Corus Radio launched Feel Good Winnipeg Peggy @ 99.1 (CJGV-FM) on Christmas Day. Rebranded from 99.1 Fresh Radio, the new format features upbeat 80s pop and current adult contemporary. Corus says the station launched in “music intensive mode” with a hosting line-up TBA.
Indigenous broadcasters CFNR-FM Terrace, BC and CFWE-FM Edmonton have committed to building a regional news network to promote key issues facing First Nations peoples in their provinces. The Western Indigenous News Network will draw on the broadcast resources in each newsroom, delivering news to over 200,000 indigenous listeners in 140 communities.
The CRTC is giving TTP Media until June 30 to launch an English radio station at 600 AM Montreal. First authorized in 2012, the station is owned by a trio of Montreal businessmen, including managing partner Nicolas Tétrault who cited “uncertainty created by the consolidation of the commercial broadcasting business in Montreal” as one of the issues that has forced the group to re-evaluate its business case to satisfy financial lenders.
98.9 myFM (CHCD-FM) Simcoe’s Christmas Wish Campaign delivered 250 gifts to kids in need in Norfolk County. Now in its 13th year, the campaign sees listeners fulfil the Christmas Wish of a child, read out hourly on the air. Listeners were invited to call in to pledge that gift, buy it and put it under the tree at a sponsor location.
Q99 (CIKT-FM) Grande Prairie has set new records in donations and cash raised for the local food bank with its 8th annual Stuff A Bus campaign. Despite a challenged local economy, the community donated over 37,000 items and $15,000 for the Salvation Army.
Corus Radio London Drive-Thru Toy Drives collected $22,040 and 10 trucks full of toys for the Salvation Army Christmas Hamper program. AM980 (CFPL-AM), FM96 (CFPL-FM), Fresh Radio (CFHK-FM), and Country 104 (CKDK-FM) were involved in the Dec. 16 event.
A 12-hour radiothon on 98 The Beach (CFPS-FM) Port Elgin raised $64,000 for the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation’s Light the Way campaign. The Dec. 15 event was broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and featured community members sharing stories of their hospital experiences. Bayshore Broadcasting’s John Divinski was the honourary chair of this year’s campaign.
Corus Entertainment Kingston’s 28th Annual Clothes For Kids Mission raised over $100,892. The campaign will see more than 2,000 children outfitted with snowsuits this Winter.
NewsTalk 770 (CHQR-AM) and the Westin Calgary hosted a radiothon in support of children’s charities in Calgary. $329,350 was raised during the 12.5-hour broadcast.