I called the station a few weeks ago to let them know how much I am enjoying listening to The One 88.1 FM and was told that you are the Program Director. So I thought I would put my thoughts onto paper.
I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying listening to the station. My cousin 1st alerted me to the fact that this station even existed about a month after it went on the air. I started to listen to it at home on my kitchen radio and slowly my bedroom radio/alarm, and then my car were moved to your station. I am not always able to pick it up at work, so that is a bit less consistent (our computer firewalls do not allow me to listen to radio stations on-line), but you are my primary radio station now.
I work at the University of Alberta Hospital - I generally lose the station at River Cree but occasionally, depending on the weather (I don't totally understand what the weather has to do with it, but it clearly plays a role), I am able to pick you up most of the way in. Once at work though I am only rarely able to pick up the station on my radio. The interesting thing is that one-day a week that I work out of our office in the Tech Edmonton Building on 104 Street and Jasper Ave, and I can pick you up all the way there. But again once inside the building I can't pick you up. My Mom lives in Gibbons - I only lose the station the last 10 minutes of the drive and then not completely, but with enough static that it is too annoying to listen to.
I so enjoy having a local station, but that would not be enough to keep me listening if I did not also enjoy the on-air personalities. I know that many are new to radio and it has been fun listening as they grow into their positions and grow more comfortable being on the radio. And I love listening to our local news - what goes on at OUR City Hall, local events (there have been times I was not even aware that something was happening until I heard about it on the radio), including events at Stony Pain, Onoway etc.
I had the pleasure of meeting Tom last fall at a "budget discussion meeting" that the government held at the Pioneer Centre in Spruce Grove last fall. He did not say much at the meeting as he was there to represent the station so did not put his personal views forth, but I had the opportunity to talk with him afterwards when a group of us stood out in the parking lot for over an hour and had a more general conversation. He is a very interesting young man, and presents himself well.