Radio

Ed Sheeran makes most of an opening

Entertainment / Music Supporting Snow Patrol a career stepping-stone for red-hot Brit singer. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri Apr 13 2012 Ed Sheeran, opening a pair of shows for Snow Patrol at Massey Hall next week in what’s destined to be a contemporary role as a warmup act, isn’t afraid to apply a little elbow grease in working his way to the top. In a seemingly short period…

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Brighter blues with Matt Andersen

Vinyl Cafe and his talents take bluesman to a new level, and the Winter Garden.    Matt Andersen is using the Vinyl Cafe as a springboard for his solo shows. Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Wed Oct 19 2011 Strike up another career boost for The Vinyl Café. Beloved CBC storyteller Stuart McLean has made a habit of bringing along a promising Canadian musical talent on his cross-Canada…


“Money for Nothing” ruling makes waves on radio

Entertainment / Music Reaction to the Dire Straits ruling mostly hostile as radio veterans wonder where the line is. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Sat Jan 15 2011 Last week’s ruling by the private radio regulator Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) to ban a Dire Straits song is “chilling” and effectively puts rock radio stations on notice, claims a longtime music industry expert. Former Billboard Canadian bureau chief and current CelebrityAccess…


Country’s Singing the Blues

Nashville In A Tizzy Over Sluggish Album Sales And Radio Airplay By Nick Krewen Special To The Star Saturday, April 17, 1999   NASHVILLE:   Music Row is in turmoil. As the heart of the country music business, this eight-block community of record companies, radio stations, music publishers, recording studios and management offices, located in central Nashville, Tennessee, is on the verge of panic. After enjoying a decade of unprecedented…