WINNIPEG — Three’s a crowd for the Power 97 morning show with the addition of Phil Aubrey to the mix.
Better known as simply Philly, Aubrey was most recently part of the “Wheeler in the Morning” gang on 92.1 CITI.
Aubrey will be joining Joe Aiello and Randy Parker, but will be no stranger to the 97.5 FM frequency. Before joining CITI, Aubrey, Dave Wheeler and Rena Jaeresigned from Power 97 in 2012 amid a contract dispute.
A popular Winnipeg radio personality has been suspended after two controversial music videos were posted to social media on Monday.
Dave Wheeler, host of “Wheeler in the Morning” on 92 CITI FM, was not on the air Tuesday after “Transcona Girls” and “North End Boy” were uploaded by the station to YouTube. Social media was quick to pounce, calling the videos “racist,” “sexist,” and offensive to the city’s indigenous community.
The songs accompanying the videos were created and originally aired two years ago, but the animation was recently produced. The content includes such lines as, “North End daughters really like to stab and steal your bike, and the Wolseley girls with their hairy pits, they keep their girlfriends warm at night.”
The other video includes this line: “Well there’s holes in the wall and blood stained red, I try to fall asleep but I got no bed, I go outside try not to end up dead, thank God I’m a North End boy.”
The upcoming season of the Winnipeg-made comedy series “Sunnyside” will have two notable guest appearances.
Children’s musician and entertainer Fred Penner and local broadcaster Dave Wheeler will make cameos in two episodes of the original City series.
Penner, who plays a barber, will be included in the “Sunnyside Tours” episode, airing on Sunday, November 1 at 7 p.m. CT Wheeler (92 CITI FM and Wheeler in the Morning) plays himself and also Poot Dandridge, a can collector who provides radio commentary on the happenings in Sunnyside.
Classic rock radio station 92 CITI FM will debut its brand new morning show first thing on Monday.
As previously reported, “Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena” have moved over from Power 97 after resigning last week. Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae will be on the air weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
“We’ve got some big shoes to fill, but we can’t wait to get started,” Wheeler said in a release.
“No one said anything about shoes,” added co-host Phil Aubrey.
Joe Aiello will debut on CITI’s sister station 102.3 Clear FM the following Monday, September 24, as host of “The Joe Show” with Kerri Salki.
One day after resigning from Power 97, Winnipeg radio personalities Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae have a new home at 92 CITI FM.
Rogers Media made the announcement Thursday, welcome the trio to the competing rock station as the new morning show.
“Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena” will replace the existing Tom and Joe morning show with Tom McGouran and Joe Aiello.
“As Winnipeg’s highest rated rock morning show, securing the on-air team of team of Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae will take one of Canada’s pioneer rock radio stations to the next level in this competitive market,” said Scott Armstrong, general manager and program director.
Aiello will move to sister station 102.3 Clear FM to co-host the morning show alongside existing on-air personality Kerri Salki.
“We thank Tom and Jay (Oliver) for their dedication and significant contributions to CITI and Clear FM, and wish them all the best,” said Armstrong.
CITI’s midday host, Alix Michaels, was also let go.
Details on when the new shows will debut are expected in the coming weeks.
Winnipeg’s FAB 94.3 and 99.9 BOB FM has a new music director and assistant program director in Frank Andrews. Andrews recently held the same dual position at 92 CITI FM.
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Nesta Matthews has joined Tom and Joe weekday mornings on 92 CITI FM. Matthews began last Tuesday and has previously worked in markets throughout Alberta and B.C. Up until July of last year, she worked at 103.9 The Juice in Kelowna. “Incredibly happy to get back to rock radio, especially with such an awesome team,” she wrote on her blog.
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Pamela Roz — formerly of 92.9 KICK FM and the former CURVE 94.3 — is the new swing announcer at Hot 103. Roz’s shift will be Saturdays from 12-6 p.m. Roz also works in the local public relations industry, helping to promote up-and-coming musical artists.
92 CITI FM has filled the midday void left by Samantha Stevens by moving Alix Michaels to the weekday afternoon shift.
Michaels has been the weekend voice on CITI for about a year, and has also been doing news and co-hosting with Tom and Joe. She’ll begin in her new time slot on Tuesday, and will be on-air 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Michaels will also be voice-tracking on sister Rogers stations in Alberta and Northern Ontario.