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Broadcast areaGreater Toronto Area
Frequency96.3 MHz (FM) (HD Radio)
BrandingThe New Classical 96.3 FM
FormatClassical music
First air date
Former call signs
CFMX-FM-1 (1988-2008)
Call sign meaning
CF Moses Znaimer
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP26,200 watts (average)
60,000 watts (peak)
HAAT283.6 meters (930 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
43°39′27″N 79°21′25″W / 43.65747°N 79.35692°W / 43.65747; -79.35692
WebcastListen Live

CFMZ-FM (The New Classical 96.3 FM) is an FM radio station licensed to Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Broadcasting on 96.3 MHz, the station is owned by ZoomerMedia and airs a classical music radio format. CFMZ's studios are located on Jefferson Avenue in Liberty Village, while its transmitter is located atop First Canadian Place in downtown Toronto.

CFMZ-FM, along with its sister stations, CFMX-FM in Cobourg and CFMO-FM in Collingwood, are among only five commercial broadcasters in Canada with a purely classical music format. CFMZ-FM and its sister stations are the only one that broadcasts in English. CJPX-FM Montreal and CJSQ-FM Quebec City broadcast in French.

As of 2018, CFMZ-FM was the third most listened-to private station in Toronto, behind adult Contemporary CHFI-FM and classic hits CHBM-FM.[1]


Cobourg radio station CFMX-FM has been broadcasting since 1982, although it had gone on the air and off again, several times, between 1976 and 1982. CFMZ first signed on in 1988 as a rebroadcaster[2] of CFMX, with the call sign CFMX-FM-1. The station was, at first, licensed to Mississauga, the original transmitter location. The transmitter was moved to Toronto in 1993.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

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 call sign CFMZ, while the Cobourg station reclaimed the original CFMX calls. All music programming originates from Toronto, although the Cobourg station has some local programming.[6][7]

CFMZ 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.[8]


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  2. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (1988-04-25). "ARCHIVED - Licence application / Licence amendment - Various applicants". Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  3. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (1993-01-01). "ARCHIVED - Decision CRTC 93-654". Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  4. ^ Star, Toronto (2024-03-12). "Breaking News - Headlines & Top Stories | The Star". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  5. ^ Call sign search and Broadcasting database (ZIP file) Archived 2013-12-07 at the Wayback Machine (using the file fmstatio.dbf) from Industry Canada. Retrieved on November 14, 2007.
  6. ^ "NorthEast Radio Watch by Scott Fybush". Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  7. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (2008-02-19). "ARCHIVED - English-language Specialty FM radio station in Cobourg and licence amendment for CFMX-FM-1 Toronto (formerly CFMZ-FM-1)". Retrieved 2024-03-12.
  8. ^ Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) (2010-03-30). "ARCHIVED - Vision TV - Acquisition of assets - CHNU-TV Fraser Valley and CIIT-TV Winnipeg - Change in effective control - ONE: The Body, Mind and Spirit Channel - Change in effective control Classical Digital, CFZM, CFMZ-FM, CFMZ-DR-1 Toronto, and CFMX-FM Cobourg - Corporate reorganization". Retrieved 2024-03-12.

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