Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

CKEA Edmonton Flips from The Sound to Lite 95.7 FM

CKEA-FM (Lite 95.7) is a new radio station in Edmonton, Alberta that as of March 25, 2011, broadcasts an adult contemporary format on the frequency 95.7 FM. Owned by Harvard Broadcasting, the station officially launched on September 6, 2010 as an adult album alternative format branded as 95.7 The Sound. The station flipped to an adult contemporary format on March 25, 2011 by stunting with all-Christmas music program for three days and a cash giveaway.

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2011 Alberta Magazine Award Winners Announced

The Alberta Magazine Awards were presented at the Alberta Magazine Excellence Gala as a celebration of the Alberta magazine industry. The awards included new Showcase Awards and Achievement Awards, cash and art prizes, plus all that glorious glory.

Showcase Awards Winners

For the Showcase Awards, AMPA member magazines and their contributors submitted entries in six categories. Showcase entries were evaluated by either a design or editorial judging panel. Congratulations to these very deserving award-winners and finalists:

Best Alberta Story

  • Techlife, “Declaration of Independence” by Scott Messenger ** Winner**
  • Techlife, “The Right Ingredients” by Mifi Purvis (Finalist)
  • Avenue Calgary, “Olympic Connections” by Jaelyn Molyneux, Lynda Sea, Jesse Semko (Finalist)

Best Cover

  • Alberta Venture, “The Green Issue” Kim Larson, art director; Pierre Javelle, illustrator **Winner**
  • Oilweek, “Global Canucks” Ken Bessie, art director (Finalist)
  • Routes, “Terry Grant” Sharon Syverson, art director; Neville Palmer, photographer (Finalist)

Best Feature Design

  • Wine Access, “Taste to Go” Teresa Johnston, art director; Jared Sych, photographer; Joy Lee, food stylist   **Winner**
  • Alberta Venture, “The Money Issue” Kim Larson, art director; Colin Way, photographer (Finalist)
  • Avenue Calgary, “4 Ways to Stampede” Anders Knudsen, art director; Jared Sych, photographer (Finalist)

Best Illustration

  • Alberta Venture, “Aerospace” Sonia Roy, illustrator; Kim Larson, art director **Winner**
  • Avenue Calgary, “Outdoor Activity Guide” Andrea Wan, illustrator; Mason Hastie, art director (Finalist)
  • Routes, “Marvelous Music” Sharon Syverson, art director and illustrator (Finalist)

Best Photo

  • Alberta Venture, “The Final Cut” Aaron Pedersen, photographer; Kim Larson, art director **Winner**
  • Alberta Oil, “Long Shadow” Michael Morrison, photographer; Kim Larson, art director (Finalist)
  • Conservation, “Rainbow Trout” Darren Jacknisky, photographer (Finalist)

Best Short Editorial

  • Impact, “You Can Run But You Can’t Hide” by Peter Estabrooks **Winner**
  • Routes, “Right in the Folking Living Room” by Peter Worden (Finalist)
  • Western Living, “The Salmon Chronicles” by Neal Mclennan (Finalist)

Achievement Awards Winners

The nominees for Achievement Awards have been recognized by their peers as having made a significant contribution to Alberta’s magazine publishing industry:

Best New Magazine

  • Eighteen Bridges **Winner**
  • Canada’s New World
  • The PEG
  • Red Deer Living

Editor of the Year

  • Kathe Lemon, Avenue Calgary **Winner**
  • Nora Abercrombie, Westword (Honourable Mention)
  • Karen Crowdis, Birthing (Honourable Mention)
  • Anne Beaty, Airdrie Life
  • Ellen Percival, Calgary’s Child
  • Jenn Schmidt-Rempel, Lethbridge living
  • Sandra Wiebe, Routes
  • Jim Zang, Okotoks Living

Volunteer of the Year

  • Claire Lacey, Dandelion **Winner**
  • Karen Crowdis, Birthing

Achievement in Publishing

  • Rob Tanner, Publisher, Tanner Young Publishing Group **Winner**
  • Karen Crowdis, Editor-in-Chief, Birthing
  • Barbara Dacks, Publisher, [former] Legacy
  • Gary Davies, Executive Vice-President, RedPoint Media Group Inc.
  • Tom Tait, Publisher, Galleries West

Congratulations to all of the winners, finalists and nominees!

Shaw lays off 500 employees, 140 of them in Calgary

(Calgary Herald, March 24, 2011) Shaw Communications has cut 500 jobs across the country, including 140 in its Calgary operations, as part of a reorganization its president says will make the company more efficient and nimble. Following a six-week review, Shaw Communications — which now has a hand in cable, Internet, home phones, television stations and, starting next year, cell phones — has laid off almost four per cent of its 13,000-person staff.

Banff Festival Announces Panel of Broadcast Executives

(Broadcaster Magazine, March 22, 2011) The Banff World Media Festival announced today that principal executives from Canada’s major broadcast media companies will come together for an unprecedented panel to launch the conference this June. Confirmed participants include Phil Lind, Vice Chairman, Rogers Communications; Paul Robertson, Group Vice President, Broadcastinfg and President, Shaw Media; Kevin Crull, COO, CTVglobemedia; Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice President, English Services, CBC; and John Riley, President, Astral Television Networks.

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Sun News Network Announces Theo Caldwell as Signature Host

Sun News Network, a partnership between TVA Group Inc. and Sun Media Corporation, two subsidiaries of Quebecor Media Inc., is pleased to announce that Theo Caldwell has joined the network as host of “The Caldwell Account” – a two hour afternoon program that will also run in prime time.

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Citytv Launches CityNews iPad and iPhone App

(Broadcaster Magazine, March 21, 2011) Citytv announced today the launch of the CityNews app for iPad and iPhone.  The interactive CityNews app will feature the latest in local news, weather, sports and traffic that matters most to viewers in Toronto and the GTA.  The ad supported CityNews app is available free from the App Store on iPad or iPhone.

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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)