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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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Golden West Broadcasting Applies to the CRTC for Fort Saskatchewan Radio Station Licence

Golden West BroadcastingGolden West Broadcasting, a Manitoba-based company expects to be broadcasting from a Fort Saskatchewan radio station in about a year if all goes well at a federal government hearing this past September.  “While Fort Saskatchewan is part of the metro Edmonton area it is its own community,” said Lyndon Friesen, president of Golden West Radio. “We think it makes great sense to operate a local radio station that focuses on the news and information specific to residents of Fort Saskatchewan.” Golden West Radio, of Alton, MB, appeared before the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Sept. 16 for a hearing into its application to operate an 11,000-watt commercial radio station on the 107.9 FM frequency. Friesen said Golden West specializes in operating in small communities. The company’s 38 radio stations are located mainly in the prairie provinces.

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Media Moves in Alberta Reported to Me and by Others

Media MovesErinne Sevigny, long standing Managing Editor and President of Other Voices Edmonton’s Literary Magazine has officially stepped down and passed on all of her duties. I know this because Erinne and I are taking the same creative non-fiction writing workshop  at MacEwan’s Writing Works program led by Kathy MacLean.  It turns out that Kath, as she seems to preferred to be called, teaches creative writing, in the midst of publisher her next creative non fiction publication, prefers poety and is currently Writer in Residence for the Canadian Authors Association (Edmonton Branch) and has an office at Audrey’s Books.  According to the Other Voices website, Marcia, their new President, has past experience working with not for profit organizations as well as previous board and grant-writing experience and has been volunteering with Other Voices in the reading collectives and as their grant-writer for the past year.  Seems like the publication is in good hands.

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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)

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