CBC Radio One Edmonton at 740 on the AM dial and simulcast at 93.9 on the FM dial features four local news programs produced out of Alberta. First up is Edmonton AM. In addition to news, weather and live traffic reports direct from city streets, the program showcases in-depth interviews and regular features to keep listeners up-to-date on the latest in local and provincial politics, education, business, health and sports. Timely, breaking stories from Edmonton, across Canada and around the globe along with other items of lasting interest – that’s what listeners hear on Edmonton AM.
Edmonton AM is co-hosted by Lydia Neufeld, who has been with CBC Edmonton since 1988 and Rick Harp, who began his journalism career with CBC in Toronto in 1993 as a chase producer for As It Happens. Rick comes to CBC Edmonton from his home town of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He brings almost two decades of broadcasting, communications, and production experience to his position. During his career, he has held several positions, across many platforms, including most recently, as a radio host/producer for Urban Nation Live, as editor-in-chief of mediaindigena.com, and working at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network as a host, producer, and director. Rick has also served as artistic director for the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival, and is a published author and an avid social media user.
From noon to 1pm, CBC Radio One listeners can tune into Alberta @ Noon, a call in show produced out of Calgary that promises to be immediate, responsive, and interactive; giving listeners the opportunity to talk to the news makers and voice their opinion about the stories making news in Alberta. The program is hosted by Donna McElligott. She has been working with both CBC Radio and Television since 1984 and her work for CBC has taken her around the world. She worked in 1987 as the foreign expert for Radio Beijing, reported from Moscow on the changing face of democracy and on the guerrilla war against Communism in Afghanistan. She also worked as a reporter in Charlottetown, a senior news editor in Inuvik, a legislative reporter at Queen’s Park, and a parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa.
In 1994, Donna was appointed National Reporter for Alberta, based in Calgary. In 1996, she became News Editor for CBC 1010 and went on to co-host the station’s morning show, the Calgary Eyeopener. Donna is the host of Alberta@noon heard on the CBC Radio One throughout the province weekdays from 12 Noon to 1 PM
From 3 to 6pm, CBC Radio One in Edmonton features Radio Active, produced out of Edmonton. Hosted by Peter Brown, the program features the latest news of the day, traffic and weather information, and a thought-provoking look at the issues that affect your life. Whether it is politics, sports, arts or business, or just a laugh at the end of the day, Radio Active has you covered.
Prior to hosting Radio Active, Peter Brown, has worked as host, reporter and political satirist with CBC Saskatchewan and as a producer on The Arts Tonight. Peter has also guest-hosted on Richardson’s Roundup, and hosted the national summer program The Circuit: Your Summer Festival Pass.
Not limited to the air waves, Peter has produced two successful seasons of the hit sketch comedy show The Irrelevant Show, starring some of Edmonton’s best comics. Prior to that he created and hosted the national program, That Saturday Show, a lively, eclectic mix of music, comedy and interviews from coast to coast. Peter boasts a graduate degree in English from Cambridge University.
Weekends from 6 to 9am on CBC Radio One features Daybreak Alberta hosted by Russell Bowers. Russell has been a broadcast journalist for nearly 25 years with work that has taken him from St. John’s, NL to Prince Rupert, BC. His work has been featured locally and regionally, as well as nationally on programs like The Current, Definitely Not the Opera, As It Happens and The Sunday Edition.
Outside of his current affairs and arts news duties, he’s produced several music albums including All For A Song and The Very Best of Harry Hibbs for CBC Records. The Hibbs compilation is the biggest selling CD in the history of the label and won Russell a “Heritage Recording of the Year” award from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland & Labrador.
Since 1994, Russell has spent time writing and performing for the theatrical stage with several theatre companies and comedy troupes. In 2002, he won a “Best Supporting Actor” award for his role in Yazmena Reza’s ART. He continues to perform occasionally with Calgary’s Dirty Laundry and is one of Calgary’s most sought-after Hosts and MC’s.
A noted columnist and print reporter, his written work has appeared in a variety of magazines including The Chart, The Newfoundland Herald and NorthWord. Russell has organized benefit events for the Red Cross, helping to raise nearly half a million dollars. He continues to volunteer his time with groups like CARAS, the ECMA and Wordfest.
Tune into CBC Radio One in Edmonton at 740 AM or 93.9 FM. See more about CBC Radio One Edmonton on the CBC website.