104.3 Vancouver

LG104.3 Vancouver To Launch Friday

Update 6/19: The format change of CHHR to Classic Hits will take place on Friday, June 20 at 12:01am. Focusing on music from the 1970s and 80s, the station will bring back the identity of the former Vancouver CHR “LG73” with core artists including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, and Madonna. The songs you grew up with from the 70s and 80s are back on the radio in Vancouver, along with a legendary radio brand that helped define the city. On Friday June 20th, at 12:01am, the famous “LG” brand returns to Vancouver as LG 104.3, playing classics by Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, and Madonna. “This city came of age to this music. An entire generation grew up listening to these songs on the original LG 73, an...[Read More]

Virgin Radio Vancouver To Return To Z95.3 Name

Update 3/24: CKZZ has announced it will rebrand on Monday, March 31 and not to the “Hot 95.3” moniker it teased. The station will return to the “Z95.3” (pronounced Zed 95.3) moniker it used from 1991 to 2007. The station dropped the Z name as part of a format change to Rhythmic AC “95 Crave” followed by its return to CHR as part of Astral’s network of Virgin Radio branded across Canada. Bell Media will retain the rights to the Virgin Radio brand in Vancouver and intends to relaunch it on another station at a later date. “We’d like to thank listeners and advertisers for their loyalty to Virgin Radio, and appreciate their patience until Virgin Radio returns bigger and better than ever before,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio a...[Read More]

Newcap Acquires Toronto And Vancouver Stations

Newfoundland Capital Corporation has agreed to acquire the five Toronto and Vancouver stations required to be spun-off as part of the Bell/Astral merger for $112 Million Canadian. The stations involved are Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto and Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver. The press release regarding the sale follows: Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“NCC” or the “Company”) (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) and Bell Media (TSX, NYSE: BCE), are pleased to announce that NCC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Newcap Inc. (“Newcap”), has entered into an agreement to acquire from Bell Media Inc. the radio broadcasting l...[Read More]

CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

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]

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 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]

Bell Media Reveals Planned Spinoffs

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]

Shore 104.3 Vancouver Getting Blown Up?

Astral Media has closed on its acquisition of AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver from Shore Media Group and is preparing to get ready to change formats. The entire airstaff was dismissed today. The station’s website currently features the following message: We’re making changes to make Shore FM a better radio station. We appreciate your patience. For now, we’re playing even more of your favourite Shore music. If you have suggestions or ideas on what you’d like to hear on Shore FM let us know using the form below. We reported in December that Astral had registered Boom1043.com for potential use at CHHR.

Astral Preparing Revamps In Four Markets?

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 could lead to a shift from AC to Classic Hits at “EZ Rock 97.5” CIQM. Astral has registered Boom975.ca, VirginRadio975.com, and VirginRadio975.com. It had already registered Boom975.com this past May. Next up is Winnipeg, where incumbent CHR “Hot 103” CKMM Winnipeg has received a direct threat from Evanov’s “Energy 106.1” CHWE. To retaliate, it appears the station will join its sisters in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, and Mont...[Read More]

Astral Acquires Shore 104.3 Vancouver

Astral Media has acquired AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver, BC from Shore Media Group for $13.4 Million. The new acquisition will join CHR “Virgin Radio 95.3” CKZZ and Standards “AM 650” CISL in Astral’s Vancouver cluster. We are very proud to have Shore FM join the Astral family and reinforce our multiplatform presence in Vancouver and British Columbia, taking the number of radio stations that we operate in Canada to 84,” said Jacques Parisien, President of Astral Radio. “The addition of a third radio station in the Vancouver market will enable us to become even more competitive and to continue to improve our offering to listeners and advertisers. Astral has committed to continue Shore FM’s $7 million contribution over 7 years to...[Read More]