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]
The CRTC has rescinded the station licenses for Aboriginal Voices Radio’s five stations in Canada. AAA/World Music “Voices Radio” 106.5 CKAV-FM Toronto, 106.3 CKAV-FM-2 Vancouver, 88.1 CKAV-FM-3 Calgary, 89.3 CKAV-FM-4 Edmonton and Silent 95.7 CKAV-FM-9 Ottawa will be required to sign-off by the end of the day on July 25. The Commission stated that its decision to revoke the licenses “based on AVR’s repeated and serious non-compliance with its regulatory obligations over four consecutive license terms as well as the Commission’s complete lack of confidence in the licensee’s ability to broadcast in compliance with those obligations going forward and therefore meet the unique needs of Aboriginal people.” At its license renewal hearing in May the licensee admitte...[Read More]
Update 11/12 12:00pm: CKKL has debuted its new identity as “New Country 94“. Launching with Florida Georgia Line’s Cruise, CKKL is starting with the usual 10,000 songs in a row commercial free. The station is also promoting it will give away $10,000 every Monday. Ian March remains in place as Program Director of CKKL and sister AC “Majic 100” CJMJ. Dayna Bourgoin returns to Ottawa radio as Assistant Program Director. Most recently working in Artist Management at Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger’s 604 Records, Bourgoin served as Music Director at Ottawa’s previous Country station “Y105.3” from 1999 until 2003 and then at CMT Canada until 2009. Listen to the launch of New Country 94 at FormatChange.com. Update 11/12 12:00am: When CKKL debu...[Read More]
Update 3/31: And CHR it is as “Jump 106.9” made its debut at 11:00am. Promising 90 minute blocks of music around the clock, Jump is positioning itself as “Non Stop Hits”. CKQB is launching with a full airstaff in place. Jay Hat, most recently at Classic Rock “98.9 Jet-FM” Courtenay, BC will host mornings. Jenna Mo joins for middays from “2Day FM” in Niagara Falls. Gord ‘The Saint’ St. Denis, formerly of “101.7 The One” CKNX-FM Wingham, ON holds the afternoon shift. Mr. D will be MD/Nights and was previously at “91.5 The Beat” CKBT Kitchener. Listen to the launch of Jump at FormatChange.com. Update 3/29: Was “Fresh-FM” a decoy all along? Amidst speculation in the Ottawa market that the station is...[Read More]
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]
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.
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]
After rejecting the planned merger of Bell Media and Astral in October, the two companies plans have have been approved by the Competition Bureau. In order to do so, a few swaps will be made with Corus Entertainment and Shaw Media mainly involving ownership stakes in cable television networks but one that has ramifications on the radio industry as Corus will acquire two radio stations in Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB. Additionally Bell/Astral have agreed to auction off eight additional radio stations. Those stations are Rhythmic AC “Kool 101.5” CKCE Calgary, Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto, Oldies “AM 650” CISL, CHR “Virgin Radio 95.3” ...[Read More]
As hearings are underway at the CRTC over whether to approve Bell Media’s planned acquisition of Astral, Bell has revealed which radio stations it will sell off to stay under ownership limits in each market. The ten stations going on the market are as follows: Calgary: Hot AC “Kool 101.5” CKCE Ottawa: Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” CJOT and Rock “106.9 The Bear” CKQB Toronto: Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Vancouver: Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Winnipeg: Classic Hits “Fab 94.3” CHIQ and Country “QX 104” CFQX Bell is also attempting to have Sports “TSN 690” CKGM Montreal relicens...[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]
Astral Media will rebrand its nine “Rock Detente” French AC’s in Quebec as “Rouge FM” on Thursday, August 18. The stations are 107.3 CITE Montreal and its booster 102.7 CITE-1 Sherbrooke, 94.9 CIMF Gatineau/Ottawa, 107.5 CITF Quebec City, 96.9 CFIX Saguenay, 94.7 CHEY Maurice, 105.3 CHRD Drummondville, 99.9 CFVM Amqui, and 102.9 CJOI Rimouski. Due to our limited (non-existant) knowledge of French, we’re unable to tell yet if any other programming changes will occur with the rebrand.
Update 6/30: 99.7 CJOT made the shift to Classic Hits “Boom 99.7” at 3:00pm today. Unlike most US based Classic Hits stations, Boom is focusing on music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s. The first hour of Boom 99.7 consisted of: Rolling Stones – Start Me Up Kool and the Gang – Celebration Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ George Michael – Faith Queen / David Bowie – Under Pressure Prince – 1999 Kansas – Carry On Wayward Son Blondie – Call Me Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Blinded By The Light Men Without Hats – Pop Goes The World Billy Idol – Mony Mony Bob Marley and The Wailers – Three Little Birds Bachmann Turner Overdrive – You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet Depeche Mode – People Are Peop...[Read More]