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April 15, 2014
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Halifax Host Loses Hockey Bet
Halifax NS from Bill Hart

Myself (mornings on 899 The Wave & a BIG Leafs fan) & Russell MacKenzie (afternoons on sister station FX 1019 and roots for the Canadiens) made a bet last Fall as to who would finish higher in the NHL standings at years end!

I lost, and had to spend an hour in downtown Halifax tied to a pole with FX 1019 tape while holding a sign saying ‘I Bet Against Montreal’.

FX 1019’s Amanda Ashley also showed up (another HABS fan), got some bonus local media coverage, and got a shoulder to cry on from 899 The Wave’s Gillian!

April 14, 2014
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Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Announces 2014 Scholarship
From Dave Sherwood

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced its sixth annual Alberta Equity Scholarship competition, worth $2500.00 to the winning student. The Alberta Equity Scholarship was instituted in 2009 to address the shortage of Alberta broadcasters from four under-represented groups; Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Members of Visible Minorities, and Women. The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group believes that by supporting the career development of these groups in Alberta broadcasting, the industry will access an untapped pool of potentially talented employees, encourage diverse viewpoints and backgrounds, enhance relationships with local communities, and broaden the advertiser and audience base.

Last year, Jeff Keddy, a Broadcast Systems Technology Student from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, received the award. Jeff is a First Nations student with a disability suffered in a previous work-relatedaccident.

All of our previous winners have had to overcome significant obstacles to continue in their chosen careers.

Residents of the Province of Alberta who are planning to attend a recognized Broadcast Program at an Alberta post-secondary institution can access a scholarship information and application package at the websites of the Alberta stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, or through the Broadcast Programs at Alberta post-secondary institutions.

Deadline for applications is October 11, 20 14 — with the award to be announced in November.

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s new Calgary stations have joined the Alberta Equity Scholarship initiative. This year, the scholarship initiative is supported by the following stations of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group:

- 101.5 KOOL FM, Calgary
- 95.3 The Peak, Calgary
- BIG WEST Country, Drayton Valley
- B-94,Rocky Mountain House
- Big Country 93.1 FM, Grande Prairie
- Country 95.5 FM, Lethbridge
- B-93 FM, Lethbridge
- CHAT 94.5 FM, Medicine Hat
- CHAT Television, Medicine Hat
- MY96 FM, Medicine Hat
- BIG 105, Red Deer
- 106.7 The Drive, Red Deer

For further information, contact:
Dave Sherwood – Scholarship Committee Chair
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Medicine Hat
(403) 548-8246

April 10, 2014
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ROCK 97.7 Teams Solves Pothole Problem
Grande Prairie AB from Brad Russell

The Morning Team of Rock 97.7 in Grande Prairie, Kevin Albers and Cliff Kriz, came up with an ingenious way to deal with the perpetual pothole problem most Canadian cities have to deal with this time of year. Oatmeal!!! Filling potholes with this gooey substance and letting it set-up is better than concrete and much more affordable. Plus it would benefit the regions grain farmers as added value! So we took it to the streets of Grande Prairie for a tester…Check out the facebook video at

April 8, 2014
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NEWCAP Radio Celebrates Big Wins At The Worldwide Radio Summit In L.A.
Ottawa ON from Ian Balfour

The 4th annual Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards were presented in Los Angeles on Friday, April 4, 2014 with Newcap Radio collecting top honours in three prestigious categories. The categories included Newcap Radio winning International Radio Group of the Year, International Program Controller/Director of the Year was awarded to Steve Jones, VP of Programming for Newcap Radio, and International Radio Personality of the Year went to Newcap Radio Ottawa’s very own Morning HOT Tub with Mauler, Rush, Jenni and Josie from The New HOT 89.9 FM.

In all categories, Newcap was up against a breadth of talent spanning the globe, including radio groups and talent from France, Australia, Italy, UK, Germany and India.

“We are absolutely elated with our success this past Friday at the Worldwide Radio Summit Industry Awards ceremony. We were up against immensely talented groups from across the world. It’s an honour to have been selected as winners in each category,” says Josie Geuer, Program Director, The New HOT 89.9 FM. “Newcap truly is a remarkable company to be a part of – one of the absolute best in the world!”

The Worldwide Radio Summit brings together broadcasting and musical minds from all aspects of radio, to celebrate the importance of the medium as the world’s most important communicator of sound, for building audience, for breaking artists and for its impact on music revenue.

International Radio Group of the Year, Newcap Radio
International Program Director of the Year Steve Jones, Newcap Radio
International Radio Personality of the Year Newcap Radio Ottawa “Morning HOT Tub” with Mauler, Rush, Jenni and Josie from The New HOT 89.9 FM.

All New Breakfast Club Launches @ LIFE 100.3
Barrie ON from Pip Lucas

LIFE 100.3 announces the launch of our new morning show “The All New Breakfast Club” with Tim Maassarany and Todd Gale. Tim Maassarany moves from afternoon drive and Todd Gale joins us from KICX 91.7 Sudbury, and previously K-FM North Bay and K-FM Sudbury. Reading news is Maria Lopez.

Winnipeg MB from Shawn Axelrod

Native Communications Inc. dumped the rap and hip hop on CIUR 104.7 (STREETZ FM) in Winnipeg this morning. In its place a Rhythmic Contemporary/R&B Classics format was launched branded as RHYTHM 104.7 FM.


April 7, 2014
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Radio & Production Award Winners
Irving TX

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners at this year's Radio And Production Awards!

Feature Productions Kiss 102.7 - Station Launch. Kiss 102.7/Rogers Broadcasting

Small Market Commercials Sun Taxi - The Taxi Rap. Rogers Broadcasting, Fort McMurray

Medium Market Commercials The Insurance Shuffle - Cowen Agencies. Rogers Radio Group, Calgary, AB

Large Market Commercials Sobieski Vodka – Fleenblort. Rogers Media, Toronto, ON

Small Market Promos C100 - IWK Radiothon - Number of Reasons. C100/Bell Media Halifax

Large Market Promos Kiss 92.5’s Wham Bam Wrap Up - On Scene Produced. Rogers Broadcasting, Toronto, ON

Complete list.

April 3, 2014
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High Prairie Host Donates To Local Food Bank
High Prairie AB from Lucas Marcoccia

Luke Marcoccia, morning show host for 93.5 Prairie FM in High Prairie, Alberta, recently made a personal donation of $300 to the High Prairie & District Food Bank Society. Luke has been a big supporter of the High PrairieFood Bank. Back in December of 2013, with Luke running the Prairie FM food drive over 3,400 pounds of food was raised; an increase of 1,300 pounds from 2012's total.

Food Bank Coordinator Kim Dumont says the donation will be used for operating costs. Comedian Howie Miller will be in High Prairie on May 30 for a benefit show where all proceeds go to the Food Bank. There is a motto that gets passed around High Prairie that really has stuck out to Luke since moving out west last Spring, "Sharing is caring."

April 1, 2014
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'Left-Handed' Combo Huge April Fools Fun In Owen Sound
Owen Sound ON from JD Moffat

Bayshore Broadcasting's 3 Owen Sound properties; 560 CFOS, MIX1065, and COUNTRY 93, worked in unison to help A&W Owen Sound launch the Left-Handed Burger Combo, available today only, for an unbelievably low price! As part of the fun, our Jox convinced listeners that the market had been hand-picked for this launch, after years of various Market R&D all over Canada. The special, ergonomically designed food was promoted as 'enjoyed best with the left hand'. Although it was all a joke but the price, the result was a banner day for the Restaurant, with hundreds asking for the Left-Handed Burger by name!

Complete with Commercial and station Web/Facebook support, the ruse worked wonderfully, as both Staff and Listeners alike continued to flood A&W all day. The real joke was on anyone who didn't take the deal seriously!

HOT 107’s Ryder In The Morning Plays April Fool’s Prank On The City Of Edmonton
Edmonton AB from Lacey Kapler

This morning on HOT 107, Ryder in the Morning released a “breaking news” story stating the Province of Saskatchewan had purchased the town of Fort Saskatchewan. Complete with audio from a mock press conference and fake news article, Ryder took to the airwaves letting everyone in Edmonton and area know how this would affect them – from tax changes, insurance rates, even a CFL game to be held at a local high school. The town, now to be named – Fort, Saskatchewan, would see these changes take place starting June 1st. The story also stated that the province was also looking to acquire St. Albert, soon to be Saskalbert.

Although some didn’t seem phased by the news, the phone lines were flooded by people full of their own opinions on the subject. One listener was so upset, she called the Government of Alberta, who promptly let her know it was April Fool’s Day, to air her concerns tearfully stating, “It will have a huge effect on our debt, the citizens of Alberta and I’m appalled.” Once she was let in on the joke, she jokingly told Ryder that she would be out to pay him back next year on April 1st.

Want to hear the call from the upset listener?
Check out HOT 107’s “Ryder in the Morning” on SoundCloud @radioryder

Happy April Fool’s Day!

Canadians Talk … Series Sparks Heated Conversation on Canada’s Prostitution Laws
Toronto ON from Lorraine Zarb

Leading up to last night’s broadcast of Canadians Talk … Prostitution: What should the Government do? on Corus Radio’s news-talk network, an online poll was conducted over a two-week period to collect the views on what Canadians believe the government should do regarding prostitution laws in Canada. The results from those who participated in the poll indicated that:

· 52% believe the government should decriminalize and regulate prostitution;

· 15% are in favour of making it illegal to purchase sexual services;

· 11% are in support of making it illegal to buy, sell and profit from sexual services; and

· 22% say the government should do nothing - which would legalize all activities surrounding prostitution.

During the two-hour show, Toronto’s Talk Radio AM 640’s Jeff McArthur outlined the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down three laws surrounding prostitution and opened the phone lines to Canadians across the country, including those on the front lines who shared wide-ranging and passionate comments.

To listen to a replay of Canadians Talk … Prostitution: What should the Government do? which aired on CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News Talk 770 (Calgary), 630 CHED (Edmonton), 680 CJOB (Winnipeg), AM 900 CHML (Hamilton), AM980 (London) and Talk Radio AM640 (Toronto), click here. The next series of Canadians Talk … will focus on the issue of the legalization of marijuana.

Canadians Talk … is a live interactive series featuring debate, discussion and insight on timely issues that affect Canadians. Each program features high-profile Corus talk radio personalities interacting and engaging with Canadians on important issues that shape our nation. During the broadcast, listeners from across the country can be part of the conversation on-air, on Twitter at #canadianstalk or directly through Corus Radio’s mobile-friendly news-talk websites listed above.

Mar 31, 2014
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Ready, Set - JUMP! 106.9 Hits Ottawa
Ottawa ON from Lorraine Zarb

The antidote for a long harsh winter is finally here! Today at 11 a.m., Corus Radio launches a brand new contemporary hit radio station, JUMP! 106.9, (CKQB-FM), in the Nation’s Capital.

JUMP! 106.9 will be unique in the market with a core playlist of the biggest names in music, including Katy Perry, Pitbull, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake and Bruno Mars, spinning a mix of top artists delivered in 90 minute non-stop blocks. It’s Ottawa’s newest destination for the best in Top 40, pop culture and celebrity gossip wrapped around punchy banter in a truly on-air and online immersive experience.

Morning drive will be anchored by Jay Hat from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by Jenna Mo middays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and The Saint in afternoon drive from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rounding out the on-air lineup is Mr. D weekday evenings from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. with weekends featuring Heyray and Amy Volume.

“JUMP! 106.9 is a unique, innovative and upbeat on-air and online listening experience that is new to our city and our audiences,” said Mark Dickie, General Manager, Corus Radio Ottawa. “JUMP! 106.9 will capture the spirit and lifestyle of the social media savvy modern pop consumer.”

As part of the station’s launch, an extensive marketing, advertising and social media campaign reflective of the fun, young and vibrant JUMP! 106.9 brand is rolling out in Ottawa proper and surrounding areas., the station’s website, is a fully-mobile responsive, pop music-focused hub that will merge social and real-time content to the station’s social feeds. The station’s App platform is a real-time hang out for the JUMP! audience that allows listeners to connect with the radio personalities as well as other fans of the station.

To kick off the JUMP! 106.9 launch, listeners will have the opportunity to win concert tickets to Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and more by engaging with the station through its social media channels.

For non-stop hits 24/7, tune into JUMP! 106.9 online at, on the Corus Radio mobile app, or listen live at 106.9 FM in the Ottawa region.

Z95.3 Debuts New Morning Show April 7th
Vancouver BC from Almira Bardai

While their names inspire thoughts of gemstones and tropical vacations, these two are down to earth and proud to be coming on the air in Vancouver. "Mornings with Ruby and Cruise", Vancouver’s brand new morning show, launches April 7, on the new Z95.3

“Mornings with Ruby and Cruise” is a show a long time in the making. Newcap’s VP/Programming Steve Jones, an international branding and marketing expert and author of two best-selling books, has been identifying high-performing on-air talent from across North America for many years. In conjunction with Z95.3’s program director Mel Kemmis, and Newcap’s award-winning talent development coach Paul Kaye, hundreds of people were considered. Through interviews, monitors, auditions, research, and extensive consultation, the dynamic combination of Ruby Carr and David Cruise was identified as the perfect fit to wake up Vancouver on Z95.3.

Most recently morning show co-host on 101.3 The Bounce in Halifax, Ruby has been on Newcap's most wanted list for the past few years. Cruise on the other hand, was already a Newcap secret weapon, hosting a number-one rated show on Hot 89.9 in Ottawa.

“Ruby and Cruise are the perfect balance of energy, humour and wit to keep audiences energized in the morning," says station general manager Sherri Pierce. “Cruise has already warned us that his sarcasm precedes him!"

Listeners will also hear familiar voices and the infectious personality of Simone Grewal moving from middays to join the morning show as news and traffic reporter. Rounding out the Mornings with Ruby and Cruise cast is Art Factora as producer. Replacing Simone on the mid-day timeslot music director and announcer Kat Carter.

Mornings with Ruby and Cruise will air from 5:30am to 10:00am, Monday through Friday on Z95.3.

Paige Parker Named News Director In Brockville
Brockville ON from Scott McGregor

I’d like to officially welcome Paige Parker to Bell Media Brockville! Paige will be our new News Director and Morning Show Co-Host on 103.7 BOB-FM. Her quick wit and creativity will mesh well with Jamieson on BOB’s Breakfast and her experience running a news department and strong work ethic will complement our resident newsie Taylor Renkema and the high standards our newsroom calls for. Her first day in the building will be April 21st

New PD At 104.9 Virgin Radio
Vancouver BC from Mindy Cooper

After a thorough search from coast to coast and world- wide, we are incredibly excited to announce Chris Myers as the new Program Director for 104-9 Virgin Radio Edmonton!

Chris has an amazing track record as a Program Director, in markets like Vancouver, Saskatoon and Regina – and he’s been a winner in all of them!

Chris is currently the Program Director of C95 and Rock 102, Saskatoon and will be joining us on a date to be determined.

“We are totally excited to have someone of Chris’ talent and experience join 104.9 VIRGIN Radio and Bell Media in Edmonton. He’s a huge fan of both the city of Edmonton and the great radio here. I know he’s up for getting it done in the most competitive market in the country. Can’t wait to get him in the building.” commented General Manager, Patrick Cardinal.

Chris is a true professional and has a vast knowledge of all things broadcasting. We can’t wait until his passion and energy take 104.9 Virgin Radio to new heights!

Canadians Talk … Series Continues On Corus Radio’s News-Talk Network
Toronto ON from Lorraine Zarb

Corus Radio’s news-talk stations will broadcast the second show in its Canadians Talk … series with Canadians Talk Prostitution: What should the government do? Hosted by Toronto’s Talk Radio AM 640’s Jeff McArthur, listeners are invited to express their views on the Supreme Court of Canada’s December 2013 decision, to strike down three of the laws surrounding prostitution.

Airing on Corus Radio’s news-talk stations today, the series broadcasts across Canada on the following stations:

CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver) at 4 p.m. PT

News Talk 770 (Calgary) at 5 p.m. MT

630 CHED (Edmonton) at 5 p.m. MT

680 CJOB (Winnipeg) at 6 p.m. CT

AM 900 CHML (Hamilton) at 7 p.m. ET

AM980 (London) at 7 p.m. ET

Talk Radio AM640 (Toronto) at 7 p.m. ET

During the past two weeks, the above radio stations have held an online poll asking listeners to share their thoughts on Canada’s prostitution laws. The poll is open until 2:57 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 1, after which the results will be announced.

Canadians Talk … is a live interactive series featuring debate, discussion and insight on timely issues that affect Canadians. Each program features high-profile Corus talk radio personalities interacting and engaging with Canadians on important issues that shape our nation. During the broadcast, listeners from across the country can be part of the conversation on-air, on Twitter at #canadianstalk or directly through Corus Radio’s mobile-friendly news-talk websites listed above.

FAB 94.3 Moves To New Home @ Portage & Main
Winnipeg MB from Mark Morris

On March 31st, FAB 94.3, “SUPERHITS of the 60s, 70s and 80s” officially moved to its new home in downtown Winnipeg near Portage and Main.

Now owned by the Jim Pattison broadcast group, it was a housewarming party two years in the making and places the new and improved FAB 94.3 just down the hall from Winnipeg’s number one FM radio station QX 104.

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to purchase these stations and expand our group in Western Canada and Manitoba. We’ve been patiently waiting to be able to combine these operations. It’s been a long process we are thrilled to be able to bring the teams from FAB and QX together under one roof.” says Rod Schween, President of the Pattison Broadcast group.

“We’re thrilled to have the 94.3 frequency back downtown and FAB’s music will make sure every day is a party. It’s a very exciting time for our radio stations” said Janet Trecarten, Program Director of the two radio stations.

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Ape-Ril Fools On 104-9 VIRGIN Radio, No Joke
Edmonton AB from Mindy Cooper

It’s an anything goes attitude on The Pepper & Dylan Morning Show and tomorrow is no exception. Edmontonians will witness a feast for the eyes on their morning commute when they see a shrewdness of apes and a lonely banana.

“April Fools is pretty overdone and we wanted to do something a little different and make it a talk of the town, rather than prank an innocent bystander” said Pepper from The Pepper & Dylan Morning Show “we’ll give people something to talk about when they get to work!”

This foolish event is all in support of The Edmonton Gorilla Run happening September 6th, 2014 at Victoria Park. The run benefits The Mountain Gorilla Conservation Society of Canada is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Virgin Radio brings you apes and amusement out on the streets for Ape-ril Fools Day!

WHO: The Pepper & Dylan Morning Show
WHAT: Ape-ril Fools
WHERE: South of the High-level Bridge & 109 st., to The Legislative Grounds & finishing on Jasper Ave.
WHEN: April 1st, 2014 from 7 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.

Mar 30, 2014
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A New Sound For Thunder Bay Country
Thunder Bay ON from Stephanie Belec

Country fans rejoice! Today’s Best and Most Country can now be heard everywhere on Thunder Bay’s new Country 105.

Station manager Brent Preston says “it’s an exciting time for country fans. Not only are we playing Today’s Best and Most Country, beginning Monday morning, March 31st, we are introducing the new Country 105 Morning Wakeup Crew with John, Gen, and Bryan – your first wakeup call weekdays beginning at 5:30.”

Country 105 will not only feature Today’s Best and Most Country Music, it is committed to fair and accurate local and regional news coverage as well as support for community events and organizations.

Country 105 for Thunder Bay and everywhere, entertaining and informing, now on the air and now online at, and

Calgary Redeems Itself in AMP Radio's Bank It or Burn It
Calgary AB from Stephen Dolhagaray

The city of Calgary faced an emotional social experiment over the last two weeks. When there’s thousands of dollars on the line do you vote to BANK IT and maybe win it or do you vote to BURN IT so that no-one wins?

First, Bank It or Burn It was played with $5,000. 54% of the audience voted to BURN the $5,000. “Reading that result on the air was the most depressing thing I have ever done. We never expected to burn the money and it was heartbreaking to see it engulfed in flames” says Katie Summers from the AMP Radio Morning Show.

After the outrage to the burning, Calgary got the chance to redeem itself with a $10,000 version of Bank It or Burn It. After a week of voting, 91% of the audience wanted the money to be deposited into someone’s bank. “It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our shoulders. We had hoped all week that the city would come together and do the right thing. We couldn’t face having to burn any more money” says Ryan Lindsay from the AMP Radio Morning Show.

Jessica Thornton voted bank this week and won $10,000 live on air this morning. Jessica is going to use the money to take her daughter to Disneyland, send her sick uncle on vacation and pay off her car. Then there was a surprise, AMP Radio gave Jessica another $10,000 to donate to a charity of her choice. Jessica is making a donation to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

“Bank It or Burn It really did become the ultimate social experiment; after the $5,000 was burnt the attention and backlash went worldwide and was overwhelming. Since awarding the $10,000 to Jessica and donating a further $10,000 in her name to charity, we are still waiting for the phones to ring. I guess this contest has proven society only reacts to spectacle these days, which is sad” says Paul Kaye, Operations Manager

To hear the emotional conclusion to Bank it or Burn it click here:

Mar 27, 2014
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LIFE 100.3 Post-Sharathon
Barrie ON from Pip Lucas

LIFE 100.3 is celebrating after another successful Sharathon, the 15th in LIFE’s history. The annual fundraiser was held March 26 and 27 at the LIFE 100.3 studios in Barrie. LIFE 100.3 is a listener-supported station and nearly one third of our income is received through the donations of faithful listeners.

The combined total of pledges was $125,813 one-time and $3,941in monthly pledges provided by 1,635 donors. Station Manager Scott Jackson comments, “It was another great year of Sharathon. We didn’t quite make our goals but we are thankful for the support of our listeners, as nearly half of our annual revenue is raised over these two days.”

LIFE 100.3 has repeater stations in Owen Sound at 90.1FM, Peterborough at 89.3FM and in Huntsville at 98.9FM.

For more information, contact Pip Lucas, Promotions Coordinator at LIFE 100.3, 705-735-3370.

Mar 25, 2014
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Newcap Ottawa Family Grows Again
Ottawa ON

It gives me great pleasure to announce the addition of Samantha (Sam) Davis to the Newcap Sales Team as our newest Account Manager.

She leaves Corus Entertainment (106.9 The Bear and 99-7 BOOM) as the top billing Account Manager and most senior member of their team.

Sam has nurtured partnerships through the challenges of 3 ownership and station changes using creative solutions along with a personal, warm approach to doing business.

I am thrilled to add an elite media sales professional of Sam’s calibre to the Newcap Ottawa Sales Team. Her addition makes our deep, talented team that much more formidable.

Please join me in giving Sam a warm Newcap welcome. Her first day with us will be Monday, April 7th, 2014.

Mark Russett GSM NewCap Ottawa

Mar 24, 2014
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Norm Wright Retires
Perth ON from Brian Perkin

Former Host of CBC TV Ottawa Late Night News in the 80’s and 25-year Broadcasting Professor at Algonquin College, Ottawa

After a long and colourful 57 years in broadcasting, Norm Wright is signing off the air and hanging up the headphones on an incredibly memorable career. It has been an exciting journey that has seen the Perth native move from radio and television professional, to manager, educator and owner.

Wright, the co-founder and co-owner of Lake 88 Radio in Perth was remembered by his colleagues this month during a moving tribute on the morning show that Wright had hosted for 6 years. His business partner Brian Perkin thanked him for his persistence in working to establish a local station to serve the region. Perkin stated, “10 years ago, we started the process. Norm was tireless in the campaign to land a licence from the CRTC. He had the vision, experience and will to make it happen. And fittingly, he was the first voice that listeners heard when we launched in 2007. It was an exciting time!”

Sales Manager James Smith noted, “Norm has been a broadcasting icon and well-known personality throughout the Valley for years. He will definitely be missed.”

Creative Director Donna Donaldson spoke of Wright’s passion to involve the community in his morning show. Donaldson said, “Norm loved to tackle the big issues of the day head-on. But he also revelled in drawing on the experiences and talents of friends, neighbours and community leaders. It’s what drew listeners in. He always enjoyed making that connection with people.”

That ability to connect also led Wright to many different markets over the years, though he maintained close contact with the Perth community his entire life. He started in radio in 1957 at CFCO Radio in Chatham, Ontario, with subsequent positions at CFJR in Brockville, CKSF in Cornwall and as morning man at CFRA in Ottawa, preceding ‘General’ Ken Grant. From 1961 to 1971, he served as News Director, Senior News Anchor and program host at CKMI-TV, Quebec City, a division of Television de Quebec, Canada Limiteé. There, his ‘pre-Dick Clark’ hits music show ruled the TV ratings in Quebec. From 1971 to 1973, he was owner and operator of CFOM, Quebec City’s only English language radio station. He also gained agency experience as a Marketing Director with Pierre Tremblay Publiciteé in Quebec City.

Wright was invited to join the faculty of Algonquin College’s Media Division in Ottawa in 1974, making his return to the Perth area and purchasing a home on Otty Lake. He spent the next 25 years as Professor of Radio and Television Broadcasting and served as a member of the Dean’s Academic Council. During his tenure at Algonquin College, Norm accepted a contract with CBC Television at CBOT Channel 4 in Ottawa where he worked as a television news, sports and weather anchor from 1979 to 1992. After his retirement from Algonquin in 1998, Norm took on other training assignments, including broadcast sessions for the Polish Broadcasting Corporation in Warsaw.
Following his on-air tribute at Lake 88, Norm thanked his listeners and colleagues. He stated, “My wife Claudette and I are deeply touched by what was said and the impact each and every one of you have had on my life over the past 10 years. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”

(For more information, contact Brian Perkin – Lake 88.1 Radio (613) 264-8811)

Virgin Radio Vancouver Rebrands As Z95.3
Vancouver BC from Almira Bardai

One of the most iconic radio brands in Vancouver is making a return to Vancouver’s airwaves. Virgin Radio 95.3 (CKZZ) re-brands to its famous Z95.3 moniker following the recent sale from Bell Media to Newcap Radio. The rights to the Virgin Radio Brand remain Bell’s property.

“We’re excited to bring back this truly Vancouver brand while continuing our current Hot AC mix that Virgin Radio 95.3 listeners have come to love,” says station general manager Sherri Pierce. “Z95.3 never really disappeared. The popular Z95.3 bumper stickers are still everywhere on vehicles around the city.”

The new Z95.3 will continue to play Today’s Best Mix and listeners can expect to hear all their favourite regular features such as the $1,000 Minute, Golddigger and The Sleaze.

Within the transaction, the rights to the Virgin morning show were also retained by Bell. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time with the Nat & Drew show and we wish them the very best,” says program director Mel Kemmis. “We look forward to introducing our dynamic new morning show team to our awesome listeners in the weeks ahead”.

Consumers will be made aware of Newcap Radio’s re-branding of Z95.3 with the support of a city-wide advertising campaign across Metro Vancouver.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) granted its final approval on the deal on March 19th stemming from the purchase of Astral Media by Bell Media. Locally within the Vancouver radio cluster AM650 (CISL) and SHORE104.3 FM (CHHR) were also acquired by Newcap Radio.

Mar 23, 2014
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New Player With Tarzan Dan
Calgary AB from Mike Shannon

I’m pleased to announce that Michelle Yi will be joining Tarzan Dan on KooL Breakfast, starting April 21st.

Michelle will be a great addition to our team! She got her start in small market BC, joined the Street Team at Beat Vancouver, then went BACK to small market BC to really dig in and learn her craft. Her career has rocketed since then, and after a stop in Vancouver at Sonic she landed at CHUM FM in Toronto. They’re sorry to lose her…but we gain a vibrant, smart, and passionate partner for Tarzan Dan!

Welcome Michelle!

92 CITI FM Turning Up The Heat On City Pipes
Winnipeg MB from Jaime Draward

Frustrated with the reported long waiting lists for hundreds of Winnipeggers to have the city thaw frozen pipes, the Morning Trio of Wheeler, Philly and Rena are looking to get water flowing again.
The 92 CITI FM hosts along with, Shields Plumbing and Heating are giving hundreds of homeowners a chance to jump the city queue.

“We know hundreds are without water…and just over 6,000 more homes are at risk, I mean c’mon….why can’t the city of Winnipeg move faster?”, says host Dave Wheeler.

“Unfortunately, if it’s the city pipe that’s frozen we can’t touch it…but if it belongs to the homeowner, we can get it flowing again.”, says Don Connors from Shield’s Plumbing and Heating.

92 CITI FM is taking submissions through their website at
Right now, homeowners are being told it could be weeks before city crews are able to address their problem.

For more information, please visit:

AMP Radio’s $15,000 Bank It Or Burn It – Calgary Voted
Calgary AB from Stephen Dolhagaray

Over the past week 90.3 AMP Radio has had Calgary involved in the ultimate social experiment, where the people of Calgary decide whether AMP Radio should put $5,000 cash into someone’s BANK or should BURN it.

Over the past week thousands of votes have been submitted and tallied up, the votes were very close but in the end had 54% in favour of BURN.

As much as the staff at AMP Radio didn’t want to burn the money…we couldn’t back out on our word. This afternoon, AMP Radio’s Ryan & Katie went to a crematorium to burn the $5,000.

“It was truly heart wrenching to watch the stacks of money go up in flames but the city of Calgary voted and we have never backed out of anything, we have always been true to our words” Says Stephen Dolhagaray, Promotions Director.

Paul Kaye, Operations Manager, went on to say “Many people have asked why we would actually burn the money but we have been transparent with the audience throughout this contest, and while we are sympathetic to the many stories we have received pleading for the cash we have to honour the overall desire of the audience”

To see the video of the $5,000 being burned visit:

For full details on this contest visit:

Mar 19, 2014
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104-9 Virgin Radio Announces New Evening Host Jeremy White
Edmonton AB from Mindy Cooper

We are proud to announce that Nightslammer Jeremy White joins the Virgin Radio team in Edmonton at the end of the month!

Coming from 9-2-5 The Beat in Montreal, Jeremy has been in radio since he was 15 years old. An Aboriginal Mohawk broadcaster from Kahnawake, The South Shore of Montreal, Jeremy got his foot in the door (literally!) as an intern at his community radio station. It wasn’t long before he was producing the Morning Show, his own Friday night rock show and eventually became the Weekend Morning Show Host.

Jeremy is passionate about radio and brings his production skills to his show each night; leaving you feeling like you slammed a red bull topped with pop rocks!

Catch Jeremy lighting it up on Virgin weekday evenings with his energy and red hot phones from 7PM to Midnight or online at every weekday, debuting March 31st, 2014.

Mar 18, 2014
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102.1 the Edge Announces New On-Air Lineup
Toronto ON from Lorraine Zarb

Corus Radio Toronto’s 102.1 the Edge, has announced a diverse new weekday lineup of on-air personalities to bring the best of music, pop culture, irreverent humour and topical engaging entertainment to audiences. The new station roster makes its debut Monday, March 31.

Morning drive will be hosted by Dominik Diamond, Josie Dye and Greg Beharrell from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Dominik has extensive international experience as host at BBC London and BBC Scotland. Most recently, Dominik hosted The Dominik Diamond Morning Show on Halifax’s Radio 96.5 and prior to that was the very popular evening host on the Edge’s brother station Q107.
Josie is no stranger to the Edge. She has been the station’s midday announcer and host of the nationally syndicated Josie’s Top 20. She has also been the host of Oh So Cosmo on Cosmopolitan TV.
Greg is a writer, comedian, performer and multiplatform content creator, who currently hosts the evening show on the Edge and is a video contributor to the world famous

Middays will be hosted by Carlos Benevides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Carlos, a former Edge announcer, comes from Corus Radio Kitchener’s 91.5 the Beat, where he is currently the morning show co-host on The Beat Breakfast.

Afternoon drive will be co-hosted by “Fearless” Fred Kennedy and Melani “Mel” Mariani from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fred joined the Edge in 2009 and has since been the station’s afternoon drive host, as well as host of TELETOON’s Fred at Night. He will be joined by new co-host, Mel, who has been featured during the weekends on the Edge.

Evenings will be hosted by Adam Ricard from 7 p.m. to midnight. Adam is a weekend veteran of the Edge and has frequently hosted live concert performances and artist interviews for the Edge’s Sugar Beach Sessions at Corus Quay.

“We're excited to introduce this sharp-witted lineup to both new and long-time listeners of the Edge,” said Blair Bartrem, Senior Brand Director, 102.1 the Edge. “These on-air personalities each bring their own unique voice and distinct sense of humour that will make the station Toronto’s alternative destination for great comedic banter, relevant interviews and amazing music.”

Tune in to 102.1 the Edge on the FM dial or listen live at

Roo Phelps (Country 100.7) Uses Personal Tragedy To Effect Change
Kelowna BC

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Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon In Support Of Cornwall Hospital Foundation
Cornwall ON from Holly Wilson

Corus Entertainment’s Greatest Hits 101.9, Variety 104.5 and are pleased to broadcast the eighth annual Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon, in support of the Cornwall Hospital Foundation, live on Thursday, April 17 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Cornwall Square and simulcast on TVCogeco.

This year, along with special guests and interviews with community leaders and hospital staff, the Radiothon will feature a playlist chosen by the listeners who are encouraged to dedicate a song of their choice for a $100 donation by submitting their request to The Cornwall Hospital Foundation by March 31. Donations will also be accepted by calling 613.935.7762, walking into The Cornwall Square, or visiting

“Corus Radio Cornwall is excited to continue to work with local businesses and the Hospital Foundation for the eighth year to provide much needed equipment for our community,” said Peter Mayhew, General Sales Manager, Corus Radio Cornwall. “With the support of the community and our listeners, Radiothon has raised over $850,000 for the hospital and we might even break the million dollar mark this year.”

All funds raised at the 2014 Radiothon will be directed towards the purchase of a Cardiac Ultrasound. “Adding this new machine to the arsenal of new-age equipment in our Diagnostic Centre of Excellence will only increase our ability to provide better overall care and patient satisfaction,” said Jeanette Despatie, Chief Executive Officer, Cornwall Community Hospital.

“Over the years, this community has steadily kept up with our Hospital’s equipment needs to sustain that edge and efficiency from which we all benefit,” said Allan Wilson, Chair, Cornwall Hospital Foundation. “Please keep the momentum going by helping us raise funds for a new cardiac ultrasound machine. We are thankful for everyone’s past and continued support.”

For more information or to donate in advance to the Corus Caring Hearts Radiothon, please visit or or call 613-930-4508.

JAZZ.FM91 Announces 10th Anniversary JAZZ LIVES Lineup
Toronto ON from Jessica Frohman

JAZZ.FM91 President and CEO Ross Porter, announced the 2014 lineup of JAZZ LIVES 10th Anniversary – the premier concert and fundraising event for the arts enterprise – to be held on Tuesday, April 22nd at 7:30PM at the prestigious Koerner Hall, at The Telus Centre for Performance and Learning.

Headlining the 10th anniversary edition of JAZZ LIVES are Gary Burton, 7-time Grammy Award winning vibraphonist and host of “The Gary Burton Show” on JAZZ.FM91; Earl Klugh, guitar virtuoso and winner of the “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for HandPicked at the recent Grammy Awards; vocalist Lisa Fischer, star of the Academy Award winning documentary “20 Feet From Stardom” and backup vocalist for The Rolling Stones; from Havana, the Harold López-Nussa Duo; Toronto’s own New Orleans inspired, The Heavyweights Brass Band; the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; Lou Pomanti, Musical Director for the evening; and a surprise special guest to bring the house down for JAZZ.FM91’s 10th anniversary concert event!

“I could not have imagined JAZZ LIVES would become an annual event, but here we are ten years later,” said Ross Porter, President and CEO of JAZZ.FM91. “It’s a testament to the quality of the music and the fans in Toronto who support it.”

Tickets start at $29, and are available for purchase on March 18, 2014 at 9:00AM on line at, by telephone at 416-408-0208, or by visiting the Koerner Hall Box Office at The Telus Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West.

Proceeds from JAZZ LIVES help support JAZZ.FM91’s youth education programs, benefiting promising young students and emerging artists each year.

JAZZ LIVES 2014 would not be possible without the support of Presenting Sponsor Don Valley North Lexus associate sponsors Sunwing Vacations, First Capital Realty, Blue Note 75th Anniversary, and hospitality sponsor, Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville.

Mar 17, 2014
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AJ The Wonderdog Exits LIFE 100.3
Barrie ON from Scott Jackson

After 9 years at LIFE 100.3 Barrie, AJ The Wonderdog (AJ Martin) will exit the morning show on April 17.

New Producer & Creative Director Move West to Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB from Tia Daniels

After a thorough search from coast to coast, we have found our new Producer and Creative Director for Country 95 & B-93, with both hailing from Ontario.

We are excited to welcome Joel Grossman as our new Producer, and Felicity Medwell as our incoming Creative Director to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group and to our team here in Lethbridge.

Joel has held numerous creative and production titles including with the Haliburton Broadcasting Group in Ontario. Felicity joins us from the Evanov Radio Group in Toronto where she worked as a Senior Copywriter, as well as having previously worked with groups like Corus and Bell.

Joel has already started with us and dived right in, while Felicity's first day will be Monday, April 7th. Welcome to the Pattison family Joel and Felicity!

Mar 16, 2014
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Exciting Changes @ K945 Moncton
Moncton NB from Krysta Janssen

There’s been some exciting changes at CKCW – K945 Moncton!

After hosting shows throughout the Maritimes, we were thrilled Josh McLellan came back to our team to become the anchor of our morning show in August of 2012. This week, Tosh Taylor returned to the K-Rise to co-host from her own home! Yep, we’re using the magic of radio to have a morning duo live from the studio, and home. This way Tosh can still spend every moment with her beautiful little gal.

Mike Sanderson, born and raised in Moncton, won a contest back in August to become the weekend announcer. Watching Mike grow into a broadcaster, we only thought it fitting to slide him into Middays! He also hosts an all-new music show called the Kutting Edge, weeknights 8-9, featuring brand new tracks from international artists and local musicians too!

Sarah Nesbitt has joined our team to keep the party rocking all weekend long! 5 years ago she created a talent agency as well as Music for a Cure, a non-profit organization in Moncton that showcases musicians and raises funds for cancer research. With her extensive knowledge of music and energetic personality, Sarah is a perfect fit!

Krysta Jay has been with us for over 4 years as Drive Host & Music Director of K945. Two weeks ago, she was appointed as Operations Manager of CKCW, CFQM, and CHOY.

To top it off… Wednesdays have been dubbed K It Forward days in Greater Moncton. A day K945 gives back to the community with donations to local charities, picking up tabs for people at the drive-thru, handing out umbrellas in the rain, and so much more! But we’re not the only ones dishing out the kindness, Greater Monctonians have been handing out their fair share as well!

AMP Radio’s $15,000 Bank It Or Burn It
Calgary AB from Stephen Dolhagaray

90.3 AMP Radio is putting Calgary to the test with the ultimate social experiment, where the people of Calgary decide whether AMP Radio should put cash into someone’s BANK or if we should BURN the cash.

This morning on Friday, March 14th AMP Radio launched the new contest with the people of Calgary in mind, trying to determine whether right or wrong will come out on top. Will people vote to BANK the cash and hope they may win it…or will they vote to BURN the cash, cause if they aren’t guaranteed to win why should anyone else?

Five thousand dollars is on the line for this week, and when we reveal the votes on Friday, March 21st at 8:10am with Ryan & Katie no matter what way the vote sways is what we will do. The following week there will be ten thousand dollars on the line for the people of Calgary to decide what will happen.

Make your vote by texting #BANK or #BURN 903-903or through the AMP Radio app.

For full details on this contest visit:

Mar 12, 2014
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Keith Clarke Joins Bell Media Brockville / Mark LeBel Named MD/PM Drive
Brockville ON from Scott McGregor

Please welcome Keith Clarke to Bell Media Brockville! Keith is very familiar with the company as he has been with our friends at Bell Media Ottawa for the last 2 years doing promo work and most recently as an intern for Majic 100 doing the Evening Show. He’ll be graduating from Algonquin College this year and grew up just up the street (Highway 416) in Kemptville.

Keith will be the new Afternoon Host and Music Director on 104.9 JRfm and his first day in the building is March 24th.

With Keith coming aboard I’d also like to congratulate Mark LeBel who has been one of the hardest working people in the building during this transition and will be appointed to Music Director and Afternoon Show host for 103.7 BOB-FM.

Mark and Keith both love rock music but not the band Coldplay, so they should get along well.

Thanks to the over 40 people who applied through MMU!

Mar 9, 2014
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Ron Rimer Joins Newcap Alberta NW
Edson AB from Stuart McIntosh

I’m happy to announce that after an extensive search, we have found our new News Director for Newcap Alberta Northwest!

Ron Rimer comes to us from the sunny shores of Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Ron’s extensive resume includes stints as a radio and television sports personality in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, and Toronto where he hosted a sports talk show for satellite radio.

Ron is passionate about broadcasting, and is very excited to share his vast knowledge of the business with the next generation. His first official day on the air in Edson is April 1st.

Mar 6, 2014
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End Of A BEAR-A In Ottawa
Ottawa ON

Corus Entertainment, new owners of CKQB FM (The Bear) in Ottawa announced today that they are taking the longtime rock station in a new direction (FRESH FM).

With the changes, on air hosts Scott Lear, Jay Herrington and Jon "Gonzo" Mark are no longer with the station.


The Bear 106.9 Closure

Corus Radio Ottawa is committed to providing the best possible listening experience, therefore, we have decided to take FM 106.9 in a new direction. We thank our listeners, advertisers and community partners for supporting us the past 20 years.

We are confident the new format will be a welcome addition to the Ottawa radio landscape. Your support is important to us and we invite you to listen to the station that we are certain will become an audience favorite.

Mark Dickie
General Manager,
Corus Radio Ottawa / Cornwall

FAB 94.3 Celebrates Bachman Turner Overdrive
Winnipeg MB from Mark Morris

FAB 94.3 is Takin’ Care of Business! Bachmann Turner Overdrive is being inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame at this year’s Juno Awards – and to show our support, and the support of the community, we’ve set up a special phone number for people across the country to call and leave well wishes and congratulations! We’ve already heard from Premier of Manitoba Greg Selinger, Mayor Sam Katz and lots of BTO’s local fans. Many of the phone calls discuss the importance of BTO to the Canadian and Winnipeg Music scene and the impact the music has had on their lives.

Janet Trecarten, Program Director says “We set out to get a few calls we could play on the radio, but we’re astounded by the outpouring of support for BTO – the phone doesn’t stop ringing.”

Fans can leave a message right up until March 31st at 204-926-3888. We’ll play the calls on FAB 94.3, as we’re showcasing the 2014 JUNO AWARDS later this month in Winnipeg. Then at the end of the month – we’ll gather all the messages together and send them directly to Randy Bachman!

“I started another band from the wilderness of Winnipeg out of nothing — untrained musicians, musicians who weren't in bands before except for Fred Turner, and somehow got to No. 1 album and No. 1 single and sold 20 million records'- Randy Bachman

Marsden Theatre On 94.9 THE ROCK
Oshawa ON from Doug Elliott

He is Free Form Radio in Toronto and the spiritual leader of a pioneering bunch of rebel radio artists that defined the sound of the home of great alternative music in Toronto. Two time Rock n Roll Hall of Fame inductee David Marsden hosts the weekly radio program, The Marsden Theatre on 94.9 The Rock and online worldwide at

“David is the most pioneering, influential, and expressive personality to ever grace the airwaves” says Program Director Doug Elliott. David’s legacy is synonymous with Toronto’s radio and alternative music scenes, reflected by his induction into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. The weekly Marsden Theatre is not a tribute to David, but David doing what David does best, exploring new music.

The Marsden Theatre can be heard Saturday and Sunday evenings from 7pm to midnight on 94.9 The Rock in the GTA and everywhere online @



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