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Feature - 2011 June 11

VIRGIN RADIO HAS GONE MOBILE, OTHER BRANDS TO FOLLOW!

LAUNCH MAY 25 > 4.5 STAR RATING WITHIN THE FIRST WEEK

Currently available for download on iTunes, the Virgin Radio app provides music lovers with the ultimate mobile experience on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch devices. Rave reviews for the easy-to-use interface allowing users to gain access to live streaming for the Virgin Radio stations across Canada - Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Features include playlist history, station blogs, contests, the ability to share music titles with friends, and purchase tracks from the iTunes store - all on-the-go. Within the first two weeks of the launch, the Virgin Application generated more than 60,000 downloads, climbing to the #1 spot of the iTunes Free Music Application category in Canada. Next brands to follow suite: Winnipeg's #1 Hit Music Station HOT 103 & the NRJ network.

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Tags : Astral Radio, Mobile Streaming, Virgin Radio

Industry - 2011 May 02

'NATIONAL DAY OF CARING FOR KIDS RADIOTHON' : THURSDAY, MAY 5TH

OVER 20 HOSPITALS & CARE FACILITIES TO BENEFIT

Over 60 Astral radio stations across Canada will be taking part in this national broadcast event on Thursday May 5th from 6am-6pm. Thousands of people are involved in this project to generate substantial funds to support local care facilities; last year's total exceeded $7 Million directed to Children's Miracle Network & other children's charities. (Photo Credit: SickKids 2010)

The goal is always to raise more. Donations can be made via the Astral Radio online properties until May 8th. Fundraising is already in high-gear with postings on
the official facebook page; news of local market fundraising & location of the live broadcasts. And many examples of the types of compelling real stories you will hear the day of the radiothon. To demonstrate, here is a 2011 Crystal Awards PSA 'Silver' winning entry - Astral Radio Calgary 'My Brother's Waiting for You in Heaven'... you will be moved to tears. Please give generously.   

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Tags : Astral, Radiothon, Charity, Kids

Press Releases - 2011 February 04

VIRGIN RADIO HITS EDMONTON

PEPPER & DYLAN ARE BACK! SON OF A ...

CFMG-FM EZ Rock 104.9 gives way to a fresh sound and unique programming format that is part of the premium Virgin Radio brand. Leading the charge to set the tone for the station are Pepper & Dylan, popular morning hosts with a very successful track-record in the Edmonton market.  
>> Press Release with link to sample the Virgin Radio difference. 

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Tags : Edmonton, Virgin Radio

Press Releases - 2011 January 17

NEWLY APPOINTED VP & GM OF ASTRAL RADIO PLUS EARNED HIS STRIPES

DEAN RUTHERFORD STEPS UP AS LESLEY CONWAY JOINS OUT-OF-HOME

Having first proven himself as an Account Manager at the start of his national radio sales career, over more than ten years, Dean has held a number of Management positions most recently as Vice-President, National Sales.
It came as no surprise that Dean was named as successor to Lesley Conway who accepted a new challenge as Executive Vice-President, Sales English Canada for Astral Out-Of-Home after nearly three years with Astral RadioPlus. To paraphrase Bill Herz, VP Sales, Astral Radio: "Well respected by our sales people, station clients and buying community for his business acumen and relationships, this is a natural progression for his abilities and talent." Congratulations Dean!

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Tags : Astral RadioPlus, National Sales

Industry - 2010 November 30

EXTENSION OF ASTRAL RADIO TO MOBILE STREAMING

NEW APPLICATIONS TO DELIVER RICH DIGITAL CONTENT

Astral's Orbyt Media has reached an agreement with UBC Media Group to launch mobile streaming applications to extend the radio listener experience to top tier mobile devices. Scheduled to be introduced in early 2011, the rollout will involve the entire Astral Radio portfolio of 83 radio stations across Canada. In addition to live music streaming, functionality will include the ability for users to enter contests, share events via the social network of their choice, stream on-demand content and discover new music. The applications will provide exclusive content and allow for interactive participation between listeners and on-air personalities. The three year agreement will see future evolutions of the applications in keeping with individual station formats and branding.

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Tags : Astral Radio, Orbyt Media, Mobile Streaming, Digital