The CRTC has issued a call for new radio applications in Edmonton but has limited the field with a preliminary view that the market would be best served by proposals for ethnic programming. The market is now served by 19 commercial stations with CKER-FM, owned by Rogers, as the only ethnic service. It targets the South Asian, and to a lesser extent, the Chinese communities. Applicants so far include VMS Media Group, Neeti P. Ray, Antoine Karam and South Fraser Broadcasting. Applications must be received by April 6.

LA Radio Group’s two Alberta stations — CJUV 94.1 Lacombe and CKIK-FM Red Deer — are now owned individually by Golden West Broadcasting (CJUV) and Harvard Broadcasting (CKIK). The CRTC assessed the value of the CJUV transaction at $4,598,070. The Harvard deal for CKIK was valued at $4,693,809. Harvard also owns 100.7 CRUZ fm (CKRI) Red Deer. The closing dates for both sales have yet to be determined.

Shaw Communications is launching the first part of a revamped television offering with an app called FreeRangeTV that lets subscribers watch live television and on-demand programs and movies from their mobile devices. The app is a cloud-based platform that integrates live TV, on-demand and recorded content in one interface. Shaw now offers more than a dozen apps for viewing various networks live and on-demand but this standalone app aggregates all of the content in one space.

Corus Entertainment plans to purchase Shaw Media’s assets in $2.65B deal that frees up Shaw to focus on wireless and cable following their bid to purchase Wind Mobile while Corus continues to focus on content. Reports are that the deal will have no problem securing CRTC approval as both companies are owned by Shaw Communications.

City/OMNI Edmonton is in the process of moving in with Rogers Radio at 5915 Gateway Blvd. Television’s lease at 10212 Jasper Ave. was up and it was decided to put radio-TV teams together under one roof.

CBC Calgary will be moving to a new address after the corporation’s board of directors approved the sale of their longtime location. The CBC says the design and construction process of the new, smaller building is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete, with the hope of moving in by July, 2017.

CAB-K Broadcasting‘s new station, CKVG-FM Vegreville launched on January 4. The Country station targeting 25-64s operates at 106.5 with power of 13,000 watts. CKVG is the third CAB-K Alberta station, owned by Brian and Melanie Hepp. The others are Rock 104 (CKJX) and Country station 96.5 CK-fm (CKLJ-FM), both in Olds.

New executive producer at Global Edmonton is Deb Zinck, promoted from senior news producer. Zinck began at Global Maritimes, spending 13 years there as a reporter/anchor/producer before joining Global Edmonton.

Managing editor of the Edmonton Journal, Stephanie Coombs, announced on January 19 that she and editor-in-chief Margo Goodhand were leaving the newsroom. Donna Harker, managing editor of the Edmonton Sun as also given notice today. Word on the street is that there will be 90 more more layoffs by Postmedia Network as a result of their purchase of the Sun Media chain of newspapers and the merger of newrooms across the country.

See the letter Paul Godfrey sent to Postmedia staff today:

To keep up with the Twitter streams of 35 or more reporters laid off at the Edmonton Journal, Edmonton Sun, Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun see these hashtags: #yegmedia and #postmedia.

On a happier note…

Red FM radiothons in Surrey and Calgary have raised $1.1 million for two major hospitals. Red FM Surrey took $829,000 in donations and Calgary received $311,000 from listeners. This was the seventh Red FM radiothon in support of Surrey Memorial Hospital for expansion of its Kidney Centre and the second radiothon by Red FM Calgary for the Calgary Health Trust to support the women’s health triage area at the Peter Lougheed Hospital.

Six Alberta charities, including three food banks, have received a private donation totalling more than $10 million from Brad Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications. The funds will be distributed to the Calgary Food Bank ($6 million), the Edmonton Food Bank ($3 million), the Calgary Veteran’s Food Bank ($100,000) and $1 million to Alberta animal wildlife preservation organizations including the Calgary Humane Society, the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society and the Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation.

95.5 KiSS Calgary’s Annual Toy Angels campaign in support of the Salvation Army’s Christmas Program saw BROADCAST DIALOGUE WEEKLY BRIEFING — Essential Reading • January 7, 2016 Lowell Green Rosemary Barton 20,195 toys collected and over $3,000 in gift cards donated.

News Talk 770 Calgary’s Pledge Day saw $328,000 raised on behalf of the Calgary Children’s Foundation. Over 90% of it will go to support local charities and organizations working with kids.

Edmonton’s Up 99.3‘s radiothon raised a whopping 422,684  for the Edmonton Christmas Bureau during their radiothon at Kingsway Garden Mall on December 19, 2015.

The 17th Annual Corus Radiothon live, two-day broadcast on CISN Country 103.9 from the lobby of the Stollery Children’s Hospital is set to run on January 19 – 20, 2016. CISN’s sister stations, 92.5 Fresh Radio and 630 CHED, support Radiothon both off- and on-site during the broadcast. These stations generously donate air time, staff and programming to allow the community a glimpse into everyday life at our world-class Hospital. Since 2000, Corus Radiothon has raised more than $18.5 million — including more than $1.3 million in 2015. Proceeds help our Foundation invest in the best people, programs, pediatric equipment and research to keep the Stollery Children’s Hospital world-class in delivering specialized, acute health care to kids who need it most.

If you know of a media outlet in Alberta that raised funds or plans to raise funds for a community organization in Alberta that is not included here, please send us an email at marilyn at and we’ll include it.