Virgin Radio now owned by Montreal based Astral Media arrived in Alberta in June 2010 with the flip of CIBK in Calgary from Vibe 98.5 to Virgin Radio, a brand owned by British entrepreneur Richard Branson. In February 2011, CFMG in Edmonton followed suit when Astral flipped the station from EZ Rock to 104.9 Virgin Radio. Astral also operates Virgin Radio stations in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Stations carrying the Virgin Radio brand typically play rock or contemporary hit radio (CHR) with a lean towards rhythmic and dance tracks and operate independently with some shared programming under licences purchased from one of the 400 companies owned by Branson.
The Virgin Radio stations in Alberta describe their listeners as active, fashionable and early adopters of the latest trends and they describe their stations as ‘Fun and Sexy’.