WINNIPEG — Veteran broadcaster Hal Anderson is returning to the airwaves with a new show on FAB 94.3.
Anderson last worked as the morning host at 680 CJOB and before that at sister station Power 97 (formerly).
“Hal Anderson Sundays” will debut September 27 and air Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Besides the weekend stint, Anderson will also join Kelly Parker and Alix Michaels weekdays at 7:20 a.m. for a daily feature segment.
Two Winnipeg radio stations will do their part to bring in cash and food donations to Siloam Mission today.
“One Big Day” is the effort of QX104 and FAB 94.3 in an effort to support the Winnipeg homeless shelter. From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., both Jim Pattison Broadcast Group stations will broadcast live from Garden City Shopping Centre.
“For us and our loyal listeners to be in a position to do our part in support of a worthy cause like Siloam Mission is its own reward,” said Heidi Rasmussen, general manager of QX104 and FAB 94.3.
A local radio station flipped the switch on their brand new studio in downtown Winnipeg on Monday.
FAB 94.3 has moved from their old Pembina Highway offices to Lombard Avenue and held a housewarming party to mark the occasion.
“We’re thrilled to have the 94.3 frequency back downtown and FAB’s music will make sure every day is a party. It’s a very exciting time for our radio stations,” said Janet Trecarten, program director of the two radio stations.
Two Winnipeg radio stations are now under the ownership of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.
QX 104 and FAB 94.3 were previously put up on the selling block by Astral Media and Bell Media, respectively, back in 2012. The CRTC approved the sale in December 2013, clearing the way for both FM stations to assume new ownership effective February 1.
“We’re excited to be bringing these two teams from FAB and QX together — and we’re looking forward to doing great things in the community going forward,” general manager Don Shafer said in a release.
Two Winnipeg radio stations have been acquired by the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, pending CRTC approval.
FAB 94.3 (Bell Media) and QX 104 (Astral) are part of a deal announced Thursday by the broadcaster, which also includes the purchase of Calgary’s Kool FM.
“This is a very important acquisition for our Broadcast Group and, with the approval of this transaction from the CRTC, we will expand our presence in the major markets of Calgary and Winnipeg, which we have been focusing on for some time,” said Rick Arnish, chairman of Kamloops-based Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in a release.
Three Winnipeg radio stations have helped to raise $53,000 in cash and 5,300 toy donations for the Christmas Cheer Board.
Bell Media Radio’s Christmas Miracle Toy and Cash Drive was held last Thursday, Friday and Saturday at St. Vital Centre. 99.9 BOB FM, TSN Radio 1290 and FAB 94.3 broadcasted live daily to encourage the public to make a donation to the campaign.
“The Christmas Miracle contributes a quarter of all donations for the Christmas Cheer Board and helps ensure children and families can enjoy the spirit of the season on Christmas morning,” said Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen. “There are so many people involved with this three-day event who give generously of their time. I’d like to extend a very special thank you to everyone involved.”
Donations can still be made at TD Canada Trust until December 24.
Three Winnipeg radio stations began broadcasting live from St. Vital Centre this morning as part of the 30th Annual Christmas Miracle Toy and Cash Drive.
Until Saturday evening, 99.9 BOB FM, TSN Radio 1290 and FAB 94.3 will be collecting donations for the Christmas Cheer Board to help hundreds of families have a joyful Christmas this year.
“As the holiday season approaches, we here at Bell Media are reminded of the generosity of Winnipeggers who continue to support the Christmas Cheer Board through the Christmas Miracle, now in its 30th year,” said Mark Maheu, GM and VP of Bell Media Radio Winnipeg. “We look forward to seeing old and new faces engage in the spirit of giving this season to ensure Christmas happens for everyone.”
Over the past three decades, more than $725,000 and 55,000 toys have been collected through the initiative.
The stations will broadcast live from the Food Hall until 9 p.m. tonight, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
During a hearing in Ottawa on Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied Bell Media’s plans of an acquisition.
The highly publicized Canadian media deal, first announced in March, would have seen Bell acquire Astral’s 84 radio stations and 20 pay and specialty television channels in both English and French.
“BCE failed to persuade us that the deal would benefit Canadians,” said CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais in a release. “It would have placed significant market power in the hands of one of the country’s largest media companies. We could not have ensured a robust Canadian broadcasting system without imposing extensive and intrusive safeguards, which would have been to the detriment of the entire industry.”
In September, Bell released a list of radio stations it had planned to sell if the deal was approved. Winnipeg’s QX 104 (Astral) and FAB 94.3 (Bell) were on that list, along with eight others.
In its ruling, the CRTC added, “The acquisition of Astral Media’s services would have created a situation where a company of BCE’s size and scale would be able to exert its market power unfairly and hinder healthy competition.”
The Canadian broadcast regular also denied Bell’s request to convert Montreal radio station CKGM from an English- to a French-language station.