88.1 Toronto

Indie 88 Toronto Debuts

Update 7/31: After a week of looping nothing but Rick Astley, CIND debuted its “Indie 88” format at noon today. Following a launch package asking listeners for input on what to play, the station launched with Arcade Fire’s “Ready To Start”, MGMT “Electric Feel”, July Talk “Paper Girl”, Pixies “Where Is My Mind”, and Broken Social Scene “7/4 (Shoreline)”. In addition to serving as Music Guidance Counselor, Alan Cross will serve as imaging voice of the station. while Brian Bailey will host mornings. Listen to the debut of CIND at FormatChange.com. Update 7/25: A day after beginning testing, CIND has announced that its permanent format will debut on Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00pm. Original Report 7/24: Central Ontari...[Read More]

CRTC Grants New Stations In Toronto

The CRTC has approved applicants for two new stations in the Toronto area. Rock 95 Broadcasting has beaten out twenty one other bidders for the 88.1 allocation that was once held by Ryerson University’s CKLN. Their new station currently billed as “Indie 88.1” will feature an English language music format focusing on independent and emerging Canadian artists. The new 88.1 will operate with 532 watts at 328.4 meters as has until 9/11/2014 to begin broadcasting. 40% of the music programming will be Canadian Content, and 60% of the CanCon will be emerging artists. In the Toronto suburb of Markham, Bhupinder Bola has received approval for a new station featuring English language programming directed at the area’s local South Asian and Chinese communities. The new “...[Read More]