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 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 expected the station will flip to Country “97.5 Big-FM“. was registered earlier this month by Corus.

Corus let go of CJKR morning co-host TJ Connors and afternoon host Holly Bausman as part of layoffs at its Winnipeg cluster earlier this week. A flip to Country would place CJKR in direct competition with Jim Pattison Broadcast Group’s “QX104” CFQX-FM. While “Power 97.5” registered a 2.6 share in the Fall 2014 Numeris ratings, CFQX-FM was third overall in the market and the top music station with a 9.8 share.

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Lance Venta is the Owner and Publisher of 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. Logo is already on their streaming player on Facebook.

  2. ChrisD is now reporting that advertisers were told by Corus tonight that the new format will instead be Classic Rock.

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