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Power Usurps Big as Winnipeg Station Reverts To Previous Rock Format

After a 19-month experiment of middle-of-the-road rock as 97.5 Big FM, Winnipeg radio station Power 97 has wiped the slate clean and gone back to its modern-edged rock format roots.

In the process, they've hired some new hosts as well as some familiar faces to power the Power 97 Lineup who will take to the air on Tuesday, September 6: Winnipeg rock personality Joe Aiello and newcomer Randy Parker will kick off the 6-10 a.m. weekday shift with Power morning, with Meredith Geddes carrying on Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ex-CFOX announcer Craig Stone moves to the 2 to 6 p.m. afternoon drive shift and Fearless Fred Kennedy returns for the 6 - 10 p.m. show on Power 97.

“We’re continuing to build on the deep rock ‘n’ roll heritage in the community with Winnipeg favourites, Joe Aiello and the return of Fearless Fred Kennedy. By having Winnipeg’s renowned hosts paired with some brand new voices, Power 97 will offer an exciting line-up that listeners can connect with,” said Tammy Cole, Program Director, Power 97, in a statement.

Durham Radio's CKJN-FM Goes Classic

Winnipeg's Power 97 wasn't the only format change in Canadian radio yesterday: Caledonia, Ontario's CKJN-FM Country 92.9 is now CHTG-FM 92.9 The Grand, adapting a classic hits approach.

Most of the newly recruited announcers are former CKOC personalities. Mornings are now hosted by Peter Jaycock, while ex-CKOC morning man and PD Ted Yates is on at middays. Rock'n Ray Michaels is hosting the drive shift and ex-CHCH-TV announcer Shelly Marriage takes over evenings and weekends.

Apple Can Afford to Pay the Piper, But Whether They Will...

Since the shocking order that the European Union placed on Apple to pay $14.5 B in back taxes, some may be wondering whether the Cupertino, California-based computer company had enough coin in their possesion to cover it. According to this Toronto Star article, if Apple is forced to pay up, they would have no trouble complying: Apple holds $215 B in cash and securities outside the U.S., much of that generated by its Irish subsidiaries. 

In fact, Apple CEO Tim Cook stated that his company has put aside 'several billion dollars' to pay tax liabilities in the U.S., though no timetable was given. Cook says Apple plans to fight the EU decision, which he stated was "unfair."

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