91.7 The Bounce Edmonton Kisses Its Name Goodbye

Rogers Media CHR “91.7 The Bounce” CHBN Edmonton relaunched on Friday as “Kiss 91.7“. No changes to the on-air lineup accompanied the rebranding, which kicked off with a 91 hour commercial-free block. The move brings CHBN in line with Rogers other “Kiss” branded CHR and Hot AC stations across Canada including Calgary, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver. Rogers had first registered Kiss917.com for CHBN following its purchase of the station in February 2011. CHBN registered a 3.5 share of the Edmonton market in the August 29-November 27, 2016 PPM ratings book. That placed it ahead of Harvard Broadcasting’s “Hot 107” 107.1 CJNW-FM’s 2.8 and Bell Media’s “104.9 Virgin Radio” CFMG-FM’s 2.5 share in the three way CHR bat...[Read More]

Corus Launches National Fresh Radio Brand Across Canada

Corus Radio has rebranded seven of its AC and Hot AC stations across Canada as “Fresh Radio“. Five of the stations were previously using a similar “Fresh-FM” branding while the other two were branded as “Hits” prior to today. The six stations utlizing the new brand are: “92.5 Fresh Radio” CKNG-FM Edmonton “95.3 Fresh Radio” CING-FM Hamilton, ON “99.1 Fresh Radio” CJGV-FM Winnipeg “100.5 Fresh Radio” CKRU-FM Peterborough, ON “103.1 Fresh Radio” CFHK-FM London, ON “104.3 Fresh Radio” CKWS-FM Kingston, ON “104.5 Fresh Radio” CFLG-FM Corwall, ON Each station is keeping its unique musical sound, CKRU-FM and CFLG-FM are more gold based, while CJGV Winnipeg has utilized the rebr...[Read More]

Rawlco Sells 9 Stations To Jim Pattison

Jim Pattison Radio Group is acquiring nine stations in Alberta and Saskatchewan from Rawlco Radio for an undisclosed amount. The stations involved in the sale are: Edmonton: Adult Hits “Up 99.3” CIUP and Hot AC “102.3 Now” CKNW Prince Albert, SK: Country 900 CKBI, CHR “Power 99” CFMM, Rock “Mix 101” CHQK, and PANow.com North Battleford, SK: Country 1050 CJNB, Hot AC “Q98” CJCQ, and Rock “99.3 The Rock” CJHD Meadow Lake, SK: Country 102.3 CJNS-FM Rawlco will retain its seven stations in Calgary, Regina, and Saskatoon. The current local management teams will continue to lead the Edmonton, Prince Albert, North Battleford and Meadow Lake stations and all of the existing team members at the nine Rawlco Radio stations will b...[Read More]

Post Christmas Format Change Rundown

The start of the new calendar year is one of the busiest times of the year for format changes. Between December 21, 2012 and January 8, 2013 we logged 58 format changes and this year is already shaping up to be busy. Changes That Have Taken Place 1/6: Variety Hits “98.7 The Peak” KPKX Phoenix flips to Sports simulcasting “Arizona Sports 620” KTAR 1/6: “Rock 92.3” WRKN New Orleans flips to Country “Nash-FM 92.3” 1/6: 95.7 WXDJ Miami relaunches as Spanish Hot AC “I95” following move of previous format to 106.7. 1/6: Liberal Talk 1600 WWRL New York flips to Regional Mexican “La Invasora” 1/6: 1290 WPCF/93.9 W227CE Panama City flip to Dance “93.9 Play-FM“. 1/3: Soft AC/Oldies “1320/1450 The Dove” WD...[Read More]

Lite 95.7 Edmonton Shifts To Cruz

Update 12/27: CKEA came out of Christmas Music and flipped to Variety Hits “95.7 Cruz-FM” a little before 9:00am today. The new format is centered around Rock hits of the 80s and 90s and is promoting itself around its deep library. The station is launching with a promotion promising $10,000 if it plays the same song twice in one day. The first hour of 95.7 Cruz-FM consisted of: Queen – We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions U2 – Mysterious Ways Van Halen – Panama Wang Chung – Dance Hall Days John Cougar – Hurts So Good Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue Rolling Stones – Beast Of Burden Bon Jovi – You Give Love A Bad Name Police – Roxanne Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Learning To Fly Vapors – Turning Japane...[Read More]

TSN Radio Expands To Edmonton & Ottawa

Bell Media has expanded its “TSN Radio” branding to two additional Canadian markets. “Team 1200” CFGO Ottawa and “Team 1260” CFRN Edmonton have both relaunched today as “TSN 1200” and “TSN 1260” respectively. The stations join existing TSN Radio branded stations in Montreal, Toronto, and Winnipeg. TSN 1200 Ottawa features 12 hours of local programming from 6am to 6pm daily as well as play-by-play coverage of Ottawa Senators and Ottawa 67’s hockey. TSN 1260 Edmonton is local from 6am to midnight daily with ESPN Radio programming overnight. The changes leave Bell’s Team 1040/1410 Vancouver as their only Sports stations not using the TSN branding.

Edmonton’s Joe Gets Fresh

Variety Hits is out and Hot AC is in as Corus’ “92.5 Joe-FM” CKNG Edmonton revamped today as “92.5 Fresh-FM“. Candadian Radio News reports the change took place at 12pm today. The move places CKNG in a more direct competition with Rawlco Radio Adult CHR “102.3 Now” CKNO and AC “Up 99.3” CIUP. CKNO leads the market with an 11.1 share in the most recent BBM report, while CIUP was eighth. The Joe-FM format was near the rear with a 3.3 share but ranked 12th out of 18 surveyed stations in Edmonton. The press release from Corus follows: At 12 p.m. today, Corus Radio Edmonton launched its newest radio station, The New 92.5 Fresh FM, bringing today’s freshest music and the best hits from yesterday to Edmonton. The New 92.5 Fresh FM will feature...[Read More]

More Comedy Stations On The Way

Update 12/6: Sinclair’s 95.5 K238AF Santa Rosa, CA made the flip to Comedy as “Funny 95.5” today. Update 11/24: Astral has announced that CKSL London will become “Funny 1410” on January 1. Additionally they have registered domains that line up with many of their other AM music stations in Canada: Funny650.com for Standards 650 CISL Vancouver, BC Funny820.com for Country 820 CHAM Hamilton, ON Funny1010.com for News/Talk 1010 CFRB Toronto, which already carries the programming overnight. Funny1060.com for Classic Country 1060 CKMX Calgary, AB Funny1150.com for Oldies 1150 CKOC Hamilton, ON Funny1260.com for Sports “Team 1260” CFRN Edmonton, AB. We don’t expect all of these stations to flip to the Comedy format. It appears Astral is merely prote...[Read More]

Rogers Taking Its News Brand To The City

Update 5/30: Rogers announced today that CityNews will debut as a local cable network serving the Toronto area in October. “We’re taking the number one news radio format in Canada, 680 News, and bringing it to television under the brand of CityNews Channel,” said Scott Moore, President, Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. “By incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CityNews, 680 News, and publishing – including Canada’s most trusted news magazine, Maclean’s – CityNews Channel is poised to be the destination local news channel,” Moore said. Toronto will presumably be the first of a network of CityNews outlets covering Canada. Rogers has come up with an integration program to merge its radio, television, and publishing divisions on a local basis. Should it succ...[Read More]

95.7 The Sound Edmonton Gets Lite

Harvard Broadcasting has flipped Adult Alternative “95.7 The Sound” CKEA Edmonton to AC “Lite 95.7“. The station is debuting with a weekend of Christmas Music to promote the station as Edmonton’s new home for Christmas music come November. The flip returns the format to the market following the flip of “EZ Rock 104.9” to CHR “Virgin Radio” in early February. In the recently released November-February ratings period, The Sound registered a mere 0.8 although it has been on the air a mere six months. The hole to fill a mass appeal format was too much for Harvard to ignore.

Big Earl 96.3 Edmonton Becomes Capital-FM

On Friday, March 28, at 3pm, “Big Earl 96.3” CKRA Edmonton dropped Country for Classic Hits as “96.3 Capital-FM“.