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Corus Entertainment has appointed Athena Georgaklis to the Head of Development for Nelvana. She’ll be working with the studio’s producers, creators and talent around the world to create original content. Most recently, Georgaklis oversaw all original productions for Corus Entertainment’s TELETOON network. She starts the position immediately.
Nathalie Normandeau, the former deputy premier of Quebec now facing several corruption-related criminal charges, is coming back to radio in the fall. BLVD 102.1 (CFEL-FM) in Quebec City, owned by Leclerc Communication, confirms Normandeau will take up hosting duties beginning September 6. Normandeau was co-hosting a program on FM 93 (CJMF-FM) — owned by the rival Cogeco Media — when she was arrested in March. She is suing Cogeco for $772,500, claiming wrongful dismissal.
Audie Lynds has hung up the headphones after 40 years in morning radio. Newcap announced seven job cuts in Edmonton and Lynds was one of them. Lynds started in 1981 at 630 CHED, then Power 92 (CKNG-FM), which became JOE-FM. Finally, in 2005 he re-teamed with Rob Christie at Newcap’s Capital FM (CKRA-FM) where they hosted the morning show until August 3. Christie will continue to host the morning show solo.
Lee Haberkorn will take on mornings at rebranded Virgin 105.3 (CFCA-FM) Kitchener, arriving from weekend mornings at Montreal’s Virgin Radio FM 96 (CJFM-FM ). In June 2014, Haberkorn won a contest to be a Virgin Radio announcer for the summer and became full-time last January. He’s set to begin the new gig at month’s end.
Lena Sho joins Greig Achtemichuk for Cool Brekkie with Gregger and Lena on 98 COOL (CJMK-FM) Saskatoon. Sho arrives from crosstown C95 (CFMC-FM). PD Steve Chisholm will host the midday show and MD Matt Bradley will slide from middays into afternoon drive. DJ Tanner is leaving the station to pursue an opportunity with Cineplex. Changes are effective August 29.
Trevor Stoyko is now afternoon drive host at 100.7 CRUZ FM (CKRI-FM) Red Deer. Most recently he was morning host/MD at Big West Country 92.9 FM (CIBW-FM) in Drayton Valley. Stoyko’s other career stops include Winnipeg and Kingston.
KiSS 104.9 (CKKS-FM) in Vancouver is returning to a live evening show. DJ Trouble is hosting, leaving Ara to handle the afternoon show solo.
Changes at News1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver. Former News Talk 650 (CKOM-AM) Saskatoon anchor/reporter Kurtis Doering has joined the station as a reporter. He had been with NewsTalk 650 since 2013. Other recent changes at News1130 include the departure of traffic desker Miranda Guzzo, replaced by sports blogger Carol Schram and the return of Ian Hardacre to traffic reporting.
Adam Bergeron is joining the sales team at Corus Kingston as a Senior Account Manager for television (CKWS-DT) and radio stations Fresh 104.3 (CKWS-FM) and BIG FM 96.3 (CFMK-FM). Formerly with Bell Media in Kingston, Bergeron starts August 15.
John Daly is retiring from his position as Global BC news reporter on August 31. With the station since 1980, Daly started when it was known as BCTV, featuring in-depth news on crime, courts and corruption. Born in New York City, he relocated to Vancouver in the 1970s. Daly won the very first Jack Webster Award in 1987, for the best reporting of the year, in any medium.
Veteran broadcast journalist Frank Stanford has retired after 35 years at CFAX Victoria. Stanford’s career spanned more than 40 years with stops at CHQB-AM Powell River, CKRD-FM Red Deer, CFSL Weyburn and CJOR Vancouver before settling at CFAX in 1980. Earlier this year he received a lifetime achievement award from the RTDNA.