Corus Launches National Fresh Radio Brand Across Canada

Fresh Radio Corus 92.5 Edmonton 99.1 Winnipeg 95.3 Hamilton Hits 100.5 104.3 Peterborough Kingston 104.5 Cornwall

Corus Radio has rebranded seven of its AC and Hot AC stations across Canada as "Fresh Radio". Five of the stations were previously using a similar "Fresh-FM" branding while the other two were branded as "Hits" prior to today. The six stations utlizing the new brand are: "92.5 Fresh Radio" … [Read more...]

Pair Of Winnipeg Hot AC Changes

102.3 Kiss ClearFM Clear FM CKY-FM Winnipeg Rogers Media

Rogers Media Hot AC "102.3 Clear-FM" CKY-FM Winnipeg has rebranded as "Kiss 102.3". The rebranding continues the expansion of the Kiss brand across Canada by Rogers including six other Hot AC's including Calgary and Ottawa and two CHRs including Toronto. No changes to the airstaff or programming … [Read more...]

Corus Launches Classic Rock 97.5 Big-FM Winnipeg

97.5 Big BigFM Power 97 CJKR Winnipeg Corus

Corus flipped CJKR to Classic Rock "97.5 Big-FM" at 8:00 this morning. Positioned as "Big Hits and Real Classic Rock", Big launched with Peter Gabriel's "Big Time". The station will run jockless and commercial-free until Monday when a new morning show yet to be announced will debut then. The new … [Read more...]

Winnipeg Gains A Jewel

Jewel 101 100.7 100.5 CFJL Winnipeg Evanov Cursed Radio Stations

Evanov Soft AC 100.7 CFJL Winnipeg has gained its third identity in almost as many months. In October the CRTC allowing the station to drop the Adult Standards portion of its playlist by dropping the specialty requirement from the station's license. Soon after CFJL dropped its "100.7 The Breeze" … [Read more...]

Classic 107 Winnipeg To Launch

Golden West Broadcasting Classic 107 Classical 107.1 Ignite CFEQ CKCL

Golden West Broadcasting will flip Christian CHR "Ignite 107" CFEQ-FM Winnipeg to Classical "Classic 107" CKCL-FM on Thursday, December 5 at 10:00am. Golden West gained CRTC approval earlier this year to flip CFEQ to a Classical format that will feature 70% classical and concert music and the … [Read more...]

CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

Bell Canada Astral Merger Purchase Sale CRTC Virgin Radio Boom NRJ Rouge EZ Rock CHUM

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...]

Pattison Acquires Winnipeg and Calgary Stations

Kool 101.5 Calgary Fab 94.3 QX104 QX 104 Winnipeg Jim Pattison Astral Bell

Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has announced the acquisition of three stations from the proposed Astral/Bell merger. From Bell the group has acquired Rhythmic AC "Kool 101.5" CKBE Calgary and Classic Hits "Fab 94.3" CHIQ Winnipeg. Coming from Astral is Country "QX 104" 104.1 CFQX. Terms of the … [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...]

Bell Media Reveals Planned Spinoffs

Boom 99.7 97.3 Astral Media Bell Canada Calgary Toronto Winnipeg Ottawa Vancouver Shore 104.3 Virgin Radio 95.3 106.9 The Bear

As hearings are underway at the CRTC over whether to approve Bell Media's planned acquisition of Astral, Bell has revealed which radio stations it will sell off to stay under ownership limits in each market. The ten stations going on the market are as follows: Calgary: Hot AC "Kool 101.5" … [Read more...]

Hot 103 Winnipeg Rebrands As Virgin Radio

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Update 9:40am: "Hot 103" made the transition to Virgin Radio around 8:00 this morning. Nothing major has changed outside of the name. The station is running commercial free through Labor Day Weekend. Original Report 12:24am: Astral Media will bring the "Virgin Radio" brand to a seventh Canadian … [Read more...]

CKIC Winnipeg To Shut Down

92.9 Kick KickFM Kick-FM CKIC Winnipeg Red River College Cre-Comm CRTC

After being told last year by the CRTC that the station would not have its license renewed if it continued to operate with student DJ's, Cre-Comm Radio will sign-off Alternative "92.9 Kick-FM" CKIC Winnipeg on July 4 at 4:00pm and turn in the station's license. The following statement was … [Read more...]

Groove Winnipeg Getting Fresh?

99.1 Fresh FM 991FreshFM FreshFM CJGV Winnipeg Corus Sara Watson Casey Norman Groove

Update 2/14: Fresh-FM debuted as expected at 7am with a Jack like presentation. Listen to the Debut of 99.1 Fresh-FM on FormatChange.com. The first hour of 99.1 Fresh-FM consisted of: Nelly Furtado - All Good Things Maroon 5 - Moves Like Jagger Adele - Rolling In The Deep Lady Gaga - Edge … [Read more...]

2011 Post Christmas Format Change Rundown

As Christmas music fades away for another 10 or 11 months, its time for another batch of mass format changes to get us into the new year. This list will be a handy all-in-one guide to all the changes taking place between Christmas and the time everyone goes back to work on January 3. To see the list … [Read more...]

100.7 Breezes Into Winnipeg

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Update 12/26: After stunting with All-Christmas and the "Lounge" moniker, 100.7 CFJL has flipped to Soft AC as "100.7 The Breeze". The station will feature Don Percy in mornings, John Tesh in middays, and a nighttime block of Standards billed as "The Lounge". Original Report 11/26: For the … [Read more...]

Astral Preparing Revamps In Four Markets?

EZ Rock 97.5 CIQM London Hot 103 CKMM Winnipeg CapitalFM Capital 106.9 CIBX Fredericton Shore 104.3 CHHR Vancouver Virgin Radio Boom

Astral Media has registered a number of domains hinting at format changes or rebrandings in four Canadian markets with registrations for Boom or Virgin Radio related domains. Starting in London, ON where we already know "Oldies 1410" CKSL will become Comedy "Funny 1410" on January 1. That move … [Read more...]