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Garth Buchko headed to Kamloops

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Garth Buchko is moving on.

The former Winnipeg Blue Bomber CEO and local radio station executive is relocating in Kamloops, B.C., where he will assume an ownership stake and become vice-president and general manager of NL Broadcasting.

"I am fulfilling my life-long dream of being a shareholder of a radio group," Buchko said in a text to the Free Press.

Buchko, 55, had been a candidate to assume his former position as general manager of the Corus Radio group of stations in Winnipeg, which includes CJOB, but the company recently announced they are filling that position with Scott Armstrong, a former Crocus manager, and more recently with Rogers Broadcasting in Winnipeg.

"This has been in the works for many months," Buchko said of the Kamloops move. "It was always the best opportunity for myself and my family. While leaving Winnipeg and so many friends will be tough, the spectacular scenery of Kamloops and the lifestyle opportunities were too great to pass up."

Kamloops, (population 85,000) is located in south-central British Columbia, 310 km northeast of Vancouver.

Buchko’s move comes as NL Radio’s long-time president and general manager, Robbie Dunn steps down from his operational role. Dunn will continue as president.

NL Broadcasting owns three radio stations: Radio NL 610AM, 97.5 FM The River and CJKC – 103.1 FM (Country 103).

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Updated on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 10:34 PM CDT: Corrects the names and call letters of three radio stations owned by NL Broadcasting.

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