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99.5 Drum FM acquired by Stingray Radio

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Stingray Radio has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of 99.5 Drum FM from Golden West Broadcasting pending approval from the CRTC, the company said today.

The announcement comes after Stingray’s purchase of NewCap Radio, which saw it take ownership of the local country station 910 CFCW, which would have Stingray own two stations in Drumheller (99.5 Drum FM and Real Country 910).

“Now we can service the market under one roof,’ says Real Country 910’s Rick Walters. “It’s a new company with Stingray and they still see the vision that NewCap had in terms of growing and buying more radio stations.”

The CRTC could take up to six months to grant approval of the acquisition. It would be Stingray’s first acquisition of a radio company in Alberta.

Walters said listeners can expect local radio to continue but said it was too soon to discuss potential programming and content changes.

Montreal-based Stingray Group has over 1,200 employees worldwide and is a provider of direct-to-consumer and business-to-business services, including audio television channels, radio licenses, and other music and media content.

99.5 Drum FM has operated in Drumheller since 2009.


Council to discuss tourist park and pay systems tonight

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Updated: Council has tabled the decision on pay and park systems for the February 11 council meeting. Council is looking at ways to offset tourist related expenses at town-owned lots. 

 

The town will look at implementing a pay and park system in parking lots tonight, including a potential system at the World’s Largest Dinosaur’s location.

Council previously directed protective services to see how the program could work and it is scheduled in tonight's agenda.

Information was published in December and includes information on two different systems: an enforced Park Plus system which is similar to the one used in Calgary, and an unmonitored honour box system where users would be expected to pay for their time.

The report says the Park Plus system would have an upfront cost of approximately $19,000, which includes a $7875 one time fee to the Park Plus company, $8,500 for the purchase of a paid parking machine to be installed at one lot, and a tablet and printer combination for $3,000 to be used in enforcement by bylaw. The potential revenue stream generated by the system would pay for the system over the long term, with the report saying the lot at the World’s Largest Dinosaur could potentially generate $5,250 (a “conservative estimate”) a month if only half the spots were paying $5 per day.

The honour box system comes with significantly less start-up costs (estimated at $3,000-5,000 for two lots, the report says), but has significantly fewer returns as users are less likely to pay the full fees or any fees at all, based on discussion with other municipalities, the report says.

The report also identifies the Suspension Bridge parking lot in Rosedale as a potential site.

Greg Peters, Director of Protective Services, declined to comment until after the project is discussed at council.

Christmas tree burn at Newcastle Beach next Saturday

Christmas Tree Burn

It'll be a throwback next Saturday as people are invited to drop off their Christmas trees at Newcastle Beach for a big community bonfire.

People can start bringing their trees to Newcastle Beach on January 12 starting at noon, with a large burning off all the trees, including the large tree installed along 3rd Avenue downtown, starting at 4 p.m.

"This was a popular event in the past which we have reintroduced," says Julia Fielding, economic development officer.

The humane society will be there selling hotdogs and hot chocolate.

 


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