UPDATE: CJNL Merritt boosting local programming


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MERRITT, B.C. - Today, Radio NL - Merritt extended its hours of local programming.

The morning show with Brian Wiebe, who does double-duty as host and program manager, and newsman Al Clarke has been extended by two extra hours until noon. Afternoon host Al Fluskey will now be on the air from noon to 6 p.m. The station is calling the day-long local show its "Workday Bridge" of 12 hours of local programming.

"The management at Radio NL - Merritt are very proud of the fact that we now will be able to serve Merritt and the Nicola Valley better with more local news, more community news, and more local features," said Wiebe. Merritt is a southern-B.C. town of 8,100 people about 90 km from Kamloops and 270 km from Vancouver.

A number of local dignitaries were in attendance at Monday's launch including B.C.-Yukon CRTC commissioner Cindy Grauer, CRTC Vancouver regional office director Marguerite Vogel, Merritt Mayor David Laird, and many of the station's valued clients.

Home Discovery show host Shell Busey helped launch the day with an hour of home improvement calls exclusively from Merritt listeners.

CJNL Merritt is affiliated with CHNL Kamloops as the station carries Kamloops' magazine packages at 7:30 a.m., noon, and 4:30 p.m.
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From left, the CRTC's Marguerite Vogel and Cindy Grauer, Merritt Mayor David Laird, and g.m. Elizabeth Laird cut the ribbon to officially kick off the show. Photos courtesy NL-Merritt.
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Station general manager Elizabeth Laird with the cake her station had to celebrate the launch of NL-Merritt's "Workday Bridge".

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Approve all three?  
Approve the CHUM "Canadian" option?  
Approve one or both of the satellite options?  
Approve none?