More changes have come to Winnipeg radio as 102.3 Clear FM rebrands itself.
KiSS 102.3 debuted just before 9 a.m. on Friday. Rogers Media is rolling out a national brand of several stations to centralize marketing efforts around one name — similar to Bell Media’s Virgin Radio brand.
The musical format of upbeat adult contemporary will remain in place and no staff positions will be cut as a result of the change.
In the fall 2014 radio ratings, Clear FM pulled in a 5.0 share — down slightly from a 5.7 held for the same period the year before.
Some movement behind the mic at Winnipeg’s 102.3 Clear FM as the station switches up some of its on-air talent.
Clear FM has parted ways with Holly Thorne and Kerri Salki.
Nesta Matthews will move from afternoons on sister station 92 CITI FM to join Joe Aiello on “The Joe Show” weekday mornings. Matthews will assume her new position once she returns from maternity leave.
A father-daughter evening filled with dancing, pomp and glitz is returning for an eighth year.
The Father-Daughter Ball in support of CancerCare Manitoba will be held Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Winnipeg radio station 102.3 Clear FM is presenting the evening at the Victoria Inn.
“After 7 years, we are elated that we have raised over $100K for CancerCare Manitoba and that the event has turned into one of the most popular gala’s in Winnipeg,” said Craig Pfeifer, the station’s program director.
One day after resigning from Power 97, Winnipeg radio personalities Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae have a new home at 92 CITI FM.
Rogers Media made the announcement Thursday, welcome the trio to the competing rock station as the new morning show.
“Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena” will replace the existing Tom and Joe morning show with Tom McGouran and Joe Aiello.
“As Winnipeg’s highest rated rock morning show, securing the on-air team of team of Dave Wheeler, Phil Aubrey and Rena Jae will take one of Canada’s pioneer rock radio stations to the next level in this competitive market,” said Scott Armstrong, general manager and program director.
Aiello will move to sister station 102.3 Clear FM to co-host the morning show alongside existing on-air personality Kerri Salki.
“We thank Tom and Jay (Oliver) for their dedication and significant contributions to CITI and Clear FM, and wish them all the best,” said Armstrong.
CITI’s midday host, Alix Michaels, was also let go.
Details on when the new shows will debut are expected in the coming weeks.
Afternoon drive host Dez Daniels was let go from 102.3 Clear FM on Wednesday morning.
We’re told the termination came without warning and Dez’s show performed fairly well in the latest ratings book.
Along with Dez, two other staff members were let go from their administrative roles.
Budgetary issues are said to be the reasoning behind the cuts.
No word yet on who will take over the afternoon drive shift at Clear.
Before joining the Rogers-owned station, Dez held down the morning show with Beau and Tom on the now-defunct Q94 FM.
UPDATE: Dez tells ChrisD.ca she wishes to thank the Clear listeners who have been so incredibly supportive the last few years. “Regardless of where I’ve gone on the dial people have always turned up and it’s what makes this job the great one that it is,” she said.