WINNIPEG — It didn’t take long to find a replacement for Heather Prosak after she packed up and headed west in January.
99.9 BOB FM announced Friday that Mark Morris will be joining Beau as the new co-host of the station’s morning show.
WINNIPEG — 99.9 BOB FM morning co-host Heather Prosak has gone country.
Prosak will soon join the team at Wild 95.3 (Calgary’s New Country) with co-host Jonathan Best, who arrives from Newcap in Edmonton.
WINNIPEG — Caroline Hunter just can’t keep herself away from the microphone.
The veteran radio broadcaster is coming out of retirement to join the on-air team at 99.9 BOB FM.
Hunter spent 16 years at QX 104 before resigning from the morning show in 2011. Winnipeggers have still been able to hear Hunter’s voice at Winnipeg Blue Bombers games in her role as stadium announcer.
Bell Media has combined its Winnipeg TV and radio entities this year to form the first annual Toy Mountain campaign.
Formerly known as the “Christmas Miracle,” the campaign launches today to collect toys and cash donations to be delivered to children in need this Christmas. And why not? The big day is exactly five months away.
Toy Mountain supports the local charitable efforts of the Salvation Army and Christmas Cheer Board, and will launch at the Winnipeg Goldeyes game at noon. New, unwrapped toy donations will be accepted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Participating stations include CTV Winnipeg, 99.9 BOB FM, 103.1 Virgin Radio, and TSN 1290. Other communities benefitting from Toy Mountain campaigns are Toronto and Ottawa.
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.
FAB 94.3 and 99.9 BOB FM switched morning show hosts on Monday, as Kelly Parker and Beau swapped to join separate sister stations.
Parker will join Frazier on FAB 94.3 weekday mornings from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., while Beau will co-host with Dez on 99.9 BOB FM.
Both stations are owned by Bell Media.
In the last ratings book, FAB and BOB recorded a 6.6 and 6.4, respectively, in the 12+ demographic.
Canadian comedian Kevin McDonald will be a fill-in co-host this summer on 99.9 BOB FM’s morning show.
The “Kids In The Hall” member will stand in for either Kelly Parker or Dez Daniels on “BOB’s Breakfast” between 7-10 a.m. while they take vacation.
“This will be great! I can wake up at an insane hour to watch Kelly and Dez work, listen to great tunes and make people laugh… or chuckle… or cry… crying is bad,” McDonald joked in a Bell Media release. “I’m like the substitute teacher of radio.”
McDonald will begin his radio duties Monday, June 18.
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.
The three-day radiothon last week at St. Vital Centre has brought in $65,000 and more than 5,500 toys for the Christmas Cheer Board.
FAB 94.3 and 99.9 BOB FM’s 29th Annual Christmas Miracle was held from December 8 to 10, and encouraged listeners to come down to the mall and make a cash or toy donation.
“The Christmas Miracle is one of the largest donation sources for the Cheer Board and this has been the most successful year to date,” said Cheer Board executive director Kai Madsen.
In 2010, $55,000 was raised during the Christmas Miracle.
Volunteers are still needed to help deliver hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board over the coming weeks. To help out, call (204) 989-5680.
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