Jim Pattison Broadcast Group has rebranded Classic Hits “Fab 94.3” CHIQ-FM Winnipeg has rebranded as “94.3 The Drive“. The move corresponds with the drop of 1960s tracks from the station to focus on hits of the 70s and 80s with a greater Rock lean. CHIQ ranked 10th out of 16 stations with a 3.9 share in the Fall 2015 Numeris ratings. Kerri Salki and Trevor Gowen will host mornings with Alix Michaels in middays and Kelly Parker in afternoons.
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” CKNG-FM Edmonton “95.3 Fresh Radio” CING-FM Hamilton, ON “99.1 Fresh Radio” CJGV-FM Winnipeg “100.5 Fresh Radio” CKRU-FM Peterborough, ON “103.1 Fresh Radio” CFHK-FM London, ON “104.3 Fresh Radio” CKWS-FM Kingston, ON “104.5 Fresh Radio” CFLG-FM Corwall, ON Each station is keeping its unique musical sound, CKRU-FM and CFLG-FM are more gold based, while CJGV Winnipeg has utilized the rebr...Read More
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 including their “No Repeat Work Day” between 9am and 5pm. The station lists Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, P!nk, Maroon 5, and Kelly Clarkson among their core artists. A couple hours later Corus Hot AC “99.1 Fresh-FM” CJGV shifted to Modern AC “Fresh Radio 99.1” with a Pop and Alternative music mix. Positioned as “Modern Music”, core artists there include Katy Perry, Black Keys, Hozier, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ta...Read More
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 format places the station between Rogers Rock 92.1 CITI-FM and Bell Media Variety Hits “99.9 Bob-FM” CFMW-FM. Original Report 1/29: Corus Rock “Power 97” 97.5 CJKR-FM Winnipeg is currently stunting with a tease that “Something BIG Is Coming Tomorrow”. CJKR ended its Rock format at noon today following Metallica’s “Fade To Black” and is looping a sweeper promoting the 8am launch. At that time it is expect...Read More
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” moniker for just “100.7 Lite & Refreshing“. Now the station becomes Evanov’s seventh Jewel branded station as “Jewel 101“. In the Fall 2013 BBM ratings, CFJL registered a 1.8 share of the Winnipeg audience.
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 rest a mix of jazz, blues, and instrumental versions of pop songs. The Jazz programming will air from 9pm-12am on the station. The station is currently stunting with a brief loop of Classical and Jazz tracks. Golden West also owns Christian AC 95.1 CHVN in the Winnipeg market.
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 to limit choice and competition. To ensure the public interest is served, we are requiring BCE to invest in new Canadian programming and sell more than a dozen services, and we are putting in place a number of competitive safeguards. This will maintain a healthy and competitive broadcasting system that offers more programming choices to Canadian consumers and citizens and more opportunities for Canadian creators.” BCE must spend $71.5 million on initiatives related to the radio sector, which is eq...Read More
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 sale were not disclosed. The sale is contingent on CRTC approval of this and the Astral/Bell merger. Pattison will soon be launching AAA “95.3 The Peak” CHPK in Calgary. “This is a very important acquisition for our Broadcast Group and, with the approval of this transaction from the CRTC, we will expand our presence in the major markets of Calgary and Winnipeg, which we have been focusing on for some time,” said Rick Arnish, chairman of Jim Pattison Broad...Read More
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 one that has ramifications on the radio industry as Corus will acquire two radio stations in Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB. Additionally Bell/Astral have agreed to auction off eight additional radio stations. Those stations are Rhythmic AC “Kool 101.5” CKCE Calgary, Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto, Oldies “AM 650” CISL, CHR “Virgin Radio 95.3” ...Read More
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” CKCE Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB Toronto: Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Vancouver: Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Winnipeg: Classic Hits “Fab 94.3” CHIQ and Country “QX 104” CFQX Bell is also attempting to have Sports “TSN 690” CKGM Montreal relicens...Read More
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 market as “Hot 103” CKMM Winnipeg will soon convert to what’s becoming a national brand. 1031VirginRadio.com was registered anonymously on August 14 and moved to Astral’s servers this week. It currently redirects to a blank page located at http://Winnipeg.VirginRadio.ca with a simple “103 Virgin Radio” in the header. CKMM dropped from a 15.6 share in Spring 2011 to 9.1 following the launch of Evanov’s “Energy 106.1” CHWE i...Read More
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 published on the station’s Facebook page: THE FOLLOWING IS AN ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CRE-COMM RADIO INC., OPERATOR OF 92.9 CKIC-FM: 92.9 KICK FM went on-air almost 10 years ago with a mandate to provide a radio broadcast training forum for students that resembled, as near as possible, the operation of a commercial radio station. Red River College provided the transmitter and facilities as well as start-up funding, with the goal that the radio station beco...Read More