Radio host Shad will exit his role as host of the popular CBC show “Q” tomorrow. The broadcaster says the hip-hop performer will “explore new creative opportunities” that may include a new radio show with the organization.
Tom Power, host of “Radio 2 Morning,” will take the reins at “Q” in October.
Shad, whose real name is Shadrach Kabango, hosted his first episode of “Q” back in April 2023, replacing former host Jian Ghomeshi, who was fired in October 2023. Q experienced a major decline in listenership: from 220,400 in June 2023 to 168,000 in June 2023. It had its highest audience (282,000) in September 2023.
Power, a 29-year-old native of St. John’s N.L., joined the CBC in 2008 and hosted the show “Deep Roots,” focusing on folk and roots music. A new host for “Radio 2 Morning” has not yet been announced.
“We are refocusing and reinvesting in ‘Q’ to ensure it continues to evolve and deliver what our audience wants from CBC Radio’s flagship music, arts and cultural program,” said Susan Marjetti, executive director of CBC Radio English Services, in a statement.
“Tom is a great fit for ‘Q.’ We look forward to exploring a new show with Shad that plays to his strengths and passion for music. Shad remains part of our CBC family.”
The flagship music, arts and cultural affairs show is also replacing two senior executives, further signalling a change in direction. Jennifer Moroz, fomerly of The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos and The Current, will now lead the weekday program. She takes over from current executive producer Nick McCabe Lokos and senior producer Lisa Godfrey.