“National Radio Podcast For Boomers Launches In Canada”

 Kelowna ,B.C. 11.1.16

A new national podcast for Boomers and Beyond in Canada will launch on November 5th hosted by veteran radio personality, Allan Holender. He will be broadcasting LIVE on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m-11:00 a.m. (pacific) 12:00 noon -2:00 p.m. (eastern) on the new Boomer Public Radio Network founded by Holender.

Holender, an internet radio pioneer, says “We are re-configuring radio  for an exciting new digital and mobile future.

Inspired by the award winning “A Prairie Home Companion” in the U.S., and in  honour of it’s Host Emeritus, Garrison Keillor , comes a new radio program for a new generation of Boomers in Canada and the world.

This original radio broadcast, produced in the Okanagan,  will be dedicated to the 10 million Baby Boomers in Canada, who represent the fastest growing demographic in the country. According to Forbes Magazine; “Boomers are the most valuable generation in the history of marketing“. Holender will produce and host this new entertainment and conversation podcast.

 A BOOMER HOME COMPANION ” will be a cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter, and  music from the jukebox of your life”, Holender says. “Do you remember the songs you listened to, danced to, kissed to, and cherish”? The program also features  candid and insightful interviews with prominent boomers from all walks of life. Allan will be inviting  a whole range of interesting folks from around the world to pull up a chair to the big breakfast table and engage in conversation. There’s lots of room for you too!”  The show will air LIVE on the BPR Network and be available later as a podcast.

A Prairie Home Companion was a live radio variety show created by radio emeritus Garrison Keillor and hosted by him from 1974 to 2016.  The show has a long history; it has existed in a similar form since as far back as 1974 and borrows its name from a radio program in existence in 1969 that was named after the Prairie Home Cemetery in Moorhead, Minnesota, next to Concordia College. The radio program inspired a 2006 film of the same name, written by Keillor, directed by Robert Altman, and featuring Keillor, Lily Tomlin, Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, and Woody Harrelson. 

Garrison Keillor was born in 1942 in Anoka, Minnesota, and began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966.

Allan Holender was born in 1941 in Edmonton , Alberta, and began his radio career as a freshman at the U of M as well, only Allan’s was at the University of Montana from which he graduated in 1965.

A lot of similarities you might say. Kindred radio souls you might also say.

 For Garrison Keillor, there were plenty of adventures over 42 years — broadcasts from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, England, Germany, Iceland and almost every one of the 50 states; wonderful performers, little-known and world-renowned; standing ovations and stares of bewilderment.

For Allan Holender, there were also plenty of adventures over 43 years- he was  an early pioneer of Internet broadcasting in Canada with over 40 years in the broadcasting industry. Allan has been a producer, nationally syndicated host and  co-owner  of a terrestrial radio station in the  the lower mainland of British  Columbia. As an early adapter, Allan was at the forefront of developing content rich programming for digital online radio networks in both Canada and the U.S.;  Media On Tap, Positive World Radio, Conscious Planet Radio,  Peachland Radio.COM , and Okanagan Radio.COM . He was one of the first in Canada to broadcast using the internet in 1997.

Allan Holender has been in the radio biz since he was ten years old. He began by broadcasting to his Mother in the kitchen. His Dad set him up in the den with a turntable and a microphone and a small speaker in the kitchen. She became his greatest fan. In 1995 he resurrected that little boy from Edmonton and became “Big Al” — hosting the most popular live radio show in Vancouver. “Big Al’s Dance Party was born, and the theme was …memories, music, and mayhem or comedy, records and fun! The ratings at AM 1040 went through the roof… and for two years he was the toast of Saturday night. Big Al and his motley crew of characters… Cuzzin Fred, Marvelous Mindy and Rockin Rob took you back to the golden era of music from the 40″s, 50″s, and Big Band. Throw in the Doowop Gal and Mickey the Music Man and his collection of 10,000 78″ records from the 30″s and you had a very unique show! The show outranked the CBC’s “Finkelstein’s 45’s” during that time slot. Allan has interviewed everyone from Maynard Ferguson, Cal Jader to Dave Stewart and Michael Buble. He knows his stuff and loves to play his private collection of some 1,000 LP’s.

Holender hosted the first nationally syndicated radio program for home business entrepreneurs called, “The HomeBiz Show” on the CHUM and Talk America Radio Networks. He hosted several talk and jazz shows on his previous three digital online radio networks, and in 2012 produced and narrated a 14 week series called “The Allan Holender Music Project” for WXMR FM 100.7 Radio Bistro-“The Music Of Our Lives”. Allan says he dedicates all his radio shows to the greatest music of our time. Whether it’s Jazz, Blues, Soul, or R & B, the music from the 40,s 50,s, or big bands, Allan weaves a tapestry of stories and personal anecdotes about these legendary artists and their music. It’s a musical buffet to tempt the listener palate and makes you want to come back for more and more.

He also co-hosted the ZenBiz Radio Show on Voice America and Biz Talk on the station he co-founded, CISL 650 in Richmond, British Columbia. About his new show, Holender says, “I’m going to use this show to try to pull listeners a little closer to their radios, and sometimes pull them right into the radio with us. I see this as a chance to develop a new type of relationship with a local and global audience “. Allan has semi retired now to the beautiful shores of Lake Okanagan amongst the vineyards and has aged like fine wine, and so what better time to host a new show on a new media platform.

Holender says’ “The fact that so many retirees, friends and family  that live in the Okanagan are from the Prairies as I am, the thought occurred to me to have a  show that they can relate to the most. Life on the Prairies is far different from any other region in Canada. Those of us that grew up on the Prairies,know all about; the unique weather, the people, the pioneer spirit, the culture and  the little things that we remember the most  from  growing up as children of parents who sacrificed much to make for a better life for us.

“I’d also like to start a new conversation about active aging in Canada”. We’ll be talking to fellow Boomers from B.C. to Newfoundland about what it means to be getting older, while at the same time, re-inventing, rejuvenating, and re-designing their lives with innovative and creative ideas.””All Boomers have one thing in common”, says Holender. “We all grew up with the radio as our companion in life. We had it by our bedside, in our kitchen, our living room, our rumpus/rec room, our garage, in our cars, at the beach, and at work.”

A Boomer Home Companion” Holender says ” Was inspired by the days when neighbors came together to share their point of view on local news, politics, religion and sports for the purpose of creating a better community. An informal, genuine approach to on-demand programming forms Holender’s entire outlook on the new show. “ I want to be a listening companion. I’m looking for interesting companions. People I’d want to hang out with, at a dinner party or a coffee shop. People who have knowledge, and interesting ways of imparting it. We’re building a network of podcasts that you can listen to one after another, the next to the next to the next. We want listeners to feel like they’re hanging out with people they know, and whose companionship they enjoy. That’s something I like about podcasts, and I want to increase that experience for other people.”

Although the program will originate from Canada, the topics and discussions will be general enough to appeal to the 80 million Boomers in the U.S. and around the world.  “That’s the beauty of this new media platform, says Holender, you can go LIVE and within seconds people from around the world are listening to you on their internet connection.” I love the idea of bringing back the way radio used to sound with new technology

 Author and ScreenWriter of “The Corporation ” Joel Bakan says: Allan Holender brings to internet radio what Charlie Rose brings to public television, the knack for a great interview, Allan continues to impress me with his news sense, story-telling ability, self-effacing humor and unique point of view. The love and passion of radio has never left him.  Allan will be a terrific addition to the Canadian digital radio air waves.”.


Holender says this about the future of Boomer Public Radio;”Our ONE big Dream is to be the preferred media choice for connecting the voices of Boomers from around the world where imagination and ideas flourish. Boomer Public Radio will be the #1 source for news, information,stories, conversations, and entertainment for the 80 million baby boomers  in the U.S. and 10 million in Canada, representing the fastest growing demographic in North America, and the most valuable generation in the history of marketing”.



The show will air LIVE on Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. (pacific) 11:00 a.m. (central) 12:00 Noon (eastern)  and then be archived as a podcast on the Boomer Public Radio site for listening at any time.








Published on Apr 15, 2014

Fascinated by the dance of biology, demography, economy and sociology, Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. presented his four observations on the Future of Aging at the conclusion of the March 12th General Session of the 2014 American Society on Aging Annual Conference, sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


Welcome to the official blog for Boomer Public Radio. 



Hi, I’m Allan Holender,  the CEO, Executive Producer, and Host of Boomer Public Radio. I’m excited to be sharing this adventure with you in my sunset years. I’m 74 and considered a pre-boomer, but like many of you, I feel more like I was fast frozen at 37, and so our zest for life has brought us all together. There are no borders, walls, or boundaries, when it comes to growing older. We are ALL in this together! It just depends on how we choose to live those years.

I started Boomer Public Radio, because I felt we needed to hear ourselves above the noise created by the corporate media and it’s endless desire to keep us controlled by fear and paranoia, and mostly fearing for our very lives. I thought it was time to start thinking with our own heads, and deciding how we wanted to age more gracefully, creatively, and healthier.

I also thought it was time to hear how other boomers and pre-boomers were enjoying their lives in other countries around the world. What are the new advances  they have discovered in lifestyle and preventive medicine for instance.

In the weeks to come we’ll keep you up-dated on not only the timing  for our first global podcast, but also when we will launch our crowd funding site. As well you’ll be able to subscribe to our free daily newspaper, which we’re calling BOOMERANG – The official digital print voice for  Boomer Public Radio- the show that takes you back and brings you forward.

We’re excited to be broadcasting to the world in clear digital sound. Every week we’ll be bringing you news, information, stories, conversations, and entertainment exclusively for Boomers and Beyond. I like to call it “radio for the intelligent Boomer optimist”.

Best of all, I’ll be in my home studio  broadcasting to the world from the beautiful shores and lush vineyards of the Okanagan Valley, in British Columbia, the retirement oasis of Canada. With all  the new technology, we can bring back the “magic” of personality radio that we all remember and miss in a format that can easily be listened to on your home computer, your I-Pad, or your smart phone. The days of a static cling radio signal  with limited range are in the rear view mirror, along with the last listening post for AM/FM, the car radio.

I hope you’ll become a raving fan of BPR, and you can start by liking us on facebook,

where you’ll also be kept up to date on our progress as we prepare for a summer launch. Your comments are welcomed and appreciated.

bernie saunders

Feel the BPR bern……and even though he won’t be the next President, what a great poster boy Bernie is for all of us that still have the zing and the zag to create a better world!!

Best of all the kids listened!!!



The Boomer Public Radio Story

The  Boomer Public Radio Story


When the concept of active aging entered the mind of author, mentor, and serial entrepreneur, Allan Holender, he made a conscious  decision to leave the city he had known personally and professionally  for 43 years and move to a  community , where the average age was 54.  Shortly after that , he and his wife decided to re-invent their lives, and the former broadcast executive  immediately grasped its powerful implication: why shouldn’t all our years be alive with purpose, and brimming with healthful activity?

What started as enthusiasm became a commitment, and the commitment became ONE big Dream. That dream was to create a radio network that would become “The preferred media choice for connecting the voices of Boomers from around the world. Where imagination and ideas flourish. The idea became a reality with the birth of  Boomer Public Radio. His intention was for Boomer Public Radio to be the Number #1 digital source for news, information, stories, conversations, and entertainment exclusively for the 10 million Boomers and beyond in Canada and 80 million in the U.S.

Holender’s efforts have turned the idea of active aging into an entire edutainment broadcast network, thus inspiring researchers, organizations and health and wellness professionals around the world to come together with the common goal of changing the way society perceives and responds to its older population.

The timing was ideal; while the United Nations and World Health Organizations were awakening to the need for policies to support active aging on a global scale, Boomer Public Radio could emerge as the one media entity that could be the go-to source for anyone needing information on older-adult issues. Holender says; ” Our social broadcasting  platforms are as multi-faceted as they are effective in disseminating the active-aging message. We are inviting world-renowned experts from medicine, science and academe to be expert contributors within our broadcast family. “

“Utilizing the latest tools of online digital broadcasting, podcasting, on demand audio, e-paper, and crowd casting, we will be engaging leading authors and new thought presenters. We will be inviting industry leaders to explain to our audiences how they would  make their products and services more appropriate for the older population, thus guiding  their marketing efforts in a truthful and honest way.”

“We are also one of the few media outlets that focus their entire program content around the fifty plus generation, thus becoming  a prime source for those spreading the active-aging message. Think “CNN for Boomers”. Forbes magazine recently was quoted as saying “Boomers are the most valuable generation in the history of marketing”.


Rick Bava, BPR’s new COO has also announced the launch of it’s premiere  flagship show.   Bava says’  “I am pleased to tell you that our founder, Allan Holender, will produce and host a new entertainment and conversation podcast on Boomer Public Radio. ” THE BOOMER PUBLIC RADIO HOUR” will be a cornucopia of fireside memories, mindful chatter and  music from the jukebox of your life. “Do you remember”? “The program also features  candid and insightful interviews with prominent boomers from all walks of life. Allan will be inviting  a whole range of interesting folks from around the world to pull up a chair to the big breakfast table and have a conversation. There’s lots of room for you too!”  The show will air LIVE on the BPR Network and be available later as a podcast.


“Our  flagship podcast is based on the popularity of NPR in the U.S. and CBC in Canada” . “Boomers love the diversity of the commercial-free programming content” says Bava, himself a communications veteran.  “We are committed to bringing back the golden era of radio with new technology.

All of the programming, the personalities, the music, the memories, and the musings will be geared to those baby boomers and beyond who fondly remember the “magic” and the way radio used to sound.

This is the population that grew up with an actual “real’ radio in their possession, those who were born between 1946 and 1964. It may have been a radio console in the living room for the family to gather around on a Sunday evening, or a radio in the kitchen, the bedroom, the den, or in the workshop.

And many will even remember the smart phone of the times – it was the “transistor radio” that you took to the beach. Do you remember? Bava says, “Allan, who will host “The Boomer Public Radio Hour”,   is not only a brilliant broadcaster, but a terrific leader and partner who is making a difference in the lives of every listener.” He says the one hour radio show will air LIVE on Boomer Public Radio but will also be available for syndication on terrestrial radio stations in Canada and the U.S.

 Bava, who will be BPR’s first Chief Operating Officer, graduated with a BA in Communication Arts from UW, Madison, where he studied under Professor Winston Brembeck, a leading authority in the field. Bava then expanded his education further by taking graduate courses at Harvard , before beginning his business career. He went on to enjoy a successful 30-year corporate career, working his way up to become the Senior Head of External Affairs for the Computer Services division of the Boeing Company, followed by his role as the Director of World Wide Business Development for Digital Equipment Corporation’s Services Division. In 2002, Rick founded and was CEO of his own company, the Bava Group, which became the premier communications consulting firm serving the Fortune 500 community.


Bava is the Author of the acclaimed book- “In Search of the Baby Boomer Generation.” For two years he traveled the country talking to, and interviewing Baby Boomers, to form the basis of his book. He  writes the respected column “The Baby Boomer Corner” for Today’s Senior Magazine, a leading publication serving the over fifty reader. As a chronicler of the Baby Boomer Generation, Rick Bava has established the reputation as the Baby Boomer expert for Newsmax.

 His featured column, “The Boomer Generation,” is seen as an “Insiders,” look at one of the most interesting generations in American history.  Bava is associated with the media outlet, “Boomer Nation,” which provides commentary on the Baby Boomer Generation in multiple media formats. He has been a chronicler of the Baby Boomer Generation since 2008, following a highly successful business and corporate career. Today, Rick Bava is considered a thought leader for the Baby Boomer Generation.

 Bava, who has been closely observing trends in the radio industry business model over the past three decades, notes that we are seeing re-broadcasting of “Podcasts” as a new norm for radio stations as they try to capture the much needed quality content to fill their programming schedules. A good example is that of The TED Radio Hour, which is produced by National Public Radio, and is now being made available for syndication to local stations, as a podcast.


And there are new collaborative partnerships being created in the world of Podcasting and Publishing. Forbes and PodcastOne have announced a partnership to create a “Forbes on PodcastOne” network of on-demand audio. In what appears to be a deep creative business relationship, the two companies will collaborate on production, distribution, promotion, marketing, and advertising sales.

 Bava adds that  “As everyone knows the industry is not always 100% unified. Some companies have their own plans on how to accomplish their goals with their radio assets and that doesn’t always mesh with what the industry as a whole is focused on. “The entire media landscape is changing with the advent of the internet and digital technology”.


Radio and Television have lost some of the traditional listeners and viewers that they had previously relied on back when there were no choices other than listening to an actual physical radio or watching a traditional television set. Television PVR’s and Radio Podcasts are replacing appointment television and radio.


Even the traditional car radio, the last stronghold for radio, is being replaced with a WIFI dashboard that will allow you to search thousands of stations on the internet for free, and listen to your favorite podcast in hi-def surround sound. You may only need a local broadcast radio station for weather, news, traffic and sports reports.

That’s why he says, “We have made a conscious decision that we will be an ALL DIGITAL On Demand  and “Live Stream” radio network, with a business model that meets the new realties in the industry. When asked, “What about  terrestrial radio stations, he says “By making BPR all digital it allows the flexibility to use all the new forms of radio as well as still being able to take advantage of traditional media such as broadcast radio,by selling shows via syndication.


 The first original BPR  digital media podcast which had a “soft launch” on July 16th was the  “Big Boomer Beach Party“, produced and hosted by Holender, an early pioneer of Internet broadcasting in Canada, who has over 40 years in the broadcasting industry. Holender has been a highly  recognized producer , nationally syndicated radio host, and acclaimed writer.  He’s also been one of the original founders of a terrestrial radio station in the lower mainland of British  Columbia. C-ISL 650, which started out programming for Boomers.


 “Through the power of social broadcasting”, Bava says “BPR will focus on discovery and engagement with a range of audio types, including spoken-word stories, news, information, journalism, and entertainment,  all targeted to the Baby Boomer Generation. Boomers of the world need a citizen voice to be heard above the noise of corporate media and the drone of commercial driven radio. To emphasize the power of social broadcasting, Bava quotes Google on it’s new “crowdcaster”platform:

 “For years, we’ve invited iconic voices, from television and radio, into our homes. Today, with the power of technological advancement and a movement towards social sharing, we have an opportunity to give media back to the people. This is where the power of social broadcasting becomes really important – in its ability to democratize audio, giving voices to those we couldn’t hear before, and giving rise of a new era of information sharing around the globe!”


 Bava further adds, “Our goal and intention at BPR is to be an independent citizen voice, to help media improve their coverage of issues affecting the world’s  increasingly aging communities. Traditional media outlets just don’t understand the aging population in communities around the world. They don’t know the community’s politics, the divisions among government and private initiatives and the diversity of programs. It all starts with the Boomers, those currently aged 51-69, and then goes beyond Boomers to include those 70-100″ says Bava.

 “This issue goes beyond the Boomer community itself,” Bava says, “because the public is poorly served when reports don’t reflect the reality of life of someone who is growing older.”  Estimates released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau show that Baby Boomers (ages 51-69) now number 74.9 million.


And the grey shift has already begun in Canada, says Holender, with over 10 million Boomers. As of this year, for the first time, Canada has more people over the age of 65 than under 15. The age group that now encompasses the boomer generation – 50 to 69 – makes up 27 per cent of the population, compared with 18 per cent in that age group two decades ago. The number of people over 65, the traditional retirement age in this country, make up 16 per cent of the population – double their proportion in 1971.

 Boomer Public Radio is unfettered by the constraints of geography, demographics, culture, politics or the status quo. Our intention at  Boomer Public Radio is to expand our knowledge and influence across multiple sectors, countries and organizations – to the point where today we have the programs, the expertise, the media platform and the experts to champion the causes of active aging in a way no one else can. Featuring fresh takes and real-time analysis from BPR’s signature lineup of contributors and to re-think the media’s current coverage of an aging population while developing new formats more in line with public service and less defined by the need to make a profit for shareholders as is the custom of radio and television corporate conglomerates.