CBC host visits Merritt
CBC Radio personality Shelley Joyce visited Merritt on Monday looking for some local voices in preparation for the launch of her new show Daybreak Kamloops, which will hit the airwaves Oct. 9.
Joyce joins the new CBC Kamloops bureau after hosting Daybreak Kelowna for the past six years and she says she is excited to be able to focus on Kamloops — which she has called home for the past 16 years — as well as the surrounding region.
“This is our first Kamloops bureau, which means we’ll have stories from Kamloops and an area that includes Merritt, Chase and even Williams Lake,” she said from the Baillie House where she visited with local CBC fans. “We will be constantly looking for stories from the outlying communities.”
Joyce said she wants Merrittonians to feel part of the radio station and she wants to hear their opinions, stories and ideas.
“We want all of these fabulous communities to have a voice as well,” she said. “We’re hoping to cultivate a community environment.”
The expansion into Kamloops is part of CBC’s five-year strategic plan “Everyone, Every Way,” which includes a commitment to be more rooted in the Kamloops region.
“We have been looking forward to this new addition to the CBC service in British Columbia,” said Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC British Columbia.
“The show will reach more than 100,000 people in the area and with Shelley’s tenure in broadcasting and remarkable style of story-telling, we will hear great things from Daybreak Kamloops.”
Besides her work with Daybreak Kelowna, Joyce has been heard on national radio programs The Current and The Story from here. She has also hosted radio programs in Vancouver and Victoria and written for The Winnipeg Sun, Today’s Parent and the Vancouver Province.
While Joyce acknowledged Merritt’s local radio station, she said that CBC listeners are often loyal friends of the CBC.
“They like our format, the news, and the current affairs coverage and they will find [Daybreak Kamloops] to be a refreshing fit,” she said.
Daybreak Kamloops will air Monday to Friday from 6 to 8:30 a.m.