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Next Wave of Bright Talent Announced for Rogers Radio and Seneca College’s Innovative GenNOW Internship

– Three Seneca College Radio Broadcasting students to get course credit for experience as announcers at Rogers Radio station KiSS 92.5 in Toronto –

TORONTO (January 28, 2016) Rogers, in partnership with Seneca College, announced today the next round of GenNOW interns, continuing to give students in their final year of Seneca College’s Broadcasting - Radio program the unique opportunity to gain real work experience as on-air radio announcers in Canada’s most competitive radio market, while simultaneously earning a course credit.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, Navjot Virk, Romika Leslie, and Kayla Pappaianni will each take over the microphone on KiSS 92.5, hosting overnight shifts from the station’s downtown Toronto studio for 12 weeks. Virk, Leslie, and Pappaianni will be introduced on The Roz and Mocha Morning Show on Monday, Feb. 1 at 7:30 a.m. ET before taking turns on the airwaves overnights.

“We are proud to host the GenNOW internship program to invest in the development of future radio announcers with hands-on training and feedback,” said Julie Adam, Senior Vice President, Rogers Radio. “Based on the caliber of the students in the program every year, we have recognized that there’s a very bright future ahead for local radio.”

Students enrolled in the GenNOW course will receive both an on-air announcing internship experience and a Seneca College course credit – earned entirely on-site at the KiSS 92.5 studios.

Through this internship experience at KiSS 92.5, GenNOW interns will be able to develop their announcing skills while receiving unequalled access to mentoring sessions from KiSS 92.5 on-air personalities and the programming team. Students will participate in a series of on-air exercises to become intimately familiar with the skills it takes to succeed in a radio career.

“Year after year, the success of GenNOW interns confirms the value of this program in fostering successful radio announcers,” said Jim Carr, Co-ordinator and Professor for Seneca College’s Broadcasting - Radio program. “Rogers is one of the only media companies to invest in up-and-coming radio talent, and we look forward to continuing our partnership in the future.”

Rogers Radio and Seneca College have partnered to bring the GenNOW internship to the Broadcasting - Radio program students since 2012. Past GenNOW interns include KiSS 92.5 personality Will Menzies, 680News news anchor Scott Burnett and former 680News news reporter Jeremy Buch.

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About Seneca College
Seneca’s Broadcasting – Radio program is a two-year diploma program that focuses on the on–air presentation, script writing, and audio production skills necessary to create and produce effective radio programming. Students benefit from real work experience gained in one hundred hours of field placement in a professional broadcast setting. With campuses across the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca offers degrees, diplomas and certificates renowned for their quality and respected by employers. Combining the highest academic standards with practical, hands-on learning, expert teaching faculty and the latest technology ensures Seneca graduates are career-ready.

About Rogers Media
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 51 AM and FM radio stations across Canada; television properties include seven City stations, four OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet World, and Sportsnet 360), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer and online magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, L'actualité, Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media's suite of digital assets includes 90+ owned and 300+ premium partnership sites. Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.

Media Contacts:

Elisa Barbaro, Rogers Radio, elisa.barbaro@rci.rogers.com, 416-764-3034
Jim Carr, Seneca College, jim.carr@senecacollege.ca, 647-500-6998


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