Torres Media made the flip of 101.9 CIDG-FM to Rock “Rebel 101.7” on Friday at 7, however the frequency swap with 101.7 CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge PQ has been delayed due to technical issues on CIDG’s end.
Original Report 8/24: Torres Media Group will flip Blues/Classic Rock “101.9 Dawg-FM” CIDG-FM Ottawa ON to Rock “Rebel 101.7” at 7pm on Friday.
The format change will coincide with CIDG’s frequency change to 101.7 as part of a power upgrade from 5kW to 19.5kW. Concurrently 101.7 CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge PQ will move to 101.9. The station’s most recently license renewal removed the requirement for CIDG to dedicate 20% of its playlist to special interest music allowing the flip to the more mainstream format. The flip will return Active Rock to Ottawa for the first time since “106.9 The Bear” CKQB flipped to CHR “Jump 106.9” in March 2014.
The Dawg format will be retained in an online-only variation. While hosts Patricia Lever and Geoff Winter were let go last week, the Ottawa Citizen reports that the station has already hired Darryl Kornicky and Jason ‘J-Man’ Jason Petrunik for the new format.