Global News Radio 980 CKNW has announced new morning show, Mornings with Simi, hosted by longtime radio personality Simi Sara, will officially debut Monday, Mar. 30.
Sara has been filling in on mornings since the retirement of longtime morning host and station personality Jon McComb in December. She becomes just the fourth morning host in the station’s 75-year history.
“I feel so honoured and privileged to be able to follow in the footsteps of three radio legends: Jon McComb, Philip Till and, of course, Bryan ‘Frosty’ Forst,” said Sara, in a release. “980 CKNW has always been part of my life growing up in Metro Vancouver and I am thrilled to be able to continue its amazing morning show tradition.”
Mornings with Simi will feature contributor Niki Reitmayer, anchor Gord Macdonald, Global BC Chief Meteorologist Mark Madryga, and commentary from Bruce Allen, Charles Adler, Vaughn Palmer and Global BC Sports Director Squire Barnes. The show is produced by Victor Young and Greg Schott.
“Simi is a trusted and beloved voice in the city – knowledgeable and connected to the community, she is a natural fit for the morning show role and will continue to engage CKNW’s listeners in compelling conversations about important local issues in her new time slot,” said Larry Gifford, National Director of Talk Radio, Corus Entertainment.
Raised in Surrey, BC, Sara spent the first 15 years of her career in television, including stints as a host with Citytv Vancouver’s Breakfast Television and CityCooks. She joined CKNW in 2010 as host of The Simi Sara Show, airing in the weekday, midday timeslot.
Previous accolades include BC Association of Broadcasters (BCAB) Broadcaster of Tomorrow and Performer of the Year awards. She’s also the only radio personality to win the Jack Webster City Mike award for commentary.
Mornings with Simi will air weekdays from 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. PT.
Corus says who will fill the midday time slot going forward will be announced in the coming weeks.
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