Tag: co-hosts

Juliette is Flying The Coop!

Just in case you missed the news on Thursday…

PRINCE GEORGE (June 2, 2017): Juliette Nunes, popular mid-day radio host (and current, acting morning show co-host) has just announced her plans to leave 101.3 The River. 🙁

Juliette has accepted a position with NOW! Radio in Edmonton (1023nowradio.com).

Juliette will stop paying provincial sales tax on June 24th and will start her new position at Edmonton’s #1 Radio Station on July 4th.

River Program Director, Ron Polillo released a statement late last night calling Juliette “one of the radio DJ’s here at The River” — “who’s energy and enthusiasm epitomize the acumen of an employee”.

Mike Benny, long time morning show host, said thru a spokesman that Juliette will be missed, “mostly because she’s quiet and doesn’t touch my stuff”.

Rick Kelly expressed relief at not having to deal with Juliette’s parking critiques for much longer.

Jess Williams made a sad face. 🙁

Juliette says, “over the last two years I have grown as a community member, a radio host and have also grown a seventh toe”. – 1013TheRiver.com

For reals:

  • Juliette will be missed by her audience, the many community organizations she works with and all of us here at JPBG.
  • Her last day on The River is June 24th.
  • Her first day on NOW! is July 4th.
  • The River is now looking for it’s next mid-day host.

The Top Five Things I Have Learned From Juliette Over The Last Two Years…

#5. Never eat a burrito on the way to teach your hot yoga class.
#4. You can make it to your 25 birthday without knowing what a cattle guard is (and still get a job in Alberta).
#3. You don’t have to be a cat hording, recluse to do a morning show with Me.
#2. An adult licensed driver can actually drive all the way to Quesnel, thinking they’re on their way to Edmonton.
#1. How to tell the difference between pie sweats and cake sweats!

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The River Wake Up with Mike and Jessica

The Wake Up with Mike and Jessica – May 20, 2014

Here’s the “official” release…

MAY 15, 2014
The River Wake Up 8.0

PRINCE GEORGE: This morning, at a widely attended press conference, 101.3 The River programming phenom Ron Polillo announced the return of Jessica Rankin to The River’s flagship morning franchise. As usual Polillo kicked off the press conference by joking with reporters. “Knock knock” he said, “Who’s there?”, “Co-host”, “Co-host who?”, “Jessica Rankin!”

Knock, knock…

“Jessica is so well known in this community, there’s not much more I can say except, we are super excited and slightly nervous about this whole thing”, Polillo said.

Jessica has been honing her skills in the Far East, writing songs about The Great Lakes and trains and is excited to be back in the North Chair (since she didn’t get much of a send-off the last time she left and is still quite bitter about that).

Jessica hosted The River morning show with Mike Benny for nearly four years and currently holds the record for longest serving co-host. Jessica will hold two titles as “#4” and “#8”.

Jennifer Lee will now hold the record for shortest serving co-host, but retains the official title of “#7.1”.

For his part, Mike Benny has apparently used up all the co-hosts and is starting over again in reverse alphabetical order using a proximity bias. Fitting that criteria to a T, is Jessica Rankin.

“The River Wake Up with Mike & Jessica” will officially kick-off after the May Long Weekend on Tuesday May 20, 2014.

For promotional and advertising opportunities please contact:

Ron Polillo
Program Director
101.3 The River

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New co-host for The River Wake Up

MAY 24, 2011 – PRINCE GEORGE: In the words of 101.3 The River’s program director Ron Polillo, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a number seven!”

At a special ‘media event’ draped in all the suspense of an American Idol final, Ron Polillo announced that Ashley Hinton has been selected to fill the North Chair position on Prince George’s favourite morning show. Ashley, a long-time daytime host on a cross-town rival radio station will join Mike Benny on The River Wake Up, starting Tuesday May 31, 2011.

A spokesperson for Mike Benny said, “Mr Benny is thrilled with the selection committee’s choice and particularly happy to pluck Number Seven from one of our competitors. Mr. Benny is also appreciative of the efforts of Weekend Jen who has been doing extra duty filling in since the departure of Number Six over a month ago.”

For her part, Weekend Jen said, “I’ll just be damn glad to get a friggen day off!”

Mike Benny has had a long string of co-host since 1999, Ashley will make it seven.

Ashley is a Leo, she is friends with most people, fairly balanced and has killer hair. “I like Party Mix or Chinese Crackers – toss up. They both give you REALLY bad breath though, so don’t sit next to me on the bus.”

She could not be reached for comment, however on her Facebook page she commented, “I am happy to be joining the River and glad to working with Mark Benny. I’ve heard so much about him. Mostly from him..”

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Wow, that was fun. I can't wait til 2036

Mike Benny
Mike Benny’s cake!

My 25th anniversary! What an awesome day. It was fun to have all the former co-hosts on the show. Thank you to Melissa, Jodi, Amy, Jessica and Lindsay (however Jessica was the only one that actually brought beer). It’s so cool to think we’re all still connected, despite the fact you’ve all moved on (ran away). I really appreciate your calls and kind words (and unkind words and well prepared bits).

It was great to hear from Heather, Afton, Tamara and many other via FB and I really appreciate the calls from Dan Rogers and some long-time listeners.

Thank you to Weekend-Jen for the baked goods (wow). Thank you to Faydra for the treats and words of wisdom. Thank you to Shawna for the call and the top five list. Thanks to my long time BFAW – Doug Jones and the whole Jones family for the pop up card, the drinks and the song. Lisa D, thank you for the Timmies, your kind words and your work on the chorus. Thanks Boss-Ron for arranging everything. It was a surprise and it was awesome! I can’t wait to see what you guys put together for my next 25th!

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Mike's top five signs Lisa wasn't here yesterday

Shawna Prince was filling in for Lisa yesterday. Mike’s top five signs Lisa wasn’t here yesterday.
#5. Nobody used the word “bummer” for an entire morning show.
#4. There was one less vuvuzela in our metaphoric World Cup morning show.
#3. The parking attendant didn’t notice any speeding black sports cars doing 90 in the staff parking lot at 2 minutes to six yesterday morning.
#2. Ron was less fidgety than usual.
#1. Nobody called me “Mark” for a whole day!

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Top five signs you've been working at CKPG for 25 years

Today Doug Jones is celebrating (marking) his 25th anniversary of employment with Radio Station CKPG Limited. Mike’s top five signs you’ve been working at CKPG for 25 years now.
#5. You go to book your holidays and HR seems confused about whether you even still work here.
#4. Your total salary and bonus’s are almost at the four digit mark now.
#3. You still miss the days when there was a liquor store right next-door to the station.
#2. When you look at Dan Rogers, you don’t see the Mayor, you see “the sports guy”.
#2a. Wayne Dobson refers to you as “the new guy”.
#1. Jim Pattison just offered 300,000 dollars for your jersey.

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