Alberta media news, events, awards & personalities

Alberta Media News for April 2016

Corus-logo-rebrandCorus Entertainment has completed its $2.65 billion acquisition of Shaw Media, more than doubling Corus’s size. There are now 45 specialty TV services, 15 conventional TV channels; 39 radio stations; a global content business; and a portfolio of digital assets under the Corus brand. Corus also unveiled a redesigned corporate logo. The new executive leadership team has been reduced from 11 to nine people; six from Corus and three from Shaw Media under the leadership of President/CEO Doug Murphy.

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Wild 95.3, Calgary’s Newest Radio Station Announces On-Air Hosts Lineup

Wild 953 FM CalgaryWILD 953 launched at 10:15 on February 29th, and kicked off its life in Calgary with 10,000 songs in a row during the Month of March. Since its launch, the powers-that-be have been assembling a stellar on-air hosts lineup which was just announced. Program Director Mike Shannon said,“we’ve been listening to Calgarians as we build WILD 953, and they were clear in their desire for a very interac­tive, fun Country Radio Station. Every host joining our on-air team has been chosen for their ability to connect in a very sincere way with our listeners”. 

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The Association of Electronic Journalists Announces 2015 Prairie Region Award Winners

RTDNA AwardsOn April 23, RTDNA Canada announced 2015 Award winners to honour the best programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital in the Prairie provinces at an event held in Saskatoon. Gord Steinke from Global News Edmonton took home a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of his career in broadcast journalism. CBC was the big winner in the radio division, in the TV division, it was Global. 

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Alberta Media Personality: Stella Stevens, CFCW’s Morning Host On Why Local Media Matters

Stella-Stevens“If you were to ask me why I love being in radio, my answer today would be very different than when I started more than 25 years ago. As a teenager, when I entered the business, it was the music that mattered to me most. I loved all types of music – rock, pop and country – and I thought: How cool would it be to sit around all day playing records and hanging out with rock stars?! Naturally, as one gets older, reality sets in. 

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Canadian Association of Journalists Converge on Edmonton for their Annual Conference on May 28 to 29, 2016

CAJ AwardsCBC Edmonton’s Mark Connolly will be the MC at the Canadian Association of Journalists’ conference banquet and 2015 CAJ Awards gala to be held in Edmonton on from May 28 to 29, 2016. The banquet and gala are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start on May 28, the wrap-up to #CAJ16 being held at the Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel. The gala caps off two days of workshops and panel discussions focused on navigating the shifting landscape of journalism in Canada and around the world. 

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The Griff Magazine Features Hyperlocal Content With a Focus on Issues that Impact MacEwan University Students

the-griff-magazineThe griff Magazine is published by the Students’ Association of MacEwan University. For four years, the griff published a weekly newspaper, before transitioning into a monthly magazine in 2015. They publish six issues during the school year and update their website daily. The diverse, well-researched articles are written from a student perspective and the content is hyperlocal, with a focus on issues affecting the university and the greater downtown area. The in-depth articles promote well-being about the things that matter. Have a pitch for one of the editors? Feel free to call, tweet or email them any time.

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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)