Mark Iype took over as Editor-in-Chief for both the Edmonton Sun and Edmonton Journal on October 1 from Lorne Motley, who has taken a role as vice-president of editorial for Postmedia’s western region. Iype came to Edmonton in 2014, to oversee city and business coverage. Previously, Iype was a senior editor at the Telegraph-Journal in Saint John, N.B., and a reporter/editor at Canwest News Service in Ottawa.
Serena Mah, formerly a political reporter in the legislative bureau with CTV Edmonton, is now the Media/Communication Consultant for the Mustard Seed Community Support Centre in Edmonton.
Graham Hicks, formerly the popular Page 6 columnist for the Edmonton Sun and currently a freelance journalist for the newspaper and others, is now teaching journalism at Kings University in Edmonton.
Ryan Tumilty, formerly editor of Metro Edmonton is off to Metro Ottawa. Before he left, he posted his reflections on his time in Edmonton. Filling his boots at Metro Edmonton is Alex Boyd. Joining her is Jeremy Simes from Metro Calgary.
Carly Turner, formerly traffic and entertainment reporter for Breakfast TV Edmonton, is now with CTV Edmonton.
Ken Regan is about to retire as the CEO at CKUA after more than 17 years. Search is on for a new CEO.
Jennifer Crosby, at Global Edmonton, is now on maternity leave with baby #2. In the meantime, Erin Chalmers will join Shaye Ganam on the morning and noon news anchor.
Lloyd Lewis, former VP and GM of CTV Edmonton, has launched Todayville.com down in Red Deer according to a post on mastermaq.ca. It’s “a brand new media platform that its owners are hoping will re-invigorate community engagement this city, and eventually in all areas which are underserved by conventional media but full of people who want to know what’s going on around them.”
Kathy Kerr, Postmedia Edmonton’s newsroom manager, is set to retire from her position as deputy editor after a 33-year career. Her duties will be taken over by Dave Breakenridge, who will serve as managing editor of the Edmonton newsroom, overseeing both publications.
Mark Drelich aka Mark D has moved from 102.3 Now Radio (CKNO-FM) Edmonton where he hosted evenings and overnights to 102.7 The Peak (CKPK-FM) Vancouver where he takes over the evening shift until at least the end of the year to help ease a staffing shortage at the Pattison station. Drelich has been with 102.3 Now Radio for three years, after studying at Humber College.
Shauna MacKinnon has moved from morning news at Mix 103.7 (CFVR) in Fort McMurray down the hall to sister station 100.5 Cruz FM (CHFT-FM) where she takes over middays. MacKinnon was previously midday host at 96.5 KOOL-FM (CKUL) in Halifax.
Doug Veronelly of Calgary’s Country 105 (CKRY-FM), hosted his final The Odd Squad morning show Sept. 23 after announcing his retirement earlier this summer. Veronelly started in pop radio in the 1970s before making the move to country where he’s played a vital role in the Calgary country music scene for the past 24 years. Former Country 105 afternoon host Roger Rhodes joins The Odd Squad with co-hosts Dan Carson and Robyn Adair.
Gerry Forbes, Morning Man at CJAY92 in Calgary, has renewed his contract for another two years just as he celebrates his 60th birthday. The host of The Gerry Forbes Show was expected to retire but decided he wasn’t ready to stop waking up Calgary listeners. Forbes has been with the station for 23 years and his known for his stunts and volunteer work.
Mack Lamoureux, a reporter with CBC Edmonton. will be heading for Toronto to start with VICE as their night editor.
Gord Gillies, anchor of Calgary’s Global News Hour at 6 p.m is joining News Talk 770 (CHQR) host Angela Kokott on Calgary Today’s Friday Free For All. Starting Sept. 30, every Friday from 3-4:00 p.m. the well-known news personalities will take on the top stories of the week.
James “Gruff” Gushnowski, formerly with 88.1 FM The One in Stony Plain, and before that CFCW, is now at 93.1 FM The One in Leduc. He’s taking over as Program Director & Afternoon Drive Host. He’s also the Director of Programming for all of Blackgold Broadcasting.
Elizabeth Priest is the new news director for Mix 103.7 FM (CFVR) operated by Harvard Broadcasting in Fort McMurray. Priest joined the team from Winnipeg where she was a reporter/anchor with 680 CJOB. Other career stops include being news reporter at Blackburn Radio Wingham and Astral Radio in Trail, BC.
If you know of other Alberta media personalities who have recently made a move, please let me know by posting the details on my Twitter account: https://twitter.com/mediamagdotca and I’ll add the info here with my thanks. In the meantime, I would like to thank Mack Male who often lays much of the groundwork for the media moves in Edmonton included here. Check out his weekly Media Monday posts at: http://blog.mastermaq.ca/tag/media.