Rogers Radio partners with YouTube on new show

The Canadian radio giant will host a new weekly show, YouTube Hits, showcasing the top artists on the platform.
September 8, 2015

If video killed the radio star, what will radio do for the VOD star?

Rogers Radio, which is owned by Canadian media and telco giant Rogers, has entered into a content-sharing partnership with YouTube. The media company’s new one-hour show – YouTube Hits – will feature the best performing music from top liners on the digital platform while also highlighting emerging artists. 

This is the first collaboration of its kind between a radio brand and the digital company in Canada, bringing YouTube’s buzz to the airwaves.

“People still use radio as a primary source to discover new music,” said Julie Adam, SVP, radio at Rogers Media, who says the company’s focus is on building great music content across all its platforms. “Given how strong YouTube is in terms of music and talent, we thought that it was a great partnership where listeners could hear the songs that are getting  a lot of attention.”

YouTube Hits will run weekly, providing listeners with up-t0-date news and stories around the latest YouTube music trends, the biggest hits and news from its entertainment, fashion and gaming communities.  

In addition to airing the top YouTube songs, the show will also highlight the biggest chart debut and the best cover song for the week. The show will also feature “appearances” from YouTube stars, both Canadian and international and bring music from both established YouTube performers as well as newcomers with growing fan bases.

Blake Carter and Adam Wylde, of Blake & Wylde on KiSS 92.5, will host YouTube Hits, which had its premiere episode Sat. Sept. 5 and will air every Saturday following.

Discussions to develop a partnership began about a year ago when Rogers Radio approached YouTube.

The show, which aims to target a wide demo nationally, will be a mainstream show bringing the best in pop music to listeners across a Rogers’s slate of stations. The company’s data shows that pop listeners span a wide demo (15 to 50, said Adam) with some stations skewing younger than others, Adam says the show targets pop music lovers across ages.

The recent premiere episode focused on Canadian YouTube performers, Daniela Andrade (pictured), ConvosWith2YrOld, MakeupbyEman and Corey Vidal. The show will air across Rogers’ youth radio channels.

Story courtesy of Sonya Fatah, Media in Canada.

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