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NewCap Broadcasting Puts 32 Western Canadian Radio Stations Up for Sale

NewCap RadioAccording to the Calgary Herald, Atlantic Canada’s Newfoundland Capital Corp. Ltd. (Newcap Radio) announced in late January it would put its 32 Western Canadian radio stations – along with six repeater licences and two television stations – on the block. Two of the radio stations, 90.3 Amp Radio and XL 103.1, are in Calgary. Several others are scattered across southern Alberta, including Drumheller and Brooks. Newcap acquired the 103.1 frequency in 2002 and the 90.3 frequency in 2006. Both stations went through several format changes before settling on what they are today, a “greatest hits” and top 40/ pop station, respectively. Between the two, they employ about 60 people.

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J-Source Announces Top 5 Finalists for the 2012 Canadian Newsperson of the Year

J-Source Canadian JournalismSource, the Canadian Journalism Project,  invited submissions for Canadian Newsperson of the Year and ended up with submissions about 28 of Canada’s best and brightest journalists. This list included innovators, agenda-setters and political shakers. The jury assembled a shortlist of candidates for the 2012 J-Source Canadian Newsperson of the Year from the nominees submitted and narrowed it down to just five finalists.”The jury had an exceedingly difficult time whittling down the excellent list of nominees to a modest shortlist,” said Janice Neil, editor-in-chief of J-Source and a member of the jury. “We’re pleased to present our final contenders who demonstrate innovation in story-telling, by using new and emerging technologies to research, report, present and disseminate stories on all media platforms.”

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WordFest presents Canadian icon David Suzuki and award-winning, bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin in Calgary on Wednesday, February 27

David SuzukiWordFest presents Canadian icon David Suzuki and award-winning, bestselling author and economist Jeff Rubin in Calgary on Wednesday, February 27 as part of the National Eco Tour. The event will take place at the John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, at 7pm and will feature Suzuki and Rubin discussing their shared belief that a sustainable future can only be found at the intersection of ecology and economics. Copies of the authors’ books will be sold at the venue and a book signing will follow the event. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be ordered through the EPCOR Centre Box Office at 403.294.9494 or online at wordfest.com.

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Edmonton Radio Station CKNG, formerly Joe FM, is now 92.5 Fresh FM

Fresh FM Radio EdmontonOn January 9, 2013, Joe FM became 92.5 Fresh FM with a new tagline: Life’s short. Have Fun! Owned by Corus, the rebranded station will broadcast an Adult Contemporary format. They were obviously motivated Joe FM’s poor showing in the lastest PPM survey. Word on the street that all personnel were retained. Their new website is in development but you can check out their new Facebook page and their new Twitter feed.

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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