CIGM-FM

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CIGM-FM
Cigmhot935sudbury.jpg
City Sudbury, Ontario
Branding The New Hot 93.5
Slogan Sudbury's #1 Hit Music Station
Frequency 93.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1965 (FM 92.7)
1990 (AM 790)
2009 (FM 93.5)
Format CHR
ERP 43 kilowatts Vertical
100 kWs Horizontal
HAAT 150.2 meters (493 ft)
Class C1
Owner Newcap Broadcasting
Sister stations CHNO-FM
Website www.hot935.ca

CIGM-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts in Sudbury, Ontario. As of August 25, 2009, the station airs a CHR format at 93.5 MHz on the FM dial with the branding The New Hot 93.5. The station is owned and operated by Newcap Broadcasting.

History[edit]

The station first aired at 92.7 FM in 1965,[1] with the call letters CKSO-FM, airing a more extensive schedule of CBC Radio programming than its AM sister station CKSO.[2] It adopted the CIGM calls and a country music format in 1978, after CBC Radio was granted a license for its own O&O station, CBCS-FM.[2]

CIGM and CKSO were owned by Cambrian Broadcasting.[2] The GM in the station's call sign was chosen to honour George Miller, one of the founding investors in the company.

As part of Cambrian's sale of CKSO-TV to Mid-Canada Communications in 1979/1980, the company's shareholders dissolved Cambrian and reincorporated themselves as a new company, called United Broadcasting, which retained ownership of the radio stations.[2] In 1986, United Broadcasting sold CKSO and CIGM to Telemedia.[3]

On March 16, 1990, the CRTC approved Telemedia Communications Ontario Inc.'s application to amend the Promise of Performance for CIGM-FM by changing the music format from Group III (Country and Country-Oriented) to Group IV (40% Pop and Rock-Softer; 60% Pop and Rock-Harder). [4] Two months later, on May 18, 1990, CKSO and CIGM swapped frequencies. CIGM moved to CKSO's 790 slot on the AM dial, and CKSO took on the new call letters CJRQ and CIGM's 92.7 FM frequency. After the 1990 swap, the CKSO call sign no longer existed in the Sudbury area until an unrelated Christian music radio station (as CKSO-FM) began test transmissions in late 2002.

In 2002, Telemedia was purchased by Standard Broadcasting. Shortly afterward, Standard sold CJRQ, CIGM and CJMX to Rogers Radio.

In fall 2005, CIGM and sister station CKAT in North Bay underwent a format change, with country music cut back — although not entirely eliminated — in favour of increased news and sports programming. After the change, both stations used slogans such as "Today's Country", "News Leader" and "Sports Leader".

Newcap acquisition[edit]

In July 2008, Rogers announced it would trade CIGM to Newcap Broadcasting in exchange for Halifax AM station CFDR. Both stations were the sole remaining AM stations in their respective markets, and in both cases the original owner already had the maximum permitted number of FM stations in the applicable market, whereas the acquirer only had a single FM station. Both companies applied to move the stations to FM as part of the trade.[5][6] Newcap applied to convert CIGM to 93.5 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts.[7]

The applications were approved on November 24.[8] The purchase made CIGM a sister station to Newcap's CHNO-FM.

After longtime CIGM morning man Scott Overton's employment with the station was discontinued by Rogers during the ownership transition, he wrote a letter to the Sudbury Star and Northern Life thanking the station's audience for its loyalty and indicating that the station's "long history as a country music station will apparently end within the next few months."[9][10][11] In early 2009, a number of staff at CIGM were laid off, including the news director.[12] Notably, Newcap had applied for a new CHR station in the round of CRTC license hearings that resulted in the launch of CICS-FM, a competing country music station owned by Larche Communications.

In late July 2009, CIGM's website went offline with a message advising listeners to check out the EZ Rock website, the former sister station of CIGM.[13]

Switch to FM[edit]

Logo used during the "Kung Pao 93.5" stunting in August 2009.

On August 17, 2009, CIGM-FM began airing test broadcasts on 93.5 MHz with mostly classic rock music, including clips from television theme shows, songs, some nature sounds, sound effects with more other sounds and advising listeners to stay tuned to 93.5 FM on August 20, 2009 at 10:00 am EDT — at which time the station began stunting with a Chinese pop music format branded as "Kung Pao 93.5", which was actually mostly Chinese classical instrumentals, with a few pop songs in rotation.[14] The same stunt format was also aired by WVHT in Norfolk, Virginia for four days in April 2009.[15] Notably, CIGM's website during the stunt was identical to the one that had been used by WVHT during its stunt — with the exception that the name of one of the station's fictional personalities was changed to "Felony Doll", a pun on the name of CJRQ morning host Mellaney Dahl.

At midnight EDT on August 24, 2009, AM 790 finished its last country song, "There She Goes" by Sudbury native Gil Grand, following an announcement:

Immediately after the announcement, the station aired a steady 394.5 Hz audio tone which lasted until the simulcasting of the new programming heard on 93.5 FM began on the morning of the 24th.

The station officially launched as "Hot 93.5" on August 25 at 12:00 pm.[16][17] The first song on "Hot" was I Gotta Feeling by The Black Eyed Peas, which started off 10,000 songs in a row commercial free which ended on September 21, 2009, when regular programming began. This is the first time Sudbury has had a CHR/Top 40 station since sister CHNO-FM flipped formats from CHR (as Z103) to an adult hits format on January 1, 2006. On September 26, 2009, CIGM-FM began airing syndicated countdown shows such as the Canadian Top 20 with Jimmy T, American Top 40, Canadian Hit 30 Countdown and Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. The station also includes On air with Ryan Seacreast which runs weekdays.

On September 30, 2009, at about 5:00 pm EDT, the old 50,000 watt AM 790 transmitter was turned off, ending nearly 75 years of AM broadcasting in Sudbury, being the last AM radio station outlet in the city.[18]

The Sudbury Wolves games, which were formerly aired on 790 CIGM are now being broadcast on CJTK-FM for the 2009-2010 Ontario Hockey League season.

According to the fall 2011 BBM ratings at Milkman Unlimited dated December 1, 2011, CIGM-FM achieved the #1 status in Greater Sudbury among adults 25-54.[19] Since the station signed on in 2009, the station is still branded as The New Hot 93.5.

On February 23, 2013, the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, which was carried on both Saturday and Sundays every weekend, was replaced by Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Expect to Lose On FM Station For Two Years". The Globe and Mail, March 26, 1965.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sudbury Radio History Highlights". Sudbury Living, July 23, 2013.
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 86-862
  4. ^ Decision CRTC 90-246, Promise of Performance for CIGM-FM Sudbury, CRTC, March 16, 1990
  5. ^ "Local country station will be converted to FM", Northern Life, July 24, 2008.
  6. ^ CIGM sold to Newcap, Sudbury 24, July 24, 2008.
  7. ^ Broadcasting Notice of Public Hearing CRTC 2008-10
  8. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2008-326, November 24, 2008
  9. ^ "Morning Man Says Goodbye & Thanks", Sudbury Star, March 5, 2009.
  10. ^ "Q&A with Scott Overton: A voice for the community", Northern Life, 2009
  11. ^ "Morning man says goodbye and thanks - Scott Overton", Northern Life, July 19, 2009.
  12. ^ Layoffs at CIGM, Sudbury 24, February 25, 2009.
  13. ^ 790cigm.com
  14. ^ kungpaoradio935.com
  15. ^ "Max Media brings "Kung Pao 100.5" to Tidewater". Radio Business Report. April 23, 2009. 
  16. ^ New radio station to play hits, Northern Life, August 25, 2009
  17. ^ 93.5 FM adopts new format, Sudbury Star, August 27, 2009.
  18. ^ "Up north, the end of the line for AM radio in Sudbury, Ontario", Scott Fybush/North East Radio Watch, October 5, 2009
  19. ^ The New HOT 93.5 Hit #1 in Sudbury, Milkman Unlimited, December 1, 2011

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Coordinates: 46°25′29″N 81°00′53″W / 46.42472°N 81.01472°W / 46.42472; -81.01472