CFFR began broadcasting in 1984. As of April 3, 2006, it operates in an all-news format, branded 660 News touted as the only local all news radio station in Calgary. The re-branding is similar to that used by Rogers all-news or news-talk stations in Toronto (680 News), Vancouver (News 1130), Ottawa (1310 News), Kitchener (570 News) St John (News 88.9), Moncton (News 91.9) and Halifax (News 95.7). In the Winter 2011 BBM Radio PPM Data, CFFR was reported the number 14 radio station in Calgary. CFFR’s sister stations in Calgary are Sportsnet 960, The Fan (CFAC), Lite 95.9 (CHFM-FM), Jack FM (CJAQ-FM) and, on the TV side CityTV (CKAL-TV), and OMNI TV (CJCO-TV).
Hosts, Anchors and News Reporters
Amy Barrington – Anchor
Amy grew up in Calgary where she has lived most of her life. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She continued on for another year to receive her Masters of Arts in Journalism. Amy moved back to her home town in September 2010 after accepting a job as overnight anchor with 660 News.
Chris Bowen – Anchor/Editor
Chris launched his broadcasting career at the age of 12 when he and a friend created Kitchener Waterloo’s first radio program produced entirely by youth. It ran on CKMS-FM for five years. From there, Chris moved to Toronto to study broadcasting. After graduating, he worked as a junior reporter for Medicine Hat’s CHAT-TV. From there he moved to Medicine Hat’s MY96-FM’s morning and arrived at 660News shortly after it launched in 2006.
Ian Campbell – Reporter
Born with a nose for news, Ian claimes to have always had a passion for what’s going on in the world and has tried to broadcast it to anyone who would listen. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, he grew up in the Windsor area before returning to Hamilton to attend Journalism School at Mohawk College. After graduating with an advanced diploma, he started his career for Rogers Radio Sudbury and spent three years in the community while working towards a degree in Italian and Political Science.
Don Cook – Anchor/Editor
Don’s been from town to town, packing and unpacking, up and down the dial. He’s worked in various markets throughout the province and has done everything from production to programming. He’s a dyed-in-the-wool Albertan and very happy to be working at 660News.
Pete Curtis – Anchor
Pete joined 660News shortly after the station signed on in April of 2006. He’s spent more than 35 years in radio and television, including 18 years in Lethbridge where he was a tv sportscaster for many years.
Nadia Jannif – Anchor/Editor
Nadia hails from Vancouver, BC. She joined the Canadian Traffic Network after graduating from BCIT as a helicopter traffic reporter. After flying high in the sky for some time, she moved on to an opportunity of a lifetime with the Olympic News Service where she was a reporter. She was stationed at the Richmond Olympic Oval where she interviewed long track speed skaters during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. She joined the 660News team in the summer of 2011 as an Anchor/Editor
Stephanie Irvine – Morning Show Editor
Stephanie joined the 660News team in March 2009, after getting her start in the industry at sister station 570News in Kitchener, Ontario. Stephanie graduated at the top of her class from the Journalism – Print and Broadcast program at Conestoga College in 2008, earning a spot on the President’s Honour List.
Todd Kaufman – Anchor
Todd was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in Architecture History and Urban Planning. He moved to Calgary in 1999 to attend Architecture School at the University of Calgary and spent some time teaching elementary school. In 2006, he graduated from the SAIT with a diploma in radio broadcasting and immediately began working for the FAN 960 producing sportscasts, anchoring, traffic updates and editing.
Craig Lester – Afternoon Drive Editor
Craig grew up on a beef and agriculture farm in the community of Rolling Hills in southern Alberta. After receiving his Broadcast News Diploma from SAIT in 2002, Craig landed on his head in Smithers, B.C. In 2007 Craig arrived back on the Calgary scene with 660News. When he’s not at 660News he can be found on the family farm in the corrals or in the corn field, loving every minute of it.
Sandra Prusina – Anchor/Editor
Sandra Prusina is a born and raised Calgarian. Her love for the world of broadcasting began at a young age, taking in the 1988 Olympics as a first grader. Sandra graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in English and completed the post-degree Journalism program at Mount Royal University on the President’s Honor Roll. Her most memorable broadcasting moment thus far is covering the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Melissa Ramsay – Afternoon Drive Co-Anchor
Melissa is a graduate from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology CTSR program, where she studied Broadcast News. Melissa’s two favourite things are travel and music. Her dream is to travel the world attending concerts held by her favourite bands and artists. Melissa loves all genres of music from pop to punk, and jazz to reggae.
Doug Reynolds – Morning Show Anchor
Doug Reynolds is a Cape Bretoner who lost his accent to get into the business. He’s worked in news for over 30 years and recently left Nova Scotia for Alberta. Doug is married with two grown children and is a fan of the outdoors, oceans, most sports, vacuuming and detailing his vehicle when there are stretches of good weather.
Mark Strashok – Afternoon Drive Co-Anchor
Born in Edmonton and raised just outside in Sherwood Park in Alberta’s capital region, Mark started his radio career as an intern in Kelowna. He left to anchor afternoon news in Lloydminster after which he moved on to Edmonton and 630 CHED in 2003. In 2006 Mark m moved to Calgary to co-anchor the Afternoon Drive Show on 660News.
Curtis Walty – Anchor/Reporter/Audio Editor
Curtis earned a broadcast diploma from Mount Royal University. During his time at Mount Royal, Curtis did play by play and colour for the Calgary Royals which you can watch on Youtube. He went back to his hometown in Peace River to work as the summer fun cruiser guy and later worked in the newsroom as an anchor and reporter. After his time in the North, he decided to return to Calgary and join the 660News team where he has been ever since.
Cindy White – Morning show Co-Host
Cindy’s originally from Prince George, BC and has been with the station since just after its launch in 2006. Before that, she worked in Red Deer seven years. She was among one of the first reporters to witness the devastation of the Pine Lake tornado. She has covered several other major events in the province and has a strong understanding of what matters to Albertans. Along with her husband and young son, Cindy lives in Airdrie…a quick commute to the 660 News studios in Calgary’s northeast.
Joel Wregget – Anchor
Joel is an anchor, and sports and traffic announcer. He joined 660 News in August of 2009 after graduating from SAIT in Calgary in April of 2009. Joel is the station’s resident golf expert, and near scratch golfer. He earned a certificate in Business Administration in Professional Golf Management from Lethbridge College, then apprenticed as a professional at Banff Springs Golf Course and Douglasdale Golf Course.
Contact CFFC 660News:
With a traffic tip:
403-291-0066 or #660 on your cell
With a news tip:
Call 403-250-1660 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: 2723 – 37th Avenue NE
Calgary, AB T1Y 5R8
Phone (main): 403-291-0000
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