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'Bun' Times for Golden West

On Tuesday, Golden West kicked off the summer with our annual Hot Dog Day at our offices in downtown Swift Current! Lots of people took advantage of the great weather, enjoyed some free hot dogs for lunch, and got to meet the great staff here at our studios!

There is another hot dog day happening in Shaunavon this Friday over lunch at the CJSN 1490 studio at 407 Centre Street.

Fair Fact or Fiction is BACK for Frontier Days!

Frontier Days 2016 is fast approaching, with the fair happening June 29 - July 2 at Kinetic Exhibition Park! This year's fair is expected to be as exciting as ever, with the midway, the CCA Rodeo, the Frontier Days Parade on July 1, and a great grandstand lineup including Link Union and Shaunavon's Hunter Brothers on June 29 (sponsored by Robertson Family Group), Julian Austin and the Road Hammers on Canada Day, and Finger Eleven and Medicine Hat's Aim for Theo on July 2!

As always, we've got a ton of Frontier Days prizes to give away, including tickets to the concerts and rodeo, and Innovation Credit Union iRide passes, and we will play the high-stakes, winner-take-all "Fair Fact or Fiction" again this summer! Every weekday morning, we'll give you the cue to call and then tell our contestant something about Frontier Days. If they can correctly guess if it's fact or fiction, they'll win the prize from Frontier Days. If not, the next caller on the line will take that prize, no questions asked.

Also, all of our winners through the contest will be put in a draw for a chance to upgrade their prize, and win a complete Frontier Days package with the grandstand and CCA rodeo tickets and iRide passes, which we will give away on June 29, just in time for the start of the fair!

Tune in every morning from now to June 29 for your chance to win!

When Will the Sun Come Down?

The official start of summer and the longest day of the year is fast approaching, and so is our annual kickoff to summer, the SaskPower Windscape Kite Festival on June 25 & 26, and the Long Day's Night Music Festival from June 23 to 26.

We've got some great prize packages from those events to give away this week, and all you'll have to do to win is tell us when the sun will come down tonight! When you hear the cue to call, we'll give a location anywhere in the world, and you will then have to tell us what the sunset time will be in that city within five minutes high or low (don't worry, you can Google it or ask Siri for help). If you're correct, you'll then get to choose one of five envelopes where you can win a Windscape family prize package, tickets to the Long Day's Night shows, or a pair of Long Day's Night festival packages valued at $240!

Then after Windscape wraps up, we'll go right into Frontier Days June 29 to July 2, and we'll give a chance to win a ton of prizes again right before the fair! Stay tuned for more details!

Happy Father's Day!

Thanks to everyone who sent us entries for our "Dads Being Dads" Father's Day contest, and congratulations to our winner, Vikki Burkey! She won our grand prize of passes to the Elmwood Glof Club and a set of tools from NAPA Auto Parts!.

Here is the photo that Vikki sent us on Facebook...

With it, she wrote:

"I wanted to enter Ross in this Father's Day contest because I don't know anyone else who does as much as he does in a day. We have had many ups and downs in life but he always finds the bright side and always keeps pushing though it all. To have someone who is able to provide for his family, be a shoulder to lean on and be a little girls hero is above and beyond! His daughter is what lights up his... life and has made him stronger, watching him teach her new things just takes my breath away. He is ALWAYS lending a helping hand to my grandpa and his very own family, he is someone who never stops helping and always puts others first. I don't just appreciate him on Father's Day simply because he is always on the go and lighting up a room he walks in, so here is a very happy early Father's Day!"
 
Congratulations again to our winners, and we hope everone has a happy Father's Day with their dads!

My Championship Experience!

This week, I got to travel to San Jose, California for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in a trip I won from Sportsnet's Be A Broadcaster contest at the Rogers Hometown Hockey stop in Swift Current, and it was an unbelievable experience.

I promised that I'd take lots of pictures :)

The trip actually started on Saturday when I got to take in Game 2 of the National Lacrosse League Champion's Cup Final at Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre, where the Saskatchewan Rush claimed their second-straight championship to cap off a very successful first season in their new home!

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Early the next morning, my brother and I flew out of Saskatoon to San Jose, and went to our hotel in nearby Santa Clara, one of many cities in the Silicon Valley and the overall Bay Area of California. The area was a very busy place during our trip, with the Stanley Cup Final and game 2 of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland just 40 minutes away in Oakland, and the Copa America Centenario soccer tournament was also happening at Levi's Stadium, just a short walk from our hotel.

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On game day, we got to see the Stanley Cup in person at our hotel, along with its handler, Phil Pritchard.

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Before the game, we did some sightseeing along Santana Row (the Rodeo Drive of Silicon Valley) and San Pedro Square in downtown San Jose.

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Then we went to the game at SAP Center, which was packed full with over 17,000 fans. The Sharks get a lot of support from the area at most of their games, regular season and playoffs. Mostly everyone at the rink was wearing a Sharks jersey, and there were a few Penguins ones too. My brother and I wore Maple Leafs and Canucks sweaters and people were asking us if we were lost, but we told them we were cheering for the Sharks that night. Everyone at the game also got free t-shirts, rally towels and a bracelet synced to your seat that lit up during the pre-game and stoppages in play.

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The Sharks lost the game 3-1 and trail the series 3-1 heading to tonight's game 5 in Pittsburgh, but no matter what the score was, it was a game I'll never forget. I've been to a lot of hockey games and three NHL games, but there is nothing like getting to see the Stanley Cup final live!

Thanks again to everyone at Rogers, Sportsnet and Hometown Hockey for giving us this unbelievable experience!

Dads Being Dads

Celebrate Father's Day with Magic 97!

Father's Day is this month and we have a great Prize Pack that you could win for your dad just in time for Father's Day!

Dad's Being Dads send us your photo's of your dad doing his favourite thing like barbecuing, fishing or anything else, to us via email [email protected] or post on our Facebook or Twitter pages before June 16th.  You could win your dad a Father's Day Prize pack from Elmwood Golf & Country club as well tools from NAPA Auto Parts.

My Dad

This is my Dad, David Jennings and he loves to golf which is one of his favorite things to do, but he lives in Ottawa so I don't get a chance to hang out with him but on Father's Day, I will be sure to Facetime him!

Kathy

 

Who's going to see the Beebs in the Bridge City?

You voted for our finalists for the Never Too Late to Say Sorry contest all weekend to see who will go to Saskatoon to see Justin Bieber and his Purpose World Tour stop at SaskTel Centre on June 16, with one night's stay at the Ramada Saskatoon!

After all the votes were counted, Paige McInnis was the big winner!

Colin called Paige this morning to tell her the good news!

Congratulations Paige and thanks to everyone who entered! If you didn't win, you still have a chance to see Justin Bieber live and in person in Saskatoon... you can get tickets at ticketmaster.ca.

It's Never Too Late to Say Sorry - Finalists Announced!

Thanks to everyone who submitted a sorry story for our "Never too Late to Say Sorry" contest for a chance to win tickets to Justin Bieber's Purpose World Tour stop at Saskatoon's SaskTel Centre on June 16th, and one night's stay at the Saskatoon Ramada Hotel.

We announced our three finalists on Thursday morning, and they read their stories to us on the Magic Morning Show.

Finalist 1 - Paige:

Finalist 2 - Janika:

Finalist 3 - Taylor:

It is now up to up to choose who will be our grand prize winner! Please vote for your favourite sorry story by texting "PAIGE", "JANIKA" or "TAYLOR" to 306-741-9292. You can vote as many times as you want (limit of one text per hour, standard SMS rates apply for mobile phone customers on pay-per-use text messaging plans from their provider). Voting will be open until 8:00am on Monday, May 30th, when we will announce the finalist with the most votes and the winner of the getaway to Saskatoon to see Justin Bieber!

Good luck to our finalists, and help them out with a vote today!

SPCA Radiothon Coming to Magic 97

Magic 97 is the new home of the Swift Current SPCA John Mueller Memorial Radiothon, with the 3rd annual event set for Friday, May 27, from 8:00am to 8:00pm at Market Square on Central & Chaplin. This year, the SPCA is looking to raise $25,000 to help with the operations at the local shelter.

Here are some facts about the local SPCA:

  • The Swift Current SPCA is a community-based registered charity, and has been providing animal shelter services to the city and surrounding area since 1973.
  • The local SPCA is a "no kill" shelter. This means the shelter never euthanizes pets for the sake of creating room for more animals, but it also means that at times where there is limited space, there could be a waiting list to take in new pets.
  • The SPCA has a foster program, which sees individuals and families take in a pet for a temporary period for a stay in their home if the pet has special needs, doesn't adjust to shelter life, or needs to socialize with other pets.
  • Last year, the Swift Current SPCA had 175 pet adoptions, microchipped about 200 pets, and helped reunite 59 pets with their owners.
  • The SPCA receives no provincial or federal government funding, which means about 80% of their annual operating budget, or roughly $250,000, must be raised in the community through donations, grants and fundraisers.

The radiothon will also include a light breakfast with coffee, muffins and cinnamon buns from Schimmel's Dutch Bakery for $3.00 from 8:00am-10:00am, a hot dog BBQ lunch from 11:00am-2:00pm with a hot dog and beverage available for $5.00, and pizza from Moe's 2 for 1 Family Pizza will be available for $4.00 per slice and beverage from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, with proceeds from all three meals going to the SPCA.

A variety of local performers will also be on hand for the radiothon throughout the day, and you can also take a look at some of the SPCA's shelter pets in the afternoon. The SPCA will also be selling items from the Used Book Store and tickets for the spring raffle, which we will draw for live during the radiothon at 7:30pm. Prizes up for grabs include $100 in gasoline, a gardening package from Kwan's Southside Greenhouse and EMF Nutrition, $60 in gift cards from Original Joe's, and a family fun package including a Star wars board game and a $25 DQ gift card. Demi Kaye Photography will also be on site from 3:00pm to 7:00pm to take your pet's picture for the SPCA 2017 Calendar for just $5.00.

You can make your contribution to the radiothon by calling 306-778-SPCA (7722) or in person at Market Square on Friday, and all donations over $10 will be eligible for a charitable tax receipt. If you're unable to make a pledge on Friday, your donations are always welcome online anytime at spcaswiftcurrent.com.

Thanks as well to the radiothon sponsors!

  • Premier sponsor: Swift Current Building Supplies Ltd
  • Platinum Sponsors: Bridal Builders Inc., Melhoff Electric
  • Gold Sponsors: WW Smith Insurance Ltd, 5 Point Electric Ltd, Crutch’s Plumbing & Heating Ltd, Batco Manufacturing, Swift Current Monumental Co. Ltd, SIGA, Innovation Credit Union
  • Silver Sponsors: Lynn Hurl- Century 21, Stitch Master, MacBean Tessem, Smart Flowers, Pioneer Co-op, Warehouse Floors, Wallace Construction

Please join us and support the Swift Current SPCA in the 3rd annual John Mueller Memorial Radiothon Friday on Magic 97!

 

Who Doesn't Like Free Stuff from Tims?

We helped Tim Hortons celebrate the launch of their new Creamy Maple Chill and Maple Iced Capp beverages (and helped them apologize for not thinking of those sooner), with a big TimCard giveaway last week!

We hit the streets of downtown Swift Current last Thursday and handed out $10 TimCards to unsupecting people in another random act of kindness!

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We also gave away some TimCards as we broadcasted live from there on Friday morning! Thanks to everyone who stopped by then and thanks to Tim Hortons for letting us help spread the word.

Don't forget, June 1 is Tim Hortons Camp Day, where all money from coffee sales will go to the Tim Horton Children's Foundation to help deserving kids go to camp this summer! We'll be broadcasting live and helping out the staff at both Tim Hortons restaurants in Swift Current that day!

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