Stingray has restructured on-air talent and management at several of its radio stations in Alberta and B.C., following a round of layoffs last week in its East Coast markets.
In Calgary, Al Tompson, Director of FM Programming for Calgary and Edmonton, is stepping away from his day-to-day role and moving into a special projects post reporting to corporate in Toronto. Heather Prosak steps into the role of Program Director for XL 103 (CFXL-FM). Prosak has hosted the XL 103 morning show for the last four years, in addition to handling APD duties. Zach Bedford, who has been PD at 90.3 AMP Radio (CKMP-FM) since 2016, will take on the Director of Programming role for Calgary overall.
In Edmonton, Lindsay Jackson, PD at 96.3 The Breeze (CKRA-FM), and morning show host Sean Burke are no longer with the station. K-97 (CIRK-FM) Program Director Jeff Murray is stepping into a dual role looking after both of Stingray’s FM stations in Edmonton with a new morning show announcement forthcoming.
In Vancouver, veteran morning show host Kelly Latremouille is no longer with 104.3 The Breeze (CHLG-FM). Latremouille had been with the station since 2014, prior to The Breeze rebrand. The company says a new morning show announcement is also forthcoming.
In Kelowna, Rickie Tyler, APD and afternoon host at K96.3 (CKKO-FM), is a casualty. Todd James, the longtime drive announcer at K-97 Edmonton will now handle afternoons for both that market and Kelowna.
“Obviously decisions like this are immensely difficult. I hold all of the people affected in tremendously high regard, both personally and professionally. But our industry has been dramatically impacted by revenue declines over the past year and we are faced with no choice other than to recalibrate our structure to meet the new reality,” said Steve Jones, SVP, Brands & Content, Radio, in an email to Broadcast Dialogue.
Jones said no other personnel changes are planned at Stingray stations.
Last week, the company restructured a number of staff in Charlottetown, Halifax and several smaller Nova Scotia markets, as it continues to look for efficiencies in a slow to rebound pandemic advertising market.
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