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]

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The CRTC has rescinded the station licenses for Aboriginal Voices Radio’s five stations in Canada.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

Virgin Radio Returns To Vancouver

Bell Media has returned the “Virgin Radio” CHR brand to Vancouver. “94.5 The Beat” CFBT rebranded as “Virgin Radio 94.5” just before 9:00 this morning. The move brings the branding previously used in the market by “Z95.3” CKZZ until it was spun-off to Newcap following Bell’s merger with Astral. CFBT becomes Bell’s seventh station across Canada utilizing the Virgin Radio branding. What’s in a name? Listeners across Vancouver can be assured that as Bell Media Radio raises the curtain on 94.5 Virgin Radio in the Vancouver market, announced today, the station is poised to deliver great music, the entertaining programs, and the same beloved personalities familiar to listeners of 94.5 The Beat Vancouver. Changing over station names, as ...[Read More]

CHR Rebrandings Reach Vancouver

Rogers and Bell are bringing their national CHR brands to Vancouver. This morning Rogers rebranded CHR “Sonic 104.9” CFUN-FM Chilliwack and its two boosters 92.5 CFUN-1 Abbotsford and 104.9 CFUN-2 Vancouver as “Kiss Radio“. The move places the station under the “Kiss” brand utilized by Rogers CHRs in Kingston and Toronto as well as seven Hot AC’s across Canada. The company most recently rebranded 102.3 CKY-FM Winnipeg under the “Kiss” umbrella. The rebranding at CFUN follows reports from that Bell Media will return their “Virgin Radio” branding to the market on CHR “94.5 The Beat” CFBT on March 5. The Virgin branding had been utilized on 95.3 CKZZ until the spinoff of the station to Newcap in ...[Read More]

CRTC Orders Radio India To Stop Broadcasting Via US Station

The CRTC has ordered that Surrey, BC based Radio India cease broadcasting its programming on 1600 KVRI Blaine, WA by midnight tonight. The cause of the violation is that Radio India’s programming originates from studios in Surrey and aired on an American license as Radio India owner Baljit Kaur Bains has brokered time on Multicultural Broadcasting’s KVRI since 2000. The CRTC considers the group to be partaking in a broadcasting undertaking in whole or in part in Canada without a license. As part of the order, Baljit Kaur Bains and station manager Maninder Singh Gill must show proof that it has terminated its arrangements with KVRI by 5:00pm on November 20 as well as not have an ownership interest or involvement of any nature in any element of a business connected with a radio s...[Read More]

TSN To Expand Radio Brand To Vancouver

Update 8/28: The rebranding did not take place on Monday, August 25 as rumored, but Bell Media has confirmed “Team 1040” CKST and “Team 1410” CFTE Vancouver will relaunch under the TSN Radio brand on Monday, September 8. TSN announced today that the network is further extending its industry-leading brand with the launch of TSN Radio in Vancouver – making TSN Radio available in six Canadian markets. With a continued focus on local sports and programming, TEAM Radio 1040 and 1410 will be rebranded to TSN Radio 1040 and 1410 beginning Monday, Sept. 8 at 6 a.m. PT. TSN also announced today that Don Taylor joins the TSN Radio family on a full-time basis (see below for more details). TSN 1040 and 1410 join TSN’s family of local radio stations in Toronto (TSN 1050), Montre...[Read More]

Rock 101 Vancouver Shifts Younger

Corus Classic Rock “Classic Rock 101” CFMI-FM New Westminister/Vancouver has dropped most of its remaing 1960s music from its playlist and rebranded as simply “Rock 101” with the addition of more 90s music. The station’s positions shifts from “Best of the 60s, 70s and 80s” to “Greatest Hits 70s, 80s, 90s”. The usage of “Greatest Hits” coincides with Newcap’s launch of Classic Hits “LG104.3” last month which happens to be branded as “Vancouver’s Greatest Hits”. CFMI registered a 6.0 share in the February-May Numeris (formerly BBM) ratings.

LG104.3 Vancouver To Launch Friday

Update 6/19: The format change of CHHR to Classic Hits will take place on Friday, June 20 at 12:01am. Focusing on music from the 1970s and 80s, the station will bring back the identity of the former Vancouver CHR “LG73” with core artists including Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, and Madonna. The songs you grew up with from the 70s and 80s are back on the radio in Vancouver, along with a legendary radio brand that helped define the city. On Friday June 20th, at 12:01am, the famous “LG” brand returns to Vancouver as LG 104.3, playing classics by Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, The Beatles, and Madonna. “This city came of age to this music. An entire generation grew up listening to these songs on the original LG 73, an...[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]

Bell/Astral Merger Take 2; Two Ottawa Stations Sold

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]

CKPM Debuts AAA Format Just Outside Vancouver

After testing with Christmas music for 45 days, 98.7 CKPM-FM Port Moody/Vancouver debuted its permanent format of AAA on Wednesday. Located about 17 miles east of Vancouver, the station is branding itself as “The Tri-Cities Local, Independent Station”. The station becomes the third AAA in the market as it joins Jim Pattison’s “102.7 The Peak” CKPK and Astral Media’s “Shore 104.3” CHHR. Listen to the launch of CKPM on

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