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Rod Love

Rod Love brings over 30 years of experience as a consultant, entrepreneur, and chief of staff in all three levels of government.

At 26 years old he was given the keys to the fastest growing city in North America - Calgary - when he became executive assistant to then Mayor Ralph Klein. When Klein became Alberta's premier in 1992, Love was chief of staff. In this role, Love was involved in all aspects of the restructuring and refocusing of the Government of Alberta. That led to the elimination of the deficit, a rapid debt reduction, and the lowest personal and corporate income taxes in the country.

 
Love graduated from the Banff School of Advanced Management. He also studied history, politics and society at Exeter College in Oxford, England.
 
But after 20 years in government, Rod found himself bored, and broke. So he decided to start his own business, a consulting firm specializing in political analysis, issues management and strategic communications planning. He's been a consultant for nearly 25 years and now, always ready for a challenge, Rod braves a new world again - radio.
 
Love lives in Calgary with his wife Charlene. They have three children.


karinklassen-hostshot.jpgKarin Klassen

Karin Klassen is a writer, producer, entrepreneur and mother, with over two decades of experience in broadcast media. Her company, Skippingstone Productions Inc., provides boutique writing and production services for corporate clients. She also writes a bi-weekly column for the Calgary Herald.

Klassen spent more than 10 years as a writer/producer at CBC Newsworld. Programs she helped create include TALK TV, Ballot Vox, and Time Frame (open-line talk shows); she also worked on several news and current affairs programs such as Early Edition, International Hour, Canada Live, Coast to Coast and Cover Story. A program she produced, How Should the Media Cover School Shootings, won the Bronze World Medal at the New York Television Festival. Klassen produced 200 episodes of Living Calgary, which aired daily on CBC Television, and for which she produced close to a thousand stories about her favourite city and home town.

Klassen also wrote and produced an award-winning gardening program for HGTV called Bugs and Blooms and, as a founding partner in Joe: Media Group, she co-created, wrote and produced Fixing Dinner for FOOD TV (Canada). She has served as director of communications for The Calgary International Film Festival, and Script: The Writers Group.
Karin has degrees in English and sociology from the University of Calgary and is a graduate of The Banff Centre's Executive Leadership Program. She lives in Calgary with her two lively, handsome teenage boys.