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CKUA Needs Your Vote to Secure $100,000 Grant

CKUA has been shortlisted for a $100,000 grant to support a songwriter-in-residence program to help mentor junior songwriters in Alberta.  The funding is part of a larger community outreach program Pepsi is conducting in North America to fund various non-profit projects. CKUA has made it through the first round of approvals.

In order to win the money, CKUA needs to receive tghe most votes for our project.

The campaign runs from 60 days from March 1 to April 30, 2011. Each person can vote once per day.

Place your vote at http://www.refresheverything.ca/ckua.

CRTC Approves BCE’s Purchase of CTVglobemedia

OTTAWA-GATINEAU, March 7, 2011 — The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) today approved BCE Inc.’s acquisition of CTVglobemedia Inc. This transaction will improve access to local programming through the carriage of at least 43 additional conventional and community television stations on BCE’s satellite television service.

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Mom Magazine Now Published Exclusively Online

In February 2011, Mom Magazine published and edited by Tamara Plant, started publishing its two and a half year old printed magazine exclusively online thereby  joining a number of magazine publishers who have taken their magazines exclusively online e.g. unlimited magazine. According to Mom Magazine’s website, they are in production of a soon to be launched web based video series.

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CFMG Radio in Edmonton Flips from EZ Rock to Virgin Radio

CFMG Virgin RadioAstral Media flipped Edmonton’s EZ Rock to 104 9 Virgin Radio (104.9 CFMG-FM) in February 2011, the format changed from soft rock, easy listening to adult contemporary hits with a focus on adult top 40 rhythmic and dance tracks, similar to other Edmonton stations Roger’s The Bounce (91.7 CHBN-FM) and Yerxa’s Hot 107 (107.1 CJNW-FM).

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AMPIA Renames, Rebrands and Reenergizes

AMPIA new logoToday AMPIA announced a name change from Alberta Motion Pictures Industries Association to Alberta Media Production Industries Association. The name is part of rebranding AMPIA to reflect the growth of digital production in Alberta. At the same time, they announced their newly elected board of directors, a new executive director — Bill Evans, formerly of the Whistler Film Festival and the National Screen Institute — and that the 35th annual Rosie Awards will be held at the River Cree Resort in Edmonton on May 28 , 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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