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Vancouver-based journalist Duncan McCue has been named permanent host of CBC Radio’s Cross Country Checkup. He’s guest-hosted several times since long time host Rex Murphy left the show last fall. McCue has been in the Vancouver market for two decades.

Kirstine Stewart, Twitter’s vice president for media in North America is leaving the company. Twitter confirms the two are parting ways, but spokesman Cam Gordon said Twitter is “not sharing any other details at this time.” Before joining Twitter three years ago, Stewart was executive vice-president of English services at CBC.

Gary James, afternoon drive at Harvard Broadcasting’s 95.7 CRUZ FM in Edmonton, has retired (again) after 37 years on air. Gary emerged from retirement to join the station three years ago. He heads back to the links after his last shift on Aug 12. Starting Aug 16, Shirley McQueen moves from middays to afternoon drive. Derek Allen will be moving into middays and Shannon Medaglia will be hosting weekends.

Josie Fenech, Program Director for The New Hot 89.9 Ottawa, has been awarded additional responsibilities as National Director of Talent Development for Newcap Radio.

Taylor Galvin has joined CFWE Edmonton as morning show host, partnering with Wally Desjarlais. In addition, Galvin takes on the role of Internet radio coordinator for Raven which is a companion Internet station. She previously worked in Winnipeg with NCI and Rhythm 104.7 and CTN (Canadian Traffic Network) in Edmonton. Her first day was Monday July 25, 2016.

Jennifer Smith has joined Business in Vancouver Media Group /Glacier Media Group as Vice President of Strategy and Sales. Smith brings 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to the position. She was involved in last year’s launch of Roundhouse Radio, Vancouver’s newest FM station, where she continues to provide consulting services.

Corus’ Boom 99.7, Ottawa, has unveiled its new morning show. Host Tim Morgan started July 25, teaming up with Heather Ray. Morgan spent the last nine years as program director/music director/afternoon drive at Q107 in Calgary. He takes over from fill-in host Gonzo who will slip into afternoon drive.

Gabriel Dunlop has been tapped by programmatic advertising company Varick Media Management to lead its development and growth in Canada and establish new client and agency relationships. Gabe was most recently with Bell Media’s client strategy team.

Karen Steele joined the Bell Media programming team in Kitchener this week. Steele had been PD at KiSS 92.5 Toronto until February. She has won numerous awards during her career, including CMW’s Station of the Year award for three successive years.

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