The CRTC recently granted Pattison the right to acquire Kool FM 101.5 (CKCE – FM) in Calgary along with two both Bell Media stations in Winnipeg. Harvard rebranded two of its Alberta stations as CRUZ – FM (in Edmonton CKEA was formerly Lite 95.7 and in Fort Mac CHFT was formerly 100.5 K-Rock) and Newcap’s application for a new FM station in Hinton was approved.
In announcing their acquisition of Kool FM in Calgary in a media release dated December 20, 2013, Newcap writes:
This was an important acquisition for Pattison since it expands the company’s radio operations in Alberta as they also prepare to launch a new Calgary station, CHPK- FM / The Peak in 2014.
The CRTC is now considering an application for CKUA’s 580 AM frequency, as Jon, from Radio West points out on December 9, 2013:
“Well, it is official. The CRTC today published the only application they have received for 580 in Edmonton, the frequency surrendered by CKUA last month.
That, of course, is the existing offer from South Fraser Broadcasting Inc. (one of the letters to the CRTC is signed “Suki S. Badh, President”) to transfer the license from CKUA for $1 million. Of which, $750,000 is a donation, and $250,000 is a purchase of existing equipment.
Morning Show would be 7-10am in Cantonese. 10-11am in Mandarin. 11-noon Latino. Lunch hour in English as a Multicultural Women’s Show.
Afternoon Drive appears to be a trilingual mixture of Punjabi, English and Hindi. 7-8pm is in English on Multicultural Public Affairs. 9-10:30pm is Arabic. 10:30-midnight is Latino.
All other time periods vary by the day of the week.
It appears as if the station will sign off at midnight and sign on at 6:00 am, but it may just mean that they haven’t decided on all night programming yet.
There has not been a change to the original plan to run the existing 10,000 watt patterns and transmitter site that CKUA used, though obviously it has to be upgraded very soon to meet Industry Canada requirements.
Hearing is scheduled for February 26th in the Ottawa region.”
On CKUA’s FM side of things, they just announced a minor programming shakeup. According to Mike Ross at GigCity.ca,
Baba’s Grooves is gone, but Baba will continue to host an expanded version of Mid Morning Mojo every weekday. Grant Stovel’s Lunch Box is cancelled, but Stovel still hosts two other shows. Terry David Mulligan has been scaled back to just Mulligan Stew. Lionel Rault will helm a new show every Saturday night, Top Spin, basically a “Top 40 of CKUA show,” a good entry point for neophytes and making Rault the Casey Kasem of CKUA. Or maybe Ryan Seacrest. They are trying for a younger audience.
Rogers Media made news with the rebrand of one of its Alberta radio stations. On January 4, 2014, they flipped from CHFM / Lite 95.9 FM (broadcasting an Adult Contemporary playlist) to 95.9 The Kiss (an Adult Top 40 playlist). According to Boredop on Radio West: The playlist for the first hour of KISS 95.9 featured:
- Katy Perry – Roar
- The Fray – You Found Me
- Pink f/ Nate Reuss – Just Give Me A Reason
- Colbie Caillat – Brighter Than The Sun
- Walk Off The Earth – Gang Of Rhythm
- Natasha Bedingfield – Unwritten
- Maroon 5 – One More Night
- Kylie Minogue – Can’t Get You Out Of My Head
- Matchbox 20 – Unwell
- Alyssa Reid – Alone Again
- Kelly Clarkson – People Like Us
- Jessie J – Domino
- Hedley – Perfect
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