WorldBand Media


About WorldBand Media

Serving North America's Cultural Diversity

WorldBand Media (WBM), is a Canadian company based in Toronto with major operations in the multicultural, multiplatform media market in the United States. Founded in 2007, it is already on the road to becoming one of North America's leading multicultural media networks, over the air and across all platforms.

Inspired by a vision of becoming North America's leader in creating and delivering relevant media content, WBM has quickly proven itself as a transformational force in multicultural and specialty broadcasting. WBM's vision is to bridge a gap in the specialty and multicultural marketplace, beginning with its established South Asian Radio network, the launch of a Spanish-language Hispanic motivational talk channel, and now moving into mainstream News/Talk on FM.

The company operates eleven stations across the United States under the brand name HumDesi Radio. Targeting over 3.5 million South Asians, HumDesi Radio is the first and only HD Radio network serving the U.S. multicultural market with coast-to-coast coverage.

Spanish-language satellite service

WBM's new Spanish-language satellite service, known in Spanish as ¡Inspírate! (meaning: “Be inspired!”), is America's first and only non-sectarian inspirational talk channel, targeting a potential audience of 50 million Hispanic Americans. WBM was picked by Sirius XM in 2011 to launch this new nationwide Spanish-language talk-radio satellite channel as part of the FCC-mandated Set Aside Channel program.

FIFA 2010

In 2010, FIFA and ESPN awarded WBM the rights to launch FIFA 2010 World Cup soccer, broadcasting World Cup games simultaneously in Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Farsi, Portuguese, and Greek, amongst other languages.

Future

In 2012, as a further step in its vision of delivering compelling media content to under-served audiences, WBM announced its intention to enter Toronto's highly competitive media marketplace. Working with leading news/media strategic partners the company has launched an application to be the first English language commercial News/Talk FM station in its home city, Canada's largest metropolis.

Our Team

Led by a team of main stream and ethnic media entrepreneurs, WBM understands the unique characteristics, demands and potential of the multicultural media marketplace. WBM's media channels enable ethnic North Americans to enjoy access to the highest quality content while at home, in the car or on the move. At the same time, WBM provides an effective and reliable outlet for partners and advertisers to reach this growing and largely untapped market segment.

WBM's management has extensive entrepreneurial experience in the creation and delivery of high quality ethnic media content. Its members have a combined 100 years of business.

Experience across a number of disciplines including radio, television, sales and marketing, finance, government and media regulations, technology and operations. This is a management team that understands that focusing on audiences is the key to growth and success in business.

Board Of Advisors

Chairman

Kevin M. Shea - President, Shea Chez Communications

Kevin Shea is a career executive in the entertainment, broadcasting, cable, on-line and cultural industries. Shea is the principal of SheaChez Communications, a consulting firm whose clients include an assortment of leading Canadian and U.S. communication companies.

Career highlights include the roles as founding President and CEO of YTV Canada where he led the company to numerous pillars of financial success and international critical acclaim for its first seven years of operation. Shea led the CRTC licensing and start up of Sirius Satellite Radio, Life Network, Prime TV and other TV stations across Canada. He has also served as President and COO of the Global Television Network and Atlantis Communications Inc.

Currently Shea is involved with a variety of Canadian and U.S. companies as a Director and Advisor. These companies include the role of Director at Cookie Jar Entertainment, Intertainment.com, Adcentricity and the Mount Pleasant Group, in addition to many others. In August 2006 Shea was appointed Chair of the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC).

Shea has always been active in the public and volunteer sector and is currently a Director of the Canadian American Business Council, the Marketing Board of the National Capital Commission, and the National Campaign for the Royal Conservatory of Music. He has also served on the boards of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Canadian Film Centre, and Banff Film Festival and was President of the Toronto Tourism Recovery Alliance in the aftermath of SARS. In addition, Shea is involved in a number of international fund raising efforts which has allowed him the opportunity to take a very active role in home building projects in Sri Lanka.

Born in Montreal and raised in Los Angeles and Toronto, Mr. Shea holds a B.A. in Canadian History from York University and attained his Executive Marketing Degree from the University of Western Ontario in 1984. Shea has won numerous industry awards for his involvement in both charitable and business related causes, among them the Children's Broadcasting Institute, Reach for the Rainbow and the Canadian Marketing Association.

Advisors

Dr. Michael Stumm - CEO and Co-Founder, OANDA Inc.

Dr. Stumm is the CEO and co-founder of OANDA, Inc. In addition, he is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stumm has over 20 years of experience in computer engineering and science at IBM, O&A, Stanford University, the University of Toronto and the ETH in Zurich, specializing in the area of distributed and parallel systems, Internet and Web technology, and ecommerce. Dr. Stumm has a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer Science and is the author of over 80 scientific publications. Oanda just recently closed a $100 million round of private equity financing.

Hon. David Tsubouchi - Former Provincial Minister

Mr. Tsubouchi is a leading counsel at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP. As a member of the Board of Governors for York University, Mr. Tsubouchi serves as the Chair of the Pension Fund Board of Trustees and the Audit Committee and the Sub-Committee on Investment Performance. Mr. Tsubouchi has a 15-year history in public service, first as a councillor in Markham, Ontario and thereafter as the Markham member of provincial parliament between 1995 and 2003. He held the positions of Minister of Community and Social Services, Minister of Consumer and Commercial Relations, Solicitor General, Minister of Culture and Chair of the Management Board of Cabinet. Mr. Tsubouchi is a York alumnus, receiving both a BA and an LLB from York. Active in the community, Mr. Tsubouchi has been recognized for his contributions and has been awarded numerous honours including an LLD from Assumption University in Windsor, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Bruce Bryden Award for leadership from York University and has been made an honorary aboriginal chief of police.

Julia L. Johnson - Past Chair of the FCC Diversity Committee

Julia L. Johnson is the current treasurer for the MMTC and from January 2001 to the present, Ms. Johnson has been president of NetCommunications, L.L.C., a strategy consulting firm specializing in the communications, energy, and information technology public policy arenas. Since Feb 2002, Ms. Johnson has also served as a member of the board of directors for MasTech Inc. From 2003 - 2005 Ms. Johnson was Chair of the FCC's Diversity Committee where she led recommendations to the FCC regarding policies and practices that further enhance the ability of minorities and women to participate in telecommunications and related industries. Prior to founding NetCommunications, Ms. Johnson was vice president of marketing for MILCOM Technologies, Inc., a military technology commercialization company, from March 2000 to August 2001.

Deborah Lathen - Past Chief of FCC Cable Services Bureau

Deborah Lathen is an accomplished corporate attorney, business leader, domestic and international policy advisor. Lathen has enjoyed a distinguished career in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Lathen was appointed Chief of the FCC's Cable Services Bureau in May 1998 where she led a 100+ team of lawyers, economists and engineers in helping to craft today's converged digital and broadband landscape. Ms. Lathen has held legal and senior positions with law firms and Fortune 500 corporations including; The Quaker Oats Company, TRW and Nissan Motor Corporation USA. In May '98 she was appointed Chief of the FCC's Cable Services Bureau where she led a 100+ team of lawyers, economists and engineers in helping to craft today's converged digital and broadband landscape. In February 2007 she was named a director of British Telecom, a FTSE 50 and global telecommunications company where she was a member of the Remunerations and the Committee for Responsible and Sustainable Business committees.

Robert Dwyer - Investment Banker

Mr. Dwyer currently serves as advisory and board member for a number of companies including; Morgan Stanley & Co. MasTech Inc., Bimini Capital Management Inc., Bank of New York Ivy Multi Strategy Hedge Fund LLC and the Mellon Optima L\S Strategy Fund. Mr. Dwyer retired from Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in 1999 as executive vice president-national sales director, from 1991 until retirement. Prior to 1991, he served with Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., as executive vice president of taxable fixed income products and also as senior vice president -associate national sales director. Mr. Dwyer has numerous charitable and civic interests. He currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees for Niagara University and is on the investment committee for the Vincentian Order. Mr. Dwyer also serves as chairman of the Dwyer Family Foundation, which supports a number of health and social programs.

Kendrick Meek - US Congressman

Kendrick Brett Meek (born September 6, 1966) is the former U.S. Representative for Florida's 17th congressional district, serving from 2003 until 2011. He also served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1995 to 1998 and then in the Florida Senate from 1999 to 2002. In 2002, Kendrick was elected representative for the 17th Congressional District of Florida, which includes parts of Miami-Dade and Broward County. He was elected to his fourth term in the U.S. House in 2008.

Dr. Sydney White - Former Director of Operations at NPR

With over 25 years in the media for both private and public sector. Dr. White was recently Director of Operations at the National Public Radio's (NPR's) overseeing more than 100 radio stations across North America.

Doug Kneebone - Senior Vice President and General Counsel, SOMA Networks

Mr. Kneebone is responsible for all legal matters at SOMA Networks, Silicon Valley Wireless Technology Company. With over 21 years in private legal practice before joining SOMA, Doug has worked with and advised numerous technology companies, venture capital firms and financial institutions. As a senior partner with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, one of Canada's largest law firms, Mr. Kneebone has provided advice and counsel in connection with mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, insolvency and corporate restructuring, both in Canada and the United States. Doug holds a Bachelor's degree from McMaster University and an LLB from the University of Toronto Law School.


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