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Press Release: New Radio Station 105.9 The Region launches with Getting to Know York Region live remotes on Wednesday, February 5

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New radio station launches in York Region. Press Release (02/03/2014) Ontario - York Region has a brand new radio station that will feature great music and focus on local community matters. Launching on Wednesday, February 5, 105.9 The Region will hold four "Getting to Know You... Getting to Know York Region" live remote broadcasts featuring live interviews with guests from throughout York Region and prizes to introduce themselves to the community. For additional information, please visit

The live remotes will take place throughout the day at the Flato Markham Theatre (Markham), Hillcrest Mall (Richmond Hill), Vaughan City Hall (Vaughan) and Fionn MacCool's (Vaughan).

Flato Markham Theatre (171 Town Centre Boulevard, Markham) - 6am to 10am

Hosted by Jim Lang and Kiran Patel-Shah, the first live remote will feature Mayor Frank Scarpitti of Markham, who will officially open the station with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Markham Schedule:

6:00am: Live Broadcast Begins
8:00am: Interview with Mayor Frank Scarpitti
8:15am: Interview with Debra McLaughlin, General Manager and Pip Bola, President from 105.9 The Region Mayor Scarpitti cuts ribbon
8:30am: Interview with Gary Scullion, CEO of Hockey Helps the Homeless
8:40am: Interview with David Agnew, President of Seneca College
8:50am: Interview with Eric Lariviere, Theatre Manager, Flato Markham Theatre
9:00am: Interview with Teddy Katz, Pan Am Games 2015
9:15am: Interview with Rob Kadlowski, Old Firehall Confectionery Unionville
9:30am: Interview with Adriana Suppa, United Way of York Region
9:45am: Interview with Mark Swirla, Pfaff Automotive

In addition to these live interviews, 105.9 The Region News Director Mark Holmes will be recording interviews with:

• Dr. Naila Butt, Executive Director, Social Services Network
• Alex Freeman, Fire Prevention/Public Education Officer, Markham Fire & Emergency Services
• Christine Goguen, Bereavement Services Coordinator, Bereaved Families of York Region

Join 105.9 The Region on location for a continental breakfast sponsored by the Hilton Markham from 8am to 10am and a draw on-site for a necklace handmade by Yvette's Jewellery and Accessories.

Hillcrest Mall (9350 Yonge St, Richmond Hill) - 12pm to 2pm

105.9 The Region's mid-day host, Humble Howard, hosts the second live broadcast in Hillcrest Mall's Centre Court with Deputy Mayor of Richmond Hill Vito Spatafora.

Richmond Hill Schedule:
12:15pm: Interview with Vito Spatafora, Deputy Mayor of Richmond Hill
12:45pm: Interview with Sergeant Trevor Hanko, Crimestoppers York Region
1:15pm: Interview with Linda Stott, Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts
1:30pm: Interview with Heidi Ruggier, Hillcrest Mall
1:45pm: Interview with Michèle Bussières, Chair, Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee

Be on-site for giveaways, a draw for a necklace handmade by Yvette's Jewellery and Accessories and a draw for a $50 gift certificate from Hillcrest Mall

Vaughan City Hall (2141 Major Mackenzie Drive, Vaughan) - 3pm to 4:30pm

Hosts Mike Atom and Martha O'Neill will interview Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua during the live broadcast at Vaughan City Hall.

Vaughan Schedule:
3:15pm: Interview with Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua
3:30pm: Interview with Michael Braithewaite, Executive Director, 360Kids
3:45pm: Interview with Anna Dara, Manager of Events, City of Vaughan
4:00pm: Interview with Karen Dubeau, Big Business Expo Vaughan

In addition to these live interviews, 105.9 The Region News Director Mark Holmes will be recording interviews with:

• Scott Bark, Lead Manager, Autism School Support Program, Kinark Child and Family Services
• Tina Mistry, Supervisor, York Region, Kinark Child and Family Services

There will be giveaways and a draw on-site for a necklace handmade by Yvette's Jewellery and Accessories.

Fionn MacCool's (6110 Hwy 7, Vaughan) - 5:30pm to 7pm

The final live broadcast promises plenty of entertainment as a local band and comedian take hold of the mic.

Fionn MacCool's Schedule:
5:30pm: Interview with Peter Wixson, Executive Director, Vaughan Food Bank
5:45pm: Live Performance by local Toronto band Westlake
6:00pm: Interview with Jamie Maynard, co-chair of the Woodbridge Rib Fest and Treasurer of the Woodbridge Agricultural Fall Fair
6:15pm: Interview with Mauro Rosati, Partner, Operator, Fionn MacCool's Vaughan
6:30pm: Live performance by comedian Marc-Anthony Sinagoga of Funnyman Inc.

6:45pm: Interviews with on air host Jim Lang, General Manager Debra McLaughlin and President Pip Bola

There will be giveaways and a draw on-site for a necklace handmade by Yvette's Jewellery and Accessories.

105.9 The Region - On-Air All Day

Throughout the day, 105.9 The Region on-air hosts will be promoting the "105.9 The Region Launch Grand Prize". Listeners can e-mail the station at with their favourite place to eat, shop or hang out in York Region for a chance to win a grand prize package (a $400 value) that includes:

• 2 tickets to see Jane Monheit at the Flato Markham Theatre on Friday February 14th, 2014
• A bouquet of flowers from Tim Clarks Flowers, Main Street Markham
• A box of chocolate truffles from Old Firehall Confectionery, Unionville
• An overnight stay at the Delta Markham Hotel
* Winners will be announced on Thursday, February 6 on-air and on Facebook.

Pre-recorded greetings from local councillors will be airing regularly.

About 105.9 The Region:

Created by residents of York Region, 105.9 The Region is brought to life by a team of dedicated and experienced broadcast professionals, the majority of whom live in the region. The station provides a combination of popular adult contemporary music, timely and necessary information, local news and community programming that celebrates the communities and gives a voice to the 1.5 million listeners that this station can reach. For the first time, residents will be able to hear local weather and traffic and receive timely updates on news stories and current affairs that affect them most directly in their neighbourhood. The Region is a "must listen" for people who live in York Region.

Broadcasting in English throughout the day, 105.9 The Region will provide evening programming that reaches out to New Canadians who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Tamil/Tanglish, Urdu and Arabic. Within these programs, the focus will be on local news and information making all content specific to York Region. 105.9 The Region is the first provide York Region residents with the kind of "meeting place" that a culturally-rich and diverse community requires.


For additional information or interview requests, please contact:

Peter Ashworth | Ashley Lloyd | Ashworth Associates Public Relations | T: 416-603-6005 |

Rosie Ferguson | Promotions Director | 105.9 The Region | T: 416.292.2367
C: 416.358.2227 |


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