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The Canadian PGA Hits the Airwaves with Golf Radio Show

The Canadian PGA Hits the Airwaves with Golf Radio Show

ACTON, ON (March 11, 2009) – The Canadian PGA is pleased to announce that it is hitting the airwaves. The Association announced today that they are launching a nationally broadcast radio show beginning Saturday, March 21st, 2009.

The show will run for 30 weeks throughout the golf season, every Saturday morning from 10 am to 11 am EST showcasing captivating interviews with Canadian golf industry leaders. Hosted by Manager of Business Development of the Canadian PGA, Jeff Dykeman and Hamilton Spectator sports journalist, Garry McKay, The Canadian PGA Radio Show will cover a variety of topics in the golf world.

“Canadian PGA Members are experts in the game and business of golf. The Canadian PGA Radio Show represents a tremendous opportunity and platform to showcase the many success stories created by Canadian PGA Members across the country,” said Canadian PGA Executive Director Steve Carroll.

Join Jeff and Garry as they dive into debates and discussions with a variety of industry insiders, reflecting Canadian PGA initiatives, sponsorship partners and interviewing key Canadian PGA Members and high profile guests on a variety of subjects.

“The Canadian PGA Radio Show will showcase our Members, sponsors, partners, tour players, industry executives and some of the most fascinating golf stories from across the country each and every week,” said Jeff Dykeman. “This is something that the Canadian PGA has considered for awhile now and a partnership with the Astral Media Group and TALK 820 is a perfect fit.”

Tune in to TALK 820 AM radio if you are in the Southern Ontario region, or simply click the link on the Canadian PGA website to stream live each week. Archives of each show will also be kept at www.cpga.com should you miss a show.

Be sure to check out the first show where Canadian PGA Executive Director, Steve Carroll and arguably the hottest player on the planet right now, Weyburn, Saskatchewan’s Graham DeLaet, will be featured as the inaugural guests.

Interested in hearing about certain topics? Jeff and Garry will be taking listener e-mails for future broadcasts. Please email Jeff Dykeman at jeff@cpga.com with any ideas.

Radio Show Host Bios:

About Jeff Dykeman

Jeff Dykeman of Ancaster, Ontario currently holds the position of Manager of Business Development for the Canadian PGA. Dykeman is responsible for maximizing revenue development through the initiation, development, recommendation and execution of sales and marketing programs with various corporate partners. Prior to taking on this role, he served as the Manager of Education & Employment as well as the Assistant Tournament Director for the Canadian PGA National Championships. Dykeman spent the 2005 season as the Sales & Marketing Manager at Crimson Ridge Golf Club in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario - one of Ontario’s Top 50 Golf Courses. He also sits with McKay on the Ontario Golf Magazine Best New Course and Top 50 Course panels.

About Garry McKay

Sports journalist, Garry McKay, has been covering golf for more than 40 years. The Hamilton, Ontario resident has a weekly golf column in the Hamilton Spectator and has written for all of the major Canadian golf magazines as well as periodicals in the U.S. and Germany. He’s a member of the Golf Writers Association of America, the International Network of Golf and is currently the vice-president of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada. McKay is a voting member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and the Ontario Golf Hall of Fame. He also sits on the Score Golf Top 100 and the Ontario Golf Magazine Best New Course and Top 50 Course panels.

About Astral Media:

Astral Media is a leading Canadian media company, active in specialty and pay television, radio, outdoor advertising and interactive media. Astral Media's solid and dynamic presence in the country’s major markets rests on its commitment to offer a unique combination of high-quality, targeted media for all its audiences. For more information about Astral Media, please visit www.astralmedia.com.  

About the CPGA:

Established in 1911, the Canadian Professional Golfers’ Association is a non-profit association comprised of approximately 3,500 golf professionals across the country with a mandate to promote and advance the game of golf, serving the needs of both its membership and the golf public through professional and junior golf development programs and high-calibre competitive events. The National Office is located in Acton, Ontario with nine Zone Offices across the country. For more information, visit www.cpga.com  

For more information contact:

Jeff Dykeman
Manager of Business Development
Canadian PGA
jeff@cpga.com  
800.782.5764 (x232)

Erica Duffy
Communications Coordinator
Canadian PGA
erica@cpga.com  
800.782.5764 (x234)

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