Canada

93.5 Toronto Moves Back To Currents

Newcap Radio Classic Hip-Hop “93.5 The Move” CFXJ-FM Toronto has flipped to Rhythmic CHR while retaining its current branding and airstaff. Now positioned as “Toronto’s Hits. Toronto’s Throwbacks.”, CFXJ’s move comes after registering a 1.4 share in the Numeris May 29-August 27 PPM Ratings period. The station is still featuring 2-3 gold tracks per hour. The station had been Urban “Flow 93.5” until its flip to Classic Hip-Hop leaning 90s Hits in February 2016. The 11:00am hour of the new “93.5 The Move” featured: Kendrick Lamar feat. Zacari – Love Jessie Reyez – Figures Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like J Balvin & Willy William feat. Beyonce – Mi Gente Kardinal Offishall feat. Akon – Dan...[Read More]

Rogers Media Acquires CISL Vancouver; To Flip To Sports

Newcap Media has announced it will sell Soft AC 650 CISL Vancouver BC to Rogers Media for an undisclosed amount. The purchase of CISL gives Rogers Media a home for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. Rogers had announced in March that it will takeover the radio broadcasts of the franchise next year from Bell Media Sports “Team 1040” CKST. The purchase gives Rogers a fourth station in Vancouver joining “News 1130” CKWX, Variety Hits “Jack 96.9” CJAX, and CHR “Kiss Radio” 104.9 CKKS-2. Upon closing of the deal, Rogers will flip CISL to Sports as “Sportsnet 650“. In addition to the Canucks, CISL will also carry Toronto Blue Jays baseball. Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“Newcap” or the “Company”) announced to...[Read More]

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]

Winnipeg Gets Hot For 90s Hits

Evanov Radio Group has flipped Soft AC “Jewel 101” 100.5 CFJL-FM Winnipeg to 90s Hits “Hot 100.5“. Positioned as “90s & More”, the station is stretching to play compatible songs from the early 2000s. Adam West, Program Director of sister CHR “Energy 106” CHWE-FM adds those duties at CFJL. The new format positions Hot 100.5 between Corus’ recently launched Adult Hits “Peggy @ 99.1” CJGV, Bell Media’s 80s/90s based “99.9 Bob-FM” CFWM-FM, and Rogers Media Hot AC “Kiss 102.3” CKY-FM. INSTANT INSIGHT: While we saw attempts at 90s Hits several years ago all fade. Canada seems to be a breeding ground for new takes on gold based formats. The aforementioned CFWM was the first Variety Hits station wh...[Read More]

Peggy @ 99.1 Debuts In Winnipeg

Corus Radio Hot AC “Fresh Radio @ 99.1” CJGV Winnipeg used the end of its Christmas Music run to flip to AC “Peggy @ 99.1“. Launching at 5pm on Christmas Day, the new Peggy is branding as “Feel Good Winnipeg” with a playlist evenly split between recurrents and 80s gold. The station describes itself as “Peggy is an upbeat 80’s pop and current adult contemporary station that has all the hits that Winnipeggers want to hear. Peggy’s unique new format aims to reflect the positive, energetic and fun vibe of Winnipeg while giving listeners the music they want.” The 6pm hour of Peggy @ 99.1 consisted of: Corey Hart – Sunglasses At Night Pink – Just Like Fire Pat Benatar – Love Is A Battlefield Avicii – Wake Me Up T...[Read More]

Apple Music Adds Corus Talkers

The streaming music battle in Canada is making for strange bedfellows. On the heels of Bell Media’s launch of iHeartRadio Canada, Apple Music has added seven of Corus Radio’s Talk stations to their platform. The stations now available are 630 CHED Edmonton, “Talk Radio 640” CFMJ Toronto, 680 CJOB Winnipeg, “News Talk 770” CHQR Calgary, “AM 900” CHML Hamilton ON, “AM 980” CFPL London ON, “News Talk 980” CKNW Vancouver. The stations are only available to Apple Music listeners in Canada. Starting today, Corus Radio is proud to announce that seven market-leading news talk stations across Canada are available to audiences for free on Apple Music. Listeners in over 100 countries can now stream CKNW AM 980 (Vancouver), News T...[Read More]

CKJN Gets Grand In Hamilton

Durham Radio has closed on its acquisition of “Country 92.9” CKJN-FM Haldimand/Hamilton ON from Vista Radio and has flipped the station to Classic Hits “92.9 The Grand” CHTG-FM. The format change takes the station out of direct format competition with new sister “KX 94.7” CHKX while returning Classic Hits to the market for the first time since Bell Media’s 1150 CKOC flipped to Sports last September. Much of the airstaff used to work at CKOC. Former middayer Peter Jaycock will host mornings, former PD/morning host Ted Yates is in middays, and Rock ‘N’ Ray Michaels in afternoons.

Rebel To Rock Ottawa

Torres Media made the flip of 101.9 CIDG-FM to Rock “Rebel 101.7” on Friday at 7, however the frequency swap with 101.7 CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge PQ has been delayed due to technical issues on CIDG’s end. They are treating the new format as being a preview prior to the official launch with the move to 101.7. Listen to the launch of “Rebel 101.7” on FormatChange.com. Original Report 8/24: Torres Media Group will flip Blues/Classic Rock “101.9 Dawg-FM” CIDG-FM Ottawa ON to Rock “Rebel 101.7” at 7pm on Friday. The format change will coincide with CIDG’s frequency change to 101.7 as part of a power upgrade from 5kW to 19.5kW. Concurrently 101.7 CHIP-FM Fort-Coulonge PQ will move to 101.9. The station’s most recently license renewal ...[Read More]

Power 97 Returns To Winnipeg

Corus Classic Rock “Big 97.5” CJKR-FM Winnipeg flipped back to Mainstream Rock and its former “Power 97” identity at noon today after a little more than a year and a half after dropping it. Morning hosts Shadoe Davis and Joe Aiello remain in place with the change. The remainder of the station’s on-air lineup will be announced in September. CJKR registered a 3.2 share in the Spring 2016 Numeris ratings, well behind Rogers Media’s 92.1 CITI-FM’s 8.7 share.

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]

B101 Barrie ON Flips To Classic Rock Big-FM

As expected CIQB flipped to Classic Rock “101.1 Big-FM” today. The station is running jockless and commercial-free through the Civic/Provincial Day holiday weekend but will announce its new on-air lineup at 12pm on Tuesday. The first three songs on Big-FM were Peter Gabriel “Big Time”, Kiss “Rock & Roll All Night”, and Aerosmith “Love In An Elevator”. Original Report 7/27: As we first indicated on Monday’s Daily Domains, Corus Radio CHR “B101” CIQB-FM Barrie ON will flip to Classic Rock “101.1 Big-FM” on Friday, July 27. CIQB’s website has been replaced with a countdown clock leading to a 12:00pm flip on Friday. The flip will take CIQB out of competition with sister Hot AC “Fresh Radio 93.1” CHAY-FM.

Kool Christmas Stunt In Kitchener ON

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.