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]
Rogers Media Variety Hits “102.3 Bob-FM” CHST-FM London, ON relaunched this morning as “102.3 Jack-FM” at 6:00 this morning. CHST becomes Rogers’ sixth Jack branded station joining 92.3 CJET Smith Falls/Ottawa, 92.9 CFLT Dartmouth/Halifax, 96.9 CJAQ Calgary, 96.9 CKLG Vancouver, and 103.1 CHTT Victoria. Rogers owns the exclusive rights to the Jack brand in Canada, but CHST was already established with the competing “Bob” brand when Rogers acquired the station from CTVglobemedia in 2010. “102.3 Jack-FM” is focusing on hits from the 80s through now with a no-repeat workday from 8am to 5pm weekdays. Morning hosts Stax and Pete remain with the station, being heard from 5:30 until 9am.
Update 8/17: CIQM made the shift to CHR “97.5 Virgin Radio” at 8:00 this morning. Billed as “London’s New #1 Hit Music Station”, the station is debuting jockless but will be fully staffed in the next few weeks. Programming will include Ryan Seacrest’s daily syndicated show as well as Canadian Mix DJ’s “The Angry Kids”, who are syndicated across all of Astral’s Vrigin Radio properties in the country. Listen to the launch of 97.5 Virgin Radio at FormatChange.com. Original Report 8/15: Astral Media AC “97.5 EZ Rock” CIQM London ON has begun counting down to a new format. The station will debut its new format on Friday, August 17 at 8:00am. We had reported last December that Astral had registered 975VirginRadio.com, Virgin...[Read More]
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]
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]
Over the next few weeks as the holiday season approaches, many radio stations will prepare for the the onslaught of changes that will take place between December 26 and January 2. This list will compile all the stations we at RadioInsight are monitoring for pending format changes. This is NOT a list of all stations currently airing Christmas music. For a list of all stations that have flipped to Christmas music for the season visit 100000watts.com. December 23 – Clear Channel Classic Hits “My 100.1 & 98.3” WSWR-FM and WXXR Mansfield, OH will begin simulcasting sister News/Talk 1400 WMAN as WMAN-FM and WWMM. December 21 – 90s Hits “Gen X Radio 97.3” WGEX Bainbridge/Albany, GA will become CHR “97.3 Hit Music Now“. December 20 – Clear...[Read More]