There were so many amazing stories over the past three days on CHVN. We captured just a few of them and put it to video. Relive some of the most fun, amazing, and tearful moments here.
Thanks again to everyone who participated with us. Our CHVN community is truly special.
SteinbachOnline.com won a Gold Medal in the “Best Community News Website” category at the 8th Annual Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA) in Toronto on November 7, 2016. The SteinbachOnline.com entry focused on several local news stories representing our commitment to telling the stories of the people who make our community a great place to live.
Golden West as a company is committed to serving smaller communities that are overlooked by larger urban media. SteinbachOnline.com is an exceptional example of that hyper-local commitment.
It starts with the deliberate hiring of local News Reporters – people who are deeply-rooted in the community and care about the area they grew up in and choose to raise a family in. Most media companies are trending to smaller staff and increased content feeds almost entirely from non-local sources. SteinbachOnline.com, however, has increased, and continues to increase the size of its News Room staff, to ensure content is local, timely, and relevant.
As a result, SteinbachOnline.com has become a primary source of local information for the community – daily and in times of crisis.
October 2016, CHVN 95.1 FM in Winnipeg held a 3-day radiothon for Siloam Mission. Thanks to the generosity of listeners throughout Manitoba, we raised a total of $73,113.58… enough to provide 23,510 meals for the homeless in Winnipeg! Many callers issued challenges in an effort to encourage donations. One listener even ran a full marathon and encouraged people to donate one dollar or one meal for every mile she ran.
A wonderful event that clearly demonstrated the giving nature of Winnipeggers!
With the launch of a new app — SteinbachLive — a new chapter has begun at Golden West, and a new opportunity to connect with and impact our communities.
The SteinbachLive app provides a push notification platform, creating a brand new way for organizations to instantly connect with people in the community, while allowing each person to customize the app for the information important to them. Garbage day notices, school closures, severe weather warnings, and Amber alerts are just the beginning of the how the app can inform our communities, and keep them safe.
The app also includes the latest news and weather from SteinbachOnline.com, streaming of our radio stations, and a custom business directory. In the future, the app will also provide a new revenue stream, and new opportunity for our clients to connect and interact with our audience.
The iOS and Android versions of the app are now live on the App Stores. For more information, go to: http://gwe.st/steinbachlive.
On June 20th, the Golden West studios in High River were given short notice to evacuate due to flash flooding. Realizing that the station and website might be the only source of timely information, the Engineers worked non-stop to disassemble, pack, move and reassemble critical equipment in the building of their sister station in Okotoks. Except for a very short period of time during the physical moving of components, all stations remained on-air.
With a number of cell towers and landlines down, the jury-rigged stations were the only source of critical information for many of the local residents of High River and surrounding area. The stations were able to provide up-to-date conditions, warnings, and instructions to the affected area, and worked with Emergency Services to help organize displaced residents.
Collecting and broadcasting information with twice as many employees as the building was designed for required staff working around the clock in shifts. At one point, multiple stations were sharing one control board. At present, staff are splitting their days into multiple shifts to make the sharing of resources more efficient. As well, Golden West studios outside the affected area are taking on as much of the workload as possible, allowing High River staff time focus on serving their community, and to recover from personal loss.
Even after relocating, the challenges continued to increase as water levels began to creep towards the Okotoks studio front door. When it appeared that flooding was imminent, staff were asked to evacuate, but many chose to stay and continue to answer phones and broadcast instant updates. Three employees stayed in the studios the entire night. Had the Okotoks studios been flooded as well, a backup plan was in place to outfit a motor home with the required equipment and broadcast from a nearby hill.
Just recently, some High River staff have gained access to their homes, while others are still displaced and awaiting word on their homes and belongings. The High River studios were inundated, with up to 3 feet of water inside the building. Clean up and assessment of the damage has begun. The station vehicle had been parked at an employee’s home just prior to the flooding and is still underwater at this time.
Throughout the initial emergency, the many days and nights of challenges, and the personal hardships, Golden West is proud of the way staff worked together as a team. Even in the face of overwhelming personal crises, they remained focused on meeting the community’s needs with flood updates every 20 minutes around the clock.
The Pembina Valley’s newest radio station Country 88.9 FM has officially launched.
The event took place at the radio station on June 12. Station Manager Bill Hildebrand says they’ve switched 1570 CKMW from the AM dial to Country 88.9 on the FM dial at 10 a.m. He says switching a station from an AM to FM frequency is a first for Golden West and this is a very exciting day for everyone involved.
Hildebrand says he been involved with 1570 CKMW since it was started 25 years ago, and so this is a bittersweet day for him, but also a very exciting one. He explains Country 88.9 will feature great country music in crystal clear FM stereo, but still include all the best in local coverage like news, sports and weather.
“It’s a great day. We are not going to take our foot off the gas, we’re going to go hard and provide everything we can for our listeners in the region.”
Hildebrand says even though the launch has now officially taken place, the celebrations are not done. He says the new Country 88.9 FM truck and trailer will be travelling the region for the next several weeks, full of great prizes to be won by their listeners.
“Stop by, say hi. You could be the next big winner!” notes Hildebrand.
Golden West Vice President Richard Kroeker was on hand at the launch this morning and offered his congratulations on the new station.
“I’d like to recognize Cheryl Grossi (acting Director for Client Services for the Northern and Western Regions) from the CRTC. All of this wouldn’t be possible unless the CRTC gave us approval.”
Kroeker adds Country 88.9FM is Golden West’s first station in Manitoba using digital technology and says the sound coming from our speakers will be “outstanding.”
“A special thank you goes out to all of our staff. They’ve worked extremely hard in the last little while to put this radio station together. I also want to thank the business community for entrusting us and advertising with us so we can help grow their business. All this really is impossible unless you have advertisers and you have listeners.”
Winkler Mayor Martin Harder helped flip the switch at 10 a.m. and had a few words of encouragement for the new station and Golden West staff. “One of the things, if you’re living in the Pembina Valley, you have to be used to change. Golden West has recognized that.” He explains there is a change in media, the business community, in people familiar with the area and says it’s all a part of growing communities. “Today I want to say thank you to Golden West for recognizing that we are in a growing community and we’re in a growing region.”
He also acknowledged Ken Wiebe, the Mayor of Morden, for the City’s partnership in the community and working together with Winkler.
Morden Mayor Ken Wiebe offered his congratulations as well, and thanked Golden West for the opportunity to participate in the celebrations. “On behalf of the Council and staff and all of the citizens of Morden I extend congratulations to Golden West Radio in this change from AM to FM.” Wiebe goes on to say that this flip is another example of Golden West family’s commitment to provide the best possible service to it’s listening audience and he sites a recent incident that occurred in Morden.
Here are some photos from today’s event.
Earl Reimer helped set up 1570 CKMW when it first launched back in the day.
The Equip to Care Radio-Thon concluded Thursday afternoon after 48 hours and four days at the Humboldt and District Hospital.
$214,742 was raised for the Hospital Foundation to purchase new medical equipment.
Executive Director Lorrie Bunko had a great four days with the radio-thon.
“I have to be honest we heard a lot of stories, we heard a lot of good stories, we heard a lot of sad stories. You know we do care, and it’s for the bettering of our health care, and it was an awesome experience.”
Bunko was overwhelmed with the total.
“I’m still in shock, It’s just amazing. When we did the count and the adding machine said $114,000 we couldn’t believe it.”
PotashCorp Lanigan issued a community challenge on Monday saying they would match donations dollar for dollar up to 100,000.000, which they did signing a cheque yesterday afternoon.
General Manager Rob Bubnick was ecstatic to sign the cheque, “I’m just overwhelmed and excited. It is just an honor to come back here today, only three and a half days later and write the cheque for the full amount of the pledged amount. I’m just overwhelmed.”
A big thanks goes out to all who made a donation during this event. The generosity of patients, families, businesses, municipalities, and organizations is truly amazing.
The fundraising doesn’t stop here. The campaign continues with a set goal of $750,000, that’s only $525,258.00 to go. To make a donation call 682.4450.
With a strong commitment to promoting local talent, CKMW 1570 was proud to celebrate the CD release of Waitin’ On A Whistle by local musician Ed Penner. At a release party hosted by CKMW 1570 at Coffee Culture in Winkler, Manitoba, Ed performed a number of original pieces as well as covering some classic favourites.
By promoting and attending the CD release, CKMW 1570 connected current and future fans with Ed Penner and, judging by the response, exciting things are in store for this local singer songwriter and his audience. The CD is available on iTunes and at EdPenner.com.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the community, the 4th Annual Your Family’s Health Radiothon in Swift Current, SK raised over $155,000 for new hospital equipment!
Proceeds from this year’s Radiothon will be used to support the purchase and installation of a new Remote Cardiac Monitoring (Telemetry) system at the Cypress Regional Hospital.
“We are very happy with the results of this year’s Radiothon. We received over 300 donations/pledges and that is exactly what we were hoping for. We were not necessarily looking for a few large donations, but a lot of support and that is what happened. It is a clear example of what can happen when you get good participation from the entire community,” stated Clay Thompson, Executive Director for the Dr. Noble Irwin Regional Healthcare Foundation.
“Our goal when we started was to generate as much interest and support as we could for the purchase of this essential equipment and I feel that is exactly what happened”.