Dad. Broadcaster. Writer. Media Disruptor.
Team Diabetes Champion. Double Guinness World Record Holder.
“[Buzz] Bishop is an information addict and pop-culture junkie — but you could also call him a media artist. He sucks up cultural information, reorganizes it into a dazzling format that makes listeners laugh and makes them feel smart.”
– The Vancouver Sun, June 20, 2009
“Buzz Bishop *is* a social network. He lives and breathes in the tech world 24/7 and knows how to build an engaged community around technology, social networking, and everything pop culture.”
– Tod Maffin, Digital Marketing Strategist, tMedia
Buzz Bishop is so cutting edge, he bleeds pop culture.
He has 7 email addresses, 3 websites and 11 blogs. He Facebooks, Twitters, Flickrs, G+s, Paths, Klouts, and he even Plurked – for a day.
When he’s not being all Mr Technology, he’s Mr Dad to Zacharie and Charlie, Mr Husband to Jen, Mr Marathon for Team Diabetes and Mr Personality on the radio.
Not content to be stuck in an old media model, Buzz has long been a trend seeker to help radio grow in a new media world. Buzz’s radio experience started in 1990 in Vernon, BC and since then he has held down every position on the radio clock and consistently brings in top ratings for his time slots.
Currently he’s the midday host on XL 103 after moving to Calgary to be morning host at 90.3 AMP Radio, a top 40 station that saw it’s market share double in the 18 months Buzz was on air.
Buzz was part of the team to launch the first radio station website in Canada in the mid 90s. When Astral Media was launching the Virgin Radio brand in Vancouver, Buzz was a key strategist to build the user experience for the website and a driving force in building fresh and relevant daily content for the site.
Buzz’s television experience started when he and his family were contestants on Second Honeymoon in the 80s (they lost). From there he went on to be a stringer for YTV’s Rock N Talk, a contributor to variety cable shows, an original co-host of Shaw‘s Daytime (now Urban Rush) and a contributor and fill-in host on Vancouver’s Breakfast Television. Currently, he hosts a Tech Buzz segment on Global Calgary’s Sunday Morning News.
Buzz also writes essays advising radio properties on best practices and approaches to engage their audience, be relevant in their community and capture the imagination of their listeners through the power of social media.
Buzz is also a proud father and has created an online community for fathers called DadCAMP. The site, at dad-camp.com, not only encourages fathers to share parenting experiences, but also brings Dads and their kids together for monthly meet ups. Started in September 2009, DadCAMP is already a fast growing and vibrant community. Currently Buzz is a contributor to Babble.com‘s Kid Scoop blog under the DadCAMP brand. Babble, owned by Disney, is the premier destination for parent blogs.
Silly piece of Buzz Bishop trivia? He has acted alongside an Oscar nominated actor. Yes, that’s him with the bad British accent working with Ryan Gosling in a feature role on Breaker High.
2012 S04 BBM – #1 in timeslot Adults 35-64
2008 Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver – Top Afternoon Radio Personality
2007 Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver – Top Afternoon Radio Personality
2006 Georgia Straight Best of Vancouver – Runner-Up Afternoon Radio Personality
2009 S02 BBM – #1 in time slot for target demo of 25-44 F
2009 S01 BBM – #1 in time slot for target demo of 25-44 F
2008 S04 BBM – #1 in time slot for target demo of 25-44 F
NEW MEDIA ESSAYS
Buzz has long been a futurist when it comes to technology and social media. Not content to watch traditional media dwindle on the radar of the next generation, Buzz has taken to his cyberbuzz blog to offer ideas on how the business can evolve and embrace new media to capture the imagination. In other words, he’s a media disruptor.
Buzz Bishop is a sought after quote for pop culture, new media, and parenting stories.
His articles have been featured discussion pieces on Good Morning America, Perez Hilton’s Perezitos, ABC, Inquisitr, The Bert Show, CNN, The Mirror, HLN TV, Mashable, The Globe and Mail, Global News, What’s Trending, SportsNet, Fox and Friends, CBC, Jezebel, MSN, New York Magazine, The New Zealand Herald, ABC News, Yahoo!, Examiner, Slate, Inside Edition, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Hello Magazine, Fox News, The Huffington Post, CTV, CBS This Morning, Maclean’s, Fox and Friends, The Huffington Post, Inc, The LA Times, Global Television, The Daily Mail, Radar Online, The Arizona Republic, and more.
Here are some more articles he has been interviewed for or featured in:
Calgary: It’s time to start caring about school trustee elections – Metro, March 25, 2013
10 Notable Calgarians and their Favourite Restaurant Dishes – Avenue Magazine, March 1, 2013
Encana fumbles over Internet follies – Calgary Herald, February 22, 2013
‘I have a favourite son and I’m not ashamed to admit it’: Dad blogger – Globe and Mail, September 20, 2012
Does reality show Honey Boo Boo mock or celebrate the poor? – Calgary Herald, August 14, 2012
Mommy Bloggers are gaining clout, and retailers are taking notice – The Globe and Mail, August 9, 2012
From the trenches: Words of social media wisdom – The Globe and Mail, August 2, 2012
Marathoners globetrotting for a good cause – Montreal Gazette, August 1, 2012
Top 10 Canadian Dad Blogs On Twitter – Cision Navigator, June 4, 2012
Wanted: People Who Can Actually Write, Edit – Postmedia, March 31, 2012
Radio Host Loves Calgary Special – Calgary Herald, February 24, 2012
Top 25 Canadian Parents On Twitter – Canadian Parents Magazine
A Parents Elf Help Guide For The Holidays – The Globe and Mail, December 1, 2011
Steve Jobs’s Words Live On in Cyberspace – The Montreal Gazette, October 6, 2011
From web work for Future Shop to guest-hosting Urban Rush to interviewing the biggest stars to guesting on morning chat shows to creating his own videos, Buzz is as comfortable in front of a camera as he is behind the mic.