CFMZ-FM

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CFMZ-FM
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City of license Toronto, Ontario
Frequency 96.3 MHz (FM)
First air date 1988
Format Classical music
ERP 24 kW
HAAT 283 m
Class C1
Callsign meaning C F Moses Znaimer
Former callsigns CFMX-FM-1 (1988-2008)
Owner ZoomerMedia
(MZ Media Inc.)
Sister stations CFMX-FM, CFZM
Webcast Listen Live
Website Classical 96.3 FM

CFMZ-FM is a Canadian radio station, that broadcasts classical music at 96.3 FM in Toronto. The station is branded as The New Classical 96.3 FM.

Cobourg, Ontario radio station CFMX has been broadcasting continuously since 1982, although it had gone on the air and off again, several times, between 1976 and 1982. CFMZ first aired in 1988 as a rebroadcaster[1] of CFMX, with the call sign CFMX-FM-1. The station was originally licensed to Mississauga, the transmitter location. The transmitter was moved to Toronto in 1993.[2] CFMX's operations were gradually centralized in Toronto by 1997, and for all intents and purposes the Toronto rebroadcaster was now the primary signal.

In September 2006, Canadian broadcaster Moses Znaimer purchased the station.[3] The CFMZ call sign was originally assigned to the Cobourg transmitter. However, according to Industry Canada databases, the Toronto rebroadcaster kept its original CFMX-FM-1 call sign.[4]

In September 2007, Znaimer also announced a deal to acquire CHWO, a pop standards station in Oakville.

In 2008, the CRTC approved a change that upgraded the Toronto rebroadcaster to a full-fledged station under the calls CFMZ, while the Cobourg station reclaimed the original CFMX calls. All music programming originates from Toronto, although the Cobourg station now originates 24 hours per week of locally oriented talk and spoken word programming.[5][6]

Along with CJPX-FM in Montreal and CJSQ-FM in Quebec City, CFMZ is one of the only commercial broadcasters in Canada that plays a purely classical music format, and the only one of those that broadcasts in English. For years after Znaimer's purchase, it has continued to style itself as the "New Classical."

The station was originally owned by Znaimer's privately held MZ Media Inc. As part of a reorganization of Znaimer's media assets, the station was transferred to the publicly traded ZoomerMedia in 2010.[7]

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Coordinates: 43°39′27″N 79°21′25″W / 43.65747°N 79.35692°W / 43.65747; -79.35692