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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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Happy Birthday CKPG!

CKPG radio signed on the air in Prince George at 5:00 pm, February 8, 1946. I wasn’t around back then, but I did show up a few years later – 1986 (with Doug Jones).

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Mike Benny and Doug Jones – CKPG Radio circa 1987

From the history books…

… from radiowest.ca
“In 1946, CKPG Prince George signed on at 5:00 p.m., with 250 watts on graveyard frequency 1230 KHz. A license had been issued to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke in November 1944. Tiny had been General Manager of CKWX Vancouver since 1942, previously managing CFAC Calgary, CJCA Edmonton and CKRC Winnipeg. CKPG moved to its long time home of 550 KHz about a year after sign-on…”

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Cecil Elphicke with station PD Jack Carbutt – CKPG

… from the UNBC archives
“In November 1944, the Canadian Department of Transport granted a license to operate a radio station to brothers Cecil and Frank (Tiny) Elphicke of CKPG Radio Limited. Land was purchased in May 1945 for the transmitter site near the Hudson Bay Slough in Prince George. Construction of the transmitter began in August, and Radio Station CKPG Limited was incorporated and capitalized at $25,000 (2500 shares at 10.00 per share). CKPG signed on the air on at 5:00 p.m. on 8 February 1946, operating on 1230 kHz.”

… from BCRadioHistory
“CKPG studios were in Ritz-Kiefer Hall on George Street and the 250-watt transmitter was at South Fort George. Radio Station CKPG Ltd. was a CBC Trans-Canada affiliate.”

… from BroadcastingHistory.ca
“The PG in the call letters represented Prince George. CKPG was owned by Radio Station CKPG Ltd. The original staff of three consisted of Cecil Elphicke (Managing Director), Ray Tate (Engineer) and Jack Carbutt (announcer). Mayor Jack Nicholson said at the time, “CKPG will make us better and closer neighbours”.”

I spent 13 years on the air with 550 CKPG before moving to 101.3 HITS FM (CKKN-FM) in 1999.  CKPG Radio eventually morphed into 99.3 The Drive (CKDV-FM), but the call letters are still alive with our TV station, websites, business name and all of our email addresses – @ckpg.com.


On March 1, 1981 Radio Station CKPG Ltd. opened Prince George’s first FM radio station, CIOI-FM “Country 101”. In 1995 the calls were changed to CKKN-FM “Kickin Country”, in 1999 CKKN-FM became HITS-FM and then in 2006 it became 101.3 The River.

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Hits-FM becomes The River – January 2006

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and the winner is… Rae Wely!

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At the Treasure Cove Show Lounge

What a great night of local music! Thank you Demmy Hawkey, Rae Wely, Genevieve Jade Tucker and Erika Callewaert You’re all so talented! Thank you Lee-Wai Yu and Bright City Heights – Best House Band ever. And congrats to Rae Wely – Grand Prize Winner of 101.3 The River Voice!

Can’t wait to play your song on The River.

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Congratulations Rae Wely

The winner of The River’s Voice gets recording time at Cheslatta Studios, radio air-play on The River and about $1,800 in gift cards from assorted sponsors.

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The River Wake Up with Mike and Jessica

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

Here’s the “official” release…

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!”

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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
rpolillo@ckpg.com

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I'm on vacation!

I'm on vacation, I'm on vacation!!
I’m on vacation, I’m on vacation!!

This is one of my favourite top five lists for two reasons…

1. Posting it usually means I’m on vacation.

2. Posting it usually means I’m on vacation.

Mike’s top five signs that Mike is on vacation (circa 2008)…

#5. I am drinking coffee after 3pm!

#4. I’m not getting paid, but it’s only slightly less than I usually get paid.

#3. I have no reason to ever leave Tim Hortons!

#2. I walk around saying things like, “Looks like a high of 27 today. Keep listening for your chance to call..” to total strangers.

#1. I’m getting up at 7am and that’s sleeping in three hours!

 

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