Virgin Radio Launches In Halifax & Kitchener

As expected Bell Media flipped both “101.3 The Bounce” CJCH Halifax and Hot AC “105.3 Kool-FM” CFCA Kitchener ON to the CHR “Virgin Radio” brand. No other changes will take place at CJCH, where the current airstaff remains in place. 105.3 CFCA will run jockless for now while previous morning host Angie Hill moves to sister Classic Hits “99.5 KFUN” CKKW. Starting today (July 29) at 1 p.m., Bell Media Radio introduces 101.3 VIRGIN Radio to the Halifax community, extending this world-class brand to the east coast and completing its reach across Canada. Listeners across the region can continue to bounce along to the same great music by today’s biggest artists, while enjoying the same beloved personalities, entertaining programs, and exciting cont...[Read More]

CKUL Halifax Flips To Hot AC Mix 96.5

Newcap has flipped Adult Alternative “Radio 96.5” CKUL-FM Halifax to Hot AC “Mix 96.5“. Positioned as “The 90s To Now”, the company is considering the shift an evolution of the prior brand as opposed to an outright flip. The station’s Facebook page shouts it with an image proclaiming “Yup, The Music Is Better Now”. Dan Barton, who formerly programmed crosstown CHR “Z103.5” (now “Hot Country 103.5“) CKHZ, joined Newcap earlier this month to program CKUL.

CKHZ Brings Hot Country Battle To Halifax

Evanov Communications Hot AC “Energy 103.5” CKHZ Halifax has flipped to Country “Hot Country 103.5“. The move gives Halifax its second Country station as CKHZ will go up against Maritime Broadcast Systems’ “FX 101.9” CHFX. In the Spring 2015 Numeris ratings, CHFX was second in the Halifax market with an 11.4 share. CKHZ was the lowest rated commercial station with a 1.9 share.

Jack To Launch In Halifax

Rogers Hot AC “Lite 92.9” CFLT Dartmouth/Halifax will flip to Variety Hits “92.9 Jack-FM” on Friday at 8:00am. https://www.facebook.com/lite929/posts/694333730588097?stream_ref=5 On The Air In Atlantic Canada reports that Rogers executives were seen meeting with former 96.5 CKUL morning hosts Griff Henderson and Caroline Parker. The duo exited CKUL when the station flipped to Adult Alternative last summer. Registrations for 929JackFM.ca and JackFMHalifax.com and .ca were made in January. The former has since been moved to the Rogers servers in preparation for launch.

Major Layoffs Hit Canada’s Rogers Media

Rogers Media has announced it has laid off 94 employees, making up about 2 percent of its workforce. The cuts will lead to programming changes at a few of their stations. Both The Ottawa Citizen and MetroNews Halifax report that “1310 News” CIWW Ottawa and “News 95.7” CJNI will replace their midday news programming with a simulcast of Sports talk from “Sportsnet 590” CJCL Toronto. President Keith Pelley sent the following memo out in regards to the cuts: At Rogers Media, we are committed to delivering world-class content to consumers. It’s a new era in the media industry, one that is challenging yet full of opportunity. These changes are driven by the rapid pace of technological advancement, the increase in global choices for consumers, and an ever-chang...[Read More]

Labor Day Weekend Format Change Rundown

As the summer is winding down, the focus switches to preparing for the fall book in diary markets and getting stations in position to thrive off of holiday season advertising. As with many long holiday weekends, stations are already getting a head start on the format changes. 9/2: Cumulus concludes its shakeup of its Salt Lake City cluster as it shifts KHTB to Alternative “Alt 94.9“. 9/2: News 1200 WINK and Spanish News 1460 WNPL Fort Myers flip to Spanish Adult Hits “Juan” 9/2: Genesee Media’s 1590 WASB Brockport/Rochester, NY will broke its simulcast of “Business 1310” WRSB and flipped to Sports “Team 1590“. 9/1: Active Rock “105.5 The Bone” WXBN Winchester, VA begins simulcasting sister Country “Z104.9” WZFC. ...[Read More]

Hal-FM Halifax Rides The Wave To Classic Hits

Update 8/30: At 8am, MBS Radio returned Classic Hits to the Halifax market as “89.9 Hal-FM” CHNS relaunched as “89.9 The Wave“. Bill Hart remains with the station in mornings, while former Newcap Halifax PD J.C. Douglas joins for afternoons. The first hour of 89.9 The Wave featured: Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl Queen – Crazy Little Thing Called Love Wild Cherry – Play That Funky Music Barenaked Ladies – Falling For The First Time Phil Collins – Sussudio Aerosmith – Walk This Way Police – Roxanne Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen Neil Young – Heart Of Gold Luba – Let It Go A-Ha – Take On Me Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son Original Report 8/29: On the heels of Newcap flipping Classic ...[Read More]

Radio 96.5 Launches In Halifax

Update 8/26: At noon today, CKUL dropped its Classic Hits format and flipped Adult Alternative as “Radio 96.5“. Positioned as “Music First”, the station is promoting itself as a current intensive music discovery station. Dominik Diamond, night host at “Q107” CILQ Toronto joins the station for mornings. Colin Sweets, most recently at “89.3 K-Rock” Kentville, NS will host afternoons. Meanwhile, the “Kool” format says goodbye with the following message on its Facebook page: There have been many comments and rumours about the future of 96.5 KOOL-FM and the morning team of Griff and Caroline. Over the past week we have been unable to comment out of respect for the individuals involved in this significant change. However, today we can c...[Read More]

Halifax Gets Energy Boost

Update 1/6: Z103 in Halifax will be the one revamping as “Energy 103” at 1:03pm today. Four staffers are out with the move, including afternoon host Josh McClellan. The revamp will bring along a Dance leaning CHR along the lines of its sister in Winnipeg as described below. Original Report 12/19: A reboot of sorts is on its way to Evanov Radio CHR “Z 103.5” CIDC Orangeville/Toronto or similarly named “Z103” CKHZ Halifax. Registrations have been made for Energy1035.com, Energy1035.ca, and Energy103.ca. Both stations are currently also rans in their markets. In Halifax, 103.5 trails Bell Media’s “101.3 The Bounce” CJCH. Toronto is a slightly more complex story. The CHR battle right now is crowded with CIDC trailing 104.5 CHUM-FM, 99.9 Vir...[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]