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Saskatchewan Donors Raise $750,000 in Children’s Hospital Radiothon

November 8, 2019

Broadcasters from across Saskatchewan, including the full team from the family of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, helped raise a substantial sum of money for the new state-of-the-art children’s facility in Saskatoon. According to a media release from the hospital’s foundation, donors from across the province helped raise $750,109 in just two short days at the first ever province-wide Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Radiothon presented by CIBC Wood Gundy. The event Wednesday and Thursday was broadcasted live from the main lobby of Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital by 16 different radio stations. The foundation explained donations from this year’s event will

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The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Acquires Lift Interactive Inc. to Expand its Digital Offering

October 29, 2019

EDMONTON, AB – The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) and Lift Interactive Inc. (Lift) today jointly announced Pattison’s partial acquisition of Lift Interactive Inc., a leading digital agency located in Edmonton, Alberta. The current local management team will continue to lead Lift, and all of the existing team members will remain in their current location. Micah Slavens, one of the Founders of Lift (along with his wife and partner, Kristi Slavens), announced the transaction today stating, “We’ve had the privilege of growing Lift into a world-class, innovative digital agency over the past 18 years, along with our valued

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2 Long-time Pattison Employees to be Inducted into Western Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame

April 25, 2019

Longtime Winnipeg radio personality Boyd Kozak and Bob Ridley, sports director at CHAT 94.5 FM Medicine Hat, have been announced as this year’s inductees into the Western Association of Broadcasters (WAB) Hall of Fame. Kozak retired last year as news director at QX104 (CFQX-FM) Winnipeg. His 59-year career right out of high school in 1959 at CFSL-AM Weyburn, SK, quickly moving on to CHAB Radio & TV in Moose Jaw, CFQC-AM Saskatoon and then CKRC-AM Winnipeg where he landed in 1963. He joined CFQX-FM in 1995 as news and community relations director. Boyd has been a DJ, a reporter, producer, talk show host, blogger and a news director. He’s interviewed The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, The Guess Who, and George Jones, among

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CKPG wins RTDNA Award

April 9, 2019

A big honour for the CKPG newsroom. It has been recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for its 2018 Remembrance Day special “We Remember.” “We Remember” brought you the stories of local modern-day veterans, a national Silver Cross mother who lost her son, the traditions behind Remembrance Day itself, including the meaning behind the poppy and the annual Parade of Colours. CKPG won the Dave Rogers Award, which recognizes the best long feature in the western region in small- and medium-sized markets, at an awards banquet in Vancouver tonight (April 6). You can view “We Remember” by

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The Next Evolution of Calgary Radio

February 26, 2019

Calgary’s newest radio station, 101.5 Today Radio launched at 6am this morning. Why should we play Today? Today Radio plays the best hits of today along with great songs from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. What do you have to say Today? Our on-air hosts engage listeners on a variety of topics via phone, text, and social media. We want to hear what our listeners have to say and we’ll share their stories with all of Calgary. We view our listeners as friends, not just an audience. Join us at work Today The Today Guarantee features 55 minutes of

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Jim Pattison Broadcast Group announces change in Kamloops leadership

January 11, 2019

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Kamloops has a new face at the top. Leo Baggio will take over as general manager, effective immediately. Rod Schween, who previously held the GM position in addition to serving as president of the group, will step away from day-to-day management in order to focus on strategic growth of the group. Baggio will retain his duties as general sales manager for the Kamloops operation. Schween announced the change to staff Thursday morning (Jan. 10). Baggio is no stranger to the Kamloops media market, having spent more than two decades as a radio personality on

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SAIT Students Win Equity Scholarships

December 21, 2018

Two students from SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary are the 2018 recipients of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Prairie Equity Scholarships. Alyssa Stoyanowski is a first year student at SAIT, with a particular interest in small-market radio.  Growing up in High Level, Alberta, Alyssa interned at a radio station in Peace River. It was only after high school that Alyssa discovered that she suffered from Severe Auditory Processing Disorder, a hearing problem that interferes with the way the brain recognizes and interprets sounds.  Finding out about her APD has helped Alyssa understand earlier struggles in school.  Despite those challenges, Alyssa maintained

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Improved Cariboo News Coverage from Williams-lake-based Got News Network

September 18, 2018

CKPGToday.ca and CFJCToday.com is expanding its Cariboo coverage with the addition of the Williams Lake-based Got News Network. Got News Network has earned the reputation of being a trusted online location for Cariboo news and community event information. Cailin Cousins, a founder of Got News Network, will continue to produce stories that cover the communities from Clinton to Quesnel and feed them to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group for online consumption at CKPGToday.ca and CFJCToday.com. “We’re pleased to have been able to work out a deal to acquire the rights to the leading online news and information operation in the

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The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Acquires Fabmar Communications to Expand into Chilliwack, Whitecourt & Melfort

August 14, 2018

KAMLOOPS, B.C. – The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group Limited Partnership (Pattison) and Fabmar Investments Ltd. (Fabmar) today jointly announced Pattison’s acquisition of Fabmar Communications Ltd. and it’s four radio station licences (and related assets) located in the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, subject to CRTC approval. Radio Stations involved in the transaction include: Chilliwack, British Columbia 5 The Drive (CHWK-FM) Whitecourt, Alberta XM 105 FM (CIXM-FM) Melfort, Saskatchewan 105 CJVR (CJVR-FM) CK750 (CKJH-AM) The current local management teams will continue to lead the Chilliwack, Whitecourt and Melfort stations and all of the existing team members at the four

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Jim Pattison Broadcast Group expands ‘NOW’ family in Saskatchewan

April 20, 2018

The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has launched a 7th online portal in Saskatchewan. farmnewsNOW.com is a site dedicated to bringing prairie producers what they need to know about the agriculture industry including research developments and the latest in crop, livestock and market news. In addition to daily industry news, this website will also be the go-to source for farm equipment and real estate sales. “At a time when other media outlets are closing their doors, we are expanding our coverage area and providing a much-needed service to communities who were left without a voice,” said Karl Johnston, JPBG Saskatchewan General

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