Hamilton, Ontario Gets Funny

Funny 820 CHAM Country Hamilton Toronto 24/7 Comedy AstralAstral Media Country 820 CHAM Hamilton ON will flip to Comedy “Funny 820” on Tuesday.

The flip will take place at 8:20am as the station cedes the Country audience in the market to Durham Radio’s “KX 94.7” CHKX. In the Spring BBM ratings, CHAM registered a 1.5 share to CHKX’s 4.1. That was down from a 2.0 prior to 94.7’s format change in 2011.

Astral Media owns the exclusive Canadian rights to the 24/7 Comedy network. Its programming is heard on “Funny 1410” CKSL London and in overnights on News/Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto. We reported last December that Astral had registered the Funny820.com domain for CHAM as well as domains for five additional stations.

CHAM, which operates with 50kW daytime and 10kW nights puts a full market signal over Toronto as well.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of RadioInsight.com and a consultant for RadioBB Networks specializing in integration of radio and the internet. Lance has two decades of experience tracking the audio industry and its use of digital platforms.


  1. Do you have ratings for 95.3? They switched from Country to classic hits a few years ago.

  2. Apparently, comedy is the latest bandwagon for industry lemmings to jump on – the hottest thing since “Jack.”

    • Only thing is, bet comedy will be a much shorter-lived format than Jack. There are actually a # of stations still using the Jack format today….10 years after its debut in Vancouver. 10 years from now, there will likely be little or no stations in a comedy format.

  3. Is this the same format that Clear Channel just purchased??

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