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Calgary’s AMP Radio | 90.3 FM is Canada’s First QuickHitz Station Playing Twice the Music

CKMP radio CalgaryOn August 1, Calgary’s AMP radio at 90.3 FM swapped its conventional Top 40 format for the new QuickHitz format and a new slogan: “Twice the Music.” With the new format, Top 40 songs are edited to run around two minutes instead of the more typical three or four minutes thus delivering “twice the music in half the time.” AMP now plays 24 songs per hour instead of the normal 12 it used to play.

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Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Makes a Big Move on the Alberta Music Scene

Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupIn April 2014, Pattison launched Calgary’s newest radio station. In June they announced the top 12 winners of Alberta’s (and one of Canada’s) most lucrative talent contest with awards of $102,700 to a grand-prize winner, $75,000 to second place and $50,000 to third. In July they announced the purchase of nine radio stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, two of them located in Edmonton: 102.9 FM NOW! Radio, and UP! 99.3 FM.

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Alberta Radio Station: Banff Centre Launches English and French Stations to Showcase Mountain Culture

Banff Centre RadioLaunched on June 23, 2014, Banff Centre Radio  (CJXB | 101.1 FM in English & 103.3 FM in French ) explores mountain culture,  life in Banff National Park, and provides information on events, roads, weather, and trail conditions for locals and visitors alike. Hosted by members of the Bow Valley community, program topics include art, politics, ecology, indigenous culture, environment, local history, science, sport, health and wellness.

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The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Announces Acquisition of 7 FM and 2 AM Radio Stations from Rawlco Radio

Jim Pattison Broadcast GroupThe Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) and Rawlco Radio Ltd. (Rawlco Radio) subject to CRTC approval today jointly announced Pattison’s acquisition of nine radio stations (and related assets) located in Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. The stations involved in the transaction include two in Edmonton.

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Calgary’s New Radio Station The Peak 95.3 FM Announces Alberta Finalists for Canada’s Richest Music Contest

The Peak 95.3 FMTwelve musical acts, including five from the Edmonton area and six from the Calgary area, will compete for more than $225,000 in a talent contest sponsored by Calgary’s newest radio station, The Peak 95.3 FM, a Jim Pattison station. The Peak Performance Project awards $100,953 to a grand prize winner, $75,000 to second place, and $50,000 to third. The PEAK Performance Project is a seven-year, $4.9 million contest open to all musicians in Alberta. 

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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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