101.5 FM Beach Radio launches in Prince Albert

The Beach boys. Morning show host Lew Harrison, program director Danny Kid, and drive-time host Garth Kalin have teamed up to bring Prince Albert one of North America’s most popular and successful music radio formats.(Teena Monteleone/paNOW Staff)


September 5, 2020

Fall is in the air but an ‘endless summer’ is only just beginning on our local airwaves.

Prince Albert and region now has a new golden beach that stretches far and wide and, according to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, promises a Classic Hits sound from the 1980s and 90s that appeals to everyone.

The music radio format is one of the most popular and successful in North America.

101.5 FM Beach Radio burst into life at 9 a.m. this morning. It replaces the XFM brand.


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“Classic Hits is really popular because it’s solid gold,” program director Danny Kid told paNOW. “Everyone knows the songs. These are nothing but amazing hits. You’ll hear everything from Cyndi Lauper to AC/DC. It’s crazy good.”

He said the format encompasses the very best in what is regarded as the most iconic two decades in pop music history with artists such as Prince, R.E.M., Alanis Morissette, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi and Queen. And he stressed it’s not only audiences who grew up in that era who love the format.

“It’s also very popular with teenagers,” he explained. “You think about all the reboots happening these days, all the synthwave electronic music coming out. This is the source material – the 80s synth – that’s why I also think Classic Hits does so well”

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  1. I would like to know what exactly have the big whigs at Jim Pattison have been smoking to make them decide on this stupid format switch?? As a former Saskatchewan resident who is familiar with northeast central Saskatchewan there already is a radio station in Melfort which is NOT EVEN an hour from PA that Jim Pattison already owns through acquiring with CJVR from Fabmar Communications called Beach Radio on AM 750 that also serves PA. Now wouldn’t it make a hell of a lot more sense to keep 101.5 as a rock radio station or is it just me?

    (Unless maybe 750 AM is switching to another format in the near future?)


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