Vasil William Evanov September 18, 1942 – February 28, 2020

Media Release

Toronto, March 1, 2020. – Evanov Communications Inc. is deeply saddened to announce that Vasil William (Bill) Evanov, the company’s founder and President, passed away peacefully in his sleep on February 28th, 2020.

Born in 1942, Bill was the son of Bulgarian immigrant parents. From incredibly humble beginnings, to his tenure with CHIN Radio working with the legendary Johnny Lombardi, Bill learned radio from the ground up. In 1984, he began his own radio ownership career. Thirty-six years later, the company is a model success story that operates 19 Stations across the country. Evanov Communications is one of the very few independent broadcasters that has persevered and prospered among multi-media, multi-platform competitors. It employs several hundred persons who will miss Bill’s sense of humour, dedication to his craft and example of discipline and passion for radio. He is survived by his children Paul and Kristina, who will continue to grow the company in his tradition.

Bill’s accomplishments were numerous and impactful. He created several unique radio formats including Energy 108 and Z103.5, the company’s flagship station which broadcasts from the company’s headquarters in Etobicoke. Among the company’s other current formats are: multilingual ethnic radio stations that broadcast in over 40 languages; The Jewel, which offers light adult contemporary music over eight stations across the country; Toronto-based PROUD FM, the world’s first LGBTQ radio station; a Christian station; a French-language station; and country music stations.

Bill won many prestigious awards throughout his career, a testament to the respect he received from his peers and the industry as a whole. This includes his induction into the Canadian Music and Broadcasting Industry Hall of Fame in 2011.

Bill’s life will be celebrated in a service at Toronto’s Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 237 Sackville St, Toronto on Monday March 9th, 2020 at 11:00 am.

Visitation is at Mount Pleasant Cemetery Cremation & Funeral Centres: 375 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, Thursday March 5th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm and Friday March 6th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 pm.

Media inquiries:

 Maureen Bulley,

The Office of the President, at mbulley@evanovradio.com or 416 213 1035.

Vasil William Evanov
19 septembre 1942 – 28 février 2020

Communiqué de presse

Toronto, le 1er mars 2020. – Evanov Communications Inc. est profondément attristé d’annoncer que Vasil William (Bill) Evanov, le fondateur et président de l’entreprise, nous a quitté paisiblement dans son sommeil le 28 février 2020.

Né en 1942, Bill était le fils de parents immigrants bulgares. De ses débuts incroyablement humbles à son mandat avec CHIN Radio en collaboration avec le légendaire Johnny Lombardi, Bill a appris la radio de fond en comble. En 1984, il a débuté sa propre carrière comme propriétaire de station de radio. Trente-six ans plus tard, l’entreprise est un modèle de réussite qui exploite 19 stations à travers le pays. Evanov Communications est l’un des rares diffuseurs indépendants à avoir persévéré et prospéré parmi ses concurrents multimédias et multiplateformes. L’entreprise emploie plusieurs centaines de personnes à qui leur manqueront le sens de l’humour de Bill, le dévouement à son métier et son exemple de discipline et de passion pour la radio. Il laisse dans le deuil ses enfants Paul et Kristina, qui continueront à développer l’entreprise dans sa tradition. 

Les réalisations de Bill ont été nombreuses et significatives. Il a créé plusieurs formats de radio uniques, dont Energy 108 et Z103.5, la station phare de l’entreprise, qui diffuse depuis le siège social à Etobicoke. Parmi les autres formats actuels de l’entreprise figurent: des stations ethniques multilingues qui diffusent dans plus de 40 langues; The Jewel, qui propose de la musique contemporaine adulte légère sur huit stations à travers le pays; PROUD FM, basée à Toronto, la première station de radio LGBTQ au monde; une station chrétienne; des stations de musique country; et une station francophone.

Bill a remporté de nombreux prix prestigieux tout au long de sa carrière, témoignant du respect qu’il a reçu de ses pairs et de l’industrie dans son ensemble. Cela comprend son intronisation au Temple de la renommée de l’industrie canadienne de la musique en 2011.

La vie de Bill sera célébrée lors d’un service à l’église Sts. Cyril and Methody Macedonian-Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Church, 237 Sackville St, Toronto, le lundi 9 mars 2020 à 11h. Les visites ont lieu au centre de crémation et de funérailles du cimetière Mount Pleasant : 375, chemin Mount Pleasant, Toronto, le jeudi 5 mars à partir de 17h à 21h et vendredi 6 mars, à partir de 16h à 20h. 

Media inquiries:

 Maureen Bulley,The Office of the President, at mbulley@evanovradio.com or 416 213 1035

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New partnership with Canada’s #1 radio streaming service, iHeart Radio Canada.

Evanov Communications Inc., owner and operator of 19 radio stations across Canada, is pleased to announce a new partnership with Canada’s #1 radio streaming service, iHeart Radio Canada.

Toronto, Ontario – Effective December 1, 2017, iHeart Radio Canada is home to the online streams of all Evanov Communications Inc. owned stations. The addition of wildly popular stations such as Z103.5 (CHR-Toronto / GTA), Live 105 (Rock-Halifax), Energy 106 (CHR-Winnipeg), Hot Country 103.5 (Country-Halifax) and more, along with the Jewel Radio franchise (Easy listening-GTA, Ottawa, Meaford, Hudson, Brantford, etc), combined with the 1,000 radio stations of every genre from across North America already available on iHeart Radio will solidify the brand as Canada’s go-to source for radio streams and entertainment.

In this competitive radio landscape, we need to be accessible in as many places as possible.  This is a bold and exciting move for the company. Streaming on consolidated platforms like iHeart Radio is the future of our industry,” says Paul Evanov, Evanov Communications Inc.’s VP of Programming. “iHeart Radio Canada produces concerts, award shows, private showcases and festivals that our stations will be part of in the form of ticket giveaways and on-air talent participation.  They have a major promotional campaign underway that will give our stations unprecedented exposure.”

iHeartRadio Canada is free to Canadians and is available to stream on the web and a variety of iOS and Android platforms including Apple Watch, Apple Car Play, and Android Auto. As well, iHeartRadio Canada is now available to stream on Sonos devices, with more compatible platforms to be announced in the coming weeks.

iHeartRadio Canada is the go-to source for people who are passionate about music and artists, and we’re thrilled to deliver more content to fans across Canada with the launch of our newly enhanced app,” said Rob Farina, Bell Media’s Head of Radio Content, Strategy, and iHeartRadio Canada. “With further access to diverse music and content, iHeartRadio Canada continues to bring unmatched access to Canadians with more platforms, exclusive features, live events, and more artist engagement.”

Evanov Communications Inc. remains one of Canada’s largest independent broadcasters with stations serving major markets such as Toronto / GTA, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Halifax, Brantford, Hudson and more.

For more information about Evanov Communications Inc., visit: www.evanovradio.com

For further information and media Inquiries contact:

Paul Evanov, 416-213-1035 or paul@evanovradio.com

Adam Slinn, 416.384.2139 or adam.slinn@bellmedia.ca

 

About iHeartRadio Canada

iHeartRadio, a best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand, is now in Canada through a partnership between Bell Media and iHeartMedia. A leader in innovative radio programming throughout Canada, Bell Media features the country’s most dynamic, popular, and respected radio brands, including Toronto’s CHUM FM, Canada’s #1 FM station, and the ÉNERGIE group in Québec, as well as international brands like Virgin Radio. In the U.S., iHeartRadio has surpassed 90 million registered users, reaching milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service. In addition, iHeartRadio’s registered user milestone does not account for the millions of listeners who tune into iHeartRadio’s live radio streams without registering.

– iHeartRadio –

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Son of Bulgarian immigrants shares the gift of Canadian opportunity (The Globe and Mail)

Mr. Evanov learned the importance of hard work and helping others from an early age. He carried that into adulthood when he launched a career in radio, starting in the sales department of CHIN
Radio in Toronto and eventually buying up a chain of small stations. Today, Evanov Communications Inc. owns 18 radio stations across the country and Mr. Evanov, 75, is still in charge as president.

As the network grew, Mr. Evanov ensured that each station became involved in local philanthropic efforts. The company and Mr. Evanov have donated more than $10-million in the past 10 years to dozens of causes including universities, homeless shelters, cancer research institutions, health-care organizations and safety programs…

Read the full article here: Globe and Mail Oct 13 2017

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2011 INDUCTEE TO CANADIAN MUSIC & BROADCASTING INDUSTRY HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCED MR. BILL EVANOV

Bill Evanov
President and CEO – Evanov Communications Inc.

Bill Evanov is the Founder and President of Evanov Communications Inc., one of Canada’s fastest growing independent broadcast companies. A true entrepreneur, Evanov went from owning 3 radio stations in Toronto to 11 across the country in a span of just six years and in an age where independent radio ownership has drastically declined due to the consolidation of large corporate multi-chain broadcasters, he has stood firm and bucked the trend. It is one thing to operate radio stations, it is another to be hugely successful doing so, especially in major markets where competition from the large corporations is extreme.

Years ago, when a young Bill Evanov decided to get into radio, he knocked on the doors of CHUM, CFRB, CKEY, CKFH, CFGM, CHIC and CHFI; but was rejected by all due to lack of experience. As fortune would have it, Johnny Lombardi gave him an opportunity at CHIN Radio, a relatively unknown station at the time, and within 18 months Evanov became Vice President Sales.

Johnny Lombardi and Mel Lastman hosted the First Annual “Spaghetti Dig in Contest” of which Evanov became the Chief Organizer. He subsequently morphed this event into the highly successful CHIN International Picnic, which has remained a staple event in Toronto over the last 30 years and known the world over by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest
event of its kind.

Among his many accomplishments , Evanov created several unique, non cookie-cutter formats including :The Evanov CHR/Dance format which delivers a variety of different genres of rhythmic music – Pop, Rock, Hip-hop, R&B and Dance; The Jewel’s “Light Adult Contemporary” format blending soft, melodic music in a variety of genres from different eras; and in 2007 he launched CIRR-FM known as Proud FM, the world’s first of its kind, that programs to Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) population.

Evanov is one of the only independent broadcasters left in the country’s largest markets. He is the founder of the famed Summer Rush Concert – the largest annual live concert produced by a radio broadcaster in Canada.

Summer Rush, in its 18th year, is a platform for many local artists to perform to a sold-out crowd and is now produced in Halifax as well as Toronto. Bill Evanov “walks the walk” everyday in support of Canadian music. He has opened the door for independent Canadian musical artists at ALL Evanov stations across the country which has often resulted in being the first to
recognize and play fresh new Canadian talent.

Among some of the more notable successes who received first radio airplay in the respective market of each Evanov station, are Michael Bublé, Shawn Desman (Juno ’06 winner), Danny Fernandes (MMVA winner & Juno nominee), DJ Danny D (half million CDs sold & Juno nominee), Massari (MMVA winner & Juno nominee), The Sound Bluntz (’03 & ’04 Juno winner),
Joee (Juno nominee), Addictiv (Juno nominee), Love Inc. (Juno winner), BKS’s “Rock Em Sock Em Techno” (550,000 copies sold). The stations provided extensive airplay, far exceeding other stations to promote Richard Abel, Amy Sky, Mark Jordan, Jann Arden, Holly Cole, Jesse Cook, Molly Johnson, k.d. lang, Chantal Chamberland, and Serena Ryder.

Bill Evanov strongly supports education with over a million dollars through a series of scholarships and endowments. Some of the partner university and college institutions include Waterloo, Acadia, King’s, Dalhousie, Carlton, Guelph, Sherbrooke, Humber, Western and the University of Manitoba. He is also committed to the Aboriginal Media Fund that encourages, promotes and
makes possible the development of aboriginal talent.

ECI radio holdings are both responsive and proactive in the communities they serve. For example, ECI was, the original and still is, the media partner of the Student Crime Stoppers Program, a partnership between the public, the police and the media.

With an enterprising spirit, he has blazed trails and achieved a roster of firsts and milestones in independent radio. He defined dance music as a unique radio format when he re-launched CING FM as Energy 108 in 1990 and took it from 90,000 to over 800,000 weekly listeners (FALL 95 BBM) making it the most popular radio station among teens and young adults. He then recreated the format on CIDC FM and grew it into the #1 CHR station in the country with 853,000 listeners. (BBM S2’09) ECI is the first broadcaster in Canadian history to elevate female employees
to ownership status through new radio license acquisitions.

His “Move Like Lightning” and “Just Do It-Make it Happen” philosophy has guided the company to stand strong in the stiffest competition and his extremely tenacious approach and street-fighter attitude have extended to the team he has carefully assembled over the years.

Despite a recent recession where the broadcast industry witnessed hundreds of layoffs and millions of dollars in cut-backs, Evanov managed not only to keep his staff of over 300 employees intact , he maintained the tradition of flying every single employee from across the country to the head office in Toronto for the company’s annual Christmas party.

Evanov sits as a board member with the Ontario Association of Broadcasters and holds membership with several other broadcast organizations. He raises thousands of dollars every year for dozens of charity initiatives including “Boating for the Cure”, an event he personally spearheads within the company that raises thousands of dollars every year for prostate and breast cancer.

Bill Evanov is an entrepreneur and a pioneer. His contribution to the Canadian broadcast industry is considerable and bound to continue. Tickets for the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards gala dinner are available for purchase through the Canadian Music Week website at www.cmw.net.

Canadian Music Week is Canada’s leading annual entertainment event dedicated to the expression and growth of the country’s music, media and entertainment industries. Combining four information-intensive conferences; a trade exposition; a film festival; three awards shows and the nation’s largest New Music Festival – Canadian Music Fest – CMW spans a five-day
period from March 9 to March 13, 2011 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and various downtown Toronto venues, attracting participants from across the globe. For more information, visit www.cmw.net

For Canadian Music Week information, please contact:
Bessie Bullard – Communications Director
T: 905.858.4747 E: bessie@cmw.net

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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN RADIO

Evanov Radio Group is pleased to commemorate the fifty-year milestone of its founder and President, Bill Evanov. In January 2017, Mr. Evanov will celebrate half a century in the broadcast industry.

Under his leadership, Evanov Radio Group has become one of the most successful independent broadcasting companies in Canada. From one small station to 19 stations and counting, ERG has thrived in markets such as Winnipeg, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, and the Greater Toronto Area with a host of firsts to Evanov’s credit.

Unique to ERG are radio formats such as the ERG CHR/Dance genre and The Jewel’s Light and Refreshing format blending the greatest hits from a variety of eras. Evanov launched the first dance music station in the country when Energy 108 (CING FM), signed on in 1990. Evanov also launched Canada’s first station targeting the LGBT community, PROUD FM. Also offered, Hot Country radio, and several multilingual stations. ERG takes great pride in supporting and promoting diverse and multicultural communities across the country.

Bill Evanov has always promoted Canadian artists and music, believing they are part of the fabric of Canada’s landscape. ERG Stations are often the first to recognize and play fresh new Canadian talent. Mr. Evanov supports a wide range of charities and local community events in the areas served by ERG Radio Stations.

Bill Evanov began his career alongside Johnny Lombardi at CHIN Radio. Within 18 months, he was appointed Vice President, Sales. Bill became Chief Organizer of first-ever CHIN International Picnic, which he created to build on the original spaghetti eating contest hosted by the Station. The CHIN International Picnic continues to this day, and is known around the globe as the largest event of its kind as noted in the Guinness Book of World Records.

He is an entrepreneur and a pioneer. Bill’s extraordinary business sense and contagious enthusiasm for the radio industry have created Evanov Radio Group and made it such a tremendous success story. ERG is headquartered in Toronto and employs upwards of 250 people across the country.

January 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Bill Evanov’s broadcasting career. A variety of events and celebrations will take place throughout the year to honor Bill’s extraordinary contribution to the broadcast industry.

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