CBC Celebrates expanded service in Kelowna with an Open House, New Afternoon Show, Stars, Music and Comedy

Kelowna, BC - September 14, 2011 -To celebrate CBC/Radio-Canada's 75th Anniversary, CBC Kelowna is holding several events for the public, including a public Open House, a free concert hosted by CBC Radio's Sheryl MacKay and the first Kelowna public recording of CBC's The Debaters.

"Kelowna is one of the cities included in CBC/Radio-Canada's service expansion in the 5 year strategic plan, Everyone, Every Way." says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia. "We've invested in modern technology and invested in the community with a new afternoon show. We look forward to connecting with the community and bringing more of CBC to Kelowna."

The new afternoon show, Radio West, will be hosted by CBC veteran Rebecca Zandbergen. The show offers more local news, weather, traffic and stories from Kelowna and the Okanagan and starts October 11.

The public can meet Rebecca, new morning show host Chris Walker and Sheryl MacKay, host of CBC Radio's North by Northwest, during a free open house on October 1. The Open House will be held from 10 am - 4 pm at CBC Kelowna on 243 Lawrence Avenue. The public can tour the studios, get behind the mic and read a radio script, meet the staff and on-air personalities, win prizes and much more.

Host Sheryl MacKay will also host a free concert in the "Why Music Works" series. Her co-host will be musician and music educator June Goldsmith who will be exploring the life and music of Chopin, with musical illustrations from two local favourites Colleen and Alicia Venables. The event will be held October 2nd at 2 pm at the Mary Irwin Theatre in Kelowna.

The public can reserve a seat for this free event by emailing rsvp.radio@cbc.ca

And for the first time in Kelowna, CBC will hold a public recording of the radio and television hit The Debaters. The event will be held October 4th at 7:30 pm at the Kelowna Community Theatre.

The evening includes six debates by 12 comics including local comic Tim Nutt who will debate Vancouver Improv Star, Roman Danylo on the topic "Sasquatch vs. Ogopogo: who is the superior legendary creature?"

Tickets can be purchased through www.selectyourtickets.com

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For additional information, please contact:
Asifa Lalji, APR
CBC English Communications
Ph: 604-662-6464
Email: asifa.lalji@cbc.ca


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