Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

CKUA Night Owls Get More Overnight Music

CKUA Radio Night OwlsAt one of their fundraisers last August, David Ward, the temporary Program Director for CKUA was approached by some concerned supporters. These after-midnight listeners were frustrated with the over-abundance of BBC talk shows and the dearth of the music programs CKUA has been known for during the past 90 years.“Necessity became the mother of invention,” quipped David. “When there’s an audience concern but no money to deal with that concern, it’s time to get creative.”

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Blackgold Broadcasting Awarded Licence for New Radio Station in Stony Plain

The One Radio 88.1 FMOn September 15, 2014, the CRTC approved the application by Blackgold Broadcasting to operate a new English language station to serve The Town of Stony Plain, the City of Spruce Grove and Parkland County, Alberta. The new station, CKSS | 88.1 FM | The One: “Parkland’s Best Country” promises to provide local news, sports and weather and other community information.

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100.3 THE BEAR Invites Edmontonians to Guess What’s in The Bear’s Box to Win $10,000

the bear rocksEdmonton’s 100.3 THE BEAR announced today that listeners will have a chance to take home a cash prize of $10,000 if they can correctly guess what is enclosed in the massive shipping container located outside of the radio station at 18520 Stony Plain Road. Every weekday morning beginning this Monday at 7:40 a.m., The Paul Brown Show will announce a clue as to the possible contents of The Bear’s Box.

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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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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)