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]

93.5 The Move Debuts In Toronto

Newcap flipped 93.5 CFXJ-FM to Rhythmic AC “93.5 The Move” at 8am this morning. Branded as “All The Best Throwbacks”, the station is focusing on pop and rhythmic hits of the 1990s and early 2000s. Core artists include Destiny’s Child, No Doubt, Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Eminem, and Michael Jackson. The station will also play some currents as the station promises “to support new music and showcase incredible new talent.” Three members of the CFXJ airstaff remain in place. Morning host Mastermind will host 6am-12pm, afternoon host JJ from 12pm-6am, and night host Peter Kash from 6pm-12am. Morning co-host Melanie Martin and middayer Miss Ange have exited. Newcap Radio is proud to announce the launch of its newest radio station ...[Read More]

Art Bell Adds KXL Portland & More Affiliates

Art Bell’s return to radio has begun picking up some larger affiliates as Alpha Media’s 101.1 KXL-FM Portland announces it will pickup the show when it debuts next Monday. Other new additions to Bell’s affiliate list are Great Plains Media’s “Cities 92.9” WRPW Bloomington, IL and Bell Media’s (No Relation) 1010 CFRB Toronto. Alpha Media Portland announced today, Art Bell will return to the airwaves on Monday July 20, 2015 on major market, FM NEWS 101 KXL with the debut of his new show, “Midnight in the Desert”. The show will run weeknights 10:00pm-1:00am. Art Bell founded and hosted the paranormal-themed radio program Coast to Coast AM for over 20 years. He also created and formerly hosted its companion show, ‘Dreamland’. Semi-retired from Coast to...[Read More]

CRTC Rescinds Voices Radio Licenses

The CRTC has rescinded the station licenses for Aboriginal Voices Radio’s five stations in Canada.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]

Don Kollins Named New PD Of 95.7 The Game San Francisco

Entercom Sports “95.7 The Game” KGMZ San Francisco has named Don Kollins as its new Program Director to replace the outgoing Jason Barrett. Kollins joins KGMZ from Rogers Communications in Toronto where he has programmed Sports “Sportsnet 590 The Fan” CJCL since 2010. Kollins will start in San Francisco on June 12. Entercom Communications today announced the hiring of Don Kollins as Program Director for Sports Radio 95.7 The GAME (KGMZ-FM). Don joins Entercom as a proven leader in the sports radio field, with many years of programming success and a track record of innovation. He will succeed Jason Barrett, who resigned his position in order to relocate to the New York City area for family reasons. “After an exhaustive search, the best choice was located north of us ...[Read More]

CHRY Becomes Toronto’s Urban Alternative

York University’s CHRY Community Radio 105.5 CHRY-FM Toronto has flipped to what it is calling Urban Alternative “Vibe 105.5“. The new format is described as a mix of “Electronic, Remix, Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop and R&B” and will add a professional airstaff in the coming weeks. Previously the station relied on community volunteers to host the mix of Diverse Talk and Ethnic programming. In the press release announcing the change, CHRY CEO Danae Peart states, “What we are doing with the license entrusted to us has not been done before in this market, we are making a requirement and we are putting to rest mediocre perceptions and expectations of the license class. VIBE105 emerges amidst a changed and fast-paced media environment where opportunities on the FM di...[Read More]

MyFM Launches North of Toronto With Christmas Music

My Broadcasting has launched 101.5 CKMO-FM Orangeville, ON. The new sign-on, operating with 338 watts at 55.1 meters, is debuting with Christmas Music through Boxing Day on December 26. At that time the station will debut its permanent format as AC “101.5 MyFM” joining fourteen sister stations across the province. The station will focus on the Orangeville community as opposed to the Greater Toronto Area based 50 miles to the southeast.

Virgin Radio Vancouver To Return To Z95.3 Name

Update 3/24: CKZZ has announced it will rebrand on Monday, March 31 and not to the “Hot 95.3” moniker it teased. The station will return to the “Z95.3” (pronounced Zed 95.3) moniker it used from 1991 to 2007. The station dropped the Z name as part of a format change to Rhythmic AC “95 Crave” followed by its return to CHR as part of Astral’s network of Virgin Radio branded across Canada. Bell Media will retain the rights to the Virgin Radio brand in Vancouver and intends to relaunch it on another station at a later date. “We’d like to thank listeners and advertisers for their loyalty to Virgin Radio, and appreciate their patience until Virgin Radio returns bigger and better than ever before,” said James Stuart, Regional Vice-President, Radio a...[Read More]

Newcap Acquires Toronto And Vancouver Stations

Newfoundland Capital Corporation has agreed to acquire the five Toronto and Vancouver stations required to be spun-off as part of the Bell/Astral merger for $112 Million Canadian. The stations involved are Urban “Flow 93.5” CFXJ and Classic Hits “Boom 97.3” CHBM Toronto and Standards “AM 650” CISL, Hot AC “95.3 Virgin Radio” CKZZ, and AAA “Shore 104.3” CHHR Vancouver. The press release regarding the sale follows: Newfoundland Capital Corporation (“NCC” or the “Company”) (TSX: NCC.A, NCC.B) and Bell Media (TSX, NYSE: BCE), are pleased to announce that NCC’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Newcap Inc. (“Newcap”), has entered into an agreement to acquire from Bell Media Inc. the radio broadcasting l...[Read More]

Indie 88 Toronto Debuts

Update 7/31: After a week of looping nothing but Rick Astley, CIND debuted its “Indie 88” format at noon today. Following a launch package asking listeners for input on what to play, the station launched with Arcade Fire’s “Ready To Start”, MGMT “Electric Feel”, July Talk “Paper Girl”, Pixies “Where Is My Mind”, and Broken Social Scene “7/4 (Shoreline)”. In addition to serving as Music Guidance Counselor, Alan Cross will serve as imaging voice of the station. while Brian Bailey will host mornings. Listen to the debut of CIND at Update 7/25: A day after beginning testing, CIND has announced that its permanent format will debut on Wednesday, July 31 at 12:00pm. Original Report 7/24: Central Ontari...[Read More]

IHeartRadio Launches International Suite

IHeartRadio has quietly begun to add stations from outside the United States. The twenty two stations currently online represent eight nations. The stations added so far are: Canada Bell Media CHR 104.5 CHUM-FM Toronto and “94.5 The Beat” CFBT Vancouver Germany CHR 104.6 RTL Berlin Lebanon CHR “Radio One 105.5” Beirut Malaysia CHR “Fly FM” Mexico Grupo ACIR Spanish CHR “Azul-FM“, Hot AC “Mix 106.5” XHDFM Mexico City, Spanish Oldies “Radio Felicidad 1180” XEFR Mexico City CHR “El Lobo 106.1” XHSU Chihuahua Multimedios Radio’s Spanish Rock “D99” 98.9 XHJD Monterey, Spanish CHR “Hits 106.1” XHITS Monterey, Regional Mexican “La Caliente 92.3” XHTRR Torreón, Regional Mex...[Read More]

CRTC Approves Bell/Astral Merger

The CRTC has approved the second attempt by Bell Canada to acquire Astral Media. “Astral’s application put forward a different approach and responded to many of our concerns” said Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman of the CRTC. “Yet there remained a significant risk that BCE could exert its market power to limit choice and competition. To ensure the public interest is served, we are requiring BCE to invest in new Canadian programming and sell more than a dozen services, and we are putting in place a number of competitive safeguards. This will maintain a healthy and competitive broadcasting system that offers more programming choices to Canadian consumers and citizens and more opportunities for Canadian creators.” BCE must spend $71.5 million on initiatives related to the radio sector, which is eq...[Read More]

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