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City of license Hamilton, Ontario
Broadcast area Greater Toronto Area
Branding 95.3 Fresh Radio
Slogan Hamilton's Hit Music
Frequency 95.3 MHz (FM)
(also on HD Radio)
First air date September 24, 1976
Format Hot AC
ERP 100 kW
Callsign meaning derived from the word "sing"
Owner Corus Entertainment
(Corus Radio)
Website 95.3 Fresh Radio

CING-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 95.3 FM in Hamilton, Ontario. The station airs a hot adult contemporary format branded as 95.3 Fresh Radio.

CING was launched in 1976 by Burlington Broadcasting, at 107.9 FM in Burlington, Ontario. Initially an easy listening and then an oldies station, the station switched to a dance music format in 1991, which garnered a huge audience, after several months of adding new-age music to its mixture of classical and middle-of-the-road music. The station applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) a number of times in the 1980s for frequency changes in the hopes of better reaching the more lucrative Toronto market, but was denied each time.[1][2]

Fresh FM logo

HD Radio[edit]

In 2012, CING signed on HD Radio operations. Currently, their HD-2 subchannel is testing mostly with traffic and weather reports, as well as gas price reports.[3] CING is the first Canadian radio station to utilize the technology. Multicultural station CJSA-FM in nearby Toronto signed on their HD technology in December 2013.


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Coordinates: 43°15′32″N 79°54′04″W / 43.25896°N 79.90113°W / 43.25896; -79.90113