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Media Releases

You'll find all of Westman's news here, in easy-to-access news releases.

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Swan River Upgrades Complete

Westman Communications Group (Westman) invested over $300,000 in network and plant enhancements in Swan River. The recently completed network upgrade now allows Westman to provide faster, more reliable Internet speeds and additional capacity to accommodate the increasing demand for Westman services.
11/12/2019


Q Country Nominated for 2019 Manitoba Country Music Awards

Q Country 91.5 FM, which is locally owned and operated by Westman Communications Group, is excited to announce that they have been nominated for the 2019 Manitoba Country Music Awards for Radio Station of the Year.
09/18/2019


#ConnectingWestman Virden - Last stop of 2019

Westman Communications Group is closing out the 2019 #ConnectingWestman Tour in Virden September 2019.
08/26/2019


Q Country 91.5 and 94.7 Star FM Investment in High Quality Sound

Brandon, MB – Q Country 91.5 FM and 94.7 STAR FM, which are locally owned and operated by Westman Communications Group, is excited to announce they are making a substantial investment in the quality of the on-air sound for both radio stations.
07/18/2019


#ConnectingWestman Tour Killarney May 16, 2019

Westman Communications Group (Westman) officially kicked off the #ConnectingWestman Tour in Killarney, MB on May 16, 2019. The successful day saw $1,400 raised at the Charity barbecue with all proceeds going to the Killarney-Turtle Mountain Fire Department, with Westman matching the proceeds raised, for a total of $2,800!
05/23/2019


WCG Shortlisted for National Award

Westman Communications Group (Westman) has been shortlisted for the Tuned-In Canada contest category, “Best Photo: Connecting Canadians”. The winners for each category are determined by nationwide voting, which opens Monday, May 6, 2019 and closes May 17, 2019.
05/07/2019


#ConnectingWestman Tour Kicks Off in Killarney, MB

Westman Communications Group is excited to announce the #ConnectingWestman Tour, which starts in Killarney, MB on May 16, 2019. The tour will see Westman bringing numerous events to local communities across Western Manitoba.
05/01/2019


Bringing More to Sandy Lake

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that they are making a $400,000 investment to upgrade the network facilities in Sandy Lake in April 2019. This upgrade will give residents and businesses access to Westman’s high-speed Internet options, enhanced video services, and for the first time, they will have a choice for phone services.
02/12/2019


Upgrades to Network in Swan River

Westman Communications Group (Westman) is investing over $300,000 in network and plant enhancements in Swan River. The network upgrade allows Westman to provide faster, more reliable Internet speeds and additional capacity to accommodate the increasing demand for Westman services.
02/05/2019


Westman Announces the 2019 Elected Board of Directors

Westman Communications Group (Westman) held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at the Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium. At the AGM, Westman announced the elected 2019 Board of Directors. The Board is made up of 11 members of the community and this year, three new spots needed to be filled. The trio of new members joining the 2019 Board of Directors includes Jason Roblin (Brandon), Terry Fehr (Gladstone), and Barrie Brooking (Minnedosa).
12/31/2018


Selected as One of Manitoba's Top 30 Employers for 2019

Westman Communications Group has been selected as one of Manitoba’s Top 30 Employers for 2019. The provincial award recognizes Manitoba employers that are leaders in their industries as an exceptional place to work.
11/28/2018


TMN/HBO Rebrands to Crave + Movies + HBO

On November 1, 2018, Westman Communications Group rebranded The Movie Network (TMN) / HBO to Crave + Movies + HBO. This rebrand will allow customers to benefit from four new high definition (HD) Crave channels along with HBO East and West. These channels will continue to be the place to get blockbuster Hollywood movies and exclusive access to HBO and Showtime series.
11/13/2018


Keystone Centre Wi-Fi

Westman Communications Group is proud to continue an 11-year long connectivity partnership with the Keystone Centre. The partnership will bring free public Wi-Fi throughout the frequently used areas of the Keystone Centre.
10/24/2018


Westman Communications Group Announces Retail Partnership With Megacell Telus in Dauphin

Westman Communications Group has announced today that Dauphin residents will now be able to purchase Westman enhanced Digital TV and high-speed Internet services at the Megacell TELUS dealership. This partnership will allow customers to conveniently purchase additional communication services with their cell phones. Westman services, including TiVo Whole Home Entertainment System will be on display for shoppers to test the experience.
06/01/2018


Westman Communications Group Announces Retail Partnership With Megacell Telus in Russell

Westman Communications Group has announced today that Russell residents will now be able to purchase Westman enhanced Digital TV and high-speed Internet services at the Megacell TELUS dealership. This partnership will allow customers to conveniently purchase additional communication services with their cell phones. Westman services, including TiVo Whole Home Entertainment System will be on display for shoppers to test the experience.
06/01/2018


Westman Communications Group - Winner of Tuned-In Canada: The CCSA Awards

Westman Communications Group is proud to announce it is one of the winners in the ‘Best story: making your community stronger’ category for Tuned-in Canada: The CCSA Awards, a project sponsored by the Canadian Communication Systems Alliance (CCSA). Tuned-in Canada: the CCSA awards is a nation-wide, annual competition that highlights the great work performed by CCSA members - independent, local providers of internet, television and telephone services across Canada.
05/25/2018


Westman Communications Group Bringing New Communication Choices to Gilbert Plains & Grandview

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that it is making a $1.2 million investment to upgrade its network facilities in Gilbert Plains and Grandview in August 2018. This upgrade will give residents and businesses access to Westman’s high speed Internet options, enhanced video services, and for the first time, they will have a choice for phone services.
05/01/2018


Westman Communications Group (Westman) is ending its naming rights for the main arena at the Keystone Centre (Keystone).

In 2007, Westman became the first ever naming rights sponsor for the arena. “Westman Communications Group Place is the home of the Wheat Kings and over the past 10 years has hosted many major events and concerts for the enjoyment of Westman area residents.
01/29/2018


WCG & MyPhone Partnership

MyPhone Computer & Electronics (MyPhone) has announced today that Western Manitoba residents will be able to purchase Westman enhanced Digital TV and high-speed Internet services at all MyPhone TELUS dealerships. This partnership will allow customers to conveniently purchase additional communication services with their cell phones. Westman services, including TiVo Whole Home Entertainment System will be on display for shoppers to test the experience.
12/06/2017


Westman Communications Group Launches Gigabit Internet

In early September, Westman Communications Group’s (Westman) $3 Million investment in network and infrastructure capabilities enabled the increasing of speeds for all their Internet packages, with some speeds being increased by up to 50% faster. Building on the September speed increases, and as part of an ongoing commitment to provide the fastest Residential Internet speeds in Manitoba is the launch of Westman’s Infinite Gigabit service. This service offers download speeds up to 950 Mbps and upload speeds up to 200 Mbps and will be available in all Fibre to the Home (FTTH) residential areas in Brandon.
11/30/2017


WCG Named One of Manitoba's Top Employers 2018

Westman has been named one of Manitoba’s Top Employers, recognition that will not only make its current employers walk a little taller but should also facilitate bringing new members on board in the future.
11/29/2017


Brings New Internet, Digital HD TV and Home Phone Choices to Forrest

Westman Communication Group launched High Speed Internet, Digital TV and Home Phone services in Forrest, Manitoba. This $300,000 Fibre to the Home investment enables residents and businesses in Forrest to enjoy leading edge Internet speeds.
11/23/2017


Westman Communications Group Announced as Presenting Sponsor of the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship

The Swan River Host Committee for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championship is proud to announce the signing of Westman Communications Group as the Presenting Sponsor for the 2018 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships, being held in Swan River November 12 – 18, 2017.
08/02/2017


The Park West Fibre Optics Co-op (PWFOC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Westman Communications Group (Westman) that will bring new advanced communication options for residents and businesses in Park West towns

The Park West Fibre Optics Co-op (PWFOC) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Westman Communications Group (Westman) that will bring new advanced communication options for residents and businesses in the Park West towns of Binscarth, Birtle, Hamiota, Rossburn, Russell, Shoal Lake, and Strathclair. Residents and businesses in these towns will have access to Westman’s high speed Internet services, enhanced video services and for the first time, a choice for phone service.
01/25/2017


Westman Communications Group (Westman) is pleased to announce that 880 CKLQ is expanding to FM

“The FM band will allow listeners in and around Brandon to have better sound quality, while the AM band allows listeners from as far away as the Saskatchewan border and the U.S Border to continue listening to CKLQ, “said Dave Baxter, President and CEO of Westman Communications Group. Click link above to read full media release.
01/06/2017


Westman Communications Group Announces Member Equity Payout & Loyalty Trip Winner

Westman Communications Group (Westman) is pleased to announce, the winner of the Loyalty Trip on StarJet to Mexico is Rick McCaig, a member of over 15 years from Brandon, Manitoba.
12/14/2016


Westman Communications Group Bringing New Communication Choices to Erickson

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that it is making a $300,000 investment to upgrade its network facilities in Erickson. Upon the early October completion of the upgrade, Erickson residents and businesses will have access to Westman’s high speed Internet options, enhanced video services and for the first time will have a choice for phone services.
09/12/2016


Westman Communications Group Bringing New Communication Choices to Minitonas

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce it is building upon its $1 Million investment made last year that brought high speed Internet services to Swan River. An additional $300,000 investment was made to expand the fibre network in the Swan Valley area, extending its network facilities to Minitonas. Upon completion of the fibre extension and network facilities upgrade, Minitonas residents and businesses will have access to Westman’s high speed Internet options, enhanced video services and for the first time, choice for phone services.
07/06/2016


Westman Communications Group Announces Award of Excellence Scholarship Winners

Westman Communications Group would like to extend congratulations to this year’s western Manitoba high school graduates with special recognition to the 30 graduates who were recipients of its scholarship, the Westman Award of Excellence.
07/06/2016


Westman Communications Group Announces Award of Excellence Scholarship Winners

Westman Communications Group would like to extend congratulations to this year’s western Manitoba high school graduates with special recognition to the 30 graduates who were recipients of its scholarship, the Westman Award of Excellence.
07/06/2016


Westman Communications Group Announces Award of Excellence Scholarship Winners

Westman Communications Group would like to extend congratulations to this year’s western Manitoba high school graduates with special recognition to the 30 graduates who were recipients of its scholarship, the Westman Award of Excellence.
07/06/2016


WCG Announces Wheat Kings Playoffs on WCGtv

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce we will be broadcasting the Brandon Wheat Kings' games through to the Western Hockey League final.
04/21/2016


Westman Communications Group - Selected As One of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers For 2016

Westman Communications Group has just been selected as one of Canada’s Top Small and Medium Employers for 2016. The national award recognizes small and medium enterprises (fewer than 500 employees) that offer the country’s best workplaces and forward-thinking human resources policies.
03/29/2016


Westman Communications Group Announces Member Equity Payout and Prize Winner

Westman Communications Group (WCG) is pleased to announce the winner of the Loyalty Contest Star Jet trip to Cuba. In addition, Westman announced 2015 will be their third year making equity dividend payments to members totalling $500,000.
12/17/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Internet Capacity in Dauphin - 2nd Phase

Westman Communications Group has just completed the second phase of a fibre network upgrade for Dauphin. The second phase involved doing node splits. A node split essentially doubles the amount of bandwidth available for each house. The additional bandwidth available to each home in Dauphin will accommodate faster Internet speeds, the increase of Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings.
11/17/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Brandon and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Brandon. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Brandon is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Dauphin and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Dauphin. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Dauphin is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Carberry and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Carberry. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Carberry is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Minnedosa and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Minnedosa. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Minnedosa is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Neepawa and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Neepawa. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Neepawa is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Upgrades Network in Killarney and Increases Internet Speeds

Westman Communications Group has just completed a network upgrade for Killarney. The network upgrade provides additional capacity to accommodate increasing Internet traffic and the expansion of high definition video offerings. Killarney is one of 12 communities in western Manitoba having their network upgraded as part of an 18 month plan to enable our members to continue enjoying a superior customer experience for Internet, video and home phone services.
10/13/2015


Westman Communications Group Launches New Internet Choices for Swan River

On July 7th, 2015, Swan River residents and businesses will have access to Westman's high speed Internet services as well as enhanced television offerings. Westman recently completed a $1 Million network and fibre connection upgrade that enables Swan River to enjoy leading edge Internet speeds.
07/07/2015


Westman Communications Group Announces Award of Excellence Scholarship Winners 2015

Westman Communications Group would like to extend congratulations to this year’s western Manitoba high school graduates with special recognition to the 30 graduates who were recipients of its scholarship, the Westman Award of Excellence.
07/06/2015


Westman Communications Group Launches Brandon Community Programming Channel WCGtv in HD

Westman Communications Group will be launching its Brandon Community Programming Channel – Brandon WCGtv in High Definition - on channel 1012.
06/02/2015


WCGtv HD Preview of Wheat Kings Games

On Friday, May 8th at 7:30 PM, Westman Communications Group will be providing a sneak preview of its Community Programming Channel - WCGtv in High Definition - by broadcasting the Brandon Wheat Kings versus the Kelowna Rockets for the Western Hockey League Championship. WCGtv will broadcast all the games in the series in HD on channel 1012.
05/07/2015


$1.2 Million Fibre Optic Network Build to Swan River

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that with the pending completion of a $1.2 million fibre optic network build Swan River residents and businesses will soon have higher Internet speed options, enhanced video services, and as well for the first time, will have a choice for phone services.
04/25/2015


Westman Communications Group Announces $16,000 Available in Scholarship Awards

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that once again $16,000 in scholarship awards are available as part of Westman’s Award of Excellence Scholarship Program.
04/02/2015


Westman Communications Group Brings New Internet and Phone Choices for Ste. Rose

On January 13th Ste. Rose residents and businesses will have new choices for their Internet and Phone services as well as access to enhanced television offerings.
01/06/2015


Upgraded Fibre Connection to Virden

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that Virden residents and businesses will have enhanced video services and higher Internet speed options starting Tuesday, November 25th. These enhancements and new options are the result of a of an upgraded fibre connection to Virden from Brandon. The upgraded fibre connection is part of a $5 Million digital upgrade project that Westman has undertaken over the past three years to upgrade and add communication services in 10 communities in Western Manitoba, with Virden being the tenth.
11/19/2014


Jets TV to be offered by Westman Communications Group

Westman is pleased to announce that we will be offering Jets TV. TSN will officially launch its newly expanded package of five TSN feeds across Canada on Monday, August 25th, 2014. The new package of feeds, TSN1, TSN2, TSN3, TSN4, and TSN5, will deliver a line-up of expanded programming as well as the ability to schedule key programming to serve multiple time zones. TSN3, the new home for live coverage of regional NHL Winnipeg Jets hockey games, will be the primary feed for Manitoba.
08/19/2014


Westman Communications Group Wins National Sports Programming Award

Westman Communications Group’s own local programming channel, WCGtv Channel 12, was the recent winner of a national cable award from the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA). Westman was awarded $1000 to a local charity of their choice which went to the Brandon Humane Society.
07/24/2014


Westman Communications Group Announces Award of Excellence Scholarship Winners 2014

Westman Communications Group would like to extend congratulations to this year’s western Manitoba high school graduates with special recognition to the 30 graduates who were recipients of its scholarship, the Westman Award of Excellence.
07/11/2014


Westman Communications Group Up for National Sports Programming Award

Westman Communication Group’s own local programming channel, WCGtv Channel 12, is up for a national cable award from the Canadian Cable Systems Alliance (CCSA).
06/16/2014


Westman Welcomes New Retail Partner

Westman Communications Group is excited to welcome Leon’s Furniture Superstore as one of its authorized retail partners.
05/14/2014


Westman Communications Group Announces $15,000 Available in Scholarship Awards

Westman Communications Group is pleased to announce that once again $15,000 in scholarship awards are available as part of Westman’s Award of Excellence Scholarship Program.
04/22/2014


For further information, members of the media please contact:

John Quail
Chief Marketing Officer
Westman Communications Group
1906 Park Avenue, Brandon MB R7B 0R9
Phone: 204-717-2025
Fax: 204-726-0853