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The Astral Caring for Kids Radiothon goes live across Canada on Thursday, May 5

On May 5, 2011, Astral Media will hold its annual Astral Media National Day of Caring for Kids. The event will be broadcast live throughout the day on more than 60 English-language stations across Canada. This national event is in support of about 20 major hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country. Last year, in twelve hours, the largest Radiothon event in North America raised over 7.1 million dollars.

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Sun TV News Network Set to Launch Today

SunTV News logoThe upstart “hard news and straight talk”  TV network, set to launch later today, originates from TV studios in downtown Toronto. The channel is owned by Quebecor Media Inc., based in Montreal. It announced last week that Shaw Communications would offer the news-and-talk television channel to all of its customers in Western Canada and Ontario for a six month free preview after the channel debuts on April 18. Carriage deals have also now been struck with Bell, Cogeco, Rogers, Videotron and Shaw. See the website for a list of the on air personalities. See Wikipedia formore background and a list of  service providers.

91.7 The Bounce and 102.3 BOB FM Launch On Line – More Interaction, More Content

Rogers Media announced today that two of the newest brands in their 55 radio station footprint have launched new “best in class” web destinations. 91.7 The Bounce in Edmonton and 102.3 BOB FM in London recently joined the Rogers group of radio stations. The new web destinations give both BOB and The Bounce the ability to publish real time content that can be easily shared across their listeners’ social networks. The websites are built with the popular blog style format and are designed to get listeners quickly and easily to the content that matters the most to them.

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Sun News Network Loses Prime Time Anchor

Sun News Network has lost Mercedes Stephenson, one of its prime-time anchors, just days prior to its launch.  A spokesperson stated that  Stephenson was not  suitable and that the split was a mutual arrangement. Stephenson who is a columnist and military analyst had been hired to co-host a political series called “Daily Brief” with David Akin, the Sun’s national bureau chief in Ottawa.  The show will continue with Atkin being the sole host.

Earlier this week Sun News announced it had signed a distribution agreement with Shaw Communications to be distributed to homes in Western Canada and Ontario starting on the launch day slated for April 18, 2011.

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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