Toronto's own Virgin radio 999 named station of the year

Astral Media Radio stations win four Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards

TORONTO, March 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Only 18 months after it launched, Toronto's New #1 Hit Music Station Virgin Radio 999, an Astral Media radio station (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B), was awarded the highly prestigious station of the year award during the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards ceremony last night, celebrating the very best radio has to offer. Virgin Radio 999, already the country's most listened-to Contemporary Hit Radio station in the 2+ segment became the youngest station in history to win this sought-after industry-peer recognition.

"The entire Virgin Radio team is absolutely thrilled. After a lot of hard work, it is terrific to be recognized like this. But stay tuned and Join The Movement: we're just getting started!" declared Rob Farina, Executive Vice-President, Content, Astral Media Radio GP.

"It's an honour working everyday with Canada's best radio talent - We're gonna take it again next year too!" added Mad Dog, one of the popular hosts of Mad Dog & Billie, Virgin Radio 999's morning show.

Astral Media Radio stations won a total of four Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards at a ceremony held in Toronto on March 11, 2010:

    
    - Music Director of the Year, Small Market, Darren Robertson (99.9 SUN
      FM, Kelowna)
    - Program Director of the Year, Small Market, Mark Burley (99.9 SUN FM,
      Kelowna)
    - Station of the Year, Contemporary Hit Radio (Virgin Radio 999, Toronto)
    - Station of the Year, Small Market (99.9 SUN FM, Kelowna)
    

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 Canada's major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique blend of high-quality, targeted media to all of its audiences. For more information about Astral Media, go to: www.astralmedia.com.

SOURCE Astral Media Inc.

For further information: For further information: Emmanuelle Jugg, National Marketing Manager, Astral Media Radio GP, (416) 323-5190, ejugg@radio.astral.com

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