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Calgary-Based Shaw Communications Sells Media Division to Toronto-Based Corus Entertainment for $2.65 Billion

Shaw-MediaShaw Communications is selling its media division to Corus Entertainment for $2.65 billion, dividing the Shaw telecom empire into separate media and network companies. The sale of the media division will help Shaw fund its $1.6-billion purchase of Wind Mobile, announced in December, and positions the Calgary-based cable, internet and satellite TV company to better compete with its rivals as it moves into the wireless market with its acquisition of Wind Mobile and its 940,000 customers forming the fourth major wireless company in Canada. 

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CJLI The Light at 700 AM Launches in Calgary on June 29, 2015

the Light radio Six years after receiving approval for a radio broadcasting licence, Touch Canada Broadcasting launched CJLI branded 700 AM the Light on June 29, 2015 in Calgary. Touch Canada Broadcasting, wholly owned by Charles R. Allard, now operates six Christian radio stations in Alberta under three different brands: three Shine FM stations in Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer, two The Light AM stations in Calgary and Edmonton and a Reach FM station in Grande Prairie. 

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Alberta Media News – June 2015

Alberta-Media-NewsOn June 4, Blackgold Broadcasting launched their new station The One CKSS – Parkland’s Best Country at 88.1 FM in Stony Plain. The town’s first radio station, it joins sister station, CJLD at 93.1 FM branded The One – Leduc’s Best Country launched by Blackgold in April 2013. Both stations feature a Country format.  Blackgold’s application promised 80 newscasts per week with 81 hours of spoken word content including energy news, agricultural updates, sports, commuter traffic, community calendar and weather.

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PPM Top Line Edmonton and Calgary Radio Stations Ratings for March 2 to May 31, 2015

radio-ratingsIn Edmonton: 102.3 NOW Radio continues to rule the roost for A12+ posting an 11.1% share of hours tuned (down from 11.2%). NOW! Radio takes top spot for F25-54, delivering a 16.7% share (up from 14.5%). NOW also tops the list for M25-54 with a 15.7% share (up from 15.5%). For M18-34, NOW! posted a 19.1% (up from 17.9%). In Calgary: XL103 leads the way for A12+ with a 10.9% share (up from 8.9%). Calgary’s Country 105 continues to be popular with the ladies,

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Alberta’s Newest Radio Station: CKSS at 88.1 FM – The One – “Parkland’s Best Country” in Stony Plain

CKSS Radio Stony PlainOn September 15, 2014 the CRTC approved an application by Blackgold Broadcasting to operate a commercial FM radio station to serve Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. Nine months later, on June 4, 2015, at 8:01, 88.1 – The One officially launched. The first song played was Rock This Country, signalling the station’s Country format. The official Industry Canada call sign is CKSS. 88.1 The One “Parkland’s Best Country” broadcasts local news and sports, local weather, and community information.

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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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