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New Program a Major Step for Local Radio
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New Program a Major Step for Local Radio

Six Rivers Radio is bracing for a major transformation. The announcement of a syndicated talk show spanning the Maritimes is both exciting and daunting.

The new program, Let’sTalk, launches on Sunday, April 21st at 3 pm.

Preparations for the network show include alterations to the currant, small studio and some new equipment to handle multiple, simultaneous phone calls from the nine centres that will carry the live program.

It will be a current events show, similar to the community showed, aired weekdays from 9 to 11 am in Pugwash. The key difference is the program will be aired through Christian radio stations, leading to a Christian perspective on the news and the newsmakers.

The program host, Bill Martin, says, “Our purpose is to bring Christian voices and perspectives to the conversation with leaders of our troubled culture.”

Martin says they are looking for guests who are Maritime or national leaders. That will include politicians, faith leaders, and others who play a role in cultural movements.

It is also a time of rapid expansion for a station that was started simply to fill a void in the local, rural community. Martin says, “We responded to the closure of the Oxford Journal, a publication people relied on for news of the community.” He added, “Since we opened, we also lost the two newspapers formerly published in Amherst and the rest of the newspaper industry continues to falter.”

The shrinking local media placed a focus on the offerings from Six Rivers News, both the radio and the online newspaper at www.sixrivers.ca. Martin says, “We certainly did not expect this, and it has become a handful for the all volunteer effort. However, the rewards are many, not the least of which is the positive feedback.”

In preparation for the new show, Six Rivers Radio is rethinking the format of its flagship weekday program, Morning Talk. Martin says the current show is folksy but not a hard-nosed format. He says, “We need to rethink the very localised features we currently offer, such as the laser focus weather which drills down to the tiniest communities. Such local features will not fit in a Maritime program.”

The station is asking readers for feedback as it considers a more standard approach for the two talk shows.

Your opinion on the following would be greatly appreciated:

  • remove the laser focus weather reports at 20 after and 20 to the hour
  • remove the community update on the half hour, the list of meetings and events in the local area
  • remove the limited newscast at the top of the hour

Such changes would allow a smoother flow of conversation, as interviews are often terminated to accommodate the in-show features. Martin says it would allow the freedom to have guests stay longer and especially to answer questions and hear opinions directly from listeners. 

Please email your thoughts to bill@sixrivers.ca. Your opinions are not for publication but would help us greatly in making decisions on ensuring the program is meaningful to the community.

While Six Rivers Radio is internet based, the eight stations that will carry the new, live program are all traditional FM outlets, two from PEI, three in New Brunswick, and three more in Nova Scotia, though some have streaming services as well.

Martin says, “This is a big deal. Our partners represent the biggest Christian stations in Charlottetown, Moncton, and Halifax, with repeaters in smaller communities, and more likely to follow.”

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This Week

Monday, May 20, 2024 9:45 AM

Moved to Tuesday at 9:41 due to Victoria Day. Listen to Tim Houston, Premier of Nova Scotia, on Morning Talk on the 3rd Monday of each month at 9:45. Click HERE for our online player. Click HERE for our direct player.
Monday, May 20, 2024 8:00 PM

Pickleball and Basketball played every Monday from 8 to 9 pm at the OREC gym in Oxford. Click HERE for details.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 1:00 PM

Walk and Talk is held every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 1:00 PM

The Oxford Seniors Club (31 Ellis Street) will host a Coffee House from 1 to 3 pm every Tuesday. All Are Welcome.

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 6:00 PM

Women's Pickle Ball is played every Tuesday from 6 to 8 PM at the Wentworth Recreation Centre.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 9:00 AM

Listen to Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables on Morning Talk each Wednesday at 9 am.
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 10:45 AM

Listen to Oxford Mayor Greg Henley on Morning Talk every Wednesday at 10:45.
Thursday, May 23, 2024 9:00 AM

Listen to Murray Scott, Mayor of Cumberland County, on Morning Talk every Thursday at 9:00.
Thursday, May 23, 2024 10:00 AM

Liberal Leader Zach Churchill, Leader of Nova Scotia's Official Opposition will be on Morning Talk on the third Thursday of every month. Listen at 10 am.

Saturday, May 25, 2024 8:00 PM

Listen to Saturday Night in a Harbour Town, traditional East Coast Music, with your host, Eric MacEwen, Saturdays at 8 pm.
Sunday, May 26, 2024 11:00 AM

Hope Centre Online offers a faith based message that challenges you to look at today's culture and issues in a new way. Every Sunday at 11am at www.hopecentre.ca, YouTube, or Facebook.

Sunday, May 26, 2024 1:00 PM

Listen to a replay of Saturday Night in a Harbour Town with host Eric MacEwen, every Sunday at 1 pm.
Sunday, May 26, 2024 3:00 PM

Listen to Let's Talk, a live, radio, talk show syndicated across the Maritimes on nine radio stations, hosted at Hope Centre in Pugwash, NS. Listen every Sunday at 3 pm on Inspire FM or hopecentre.ca or sixrivers.ca.

How to listen to Six Rivers Radio:

1. Click: https://usa10.fastcast4u.com/sixrivers. Bookmark or add to your favourites for easy access in future.

2. Click the radio tab and All Hit Radio on the menu above and click the play arrow.

3. Download the app for your smartphone or tablet.

Listen to Morning Talk Replay Click HERE to listen to recent interviews from our archive.

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