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Fresh FM to Hit the Winnipeg Radio Dial

A promotional vehicle for 99.1 Fresh FM as seen parked at Corus Entertainment's Winnipeg studios at Polo Park on Monday, February 13, 2012. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
A crane operator removes the Groove FM sign from Corus Entertainment's building on Monday. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

A new radio station will debut Tuesday in Winnipeg on the former frequency of 99.1 Groove FM.

Corus Entertainment will launch 99.1 Fresh FM at 7 a.m. as part of a format switch to ditch its money-losing jazz format.

Corus sought approval from the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in August 2011 to abandon 70% of its obligation to play jazz music. In late November, the changes were approved, giving Corus permission to take on a new brand at one of its three Winnipeg radio stations.

A screen grab from Fresh FM's new Winnipeg website. (991FRESHFM.COM)

The Fresh FM format is already a success in other Canadian markets, including London, Ontario. In its filing with the CRTC, Corus said Fresh FM (then unnamed) would play “a wide variety of today’s pop and rock hits, mixed with songs from the 80s and 90s.”

Corus also operates CJOB and Power 97 in the city.

CBC, Corus Radio Hiring Reporter, Exec. Assistant

CBC Radio-Canada is looking for the next energetic on-air personality to fill a reporter/editor position. The opportunity would see the candidate report on traffic and community events in Winnipeg, as well as work with Larry Updike daily on “Up to Speed.”

The position also calls for the contribution to newscasts and current affairs programs for CBC/Radio-Canada in Manitoba, as well as to regional and national news and current affairs programs.

The deadline to apply is February 3, 2012.

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Corus Radio Winnipeg is hiring a temporary executive assistant who will be responsible for reporting to the general manager.

The candidate will provide administrative support to sales and management teams at CJOB, Power 97 and 99.1 FM.

The deadline to apply is January 27, 2012.

Corus Entertainment Hiring New General Manager

Corus Entertainment Winnipeg has begun the process of finding a replacement to fill the general manager position at its three local radio stations.

Former GM Garth Buchko resigned earlier this month to take on the role of president and CEO with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Buchko will assume his new position March 1.

The new Corus GM will oversee all aspects of CJOB, Power 97 and 99.1 FM, and have a minimum of eight to 10 years of relevant and successful general management experience.

The deadline to apply is January 30, 2012.

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On the other side of town, Metro Winnipeg is hiring a digital reporter for its news operation at the corner of Portage and Main.

The free daily newspaper is seeking a candidate with reporting, interviewing, writing and editing skills, as well as a passion for multi-platform journalism and social media.

The chosen one will report directly to the managing editor.

Applications will be accepted until January 30, 2012.

Corus Winnipeg Hiring a Promotions Coordinator

Corus Radio Winnipeg is hiring a promotions coordinator, who will be responsible for facilitating sales and station promotions at CJOB, Power 97 and 99.1 FM.

Responsibilities include maintenance of contests, writing and coordinating scripts, booking promotional announcements, assistance at live events, and other duties related to the job.

The deadline to apply for the position is January 23, 2012.

Corus will officially relaunch 99.1 FM (formerly Groove FM) on February 14.

99.1 FM Loses Jazz, Goes Adult Contemporary

A new radio station hit the Winnipeg airwaves January 1 on a familiar frequency.

99.1 FM — in what was formerly 99.1 Groove FM — began playing a lite rock mix of tunes. On their Twitter page, a message read the unnamed station would be officially debuting February 14.

The Corus Entertainment-owned station was recently given approval by the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to drop its money-wasting jazz format and focus on a “mix adult contemporary format.”

A live stream of the station is currently being broadcast on the old Groove FM website.

Groove FM Given Green Light to Flip Formats

The Groove FM control room at its Polo Park studios. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

A Winnipeg radio station specializing in smooth jazz is hoping a format switch will make it viable again in the new year.

Corus Entertainment-owned 99.1 Groove FM filed documents with the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) in August to abandon 70% of its current format, citing it can no longer turn a profit.

In a licence renewal document, Corus said CJGV-FM (Groove) has “suffered significant financial losses,” saying the smooth jazz format isn’t profitable in the Winnipeg market anymore. Corus asked the CRTC to grant it a short-term licence based around a “mix adult contemporary format.”

“The new format would feature a wide variety of today’s pop and rock hits, mixed with songs from the 80s and 90s,” the broadcaster said.

The licence renewal, which the CRTC granted on Wednesday, takes effect today and will last until August 31, 2016.

For a station to request a deletion of certain conditions of its licence isn’t completely uncommon. Two radio stations in Calgary and Edmonton were granted approval to ditch their own jazz-style formats in earlier rulings.

But a new format won’t see jazz vanish from the 99.1 FM frequency entirely. As part of its conditions, the new station will be required to include a two-hour smooth jazz show in its programming lineup.

A competing Winnipeg radio station opposed the licence change, telling the CRTC another new mainstream station in the local market would negatively impact its station. Evanov Radio Group, which owns The Lounge 100.7 (CFJL FM), contested against Corus, but was ultimately ignored. Enanov also owns two other stations in the city — Energy 106 and CKJS AM 810.

Groove FM held a 1.6 share in the spring 2011 ratings book, down from 2.1 a year earlier.

A radio insider tells ChrisD.ca the new unnamed Corus station will launch sometime before March 1, 2012.

Groove FM Cleans House, Lays Off Several Staffers

The 99.1 Groove FM control room at its newly-opened Polo Park studios. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

Several people were let go from 99.1 Groove FM Wednesday morning, ChrisD.ca has learned.

The Corus Entertainment radio station terminated their program director Russ Tyson, on-air personality Jo Evans, as well as other unnamed staff.

A source says the station will now focus on playing more music.

Most of Groove’s programming has been voice-tracked as it was, leaving little room for live cut-ins.

In the Spring 2011 ratings book, Groove had a 1.6 share, down from its 2.1 share the year before.

The station is expected to flip to a different format in September.

No one from Corus was available to officially comment.

Watch video from our exclusive tour of the Power 97, CJOB and Groove FM Polo Park studios shot back in April.

Behind the Scenes at Corus Entertainment (VIDEO)

Behind the Scenes at Corus Entertainment (VIDEO)

Three of Winnipeg’s premier radio stations are adjusting nicely to their spectacular state-of-the-art digital studios in St. James.

Corus Entertainment — housing CJOB, Power 97 and Groove FM — recently moved into the former CTV Winnipeg building at Polo Park and invited ChrisD.ca along for a tour on Tuesday.

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The building at 1440 Jack Blick Avenue is a major upgrade from the stations’ previous digs at 930 Portage Avenue, where CJOB had its headquarters since the 1960s.

Corus has been operating out of the remodeled building since March and held its official grand opening party with special guests last night.

Earlier this year, the city renamed the former Rapelje Avenue to Jack Blick Avenue, in honour of CJOB 68 founder J.O. Blick. Blick founded the station on March 11, 1946 and was a Second World War Veteran.

ChrisD.ca video/WpgCameraMan

City Street Renamed in Honour of CJOB Founder

The street that will house the new Corus Radio Winnipeg studios at Polo Park has itself a new name.

Rapelje Avenue has been renamed to Jack Blick Avenue, in honour of CJOB 68 founder J.O. Blick. Blick was a Second World War Veteran and founded the station on March 11, 1946.

CJOB, Power 97 and 99.1 Groove FM will take position of their new digs on Monday, February 14. As we showed you in December, the signs for the new 17,000 square foot broadcast and office space are already up.

1440 Jack Blick Avenue is the former home of CTV Winnipeg and will soon announce additional tenants.

Mayor Sam Katz will unveil the name change on Monday at about 9:15 a.m.

Power 97, Groove FM Release Devon Zelmer and Roxane Gagne


Power 97 recently made some changes in the personnel department, and we’re told it involved cutting ties with evening announcer Devon Zelmer. Groove FM also made a move, letting go of their music director and afternoon drive host Roxane Gagne.

The changes were made last Wednesday for “budget reasons” as Corus Entertainment restructures its Winnipeg operations.

Holly Bausman has since taken over for Devon and is also voice tracking Roxane’s shift on Groove.