Building on strategic plan, CBC expands radio service in Kelowna, names two new radio hosts

Vancouver, August 31, 2011- Fans of CBC Radio One 88.9FM in Kelowna will have a new morning show host and a new afternoon radio show focused on Kelowna and surrounding areas. A familiar voice to British Columbians, radio host and journalist Chris Walker will assume duties on Kelowna's morning radio program Daybreak South (6-8:37am, Monday to Friday) September 6. The following month, another CBC veteran, Rebecca Zandbergen, will introduce an all-new afternoon program, yet to be named, from 4-6pm weekdays.
 
"As we announced earlier this year, enhancing service to local communities is an integral part of our current five-year strategy, 'Everyone, Every Way'," says Johnny Michel, managing director for British Columbia. "Kelowna residents are closely engaged with their communities and we look forward to supporting that engagement in one of the province's most vibrant cities. We're excited to have such talented hosts like Chris and Rebecca join the team."
 
Walker has worked for CBC in Victoria and Prince George, where for three years he hosted the morning show for Northern B.C. He has also freelanced for the CBC from the Middle East, where he reported from Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He's an enthusiastic gardener and amateur chef who also runs and plays field hockey. A native of Galiano Island, he holds a degree in American history from the University of Victoria and a graduate degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa.
 
Zandbergen comes to Kelowna from CBC Ottawa, where she hosted programs such as Ottawa Morning, All In A Day, In Town and Out and Bandwidth. Elsewhere in the country, she's covered the Yukon legislature, bush fires in Alberta and the Halifax art scene. She also teaches journalism, most recently at Carleton University. She has filed radio documentaries from Rwanda and South Africa. She's an avid runner and enjoys travelling and blogging.
 
In addition to improving local service, the "Everyone, Every Way" strategic plan also focuses on enhancements to CBC's digital offer and its Canadian programming. More information is available at:www.cbc.radio-canada.ca/strategy2015/ 

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For additional information, please contact:
Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
604.662.6464  or Asifa.Lalji@cbc.ca 
 

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