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New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby rtirdnewsguy » Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:24 am

Global Calgary’s Gord Gillies moves to radio with new show on News Talk 770
Award-winning news anchor Gord Gillies is moving from the Global Calgary desk to the News Talk 770 radio airwaves with a new show set to launch Aug. 14.



Gillies has worked at Global Calgary for 25 years and is known throughout the city as the co-anchor of Global News Hour at 6 alongside Linda Olsen. He was recently introduced to radio listeners as co-host of News Talk 770’s Friday Free for All.



“As the face of Global Calgary for more than 25 years, Gord Gillies has become synonymous with our station and our community,” Global Calgary station manager and news director Chris Bassett said. “We’re incredibly excited for Gord and his new role with News Talk 770 and the new opportunities this transition will mean for our local news team.”

The new radio show, The Morning News with Gord Gillies, will break down key issues facing Calgarians with engaging debate, featuring Gillies’ jovial and insightful take on daily headlines. Gillies will take over from long-time morning radio host Bruce Kenyon.

“I am honoured to be given an opportunity to connect with Calgarians in a whole new way while wearing a lot less makeup,” Gillies said. “My goal is to inform our listeners with what they need to know and send them out the door with a smile.

Global’s VP of news and information Kenton Boston heralded Gillies as a “long-admired news anchor.”

“While we’re sad to see Gord leave Global News Calgary, we’re so excited about his new show within the Corus family and what he will bring to listeners tuning in each day,” Boston said. “His new role will give him a chance to let his personality truly shine with candid conversation, contextual analysis and maybe even a few jokes.”
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Re: New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby 45 RPM » Sat Jun 10, 2017 9:20 am

Looks to me like the folks at Global/QR are now just handing their audience over to the CBC.

Just because someone has been a successful TV anchor doesn't mean that success will follow them to radio. Doing a morning radio show is not as simple as doing TV without pictures.

These are big shoes to fill after the likes of Terry Moore, Bruce Kenyon and Stirling Faux (all radio pros with years of experience). At least they didn't bring Mookie back.

This will be an interesting year for Calgary morning radio with the departure of Kenyon and the upcoming retirement of Don & Joanne at XL.

This also appears to be the last year of The Stampeders on QR.
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Re: New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby drmusic » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:47 pm

45 RPM wrote:Looks to me like the folks at Global/QR are now just handing their audience over to the CBC.

Just because someone has been a successful TV anchor doesn't mean that success will follow them to radio. Doing a morning radio show is not as simple as doing TV without pictures.

These are big shoes to fill after the likes of Terry Moore, Bruce Kenyon and Stirling Faux (all radio pros with years of experience). At least they didn't bring Mookie back.

This will be an interesting year for Calgary morning radio with the departure of Kenyon and the upcoming retirement of Don & Joanne at XL.

This also appears to be the last year of The Stampeders on QR.


Where would the Stamps move to? I can't imagine Rogers is that interested
EDIT: Oh, that's right, Bell has an AM with comedy parked on it. TSN 1060?
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Re: New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby jon » Sat Jun 10, 2017 4:58 pm

With Sportsnet 960 (CFAC) coming in at 3.7, fourth from the bottom of the ratings, wouldn't Rogers want to add Stampeders to CFAC's existing Flames broadcast rights?
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Re: New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby drmusic » Sat Jun 10, 2017 5:01 pm

Sportsnet covers CFL in a cursory way at best. It has become very identified as a TSN property
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Re: New morning show host on Newstalk 770 Calgary

Postby jon » Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:35 pm

I guess it depends on whether the Rogers decision has much input from/knowledge of Alberta, as it would be hard to miss how well CHED is doing in the ratings in Edmonton with their broadcast rights for the Oilers and Eskimos.

Of course, CFAC is no CHED, in terms of the rest of their respective programming.
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