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Corus Radio Appoints Garry McKenzie as Regional General Manager for Calgary & Edmonton

Corus AlbertaCorus Entertainment announced the appointment of Garry McKenzie, Regional General Manager for Corus Radio Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, effective April 2, 2012. In his new role, Garry will provide leadership, strategic direction and vision to Corus Radio’s three markets, bringing over 20 years of solid operating experience, a strong sales and marketing background and results-driven success to 10 radio stations. Most recently, Garry was General Manager, Corus Radio Vancouver, and prior to that, General Manager, Corus Radio Calgary. Before joining Corus, Garry was Vice President, Marketing and Sales for the Calgary Flames and has also held various marketing and sales management positions with Unilever Canada and General Foods.

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Alberta Media Moves: March 2012

Alberta Media MovesEdmonton Corus General Manager Doug Rutherford handed in his resignation on February 29 effective the end of March 2012. Puget Sound Radio also reports that Corus has lost their General Sales Manager, Neil Cunningham and Boyd Leader, their Program Director, who all quit over the past six months. Corus is not the only Alberta radio broadcaster losing big guns. Kevin McKenna, General Manager of Rogers in Calgary also quit in February. With the sale of Hot 107 FM in Edmonton to Harvard Broadcasting, Russell James has returned to the position of Program Director for The Bounce.

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Media Moves for December 2011

Scott Fee Global Morning News CalgaryScott Fee joined the Global Calgary Morning News crew on November 9. Born and raised in Vancouver Scott has been a top tier anchor at Victoria’s CHEK-TV for about five years.  View Scott Fee’s inaugural broadcast during which he describes his connection to Edmonton and now Calgary.  According to Global’s website, “his career has taken him all around Western Canada, with stops in Kamloops, Vancouver, Edmonton and most recently Victoria. Scott has performed in a wide range of roles since jumping into broadcasting with stints as a producer, videographer, reporter, and over the last several years, an anchor for various stations. When not on the golf course or trying to get his mutt enough exercise, Scott loves to travel. Favourite travel spots of late: Costa Rica, the Arctic and Berlin”.

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Media Moves in Alberta November 2011

Media MovesShelley Youngblut left the Calgary Herald and her role as editor of Swerve magazine. She is replaced by Valerie Berenyi, who previously served as a senior news features reporter for the paper.  Edmonton AM has a new pair of hosts starting Monday morning on CBX (Radio One).  Lydia Neufeld returns to the CBX morning show after a 15 years absence and joining her is Rick Harp who moved to Edmonton from STREETZ 104.7 FM in Winnipeg, after previous stints at APTN Winnipeg, CKCU in Ottawa and beginning his career working on As It Happens in CBC Toronto in the mid-1990s. Emily Mertz has replaced Jennifer Martin on Alberta Primetime on CTV Two (formerly ACCESS TV) and shares co-hosting duties with Michael Higgins also the show’s senior producer.

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Alberta Media Moves for October 2011

Media MovesAra Adonian from UP! Calgary takes over PM Drive on Edmonton’s Bounce this November. Speculation has it current Bounce afternoon disc jockey Jake Ryan is off to Virgin in Calgary. No word yet on where Tara his former co-host at Up! Calgary is headed. Buzz Bishop in the new midday host at XL 103 (CFXL) in Calgary having moved up the dial from 90.3 FM AMP Radio (CKMP) and is now on air weekdays 10am – 2pm as of September 20th. Bryn Griffiths hits the airwaves on Sportsnet Radio FAN 960 in Calgary on September 16 when he begins co-hosting the PM show with Pat Steinburg. Peter Maher returned to the station in September 6.

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Marilyn Jones, Edmonton, Alberta ABOUT ME
I am Marilyn Jones, a news junkie with a penchant for publishing, politics, communications, gardening, hiking, reading, the arts and training nonprofit organizations in media relations and social media communications in Alberta (BA in English with Honours, U of A; Master of Publishing, SFU)