More than 73,000 people voted for Kirk LaPointe in last year's Vancouver mayoral election, which he lost to incumbent Gregor Robertson.
The city's newest radio station is hoping those voters will tune in when it goes live at 98.3 FM this fall.
Roundhouse Radio announced today (July 21) that LaPointe, who's a former Vancouver Sun managing editor, CBC ombudsperson, and Newsworld host, will host its key 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. slot.
The station's other inaugural hosts are Minelle Mahtani (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.), Terry David Mulligan (12 p.m. to 1 p.m.), Janice Ungaro (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), Jana Lynne White (1 p.m. to 2 p.m.), and Martin Strong (6 p.m. to 9 p.m.).
Some of these names will likely be familiar to Vancouverites who are older than millennials.
Mahtani is a University of Toronto associate professor and former CBC TV journalist.
Mulligan hosted Much West on MuchMusic.
Ungaro was a morning show co-host on Z95.3.
White worked for CFOX, CKVU, MuchMusic, and MuchMoreMusic.
Strong served as co-host of the Bro Jake Morning Show on Rock 101.
“We are honoured to have the opportunity to work with such an intelligent and passionate team that are committed to improving life within the City of Vancouver,” Don Shafer, CEO of Roundhouse Radio, said in a news release. “With the addition of these engaging story tellers, we are poised to redefine radio as a positive agent of change.”
According to the station's website, Roundhouse will broadcast "mostly 'urban' talk and spoken word with a little bit of music".
Veteran broadcasters Kerry Marshall and Marcella Bernardo have also joined Roundhouse as its news and content director, and assistant news and content director, respectively.