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100.3 THE BEAR Invites Edmontonians to Guess What’s in The Bear’s Box to Win $10,000

the bear rocksEdmonton’s 100.3 THE BEAR announced today that listeners will have a chance to take home a cash prize of $10,000 if they can correctly guess what is enclosed in the massive shipping container located outside of the radio station at 18520 Stony Plain Road. Every weekday morning beginning this Monday at 7:40 a.m., The Paul Brown Show will announce a clue as to the possible contents of The Bear’s Box.

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Calgary’s AMP Radio | 90.3 FM is Canada’s First QuickHitz Station Playing Twice the Music

CKMP radio CalgaryOn August 1, Calgary’s AMP radio at 90.3 FM swapped its conventional Top 40 format for the new QuickHitz format and a new slogan: “Twice the Music.” With the new format, Top 40 songs are edited to run around two minutes instead of the more typical three or four minutes thus delivering “twice the music in half the time.” AMP now plays 24 songs per hour instead of the normal 12 it used to play.

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Foundation Invites Participants to the Annual Lawn Bowling Tournament in Support of Young Journalists on August 16

lawn bowlingThe Amber Webb-Bowerman Memorial Foundation is holding their 6th annual Sugar Bowl Lawn Bowling Tournament and Fundraiser in support of journalism and young writers and everyone’s invited to participate. The event is an annual tradition: each year teams from the magazine industry join in the fun for a great journalistic cause. This is a networking and team-building opportunity for you, your staff, colleagues, friends and family!

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Top 10 Takeaways from the 2014 Banff World Media Festival by Katie Bailey for Playback Magazine

top 10 blueEven when they are held in one of the world’s most beautiful places, four-day media conferences can be enough to tire anyone on made-up words (“eventizing”), references to Netflix and Orange is the New Black and the phrase “content is king.” But putting all that aside, it’s also an excellent way to get  outside the Bell-Shaw-Rogers bubble and see what the rest of the world is making of this disruptive transition from traditional to digital media. In this report from the Banff World Media Festival this past June, Katie Bailey describes the trends shaping the TV landscape in Alberta and around the world.

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Alberta Media News: July 2014 – Radiothons in Alberta | CBC Goes Mobile | Shaw Goes National

CBC-EdmontonOn July 24, CBC announced massive staff cuts, roughly 20% of its current complement of 7,500 employees, as it shifts from broadcasting to a mobile-first strategy. The cuts are in addition to the announcement in April that 657 jobs would be eliminated over the next two years. President/CEO Hubert Lacroix calls it a “culture shift”— turning the public broadcaster into a less expensive multi-platform player.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a confessed news junkie with a penchant for publishing, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)

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