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Phil Aubrey Joining Power 97 Morning Show

Phil Aubrey Joining Power 97 Morning Show

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Phil Aubrey

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 Jae resigned from Power 97 in 2012 amid a contract dispute.

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Corus Entertainment Makes Line-Up Changes at Power 97

Corus Entertainment Makes Line-Up Changes at Power 97

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The new Power 97 line-up. (HANDOUT)

One day after showing veteran broadcaster Kathy Kennedy the door at 680 CJOB, Corus Entertainment has announced changes over at sister station Power 97.

“We’re continuing to build on the deep rock ‘n’ roll heritage in the community with Winnipeg favourites, Joe Aiello and the return of Fearless Fred Kennedy,” said Tammy Cole, program director at Power 97. “By having Winnipeg’s renowned hosts paired with some brand new voices, Power 97 will offer an exciting line-up that listeners can connect with.”

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Power 97 Flipping the Switch on New Format

Power 97 Flipping the Switch on New Format

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The Power 97 teaser image posted to its Facebook page ahead of Friday’s format change. (FACEBOOK)

UPDATE: 97.5 BIG FM has launched with a classic rock format.

Three days after Corus Entertainment laid off five of its on-air personalities, the company is ready to shake things up again with Power 97.

Sources tell ChrisD.ca the station will move to either a classic rock or country music format beginning Friday morning.

The station is said to be called 97.5 BIG FM.

A domain name for the station was registered on January 5 and Corus is in the process of securing social media accounts for the name. Sara Lanthier, Corus Radio’s national project manager, reached out to a Twitter account with the same name on January 27 looking to acquire it.

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Corus Winnipeg Drops the Axe in Another Round of Layoffs

Corus Winnipeg Drops the Axe in Another Round of Layoffs

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Corus EntertainmentWINNIPEG — Corus Entertainment has laid off another round of staff from all three of their Winnipeg radio stations.

On-air talent received the grim news Tuesday morning, including Power 97 morning co-host TJ Connors and fellow rock personality Holly Bausman. Also released is Mandy Shew from 99.1 Fresh FM, and anchors Lorne Edwards and April Anderson from 680 CJOB.

Sources say the layoffs weren’t based on performance, but came from a business standpoint as the company restructures itself to find efficiencies.

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Corus Winnipeg Cleans House as Ratings Near

Corus Winnipeg Cleans House as Ratings Near

Corus EntertainmentCorus Entertainment Winnipeg let several employees go Monday morning, just as the fall ratings measuring period is to begin next week.

Gone from 680 CJOB is Robert Holland, Jim Jones and Graham Mosimann (music director) from Power 97, and Adam Taylor and Kristin Bibik from 99.1 Fresh FM.

Corus also terminated an engineer and a receptionist.

Numeris will measure September 1 to October 26 for the fall period, with ratings to be released on November 27.

— Staff

VIDEO: ‘Talk Yoda to Me’ Parody Marks Star Wars Day

A new Winnipeg-made parody video to mark Star Wars Day is quickly becoming an Internet hit.

Vicki Shae of the Power 97 morning show stars in the “Talk Yoda to Me” rendition of the popular Jason Derulo song.

For non-geeks, May 4 is typically when fans of the Star Wars franchise greet each other with “May the 4th be with you.”

Production for “Star Wars: Episode VII” is underway and will open in theatres worldwide on December 18, 2015.

‘Mother Flooder’ Lending a Hand Sandbagging

‘Mother Flooder’ Lending a Hand Sandbagging

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Staff from radio station Power 97 will help out at-risk homeowners from flooding this season. Dubbed the “Mother Flooder,” the pickup truck will travel to Southern Manitoba communities with staff to help sandbag where needed. The truck first made an appearance during the 2011 flood. (HANDOUT)

Movember Wrapping Up with a Shave-Off

The month for men to let their facial hair grow wild, no matter how grotesque it may look, is coming to a close.

Movember officially ends tonight after a month-long fundraiser and awareness campaign in support of men’s health issues, particular prostate cancer. Donations have been pouring in internationally, especially in Manitoba, where organizers were hoping to hit the $1 million mark provincially.

Winnipeg radio station Power 97 and Birchwood Kia will hold a shave-off on Saturday as a final push towards the fundraising goal.

From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., “Mo Bros” can attend Birchwood Kia at 1364 Regent Avenue to have their moustache shaved. The two companies will make a joint donation to the Movember cause.

Students from MC College will shave off listeners’ and Power 97 personalities’ Movember moustaches, as the rock station broadcasts live from the event.

Watch video from the Movember launch earlier this month:

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Power 97 Replacing Departed Morning Show

A little more than a week after Power 97’s entire morning show resigned amid a contract dispute, the station has posted ads looking to fill the positions.

Corus Entertainment on Thursday began searching for two morning hosts (job #1, job #2). The deadline to apply is October 4.

As was widely reported, the “Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena” show moved to competitor 92 CITI FM. The show debuted this past Monday.

In a message on its website, Power 97 program director Matt Cundill said, “We are pleased to report that our new plans for our morning show will be revealed in the weeks ahead.”