Bell Media Radio

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Bell Media Radio
Type Division
Industry radio broadcasting
Founded 1945 (as CHUM Limited)
2007 (as CHUM Radio Network under CTVglobemedia ownership)
2011 (current name)
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people Chris Gordon, president[1]
Owners Bell Media (BCE Inc.)
Parent Bell Canada
Website http://www.bellmedia.ca/

Bell Media Radio is the Canadian radio broadcasting division of Bell Media which is owned by BCE Inc. The division owns the bulk of the radio properties owned by CHUM Limited until 2007 when it was purchased by CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media) and Astral Media until its purchase by Bell in 2013.

Operations[edit]

CHUM Radio Network logo
Former CHUM Radio logo

Bell Media Radio currently owns 106 radio stations across Canada, broadcasting in 45 markets, including most of Canada's largest radio markets. The company's programming is also distributed to other stations across Canada via its syndication division, which prior to the acquisition by Bell was known as the CHUM Radio Network. This division has since been renamed to Bell Media. On top-of-the-hour ID's for its radio stations, the ID's include "A division of Bell Media" after the call letters and city-of-license.

As of August 2009, its head office is currently located at 250 Richmond Street West in Toronto, the studios of its Toronto flagship stations 104.5 CHUM-FM, TSN RADIO 1050, and Flow 93.5. In July 2008, CTVglobemedia sold its former location 1331 Yonge Street to developer Aspen Ridge Homes for $21.5 million.[2] The stations were expected to move to 250 Richmond Street West, a downtown location near 299 Queen Street West.[3]

The large "Dial 1050 CHUM" neon sign from the Yonge Street building, which is considered a Toronto landmark, has been moved to the new location, and has added "Dial 104.5 CHUM" to the sign.[4]

The CHUM neon sign in 2010, relocated to 250 Richmond Street West

CHUM Radio also previously operated CHUM Satellite Services, a multimedia division which provided programming and production services for corporate clients. This operation was acquired in 2009 by Stingray Digital,[5] which eventually renamed it Stingray360.

Re-acquisition of CTVglobemedia by Bell[edit]

On September 10, 2010, BCE announced plans to re-acquire 100% of CTVglobemedia's broadcasting arm, including CHUM Radio.[6] When the deal was finalized on April 1, 2011, CTVglobemedia became Bell Media, and likewise CHUM Radio became Bell Media Radio. CHUM Radio had been the only division of the company to retain the CHUM name following the acquisition of CHUM Limited by CTVglobemedia in 2007.[7]

Programming[edit]

Bell Media Radio's stations broadcast in a variety of formats, although hot adult contemporary and adult hits are particularly common. Its hot AC stations use a variety of brand names, but are all patterned to an extent after flagship CHUM-FM, while its adult hits stations are all branded as Bob FM. The company is the largest private-sector radio operator in Canada with 107 radio stations across the country.

The stations typically air locally-produced or voice-tracked programming for the majority of their schedules, although some national network programming, including the weekly MuchMoreMusic Countdown, also airs. In 2007 and part of 2008, the hot adult contemporary radio stations also aired the national evening program The Sound Lounge.

The company also operates five sports radio stations, all branded as either The Team or TSN Radio. Three of these stations were formerly part of a larger but short-lived national sports radio network, which was launched by CHUM Limited in 2001 on virtually all of the company's AM radio stations across Canada, but was dissolved in 2002 due to poor ratings. The stations that did not remain AM sports radio stations are either oldies or news/talk formats.[8]

Stations[edit]

Bell Media Radio Assets
City Call Sign Frequency Branding Network Format
Amqui, Quebec CFVM FM 99.9 99,9 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Bathurst, New Brunswick CKBC FM 104.9 MAX 104.9 adult contemporary
Brandon, Manitoba CKX FM 96.1 96.1 BOB FM Bob FM adult hits
CKXA FM 101.1 101.1 The Farm country
Brockville, Ontario CJPT FM 103.7 Bob FM Bob FM adult hits
CFJR FM 104.9 JR FM adult contemporary
Calgary, Alberta CKMX AM 1060 Funny 1060 24/7 Comedy comedy
CIBK FM 98.5 98-5 VIRGIN Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
CJAY FM 92.1 CJAY 92 mainstream rock
Dawson Creek, British Columbia CJDC AM 890 890 CJDC country
Drummondville, Quebec CHRD FM 105.3 105,3 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
CJDM FM 92.1 Radio NRJ Drummondville 92.1 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Edmonton, Alberta CFRN AM 1260 TSN Radio 1260 TSN Radio sports radio
CFBR FM 100.3 100.3 The Bear active rock
CFMG FM 104.9 104 9 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
Fort Nelson, British Columbia CKRX FM 102.3 102.3 The Bear active rock
Fort St. John, British Columbia CHRX FM 98.5 Sun FM hot adult contemporary
CKNL FM 101.5 101.5 The Bear mainstream rock
Fredericton, New Brunswick CKHJ AM 1260 KHJ country
CFXY FM 105.3 105.3 The Fox active rock
CIBX FM 106.9 106.9 Capital FM contemporary hit radio
Gatineau, Quebec CIMF FM 94.9 94,9 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
CKTF FM 104.1 Radio NRJ Gatineau-Ottawa 104.1 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Golden, British Columbia CKGR FM 106.3 106.3 EZ Rock EZ Rock adult contemporary
Grand Falls, New Brunswick CIKX FM 93.5 K93 hot adult contemporary
Halifax, Nova Scotia CJCH FM 101.3 101.3 The BOUNCE contemporary hit radio
CIOO FM 100.1 C100 hot adult contemporary
Hamilton, Ontario CKOC AM 1150 Oldies 1150 oldies
CHAM AM 820 Funny 820 24/7 Comedy comedy
CKLH FM 102.9 102.9 K-Lite FM adult contemporary
Kawartha Lakes, Ontario CKLY FM 91.9 91.9 Bob FM Bob FM adult hits
Kelowna, British Columbia CKFR AM 1150 AM 1150 News, Talk, Sports news/talk
CHSU FM 99.9 99.9 Sun FM contemporary hit radio
CILK FM 101.5 101-5 EZ Rock EZ Rock adult contemporary
Kingston, Ontario CFLY FM 98.3 FLY-FM hot adult contemporary
CKLC FM 98.9 98.9 The Drive mainstream rock
Kitimat, British Columbia CKTK FM 97.7 EZ Rock 97.7 EZ Rock hot adult contemporary
London, Ontario CJBK AM 1290 NewsTalk 1290 CJBK news/talk
CKSL AM 1410 Funny 1410 24/7 Comedy comedy
CIQM FM 97.5 97-5 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio Contemporary hit radio (top 40)
CJBX FM 92.7 BX93 country
Magog, Quebec CIMO FM 106.1 Radio NRJ Estrie 106.1 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Montreal, Quebec CKGM AM 690 TSN Radio 690 TSN Radio sports radio
CJAD AM 800 CJAD 800 news/talk
CHOM FM 97.7 CHOM 977 mainstream rock
CJFM FM 95.9 Virgin Radio 96 Virgin Radio hot adult contemporary
CKMF FM 94.3 Radio NRJ Montréal 94.3 NRJ contemporary hit radio
CITE FM 107.3 107,3 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Nelson, British Columbia CKKC FM 106.9 EZ Rock 106.9 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Osoyoos, British Columbia CJOR AM 1240 EZ Rock 1240 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Ottawa, Ontario CFRA AM 580 CFRA News Talk Radio news/talk
CFGO AM 1200 TSN Radio 1200 TSN Radio sports radio
CKKL FM 93.9 Ottawa's New Country 94 country
CJMJ FM 100.3 Majic 100 adult contemporary
Pembroke, Ontario CHVR FM 96.7 Today's Country 96.7 country
Penticton, British Columbia CKOR AM 800 EZ Rock AM 800 EZ Rock adult contemporary
CJMG FM 97.1 97.1 Sun FM contemporary hit radio
Peterborough, Ontario CKPT FM 99.7 Energy 99.7 hot adult contemporary
CKQM FM 105.1 Country 105 country
Prince Rupert, British Columbia CHTK FM 99.1 EZ Rock EZ Rock hot adult contemporary
Quebec City, Quebec CHIK FM 98.9 Radio NRJ Québec 98.9 NRJ contemporary hit radio
CITF FM 107.5 107,5 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Regina, Saskatchewan CHBD FM 92.7 Big Dog 92.7 country
Revelstoke, British Columbia CKCR FM 106.1 EZ Rock 106.1 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Rimouski, Quebec CIKI FM 98.7 Radio NRJ Est du Québec 98.7 NRJ contemporary hit radio
CJOI FM 102.9 102,9 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec CJMM FM 99.1 Radio NRJ Rouyn-Noranda 99.1 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Saguenay, Quebec CFIX FM 96.9 96,9 Rouge FM adult contemporary
CJAB FM 94.5 Radio NRJ Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 94.5 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec CFEI FM 106.5 106,5 Boom FM Boom FM oldies
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec CFZZ FM 104.1 104,1 Boom FM Boom FM oldies
Salmon Arm, British Columbia CKXR FM 91.5 EZ Rock 91.5 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Sherbrooke, Quebec CITE-1 FM 102.7 102,7 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
St. Catharines, Ontario CKTB AM 610 Newstalk 610 CKTB news/talk
CHRE FM 105.7 Niagara's EZ Rock 105.7 EZ Rock adult contemporary
CHTZ FM 97.7 CHTZ - 97.7 HTZ-FM active rock
Summerland, British Columbia CHOR FM 98.5 EZ Rock 98.5 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Terrace, British Columbia CFTK AM 590 EZ Rock 590 EZ Rock adult contemporary
CJFW FM 103.1 CJFW-FM Country country
Toronto, Ontario CFRB AM 1010 Newstalk 1010 news/talk
CHUM AM 1050 TSN Radio 1050 TSN Radio sports radio
CHUM FM 104.5 104.5 CHUM-FM hot adult contemporary
CKFM FM 99.9 999 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
Trail, British Columbia CJAT FM 95.7 EZ Rock 95.7 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Trois-Rivières, Quebec CHEY FM 94.7 94,7 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
CIGB FM 102.3 Radio NRJ Mauricie 102.3 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Truro, Nova Scotia CKTO FM 100.9 Big Dog 100.9 hot adult contemporary/classic rock
CKTY FM 99.5 Cat Country 99.5 country
Val-d'Or, Quebec CJMV FM 102.7 Radio NRJ Val-d'Or 102.7 NRJ contemporary hit radio
Vancouver, British Columbia CKST AM 1040 TSN 1040 TSN Radio sports radio
CFTE AM 1410 TSN 1410 TSN Radio sports radio
CFBT FM 94.5 The Beat 94.5 contemporary hit radio
CHQM FM 103.5 103.5 QM/FM adult contemporary
Vernon, British Columbia CICF FM 105.7 105.7 Sun FM adult contemporary
Victoria, British Columbia CFAX AM 1070 CFAX 1070 news/talk
CHBE FM 107.3 Kool FM contemporary hit radio
Waterloo, Ontario CKKW FM 99.5 KFUN 99.5 oldies
CFCA FM 105.3 Kool FM hot adult contemporary
Windsor, Ontario CKWW AM 580 AM 580, Motor City Favorites oldies
CKLW AM 800 CKLW The Information Station news/talk
CIDR FM 93.9 939 The River adult album alternative
CIMX FM 88.7 89X mainstream rock
Winnipeg, Manitoba CFRW AM 1290 TSN Radio 1290 TSN Radio sports radio
CFWM FM 99.9 Bob 99.9 Bob FM adult hits
CKMM FM 103.1 103.1 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
Woodstock, New Brunswick CJCJ FM 104.1 CJ-104 FM hot adult contemporary

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