Virgin Takeover is going to need a new host
Virgin Radio 96 is losing another personality, but at least this time it’s not another poaching from The Beat.
Tony Stark, the evening announcer who hosts Virgin Radio Takeover and Virgin Live on CJFM-FM from 7pm to midnight Monday to Thursday, as well as Sunday afternoons, is leaving to return to CJCH-FM (101.3 The Bounce) in Halifax, where he’s accepted a job as their afternoon drive host. Stark came to CJFM two years ago from CJCH, where he hosted the 10am to 2pm timeslot.
Stark’s last day at Virgin hasn’t been decided yet. He’s currently substituting for the vacationing Andrea Collins as the afternoon drive host there.
It’s “gonna be tough to leave a great city like Montreal,” Stark tells me, but an opportunity for a high-profile job in a market he’s familiar with (and has “a great vibe”) was just too good to pass up.
CJCH-FM is owned by Bell Media, which is in the process of buying Astral Media and CJFM.
Virgin has posted an opening for Stark’s position, with the same on-air times. Interested parties can apply to brand director Mark Bergman by Aug. 14.
Bergman jokes: “In search for people with the names Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne, Peter Parker!”
UPDATE (Aug. 12): Stark isn’t leaving after all. Bergman and Stark said this weekend that he’s actually sticking around, for unforeseen and unspecified “personal reasons.”
From Milkman Unlimited we get the news that “Virgin Radio 96” (CJFM 95.9) has lost afternoon host Heather Backman (“Heather B”, in their our-hosts-have-no-last-names style) to Q104 in Cleveland (I hope they spend more money on their hosts than their web designers).
Asked about her move, Backman told me it was simply a question of a better job opportunity: “Afternoon drive in a major market. … Couldn’t say no!”
UPDATE (Feb. 1): Backman introduces herself to her new Cleveland audience by way of a video on Facebook. (via Brave New TV)
The departure opens up the afternoon host job here. The shift is 1-4pm weekdays, and a Saturday afternoon once a month from 1-5pm.
Interested parties with at least three years of on-air experience and who want to drink the “contemporary hit radio” Kool-Aid can send a resume, cover letter and MP3 demo to “brand director” Mark Bergman at firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 4.
The surreal Daybreak saga just got a bit moreso, as the CBC officially posted a job opening for the host of Daybreak. Like with the last host, this position is a “contract” job instead of a permanent one.
What you do
As a Host for the English Radio of CBC in Montreal, you will host the flagship weekday program “Daybreak”, in keeping with Corporation standards and policies. More specifically, you will keep up with all political, social, economic and cultural developments relevant to a local Montreal audience and maintain contacts with various sources. You will do the research necessary for interviews and other program activities. You will write or adapt intros. During production meetings, you will assist in planning and choosing content for the program. Your role as a host will also include community outreach at public events.
We are looking for a candidate with the following:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
- Five (5) years’ on-air experience or equivalent.
- Proven journalism skills.
- Excellent command of the working language (English).
- Very good knowledge of the other official language (French).
- Extensive general knowledge.
- Extensive knowledge of stories and issues in Montréal and Québec.
- Understanding of the culture of French Canada.
- Strong high-energy on the air, strong ability to connect with audience.
- Team leader.
- Ability to work under stress.
Candidates may be subject to an audition in English and knowledge testing.
This is a contract position.
We recognize the importance of a diverse workforce and we therefore encourage applications from Aboriginal peoples, women, members of a visible minority and persons with a disability.
Sound interesting? Apply now! We thank you for your interest, but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Job: Programming and Production
Primary Location: Montreal
Job Posting: Mar 19, 2010
Unposting Date: Mar 30, 2010
Status of Employment: Contract
Work schedule(s): Full-time
It’s funny, I know someone who fills all those qualifications perfectly…
Meanwhile, those campaigning for Nancy Wood to get her old job back are running out of steam. Jon Simon, the creator of the Keep Nancy Wood as host of Daybreak Facebook group, has given up after hearing from Wood that she’s moving on. This despite the group having 621 members, more than the official Daybreak Facebook page has fans.
UPDATE (April 1): The Suburban’s Mike Cohen has some thoughts on possible replacements.
A year ago, Mark Bergman launched Virgin Radio 96 on air. Now he da boss.
Mark Bergman, who hosts the afternoon drive-time show on CJFM (
Mix 96 Virgin Radio 96) but was recently promoted to interim program director at the station, is hanging up the mic and hiring his own replacement.
But he won’t disappear forever, he tells me:
Radio is a passion of mine (I’d have to be crazy to be in this biz, if it wasn’t).
I started off handing out bumper stickers, then tech work, then overnight shows, evenings, drive, and now the next step for me is programming the entire station. It’s ways been a goal to program… But yes, I will still be around on-air here and there.
Bergman, who I’m told spends his days alone in his office crying, with occasional screams of “Chantal! Why did you leave me?“, is accepting applications for a permanent weekday 4-7pm host until Jan. 31. Requirements are three years of on-air experience, the kind of energy and perkiness that you’d expect from a music radio announcer, and “fashion sense of Lady Gaga”, which I find an odd requirement because every time I see someone from that station they’re wearing a standard-issue Virgin Radio T-shirt.
I’m on a mailing list for job postings related to editing, you know, for when that six-figure executive position comes up with the corporate jet. I just haven’t bothered unsubscribing.
Even though I’m not looking for a job, I read the emails out of curiosity.
One I’ve seen a few times is from a trade magazine publisher. Trade magazines are usually high-budget affairs because they’re sent to highly-paid professionals and a lot of money is spent on advertising and otherwise communicating things between people in this industry.
The position is a “junior editor”, who is responsible for editing and proofreading, assigning material to freelancers, deciding on editorial coverage, “managing multiple projects simultaneously” and working on the design.
Doesn’t sound particularly “junior” to me, but maybe some of those things are exaggerated.
The position requires a B.A. in communications (or equivalent) and professional editing skills. Knowledge of Quark Xpress and bilingualism are listed as “assets”
It’s entry-level, but professional.
The starting salary? $13/hour
And yet for some reason I keep seeing this position posted every month or two. It’s almost as if the salary is so insultingly low that the people who apply are all horrendously unqualified.
Sadder still, I’m sure you can come up with even worse examples.
Catch pedophiles. Tailgate the transport minister. Discover the evils of being hired as an anglophone. Follow ceremonial appointments and complain about how they’re so ceremonial.
Those are among the selling points, apparently, of being hired as a reporter for the Journal de Montréal. And if such … let’s call it “journalism” … appeals to you (and you write well in French), you’re in luck: Montreal’s biggest newspaper is hiring.
Check your dignity at the door and send an application to Gazette turncoat traitor managing editor George Kalogerakis.
UPDATE: I see I’m not the only one to notice this.
There’s an opening. I guess that means the current host isn’t coming back (perhaps putting too much faith in a Cory Doctorow endorsement).
The National Post is looking for someone to manage its online property and come up with ideas on how to make it suck less.
Applicants need to have an understanding of search engine optimization and “experience working with Google”. (I assume they mean using the search engine as opposed to working for the company.)