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]
Bell Media Hot AC “105.3 Kool-FM” CFCA-FM Kitchener ON is stunting on the way to a new format. CFCA is currently stunting with Christmas Music until Friday, July 29 at 12:00pm when it will debut its new format. At this point we’re expecting the station to become Bell’s eight “Virgin Radio” CHR as 1053VirginRadio.com and .ca were registered anonymously by Bell’s registrar in June. CFCA-FM placed fourth in the Kitchener-Waterloo market in the Spring 2016 Numeris ratings with a 7.6 share. A move to CHR would place the station up against Corus’ “91.5 The Beat” CKBT-FM, which ranked third with an 8.3 share. With the upcoming change in format afternoon host Andrew Gerrior has exited the station.
Update 7/3: Rogers completed the rebranding of the remainder of their FM Country stations to the “Country” moniker. “Y101” CKBY Smiths Falls/Ottawa is now “Country 101.1“, “Kix 93.5” CKXC Kingston is now “Country 93.5“, and “Q104” CJQM Sault Ste. Marie is now “Country 104.3“. The changes bring identical logos and imaging to the stations. Original Report 6/2: As Cumulus begins phasing in its “Nash” brand in the United States, Rogers Radio has begun to place all of its Country stations under identical branding in Canada. On Friday, “Kix 106.7” CIKZ-FM Kitchener, ON relaunched as “Country 106.7“. No changes were made to the station’s programming other than the name cha...[Read More]
Update 5/30: Rogers announced today that CityNews will debut as a local cable network serving the Toronto area in October. â€œWeâ€™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. â€œBy incorporating our trailblazing and trusted news brands from CityNews, 680 News, and publishing â€“ including Canadaâ€™s most trusted news magazine, Macleanâ€™s â€“ CityNews Channel is poised to be the destination local news channel,â€ 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]