Mike Shannon is also out as program director at Wild 95.3. Heather Prosak signs on as the new Wild 95.3 program director and morning show host. Heather leaves Bell Media Winnipeg where she’s morning co-host and Program Director at 99.9 Bob FM (CFWM-FM). Jonathan Best joins the team as morning show co-host, Assistant Program Director and music director. Best was most recently with Newcap Edmonton. Now! (CKNO-FM) Edmonton Program Director Mark Hunter adds programming duties for Kool FM.
The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has shuffled the deck at its Calgary stations 101.5 Kool FM (CKCE-FM) and Wild 95.3 (CKWD-FM). Kool FM morning show hosts Brad Dryden and Michelle Yi are no longer with the station. Dryden had been in the position since Aug. 2015 after eight years on the C100 (CIOO-FM) Halifax morning show. Yi previously hosted Kool FM mornings with Tarzan Dan after stints at CHUM-FM Toronto and Sonic 104.9 (CFUN-FM) Vancouver. Filling their shoes as morning hosts are Christy Farrell and Fraser Tuff.
Morning show host Paul Brown is heading to Hollywood. After 13 years, he is leaving The Bear in Edmonton at the end of December to take on the entertainment business in California. He made the announcement on November 25 during his show. Yukon Jack and Ryan Maier will continue the morning show while Jillian Foote is on maternity leave.
Marc Michaels is the new host of X-Evenings on X92.9 FM (CFEX-FM) Calgary. Michaels has previously been a morning host on 98.5 Virgin Radio (CIBK-FM) Calgary, 91.7 The Bounce (CHBN-FM) Edmonton and Wired 96.3 (CFWD-FM) Saskatoon.
Matt Woodman is leaving CTV Atlantic to join CTV Edmonton as late, weekday anchor. The Halifax-based reporter, anchor and weekend weather anchor began his career at CTV Atlantic in 2013, learning jobs on both sides of the cameras. In 2014, he began doing the weather on the weekend edition of CTV News at 6 and anchoring the 11:30 newscast. Most recently he’s filled in as a co-host on CTV Morning Live and CTV News at 5. He studied Journalism at the University of King’s College, where he graduated with honours.
Bell Media confirms that Len Perry has retired from his role as GM at CTV Calgary. The company says no decisions have been made about his replacement. In the meantime, James Stuart, regional vice-president and general manager, is overseeing Perry’s former responsibilities. Perry had been overseeing the day-to-day operations of the station since Jan. 2008 after serving as director of news and public affairs for seven years.
Charles Adler returns to Corus Radio with a new evening show, Charles Adler Tonight. The program launches Nov. 14 on CKNW AM 980 Vancouver, News Talk 770 Calgary, 630 CHED Edmonton and 680 CJOB Winnipeg from 7-10 p.m. PT. Adler most recently had been a host on SiriusXM.
After 14 years as a business writer for the Edmonton Journal, Gary Lamphier, published his last column on December 10. In addition to being published in print, her recorded a video about the things he learned over the years and predictions for the future.
After 30 years with the Edmonton Journal upgrading copy, upbraiding reporters, and mentoring generations of journalists and writers, Journal columnist Paula Simons reports Randy Hardisty is retiring. “You rarely saw his name in our paper. But his creative handiwork and unerring news judgment were integral to every edition of the Edmonton Journal. For 30 years, you’ve read his witty headlines, his snappy ledes, his powerful conclusions. He’s been a relentless killer of clichés, a ferocious sniffer-out of frauds and phoneys. And his lessons about journalism and the craft of writing underpin the work of the hundreds of reporters and editors he’s coached and counselled, in newsrooms across the country.”
After 41 years as sports writer and columnist for the Edmonton Journal, Cam Cole is hanging up his keyboard after 41 years as a must-read sports writer and columnist. His Vancouver Sun colleague Iain Macintyre has described Cole as “belonging on the Mount Rushmore of sports writing. Anyone who has spent time reading sports in Canada would agree.”
Trevor Dineen is the new co-host of a national CBC Radio program called Now or Never that premiered on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ET. The new program, said Dineen, is all about Canadians who are facing now-or-never moments while trying to make things happen for themselves and their communities. “My job is to leap into action with people and nudge them to make a change, sometimes big and sometimes small,” said Dineen. Also in the spotlight on Now or Never is Dineen’s co-host, Ify Chiwetelu. She’s a Nigerian-born, Calgary-raised former financial analyst who quit her job in the energy sector, moved to Toronto, and pursued her creativity. Lately, she’s been writing comedy for CBC’s acclaimed series, Baroness von Sketch Show. Together they help test theories, poke holes in plans, recruit helpers – all in the hopes of getting it done. Now or Never’s first episode features Diego Reyna, a Mexican-Canadian steel framer, who made headlines earlier this year when he climbed Vancouver’s under-construction Trump Tower and hung a Mexican flag from the top. He responds to Trump’s reaction that many Mexican migrants were rapists or criminals.
Now or Never is heard nationally on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET and Wednesdays at 11 p.m. ET on CBC Radio 1 as well as online.
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