The Aboriginal Multi Media Society (AMMSA) has hired Jeremy Harpe as the first morning host of the organization’s new radio station CJWE 88.1 Calgary.
The licence for the Calgary station was granted to AMMSA in June 2017. Testing the signal began on April 9. Harpe’s morning show is set to launch on June 11.
Harpe, from the Wood Buffalo area, born and raised in Fort McMurray, has worked in radio for more than 20 years. He has roots in both the Cree and Tlingit communities, and will move to Calgary from AMMSA’s sister station CFWE in Edmonton.
Harpe has worked for CFWE for more than five years, including four years on the afternoon drive. Most recently Harpe has worked with Candice Ryan as the station’s morning host, weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 9 a.m. to noon each Saturday. He is also a regular contributor to Windspeaker.com.
In addition to his role of morning host, Harpe will also take on assistant programming duties and will be AMMSA’s point person in Calgary.
“I’m honored and very excited to take on the role as assistant program director and new morning show host at CJWE in Calgary,” said Harpe. “I can’t wait to transition over to my new home.”
At 100,000 watts, 88.1 in Calgary should cover most of southern Alberta. There is also a transmitter at Porcupine Hills at Fort McLeod which will later merge with the 88.1 signal.
The new station will provide southern Alberta with an Indigenous voice, and provide Indigenous listeners an opportunity to feel proud of who they are, through the sharing of stories and local Indigenous language programming, said AMMSA CEO and founder Bert Crowfoot, who is from Siksika Nation near Calgary.
“It kind of feels like I’m coming home,” he said.