Winnipeg radio personality Vicki Shae has moved on to a part-time gig at QX 104.
Shae, who was recently let go from 99.1 Fresh Radio, will re-join the country crew next week.
“Vicki was on-air with us until 2013 and was not only a part of the great ratings QX 104 has enjoyed, but you may also remember her performance in the NHL lockout video that went viral,” said program director Janet Trecarten.
Beloved Winnipeg radio personality Samantha Stevens has decided to take her talents out west.
The “Brody and Samantha” co-host on QX 104 will host the afternoon drive show on new Calgary country radio station WILD 953.
Stevens has been doing mornings on QX for the past four years. She also previously had stints at 92 CITI FM and the former 102.3 Clear FM. Prior to that, she held positions in the Ottawa and Toronto markets.
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.
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.
Astral’s QX 104 and 103.1 Virgin Radio are the two top FM radio stations in Winnipeg after the Spring 2013 ratings book was released Thursday.
BBM Canada measured top-line radio statistics from March 4 to April 28 — the period where radio stations do everything they can to entice listeners to tune in.
“It is incredibly gratifying,” said station manager Sharon Taylor. “We operate as one team, so success on either station is a win for all of us. To have QX be the most popular station in Winnipeg, and Virgin right behind QX is outstanding. Party time!”
CJOB remains the top station overall in the city, sitting comfortably on the AM dial, while CBC Radio One (990 AM) increased its share slightly from last year.
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.
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.