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104.5 MORE Country Launch in Strathmore, AB

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September 27th, 2018

Strathmore, AB: Golden West is pleased to announce the launch of CKOV 104.5 MORE FM in Strathmore, AB!

“This station is a partnership between Clear Sky Radio Ltd. and Golden West,” says Lyndon Friesen, President of Golden West. “We are very excited to work with Paul Larsen at Clear Sky and are delighted to be able to provide this local service to Strathmore and Wheatland County!”

“We are excited to provide the community of Strathmore with its very own local FM radio service” says Paul Larsen, President of Clear Sky Radio. “The local news and community content we will broadcast will truly benefit the residents of Strathmore and smaller nearby rural communities.”

104.5 MORE FM broadcasts live from Strathmore and is committed to providing local information to the families that live in the community. The CRTC approved the application for the partnership application earlier this year.

About Clear Sky Radio Inc.: Clear Sky Radio is one of Western Canada’s leading independent regional broadcasting companies and operates radio stations in Lethbridge, AB and Cranbrook, BC.

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 44 radio stations and 20 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

www.goldenwestradio.com

Reach FM Launch in Grande Prairie, AB

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June 1st, 2017

Grande Prairie, AB:  Today Golden West is excited to welcome CJGY 96.3 FM in Grande Prairie, Alberta to Golden West!

“Reach FM is a great sounding Christian radio station with repeaters in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek” says Lyndon Friesen, President of Golden West. “We are also delighted to have station manager, Terry Van Veen, and his team join Golden West!”

96.3 Reach FM broadcasts live from Grande Prairie and is committed to providing local information to the families that live in the community. The CRTC approved the application to purchase CJGY-FM from Grande Prairie Radio Ltd. earlier this month.

Golden West has a strong reputation for community involvement and has served Southern Alberta communities for almost 40 years. Golden West continues to support local artists, music programs and the performing arts while delivering continuous community service information.

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 41 radio stations and 17 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

Richard Kroeker
Vice President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

www.goldenwestradio.com

SteinbachOnline.com Named Best Community News Website

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November 9th, 2016

Steinbach, MB: Steinbachonline.com has been named Best Community News Website in all of Canada. The honour was given this week in Toronto at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA).

“It signifies the quality of journalism you have,” says Producer Martin Seto. “It’s a journalism award and you are able to service the needs of your local community in Steinbach.”

Dave Lehman, Manager of Digital Media for Golden West, says we’re delighted to receive this top honour in Canada for a Community News Website.

“The COPA awards celebrate excellence in journalism and news coverage in Canada and receive entries from Canada’s most well-known media companies” says Lehman, “we are honoured that our news team was selected as one of the best. ”

“I can see why you won,” says Seto, who does not judge the awards. “You’re a community news organization and at the same time you are available to your listeners either on the radio, on the smart phone or on the computer.”

“This is a recognition that somebody is doing good work in Steinbach,” he says.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West
[email protected]

Dave Lehman
Manager of Digital Media
Golden West
[email protected]

Country 104.9 FM Launch in Kindersley, SK

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September 19th, 2016

Kindersley, SK: Golden West is excited to announce the launch Country 104.9 FM, West Central Saskatchewan’s Country Music Superstation tomorrow morning at 7:00 am local time!

“Kindersley has been very supportive of Mix 104.9 FM, even though it was a low-power station,” says Lyndon Friesen, President of Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. “So we are just thrilled to introduce a huge Country station with crystal-clear FM sound to West Central Saskatchewan”.

The new 100,000-watt Country station will provide Kindersley and West Central Saskatchewan with a better, stronger local radio service that covers a vast part of the region.

“We are excited to be able to serve Kindersley and West Central Saskatchewan with a full power FM Country station,” explains Program Director, Barrie Vice.  “Country music continues to be the soundtrack of life on the prairies and we are delighted to provide it in the rich full sound of FM to a huge area of the province”.

Golden West has a strong reputation for community involvement and continues to support local artists, music programs and the performing arts while keeping the community informed both on-air and online.

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 41 radio stations and 18 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
[email protected]

Barb Bell
Station and General Sales Manager
CJYM/CFYM and Country 104.9 FM
[email protected]

www.goldenwestradio.com

CJUV 94.1 FM Purchase in Lacombe, AB

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May 5th, 2015

Lacombe, AB: Golden West is pleased to announce we have finalized an offer to purchase CJUV 94.1 FM in Lacombe, AB from LA Radio Group.

“Golden West has had a strong interest in delivering local radio services to Central Alberta for many years,” says Lyndon Friesen, President of Golden West. “Sunny 94 is an established player and has been extremely successful in delivering terrific service to Lacombe, making this station a perfect fit for Golden West”.

CJUV-FM went to air in June 2006, offering a Classic Hits format and still carries that same popular format today.

An application has been submitted to the CRTC and a decision is expected later this year.

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 40 radio stations and 16 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

Richard Kroeker
Vice President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

www.goldenwestradio.com

Country 93.1 FM Launch in Portage La Prairie

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September 9, 2014

Portage la Prairie, MB: Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. is excited to announce the launch of our new FM station in Portage la Prairie, Country 93.1 FM! Country 93.1 FM will broadcast out of the new Golden West studios located on the west side of Portage la Prairie!

“This new station will have the local feel that our listeners have come to expect, while providing an alternative local music choice for the community,” says Paul Harland, Station Manager, “a choice that perfectly complements the music on our heritage country station, CFRY 920, and on Mix 96.5 FM.”

Country 93.1 FM will feature a handpicked selection of Country’s favourite stars and biggest songs! Country 93.1 FM launches at 9:00 AM (CST) on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba – “We Love Our Country”!

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 40 radio stations and 16 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Richard Kroeker
Vice President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737

Paul Harland
Station Manager
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 239-5111

www.goldenwestradio.com

Country 107.7 FM Launch in Steinbach

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June 18th, 2014

Steinbach, MB: Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. is pleased to announce the launch of our new FM station in Steinbach, Country 107.7 FM!

“This new station will have the local feel that our listeners have come to expect, while providing an alternative local music choice for the community,” says Richard Kroeker, Vice President. “Country 107 will complement the local programming found on Mix 96.7 FM and AM1250 radio.”

Committed to delivering continuous, local community service information, Golden West will continue to provide Steinbach and the surrounding area with local and family-friendly news, weather and information.

Country 107.7 FM is a hand-picked selection of Country’s favorite stars and biggest songs! Country 107.7 FM launches at 9:00 AM (CST) on Thursday, June 19, 2014 in Steinbach, Manitoba – “We Love Our Country”!

About Golden West Broadcasting: Golden West operates 41 radio stations and 16 online community portals in Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

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For more information please contact:

Richard Kroeker
Vice President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

Crystal Hildebrandt
Station Manager
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737
[email protected]

www.goldenwestradio.com

Country 107.7 FM Hits The Airwaves


Steinbach’s newest radio station hit the airwaves Thursday morning at 9am.

Golden West launched Country 107.7 FM, adding to its existing Steinbach stations, AM 1250 and MIX 96.7 FM. President Lyndon Friesen says a third radio station will thrive in Steinbach. He says people have a lot of different tastes in music and there’s a lot of different formats, especially now in the digital age where you can pick up music anywhere you want.

“What you can’t pick up is what fits between the songs,” he says. “And that’s some really good local people, highly talented, I think that will entertain us and inform us and besides that there’s going to be the local information that is Golden West’s signature. And so we’re going to be able to do that within a country format. Every time we get a chance to add another way to reach the community, we think it’s pretty good.”

Steinbach Mayor Chris Goertzen pushed the button to officially launch the 41st radio station by Golden West.

“As Steinbach, we’re very lucky to have radio stations like this new country radio station, like our other radio stations,” says Goertzen. “We’re very luck to have them, they tell our story, they tell the whole region’s story and that’s really what makes our city prosper and it’s one of the important parts of making us grow.”

Steinbach MLA Kelvin Goertzen, who was also on hand for Thursday morning’s launch says a third station will benefit the community in many different ways.

“Obviously it provides entertainment through the radio, you get information out,” he says. “But there’s a really positive feel, the kind of positive stories that happen through the radio stations is a lot of good community events and good community things that happen through the radio stations, through Golden West and in this area. So it really does help the community an awful lot and we’re really blessed and lucky to have that.”

“This really is a special day for us,” says station manager Crystal Hildebrandt. “It’s true what they say, it takes a village to launch a radio station.”

Golden West Launches New Classical Station

Golden West launched its newest radio station in southern Manitoba Thursday morning. Classic 107.1 FM officially hit the air-waves with classical and jazz music at 10AM.

Golden West isn’t unfamiliar with the classical music genre. The broadcast company has a history of playing classical music in southern Manitoba on AM radio since 1957. The company says Classic 107.1 is a natural extension of a decades long tradition.

“One of the things we learned years ago is that if you can imagine it, you can actually do it; that’s almost a guarantee,” said the Chief Executive Officer of Golden West Elmer Hildebrand. “Over the years we have done lots of things that couldn’t be done, but we keep doing them. I think this was maybe one of those. We have 41 radio stations right now, and we will have 50 stations in the next while.”

The launch of Classic 107 in a large market like Winnipeg is rare for Golden West, who predominately does business in rural areas of Manitoba, Northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

“While it is quite different there is a lot of similarity,” said the President of Golden West Lyndon Friesen. “We have grown our whole business on serving communities. In this case, it’s the arts community. There is a huge passion for the arts in the city, that’s a community. If we serve that, it won’t be a lot different from what we do in our small communities.”

Eric Friesen who has years of classical experience with CBC Radio was asked approximately two years ago, by Hildebrandt himself if he would be interested in helping start a classical radio station. Friesen said he almost jumped across the table with a resounding ‘Yes’. He added that he’s excited to see how the station will be received.

“If someone like Golden West dedicates a full station to this, then it just helps everybody think that the arts are important,” said Friesen who’s Classic 107’s program director. “I hope it’s something that nurtures and strengthens the arts community, but also stimulates it and helps it grow.”

The station’s studio office is located at 20 St. Mary’s Avenue, but they did their launch in the heart of southern Manitoba’s classical music community; live at the Centennial Concert Hall. One of the station’s immediate fans is the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The WSO’s music director was thrilled to see the station go to air.

“For us we love having Golden West here and having the new classical music station,” said Alexander Mickelthwate. “It’s like a dream come true because you want that outlet. We now have a spokesperson in the sense of a radio station that speaks for us. To have that in the city is fantastic.”

Golden West operates 41 stations and 16 online community portals across Western Canada and has a strong reputation for supporting the communities they serve both on and off the air.

CRTC Approval for 2nd FM Station in Steinbach, MB

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June 28, 2013

Steinbach, MB: Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. is excited to announce the CRTC has approved our application for a new country music radio station for Steinbach!

Approved for the 107.7 FM frequency, this station will feature great country music in crystal-clear FM sound.

“Our research indicated that listeners in the Steinbach and surrounding area have always enjoyed country music, so this new station will be a terrific fit together with Mix 96.7 and AM 1250,” says Lyndon Friesen, President of Golden West.

“The 2011 Census listed Steinbach as one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, and this new station will add to this growth!”

Golden West has a strong reputation for community involvement and has served the Steinbach and surrounding area for over 50 years. Golden West continues to support local artists, music programs and the performing arts while keeping the community informed both on-air and online.

About Golden West Broadcasting: At Golden West, we are passionate about providing the most relevant information and great entertainment to communities in Western Canada. Our determination and commitment is as sharp today as it has been for over 55 years, and extends to all of our 41 radio stations and 16 community web portals.

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For more information please contact:

Lyndon Friesen
President
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737

Crystal Hildebrandt
Station Manager
Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
1 (204) 326-3737

www.goldenwestradio.com

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