Monday, October 8, 2018

Wishing a Happy 10th Birthday to Heart FM !

Woodstock radio station signed on back in April of 2006

Serving Oxford County and beyond from 104.7 on the FM dial

By Mark Schadenberg
Congratulations to Heart FM!
The Woodstock radio station can be found at 104.7 on the FM dial, but can truly be found everywhere in Oxford County and beyond its borders.
Happy 10th birthday in 2016 to Heart FM !
CIHR FM is a terrific local radio station serving Woodstock and Oxford County and a little bit beyond that geography, but truly Heart FM is all about its people – the people on the air and its listeners.
The station officially appeared on your radio dial on April 10, 2006.

The station’s program director and afternoon voice Dan Henry is an original employee. Dan was there before the station signed on and continues to be – in my opinion – the true voice and face of the radio station.
Dan Henry and the equally wonderful Megan Porter of Boston Pizza have been the recent co-chairs of the Oxford County United Way drive. High school principal Chris Friesen is another past co-chair with Dan Henry.
Henry has also been a consistent person at the Relay For Life organizing table. The Canadian Cancer Society event (I am a co-chair for 2017, so many of my writings will promote this event) not only includes Dan Henry annually as its master of ceremonies, but he also fills in the entertainment gaps on the night’s agenda by coordinating everyone from national anthem singers to live bands to Zumba dance instructors.
Dan Henry attends literacy day in the middle of winter and reads books to toddlers, but he’s gaining a lot of points with the adults with his performances.
If you know your recent history, you could be a winner on Timeline at 5:20 with Dan Henry. I dare him to someday pick 1982, so it would give him an excuse to play Eye In The Sky by the Alan Parsons Project. I’ll assist with his hints as box office mega movies were ET and An Officer And A Gentleman, popular television programs were Cheers and Family Ties, the St Louis Cardinals won the World Series, and Queen Elizabeth was in Ottawa as our country patriated its new Constitution.   

News team of Chris McMillan and Shelby Knox
The now 10-year-old radio station is integral in our community whether it be Christmas toy drives, raising money and awareness for Easter Seals, or simply by having its community cruiser attend social and charitable functions for live remote reports and to hand out Heart FM frisbees and coffee mugs.   
In my household we have a saying that Olaf (Movie: Frozen) is ubiquitous, which means he’s everywhere. 
In Woodstock, Heart FM is everywhere.
The morning crew of Lainger and Shelby (Paul Laing and Shelby Knox) truly represent in their personalities – I truly believe -- who we are in Oxford. While Shelby is somewhat local from the Burford area and delivers the morning news, Lainger supplies the wit and the morning energy, which is not an easy task based on the fact he’s on-air at 5:30 a.m. The format of their show includes interviews -- usually around 8:10 -- with a local person promoting a local event.
This morning, I heard my pal Jan Cunningham from the Canadian Cancer Society chat about adopting piggy banks to raise money for a program directing dollars to volunteer drivers for gas expenses as many area cancer patients need assistance to be delivered to doctor and chemo appointments.
Countless kids tune in daily at 7:50 as Lainger and Shelby read off the birthday messages and they provide an extra gift to one lucky winner.
Current news director Chris McMillan is quick to call as he seeks quotable quotes for news stories. I have chatted with him on several occasions for the Woodstock Sports Wall Of Fame and Woodstock Rec & Leisure Fair, for example.
A local voice in the mid-day chair (9 - 2) is Cody Hayward. It’s obvious he grew up near Woodstock and his passion for local radio can be easily be detected as he climbed the ladder as a previous promotions cruiser driver. Just like myself, Cody graduated from the broadcasting course at Fanshawe College. Racing runs in the family for Cody as the station website profile says NASCAR is his favourite sport, while famous and legendary boat racer Bob Hayward (1927-61) is a member of his family tree.

Dan Henry, 
Jan Cunningham from the Canadian Cancer Society's Oxford community office, 
and Cody Hayward 
When I think of previous on-air names at Heart FM, I recall both the talents and the community connections of Adam Nyp, Liz Wismer-VanMeer, John Harada, Monica Lapajne, and Blair Wilson.
The music is adult contemporary, so it ranges from Katie Perry to Steve Perry (Journey) and even Band Perry, Bruno Mars to Walk Off The Earth to Freddie Mercury, and One Direction, One Republic, U2, 3 Doors Down, (maybe B4 4 - RyanDan), and of course Maroon 5.
If your business listens to Heart FM you could currently win a $600 advertising package if a radio station staffer hears 104.7 in your foyer or storefront.
The station broadcasts from all 4 corners of the county to publicize Oxford happenings – Canada Outdoor Farm Show, Zorra Highland Games, Summer Streetfest, many fairs and tractor pulls, a bounty of benefit events, the farm markets, plus Cowapolooza, Canterbury folk festival, chilli and soup cooking fundraisers, breakfast with a Groundhog, sports events, dog shows, parades and Christmas toy drives. This year’s Salvation Army toy gathering breakfast will be at the TA Truck Stop on Dec. 9.
Heart FM, which has been owned by Byrnes Communications since receiving its CRTC license, deserves all the accolades offered their direction in 2016 as they prepare for the next decade and beyond.

Paul Laing
A contest winner this year received a trip to Jamaica.
A previous on-air winner included a car giveaway.
There have been lots of winners of Navy Vets hockey tickets, Chicken Soup For The Soul books, ice cream coupons, DVDs, CDs and maybe even an ATV, but honestly I’m not sure about the bouncy 4-wheeler.
However, it must be said that the true winners are the listeners who look forward to many more years of community entertainment, tunes, participation and promotion, news and information, and Jeremy Smith on the Sundays with the 80’s tunes I enjoy.
Congratulations to Heart FM!

Mark Schadenberg, Sales Representative
Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES designation)
Royal LePage Triland Realty
Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage
                                                    757 Dundas St, Woodstock

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