All new Virgin Radio Vancouver moves into swingin' pad at 953



    Astral Media launches Canada's second Virgin Radio station

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - It's a tight market for vacancies, but the all
new Virgin Radio Vancouver is pleased to announce it has found a swingin' pad
at 95.3 on the FM dial. This is Canada's second Virgin Radio station to launch
after Virgin Radio 999 Toronto, all part of a commercial association to
develop Virgin Radio in Canada entered into by Astral Media and Richard
Branson's Virgin Radio International. The station will flip from its current
occupant 95 Crave to Virgin Radio 953 at 4 pm today.
    All future correspondence can now be addressed to Virgin Radio 953
including stuff for Breakfast with Nat and Drew weekday mornings, Sarah from 9
am till noon, Kiah from noon till 3 and The Rush with Buzz and KJ afternoons
between 3 and 6 pm.
    In addition, anything for the world's most ubiquitous personality Ryan
Seacrest can be forwarded to his new show on Virgin Radio 953, weekday
evenings between 6 and 9 pm.
    Virgin Radio 953 plans to do some significant renovations, which include
adding a new weekend dance show, Saturday Night Fever, which fortunately will
run Saturday nights, American Top 40 - the Ryan Seacrest (there he is again)
countdown spectacular Sundays at 4 pm, and The UK Hit 40 Sunday nights at 8
pm.
    Program Director Ronnie Stanton says, "We're thrilled to have Virgin
Radio 953 in Vancouver. It guarantees frequent loud parties, excessive long
distance calling from our phones and hit music playing day and night. In other
situations, this could be seen as a negative, but to be honest this city
needed shaking up!"
    Virgin Radio 953 will bring with it an extensive hit music selection
which has been packed in milk crates for the move. Have a look at the new
place at www.virginradio.ca.

    About Astral Media

    Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and
pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. Astral
Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country's major markets rests on its
commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for
all its audiences. For more information about Astral Media, please visit
www.astralmedia.com.

    About Virgin Radio International

    From Bangkok to Bangalore, Delhi to Dubai, Milan to Mumbai and Toronto to
Toulouse to Turkey, Virgin Radio International is one of the most exciting and
fastest growing companies in Richard Branson's Virgin Group. Virgin launched
its first radio station in the UK in 1993. More recently it established Virgin
Radio International to develop opportunities outside of the UK. This has lead
to radio stations being launched in Canada, Dubai, France, India, Italy,
Thailand and Turkey. Opportunities are being considered in Europe, the Middle
East, North and South America and Asia. For more information on Virgin Radio
International please visit www.virginradio.com.





For further information:

For further information: Ronnie Stanton, Program Director - Virgin Radio
953, No. 20-11151 Horseshoe Way, Richmond, BC V7A 4S5, rstanton
@radio.astral.com, (604) 241-2143; Brad Phillips, Vice President and General
Manager - Astral Media Radio Vancouver, No. 20-11151 Horseshoe Way, Richmond,
BC V7A 4S5, bphillips@radio.astral.com, (604) 241-2105

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