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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.