Staff & Crew
ON AIR: WEEKDAY MORNINGS WITH DAVE WILSON 6AM -9AM
A veteran broadcaster in radio and TV Dave’s been on the air in Cape Breton since 1975. He has won several awards as a former news director and hosted the popular open-line show “Talkback” for 13 years. He now keeps you entertained as our morning on-air personality at the Coast 89.7. Dave has also served as an MLA for Glace Bay for 11 years. He has three children, Jonathan, Daniel and Jeana.
ON AIR: PHIL THOMPSON ….WEEKDAYS 9AM -11AM
Phil has been a well known broadcaster in the Cape Breton market for over 40 years starting at CJCB in 1976, working on The CAPE 949 and MAX 98.3FM as On Air afternoon Host and Promotions Director. Joining the crew at the Coast 89.7 in September of 2016 as New Program Director and midday host. Phil is very active in community work, Past President of the Sydney Sunrise Rotary Club, Sydney Ribfest entertainment chair and more.
ON AIR: BILL MACNEIL WEEKDAYS 11AM-1PM
Bill MacNeil is the General Manager of Coastal Community Radio Co-operative and Music Director for The Coast 89.7. Through his dedication and follow through on the idea for a radio station that specializes in East Coast Music, The Coast 89.7 was born.
Bill is responsible for the overall management of the station. Outside of his management responsibilities, Bill can be heard on-air with Country Cafe weekdays 11am-1pm. He also takes an active role in the production of commercials and promos. Under his leadership, the station was named The Radio Station of the Year Award at the 2011 East Coast Music Awards and nominated for Radio Station of the Year at the 2011 Music Nova Scotia Awards. Bill has been a long time advocate for local musicians and believes in locally owned and operated radio for Cape Breton. Bill began his radio career with CKBW Bridgewater and was Operations Manager & Music Director with CKPE-FM Sydney until 1993 when he left radio to work in the Music Industry. He returned to radio in 2003 when Coastal Community Radio Cooperative was established.
Despite his many responsibilities at The Coast 89.7, Bill is a proud Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Sydney Sunrise.
ON AIR: WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS 1PM-3PM & SATURDAY 7AM 12NOON
Gena DiFlavio hosts afternoons from 1pm to 3pm on The Coast 89.7 and is the host of the popular Flashback Friday program featuring the hits of the 60’s at 6, 70’s at 7, 80’s at 8 and 90’s at 9. Gena is also the Coast 89.7’s Creative Director writing and producing scripts for our clients. Gena’s creativity has been showcased on stage in many local theatre productions. Combining her theatrical experience and broadcast writing experience with stints at MBS and CTV, Gena enjoys the creative freedom she’s been given at The Coast 89.7 to showcase her talent on the air and behind the scenes.
ON AIR: WEDNESDAY; THURSDAY; FRIDAY 3PM -6PM
SATURDAY AFTERNOON & SUNDAY MORNING
Ron Neville first caught the radio bug listening to local stations at around the age of 10, and later to international short wave stations as a teenager.
Ron, a native of Glace Bay, graduated from the Kingstec broadcasting course in Kentville, Nova Scotia in 1980, and joined the staff of CHER Radio in Sydney later that year. He left CHER in 1988 to pursue a university education in computers, always with a view to combining his dual interests of broadcasting and radio. His educational pursuits continued thru the 90s and his spark for radio was reignited in 1998 when he volunteered at CAPR radio at UCCB (now CBU), and later at Radio FreeECMA.
As an adamant supporter of community-based radio, Ron joined The Coast 89.7 in early 2006, performing production and on-air duties while it was still a special events station. With the launch of the 6,000-watt station he took on news duties from December 2007 until October 2008, when he returned to his first love, music announcing and commercial production.
On Air – Scott Purdie
Scott Purdie does fill-in duty on-air as well as for on location broadcasts when called upon and has been involved with the Coast since its launch in 2007. Scott resides in Coxheath with his wife Melini and two children, Kaitlyn & Isaac. In his spare time, Scott is an assistant coach for his daughter’s hockey team and also plays hockey as a goaltender – or at least he tries to. Scott has also been involved with the Kidney Foundation of Canada as a volunteer having helped organize and fund-raise the annual Kidney Walk in Sydney. Scott is an avid music fan of all types of genres and especially enjoys timeless hits of the 1970’s, 1980’s, & 1990’s. Scott’s favourite Cape Breton Island destinations include Kennington Cove, Ingonish, and Inverness.
COAST 89.7 NEWS DEPARTMENT
MORNING NEWS : BOBBY NOCK
As the News Director, Bobby Nock will get your day started by bringing you information that helps connect you to the community with all the latest in local news.
Bobby grew up in Whycocomagh before moving to Halifax to attend university where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Journalism degree.
After university, Bobby moved back to Cape Breton where he began working as a freelance journalist and has done work for both print media and as a broadcast journalist.
When he’s not working as a journalist, Bobby turns his hand to his first passion – art. His work has been shown in venues across the Maritimes as well as New York City. His current project is his second year-long Marathon of Art. Beginning with the opening of the London Olympics, Bobby has produced a work of art everyday and posted the results on his website.
AFTERNOON AND EVENING NEWS
Dave Desveaux, a native of New Waterford leverages his experience and passion for research in The Coast 89.7 Newsroom where as the Weekday Newscaster. His foray into radio began with a research position at The Coast, which led to the production of a radio documentary on the music of the Mi’kmaq people. The program, entitled “First Nations, First Music” was co-produced with fellow Coast personality Ron Neville and released in early 2011.
A graduate of Breton Education Centre, Dave went on to get a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Sociology from Cape Breton University, as well as a Master of Arts Degree in Sociology from Dalhousie University. He has worked as a teaching assistant at Dalhousie, and in various short-term customer service and research positions.
I’ve had the pleasure of working in radio news rooms here on the East Coast, Ontario and the North West Territories for nearly 20 years. Coming back to Cape Breton to work in radio has been on the top of my bucket-list for a long time. It’s a bit surreal, now working alongside some of the local radio legends who I listened to while growing up in Balls Creek.
When I’m not working, I like playing the guitar and hiking with my beautiful better-half, Yvonne, and the boss of the family Nikkita.
Donnie Campbell – Host of Celtic Serenade
This is Cape Breton’s longest running Celtic Radio program, now for over 45 years Celtic Serenade has been showcasing artists and delighting audiences across Cape Breton and around the World. Join host Donnie Campbell Sunday evenings at 5pm-8pm for three hours of the very best in Celtic, Bluegrass, Folk and East Coast Music.
Now on The Coast 89.7 every Sunday 5pm – 8pm
Send an Email to Donnie now: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celtic Serenade proudly presented by
Merit Muffler; Wheel & Brake
Beach St. Sydney