Hildebrand

GoldenWest Broadcasting has appointed Robin Hildebrand, VP of Human Resources & Regulatory Affairs, while Dave Lehman moves into the position of vice-president IT & Digital Media. Lehman will be responsible for the development of digital products and online presence.

Claire Anderson

Claire Anderson is the new sales manager for Acadia Broadcasting stations Country 105 (CKTG-FM) and Magic 99.9 (CJUK-FM) Thunder Bay. Claire previously worked for Dougall Media as an advertising consultant and creative writer.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has restructured its administration and traffic departments, resulting in the loss of eight positions. The company says the move is not a cost-saving measure, but rather part of strategic investment reflecting changing needs.

Jason Sonser

Jason Sonser is moving from 102.9 CHTM-FM Thompson, where he’s hosted the morning show since 2015, to take over mornings at CJDC-AM Dawson Creek.


Broadcast Dialogue

Broadcast Dialogue is Canada’s broadcast industry publication of record. The Weekly Briefing from Broadcast Dialogue is distributed by controlled circulation every Thursday. Broadcast Dialogue content may not be reproduced in whole or in part without written consent of the publisher.