The CBC has opened its first radio station in 14 years — in Kamloops, B.C. — and its new morning show, Daybreak Kamloops with host Shelley Joyce, had its debut Tuesday morning.
Daybreak Kamloops and cbc.ca/kamloops take over from the Kelowna-based Daybreak South for people in the region of Thompson-Nicola, parts of the Fraser Valley, southern Cariboo, and Revelstoke.
"This is the moment we’ve been waiting for," said Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia.
"The team has been busy working for the last few months to put together a morning show that reflects the issues and stories that make Kamloops the vibrant and thriving city that it is."
The CBC last opened a radio station in Victoria in September 1998. The new station is part of the CBC's 2015 commitment "Everyone, Every way," which promises to be more Canadian, more regional and more digital.
Kamloops bureau hosts open house
The station is holding an open house at 218 Victoria St. in Kamloops during a live broadcast of the show from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT Tuesday, with special guests, musicians and CBC celebrities.
Vernon singer-songwriter Andrew Allen and Tiller's Folley of Surrey, B.C., will perform.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT, the public will also have a chance to meet Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio One's Quirks & Quarks, B.C. Almanac host Mark Forsythe and Graham Wardle, star of CBC Television’s Heartland.
The open house kicks off a week of special CBC activities in Kamloops to celebrate the bureau's opening.
North by Northwest host Sheryl MacKay will do a live broadcast at the Art We Are Café at 246 Victoria St. with guests Barney Bentall, Dustin Bentall and multi-instrumentalist Eric Reed from 6 to 9 a.m. PT on Oct. 13.
On Oct. 16, there will be a live concert recording for CBC Radio One's jazz show Hot Air, with host Margaret Gallagher, at The Parkside Lounge at the Interior Savings Centre, on 300 Lorne St. in Kamloops. The show will feature hometown favourites the Anita Eccleston Quintet and Victoria's funky new jazz outfit The HiFi.