April Fools Day Stunt Roundup

Samba 105.7 WROR Spanish April Fools SAP

While the days of the fake format change for the day are mostly behind us, radio still comes out swinging regularly with pranks every April 1. We're still calling Kars4Kids switch to Kids4Kars as the best move of the day with their commercials airing on multiple stations across the … [Read more...]

CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

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The CRTC has approved the second attempt by Bell Canada to acquire Astral Media. “Astral’s application put forward a different approach and responded to many of our concerns” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “Yet there remained a significant risk that BCE could exert its market power … [Read more...]

CRTC Grants New Montreal AM

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The CRTC has granted Tietolman-Tetrault-Pancholy Media a license for a new French Language Sports station on 850 in Montreal. The station, which will operate with 50kW days and 22kW nights, will be the third new AM TTP will be launching in Montreal along with planned English News/Talk on 600 and … [Read more...]

Bell/Astral Merger Take 2; Two Ottawa Stations Sold

After rejecting the planned merger of Bell Media and Astral in October, the two companies plans have have been approved by the Competition Bureau. In order to do so, a few swaps will be made with Corus Entertainment and Shaw Media mainly involving ownership stakes in cable television networks but … [Read more...]

CRTC Denies Bell Media Purchase Of Astral

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The CRTC has denied Bell Media's planned $3.38 Billion acquisition of Astral Media. “BCE failed to persuade us that the deal would benefit Canadians,” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “It would have placed significant market power in the hands of one of the country’s largest media … [Read more...]

TSN 990 Montreal Moves to 690 Tuesday

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While still broadcasting in English, Bell Media Sports "TSN 990" CKGM Montreal will make the move to 690 on Tuesday, September 4. The CRTC approved the move of CKGM from 990 to 690 in November 2011. The move upgrades the station from a highly directional 50kw signal to non-directional formerly … [Read more...]

TSN 990 Montreal Applies To Become RDS 990

TSN Radio 690 990 Team CKGM Montreal Canadiens RDS Radio Fierte

Bell Media has applied to the CRTC to flip Sports "TSN 990" CKGM Montreal to French Sports "RDS 990". The move would be made to get Bell under regulatory ownership limits in Montreal caused by its acquisition of Astral Media earlier this year. The CRTC limits stations in a market by language so … [Read more...]

Bell Canada Acquires Astral

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Bell Canada has agreed to purchase Astral Media for $3.38 Billion Canadian to combine the two Canadian media giants. The acquisition will combine Bell's 35 radio stations from the old CHUM group with Astral's 84 creating numerous overlap over per market cap. The radio stations are an afterthought … [Read more...]

CRTC Approves AM Moves In Montreal

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The CRTC has chosen applicants for two vacant AM's, while allowing a third to move to a new spot with more power. Bell Media's Sports "TSN Radio 990" CKGM will move to 690, allowing it to upgrade from its directional Class B spot to non-directional. Evanov Communications will take over 990, … [Read more...]

The Beat Dropping Into Montreal On September 6

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Update 8/6: CFQR relaunched as Rhythmic AC "9-2-5 The Beat" today positioned as "The Beat of Montreal" and "Montreal's Variety Station". The station's new lineup consists of Cat Spencer and Sarah Bartok hosting "The Beat Breakfast" from 5:30am to 9am, Donna Saker from 9am to 4pm, AJ Reynolds in … [Read more...]

730 CKAC Montreal To Go All-Traffic

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Cogeco Diffusion has announced that it will flip French Sports 730 CKAC Montreal to All-Traffic as "Radio Circulation 730" on Tuesday, September 6. Some of the sports programming on CKAC will move to sister French News/Talk "98.5 FM" CHMP including play-by-play of the NHL Montreal Canadiens, CFL … [Read more...]

Rock Detente Goes Rouge In Quebec

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Astral Media will rebrand its nine "Rock Detente" French AC's in Quebec as "Rouge FM" on Thursday, August 18. The stations are 107.3 CITE Montreal and its booster 102.7 CITE-1 Sherbrooke, 94.9 CIMF Gatineau/Ottawa, 107.5 CITF Quebec City, 96.9 CFIX Saguenay, 94.7 CHEY Maurice, 105.3 CHRD … [Read more...]

Rogers Taking Its News Brand To The City

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Update 5/30: Rogers announced today that CityNews will debut as a local cable network serving the Toronto area in October. “We’re taking the number one news radio format in Canada, 680 News, and bringing it to television under the brand of CityNews Channel," said Scott Moore, President, … [Read more...]