Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

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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Airdrie’s CFIT aka “The Range” to get a Boost of Power this Year

CFIT The Range AirdrieDespite the opposition of two radio stations in the nearby municipality of Olds, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) gave CFIT-FM (The Range) the green light to increase their broadcasting power from 3,000 watts to 60,000 watts in September.  This upsurge in wattage will allow the Airdrie radio station to strengthen its broadcasting transmission, which in turn will send out a clearer signal to residents in Calgary and surrounding communities like Crossfield and Carstairs.

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Rawlco Radio Has Hit the Mark with its Two Edmonton Radio Stations

Rawlco Radio EdmontonGary Lamphier business reporter for the Edmonton Journal posted this article on September 10 to the Puget Sound Radio forum: “In a world of multimedia corporate giants, family-owned Rawlco Radio is a relative pipsqueak. The Saskatoon-based firm operates just 15 radio stations, including 12 in Saskatchewan and three in Alberta. Although it doesn’t disclose its results, it’s a safe bet Rawlco’s annual revenues pale next to rivals like Rogers ($12.2 billion), Astral ($1 billion), Corus ($836 million) or even Newcap ($117 million). But here in the uber-competitive Edmonton market, where roughly two dozen stations compete 24/7 for the ears of fickle listeners, Rawlco is a mouse that roars. Its two FM stations — Now! 102.3 and Up! 99.3 — boast a combined share of 17.0, according to the latest PPM radio ratings from the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement.

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CKUA Community Coupon Fundraising Promotion Launches September 26

CKUA Community Coupon Fundraising PromotionThis September CKUA listeners will be able to purchase a Community Coupon for a fraction of the full value of the service or product you’ll receive. CKUA and its partners in communities throughout the province have joined forces to bring you these daily deals. Beginning Monday, September 26th, look for the ‘Community Coupon’ link on their home page, which will take you to that day’s offer. Select ‘buy now’ to purchase the coupon which you can then print and take to the establishment offering the service or product.  Between now and September 26th, everyone who registers at is eligible to win a CKUA prize pack. By registering, you will receive automatic notifications of new CKUA Community Coupons when they are available.

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SAIT’s 103 The Pulse Broadcasts the Rhythm of the Campus

Calgary Radio 103 The Pulse SAITThe Pulse 103  is  a campus radio station operated by the Radio, Television and Broadcast Newsprogram  (RTBN) students at SAIT. The RTBN program boasts many graduates who have become prominent radio and television personalities. It is one of Canada’s leading Television and Radio programs and admissions to the program are very competitive. The acronym SAIT refers to “Southern Alberta Institute of Technology”, which was the school’s official name prior to 2006. SAIT offers more than 100 career programs in technology, trades and business and is one of Alberta’s Top 50 Employers for 2011. In addition to the main campus, SAIT has two other campuses located in Calgary: Mayland Heights and the Art Smith Aero Centre for Training and Technology. SAIT is currently embarking on the largest expansion in its nearly 100-year history. Construction of the $440 million Trades and Technology Complex began in the Fall of 2009. When completed in 2012, the Complex will add approximately 3,600 full-time training spaces. SAIT has two on-campus newspapers: The Weal is owned and operated by SAITSA, SAIT’s Student Association and the Weekly Albertan is operated by SAIT Journalism students. The campus radio station, 103 The Pulse (previously Generation 103), is operated by SAIT RTBN students. The RTBN  at SAIT boasts many graduates who have become prominent radio and television personalities. It is one of Canada’s leading Television and Radio programs and admissions to the program are very competitive.

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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)