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Mar. 26, 2015
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Virgin Edmonton Announces New Morning Show
Edmonton AB

I’m thrilled to announce the new members of the Virgin Radio morning show in Edmonton! The new morning show will consist of Ian MacKinnon who joins us from the Bell Media family in Kelowna where he is currently hosting the #1 morning show in that market with 99.9 SUN-FM. Joining Ian in mornings will be Chelsea Bird who has been co-hosting the afternoon drive show on CISN in Edmonton for the past three years. Thanks to everyone who applied for the recent MMU posting.

Chris Myers | Program Director

Nomination Period for WAB Awards Closing Soon
Calgary AB

The Western Association of Broadcasters looks forward to celebrating the best in Western broadcasting at their annual WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala on June 4th in Banff, Alberta. Nominations are only being accepted until Friday, April 3rd, and are open to any private radio and television stations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba who are members of the WAB. Nominations can be submitted directly at www.wab.ca/awards where further information is also listed on criteria for each category.

The following categories are available:

Gold Medal Award for Community Service

This Gold Medal Award is presented to WAB member stations for outstanding contribution to Canadian broadcasting industry in the area of community service. There are separate Gold Medal Awards for Community Service given to both Radio and Television.

This year the WAB is pleased to breakdown this category even further by market size. There are additional opportunities for worthy stations to win the Gold Medal Award as both stations representing markets under 150,000 and markets 150,000 and over will have separate awards received.

Leader of Tomorrow

This award will be given to those Leaders of Tomorrow who are under 30 as of June 4, 2015 and have demonstrated leadership and skill in broadcasting. The purpose of the award is to honour employees of WAB member stations who have reached a significant level of success and to promote mentorship and professional development by introducing these leaders to the established business community and by promoting them as role models for others.

Hall of Fame

The most prestigious award is the induction to the WAB Hall of Fame of a distinguished individual serving the broadcast industry. The WAB will recognize a long-serving broadcasting professional who has had a commitment to the highest standards of broadcast excellence and community service in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Broadcast Order of Achievement

We will recognize our long serving broadcasters for their 25 and 50 years of service to the industry with the Broadcast Order of Achievement. We will acknowledge the names of all individuals at the WAB Gold Medal Awards Gala and recipients will be presented with a pin and certificate.

LIFE 100.3 Sharathon
Barrie ON

LIFE 100.3 is celebrating another successful Sharathon! The annual fundraiser was held March 25 - 26 at the LIFE 100.3 studios in Barrie. LIFE 100.3 is a listener-supported radio station and nearly one-third of our income is received through the donations of faithful listeners, churches, and businesses.

The combined total of pledges was $163,480 in one-time donations and $4,298 in new monthly pledges, provided by over 1,000 donors. Program Director Steve Jones says, “Every year is interesting as we watch the pledges go up and wonder what the final numbers will be. We were blessed once again and are so thankful for our listeners that are so committed to the station, they are willing to support it financially.”

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

Kowchmedia To Develop & Coach New On Air Talent At Radio That Doesn’t Suck.com And Talk-Radio.ca
Montreal QC

“This is an exciting opportunity for kowchmedia to work with online radio talent and podcasters heard around the world on RTDS.ca and Talk-Radio.ca I look forward to working with the new generation of online radio and podcasting talent to help them chase their dream to have a successful career as broadcasters,” says kowchmedia President Steve Kowch.

There are a dozen hosts on Radio That Doesn’t Suck who play the music they choose with an eye to deeper tracks, undiscovered artists and musical eras that are underplayed on traditional FM radio. It’s sister station, Listen Up! Talk Radio is home to a half dozen talk shows and six podcasts. Hosts discuss the issues of the day without being dismissive or disrespectful.
Todd Miller, President of RTDS.

Todd Miller

“Welcome to the brave new world of talk radio,” says Todd Miller, president of RTDS that owns Listen Up! Talk Radio. “We look forward to having Steve Kowch share his expertise with our on air talent at both radio stations. Steve Kowch is one of Canada’s leading on air talent coaches who has worked with some of the biggest names in Canadian broadcasting while program director at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto and CJAD in Montreal.”

“At RTDS we unofficially call ourselves a music discovery service,” Miller says and goes on to note the similarity to Spotify or Pandora except with DJs to introduce the tracks and add a human touch to their selection.

“The RTDS format is inline with kowchmedia’s philosophy that DJs need to be given more time to talk between songs to return personality back to music radio,” says Kowch. “What we do at kowchmedia is mentor music radio hosts how to tell stories to connect with their listeners.”

“What attracted us to kowchmedia is Steve’s philosophy about story telling. You just need to read his On The Kowch blog to understand where he comes from and why he has been so successful coaching people in radio to tell great stories,” says Miller.

Mar. 25, 2015
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Ian Clark Joins Newcap Family
Ottawa ON

It gives me great pleasure to announce the addition of Ian Clark to the Newcap Ottawa Sales Team as our newest Account Manager.

Ian’s 23-year media career has included long stints with two different companies in two different mediums in a wide range of capacities here in Ottawa.

Ian’s first chapter in his career was focused in radio. He spent 13 years with the Rogers Radio Group as a Remote Broadcast Coordinator, Morning Show Producer, On-Air Personality and Commercial and Imaging Producer.

With the arrival of Metro Newspaper to Ottawa in 2005, Ian was recruited to join the team tasked with launching the publication. During his tenure, Ian has held down virtually every post at the paper including Marketing Manager, Senior Account Manager, Distribution Manager and Sales Manager. Ian has spent the last decade of his career building Metro Ottawa into one of Metro’s most successful divisions in Canada.

I am thrilled to bring an elite media professional of Ian’s calibre to Newcap. Ian is a trusted and respected media executive known for his strength of character and personal integrity within the Ottawa community. Ian’s diverse skill set, passion for radio and exceptional track record of success make him a valuable addition to our deep, talented Newcap Ottawa Sales Team. His first day with us will be Monday, April 20, 2015.

Ian Balfour - Retail Sales Manager

Mar. 24, 2015
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Now Morning Co-Host for Jewel 925 Rockland
Rockland ON

Sylvia Asche Bullard joins Clarence-Rockland’s Jewel 925 as morning co-host with Derrick Scott, beginning on Monday March 30th.

Sylvia brings a wealth of experience in news, both print (Sherbrooke Record/The Outlet) and radio (CJMQ Sherbooke/CTN).

In addition to joining the Jewel 925 morning show, Sylvia will continue in as news anchor and traffic reporter on the afternoon show on Jewel 1067 Hudson/St

Lazare/West island.

Mar. 22, 2015
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Fort McMurray Soaks Radio Host For $2,000
Fort McMurray AB

We asked our listeners to come out and splash Country 93.3 Morning Host, Pete Potipcoe, with a big puddle to raise money for the SPCA ?

AND ... Splash him they did!

To the tune of over $2,000 RAISED FOR THE SPCA!


ROCK 97.9 Announces New Swing
Fort McMurray AB

ROCK 97.9, Today’s Best Rock & Killer Classics in Fort McMurray is thrilled to announce that Justin Beaudoin (Justin Daniels) will be joining the Rogers Fort McMurray team.

Justin is finishing his education at Humber College in the Broadcasting Program. We explained we’d administer his final exams and he TOTALLY wouldn’t be allowed to cheat or anything. And they foolishly agreed! Wait.. they don’t read Milkman right?

Justin will help out in the newsroom in addition to his on-air duties with ROCK and while we’re a little concerned about his desire to bring his waterbed to Fort McMurray, he assures us that it’s all about a comfortable night’s sleep and not some nod to the 1970’s.

We’re cautiously optimistic that’s true.

Mar. 11, 2015
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Corus Entertainment’s Syndicated Radio Series, The Legends of Classic Rock, Added to FlinkTO’s Storytelling Platform
Toronto ON

FlinkTO, the crowdsourced publishing platform for the ‘totally obsessed SuperFan’ and Corus Entertainment Inc., a leading media and entertainment company, today announced another global content and promotional partnership agreement that will now see a growing selection of past and new episodes of The Legends of Classic Rock, a nationally syndicated radio program, added to FlinkTO’s storytelling platform.

The Legends of Classic Rock follows The Ongoing History of New Music to become the second Corus-owned radio program to have its content adapted for fans on FlinkTO. Now SuperFans of classic rock can engage with first-class content in an exclusive community of diehard fans (known as a “flink”). Not only can they earn status simply for sharing their obsession with classic rock, but they become part of The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told by contributing their voices.

FlinkTO’s The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told is the most comprehensive, ambitious and interactive narrative on modern music history, across all music genres, ever undertaken. Corus’ The Ongoing History of New Music and now, The Legends of Classic Rock, are an integral part of this project for the alternative & indie rock and classic rock genres, respectively.

Hosted by legendary radio personality Jeff Woods and produced by Corus Entertainment, The Legends of Classic Rock is a unique radio program that gives fans the stories about the music that defined a generation. A genuine music fanatic, Woods brings his audiences epic interviews with the ‘”who’s who” of classic rock, deep tracks, and live recordings that give context and breathe new life into some of the greatest music ever written. Released twice a month, Legends features will include audio files and adapted transcripts from episodes that will be further enhanced with exclusive content such as video interviews and bonus audio clips with Woods.

“Finally, rock and roll fans around the world have an incredible space to share their passion and add their voices to amazing stories on the music they worship,” said Jeff Woods, host at Toronto’s Rock, Q107. “This is so much bigger than the show. It’s a groundbreaking opportunity for fans to come together and create music history—to show the world the impact classic rock has on the evolution of modern music.”

Exclusive to The Legends of Classic Rock flink, Woods will also host New from the Vault, a weekly segment that will uncover new tracks from the classic rock vault that never saw the light of day as well as b-sides, unreleased and rare versions of famous tracks. Fans will have the opportunity to hear his take, listen to the music and sound off through contributions to the weekly story.

“There’s no one more qualified than the legendary Jeff Woods to lead and rally fans around this ambitious endeavour for classic rock,” said Nathalia Ribeiro, vice president and project manager for music at FlinkTO. “It’s all about putting the classic rock genre; the bands, the events and the industry as a whole into context to create, “The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told”. Classic rock is one very important chapter of this interactive story. We know the fans will be our greatest storytellers and we’re rewarding them in exciting ways for their contributions to history in the making.”

“Corus is excited to be partnering with FlinkTO in creating, what will surely be, the ultimate living encyclopedia on music in a way that’s never been done before,” said Chris Pandoff, President, Corus Radio. “Having two of Corus’ syndicated series featured on FlinkTO is a testament to the unique and inspiring radio programming that has resonated with our listeners over the years and we now have a way to transform this legacy content into living content through this great storytelling platform.”

Subscribers to The Legends of Classic Rock flink on FlinkTO can begin contributing their expertise to stories immediately and earn status. SuperFans will rise up the flink’s leaderboard based on votes to their contributions. Also, anyone who successfully promotes the flink has the opportunity to earn a share of the flink’s revenue.

About The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told

The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told chronicles the evolution of modern music across all music genres, from the founding of the world’s most celebrated bands to the release of monumental albums and more. For the first time ever, artists, SuperFans, musicologists and key players in the music industry worldwide can converge in a dynamic community to create, discuss and contribute high-quality, discoverable content that finally creates context for modern music history. Led by renowned experts from each genre, dynamic timelines for classic rock, alternative rock, country, pop, metal, and more, are grown and nurtured through amazing stories. Together, these dynamic timelines form The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told.

About FlinkTO

Launched in 2014, FlinkTO is a crowdsourced publishing platform where totally obsessed SuperFans share the things they love in one, dynamic ecosystem. FlinkTO unites true fans around high-quality content from talented writers, in exclusive communities known as “flinks”. From music, TV shows and poetry to hobbies and more, our vision is a flink for every obsession. FlinkTO disrupts the world of publishing by recognizing and rewarding those who create, share and contribute to great content. Content producers, SuperFans and artists get a share in the revenue and a say in the story through gamification, site recognition and more. FlinkTO is the official home of “The Greatest Story of Music Ever Told”. For more information FlinkTO.

About Corus Entertainment

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company that creates, broadcasts and licenses content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. The Company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing, children’s animation and animation software. Corus’ brands include YTV, TELETOON, ABC Spark, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network (Canada), HBO Canada, Historia and Séries+, as well as Nelvana, Kids Can Press, Toon Boom and 39 radio stations including CKNW AM 980, 99.3 Rock 101, Country 105, 630 CHED, Fresh FM London, JUMP! 106.9, Q107 and 102.1 the Edge. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at corusent.com

Mar. 8, 2015
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The Wait Is Over For Hudson, St Lazare, Vaudreuil And The West Island
Hudson QC

Jewel 1067 officially launches its full programming schedule on Monday March 9th.

We’ve already had overwhelming response to our Lite & Refreshing Favourites music format, which has brought great artists back to the radio: Elton John, Whitney Houston, Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra, The Beatles, Michael Buble, Anne Murray, Shania Twain and many more.

Now it’s time to add the people, who will give voice to the community:

The Ted Bird Morning Show 5:30-10:00 am
Popular Montreal broadcaster Ted Bird, promises a lively and fun start to your day, with great music, commentary and maybe a little bit of “Revisionist History”. Tanya Armstrong will keep you up to date with local news, traffic and weather.

John Tesh 10:00am-3:00 pm
John Tesh brings his “Intelligence for Your Life” to Jewel 1067. Count on John for information and advice on relationships, money, your kids, your pets and more, mixed in with our great Jewel 1067 music.

Bob Coley 3:00pm-7:00PM
Bob Coley gets you back from the office with the “Stress Free Drive Home”. Sylvia Asche Bullard keeps you informed with news, traffic and weather tailored to the needs of off-island and West Island commuters.

The Lounge 7:00pm-11:00pm
The Lounge plays the artists and songs the other stations have forgotten. Timeless Classics from Sinatra, Engelbert, Elvis, Tony, Ella and Julio, complemented by the new standards from Diana Krall, Rod Stewart, Carly Simon and Nana Mouskouri. The Lounge is the perfect way to wind down your busy day.

Mar. 5, 2015
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Tredwell/Evanov Split
Halifax NS

Gary Tredewell and Evanov Halifax have parted ways. Gary is pursuing opportunities outside of radio but can always be reached for "advice, opinion, opportunity and my unique (sometimes wicked) sense of humour" at gtredwell@hotmail.com

Mar. 4, 2015
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Hilary Welch Moves To JACK London
London ON

The final piece to the JACK Mornings puzzle has been found! We’re so happy to welcome Hilary Welch to our JACK London team.

Hilary comes to London from KiSS Sudbury's morning show. JACK Mornings with Curtis Bray and Hilary Welch launches late March.

10 Years Of Broadcasters Sharing With Students - OAB Career Day 2015
London ON

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters' 10th Annual Career Day event was held on Monday, March 3rd, at Corus Entertainment in Toronto. Thank you to Corus Entertainment and Dave Farough, General Manager, Corus Toronto for hosting Career Day 2015. Over fifty broadcast professionals volunteered to host tables for the 360 students who registered, from eleven post secondary broadcast schools, for this unique event.

Each year the OAB honours the memory of Seneca professor, Michael Monty by awarding to a high academic and community minded Ontario Broadcasting student an annual scholarship in his name. This year Jillianne King-Godard from Mohawk College was selected as the worthy recipient and awarded the 2015 Michael Monty Scholarship.

The how to's of landing your first job was the panel topic and set the tone for a lively discussion on the industry trends. Thank you to the recent grads who came out to share their stories - Scott Burnett, Chris Lapp, Jordana Katz, Tessa Malisani and Kyle Widomski.

For 10 years, Career Day has provided a forum for soon-to-be graduating broadcasting students to meet with professionals in their field to talk candidly and ask questions, allowing them a level of access they would not normally have. The ever popular round-table discussions featured hosts from all areas of broadcasting and included: (alphabetically) Shelley Barry, Blair Bartrem, Keith Beaulieu, Richard Bloom, David Boorne, Paul Brousseau, Scott Burnett, Chris Byrnes, John Coldwell, Pat Cugliari, Amanda Dwyer, Dave Farough, Andrea Gagliardi, Pat Gonsalves, Jonathan Green, Gord Harris, Jennifer Howe, Stu Jeffries, Rob Johnston, Mike Katrycz, Jordana Katz, Theresa Kowall-Shipp, Chris Lapp, Anne Lavrih, Tessa Malisani, Melani Mariani, Troy McCallum, Buffy McGaw, Jordan Mercier, Mike Mise, Tyler Mountain, Sam Nasrawi, Chris Pottage, Sheila Quattrociocchi, Lorie Russell, Joel Scott, James Sharman, Rob Snoek, Renée Tanaka, Andrew Taucar, Kyle Taylor, Andrew Thomas, Geoff Thrasher, Glenn Torrence, Angela Tu, Maggie Tulecka, John Van Driel, Adriane Vogel, Ron Waksman, Kyle Widomski, Joanne Wilder, Dan Wylie, Sarah Zinger. The Ontario Association of Broadcasters thanks all the people who volunteered their time as hosts and panelists to create this event and assist future broadcasters.

Career Day sponsors have enabled the OAB to continue hold this event each year at no cost to individual students. Thank you to each of our sponsors: Platinum - Broadcast Captioning & Consulting Services and Seneca College; Gold - Applied Electronics Ltd, Closed Captioning Services, and National Captioning Canada; Silver - Broadnetworx, Durham College, and Ross Video; Bronze - Conestoga College, Evertz Microsystems Ltd., Fanshawe College, Mohawk College, Sony, Tier 1 Technology and Media Sponsor - Broadcast Dialogue.

The Ontario Association of Broadcasters' Education Liaison Committee is: Jim Carr (Chair), Mora Austin, Lisa Bowditch and Jon Pole.

Mar. 2, 2015
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Changes At ROCK 97.7
Grande Prairie AB

ROCK 97.7 in Grande Prairie is excited to announce we’ve found a new member of our team!

Zena Currie will be joining us from London, ON where she’s spent the last four years attending a joint program between Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. Zena will need a few weeks to finish her program before moving West but should arrive in Grande Prairie on March 30th.

Zena will be taking on a very busy Promo Coordinator role, in addition to becoming our new evening host.

We’re also are very pleased to announce that Cam Skip will now be on-air in the daylight permanently. Cam has spent the last few weeks as the interim midday host and will make the move from evenings effective immediately.

Congrats to both Zena & Cam!

New Funding Program For Radio Stations
Ottawa ON

The CRFC launches a training grant pilot program

Ottawa – Campus and community radio exists thanks to the commitment and participation of members of their communities. To emphasize this essential role and highlight the importance of youth in this media, the CRFC has decided to put into effect a pilot program called Youth on Air! This program will offer youth a unique radio experience by means of training grants.

“We are constantly searching for ways to stimulate the sector and youth represents the future of community radio. With the program Youth on the Air!, we hope to turn their interests into passions,” says CRFC's President Roger Ouellette.

Youth on the Air! is geared towards campus and community radios interested in working with young Canadians in search of training, education and mentorship opportunities. The program’s goal is to foster radio talent and, consequently, strengthen stations’ capacities and productivity. Stations will be able to apply for funding up to a maximum of $10,000.

Youth on the Air! is a continuation of the first two programs previously offered by the CRFC: the Radio Talent Development Program and the Youth Internship Program. “Several stations have indicated their interest in continuing to offer internships. We have decided to listen to them by proposing a simplified program where each station will have the freedom to develop projects that meet their needs,” adds Jean Malavoy, CRFC's Executive Director.

Guidelines and application form for the Youth on the Air! program can be found on our website at: Application Materials.

Stations have until March 31, 2015 to submit their funding application.

The funding for Youth on the Air! is provided by Canada’s private radio broadcasters through their Canadian Content Development (CCD) contributions, a funding mechanism established by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). These contributions play an important part in the success of the Canadian radio broadcasting system’s community sector.

The Community Radio Fund of Canada (CRFC) is the national not-for-profit funding entity responsible for the growth and sustainability of the community and campus radio sector. More than 175 radio stations across Canada make up the community-owned, volunteer-driven sector of Canadian radio broadcasting. The CRFC helps develop and strengthen this vital radio broadcasting sector to ensure local, public-access radio for Canadian communities.

Mar. 1, 2015
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Codi Jeffreys Joins Jewel 985
Ottawa ON

One of Ottawa’s best known and much loved radio personalities comes to Jewel 985 Monday March 2nd

Codi Jeffreys joins Nida Drake to host Jewel 98’s morning show from 5:30am to 10:00 am.

Best known to Ottawa listeners from her time as part of the Majic 100 morning show and BOB-FM’s afternoon drive show, Codi teams up with Nida Drake to bring Ottawa’s first all girl morning show to life. Codi & Nida will share their stories, their passions and their music and keep Ottawa informed with news updates, traffic, weather and more.

Enjoy Breakfast with the Girls: Codi & Nida and Jewel 985

Codi Jeffreys:

Started her radio career during the Big Hair days of the 80s and has graced the airwaves of stations in Sherbrooke, Peterborough, St Catharines and since1999, Ottawa (Majic 100 & Bob FM).

Her interests include music, movies , Animals, Charity work and working out at the Gym.

Codi is married to Keith, whom she met while doing a remote broadcast .

Nida Drake:

Has been Jewel 985’s morning news anchor and co-host since 2013. Getting her start in radio in her native Niagara region, she spent 14 years as morning co-host on Y101 before coming to Jewel 985 in September 2013.

Nida is passionate about her family and friends, her community and radio and is actively involved with the Ottawa chapter of Dreams Take Flight.

Nida and her husband Chris are the proud parents of two teenaged boys, Evan and Ashton.

HOT 107's Ryder In The Morning Is Delux Burger Bars' Celeb Chef of the Month
Edmonton AB

Help your hunger….AND support a great cause!

HOT 107 has teamed up with Delux Burger Bar to bring you Ryder in the Morning’s “Caesar Pleaser” in support of Bust A Move with proceeds going towards helping the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Throughout the month of March, each time a Ryder in the Morning “Caesar Pleaser” is sold, Delux Burger Bar will donate $1 to Bust A Move.

Bust A Move will take place on March 21, 2015 at the Edmonton Expo Centre. The Alberta Cancer Foundations mission is to make Alberta the leader in cancer prevention research and care. They strive to be one of the most innovative philanthropic organizations in Canada by delivering transformational results for those waging the war against cancer, and their families.

Join HOT 107’s Ryder in the Morning as he visits Delux Burger Bar to launch his burger in person!

Monday, March 2nd from 430PM – 7PM at Delux Burger Bar - Crestwood Centre (9682 – 142 Street)

Enjoy Ryder’s delicious creation:

The “Caesar Pleaser”

A grilled 7oz beef patty with double smoked bacon, shaved parmesan, romaine lettuce, creamy Caesar dressing on a toasted garlic bun with a dill pickle on the side.

CKBW & Country 100.7 Help Raise $155,000 For Local Hospital
Bridgewater, NS

In February, CKBW & Country 100.7 held their annual Radiothon at The South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, NS. The goal was to raise $107,000 in one day for the Journey Room, a proposed cancer patient resource center at the hospital. Over the course of 8 hours, and with the help of fantastic volunteers at the Hospital, we they were able to smash their goal and bring in over $150,000! Other fundraisers attached to Journey Room are scheduled, so that number will rise.

Promotion/Addition @ Q99 Newsroom
Grande Prairie AB

With the departure of long time Q99 Grande Prairie news director Randy Pike, Sheena Roszell has been promoted to the position. In addition 660 News-Calgary reporter/anchor Glory Przekop joins Q99 as the senior morning news anchor.

Mike Hepditch Exits MOOSE FM For Western Opportunity
Muskoka ON

It is with regret that I announce that Mike Hepditch will be leaving our station and heading out west for his next radio tour stop. His commitment to the job and passion for radio did not go unnoticed. We wish him all the best.

- Dave Newman