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SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 18, 2019 9:46 am

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As of yesterday, CFPT’s antenna on FCP has already begun facilitating to its full power. The signal’s clear throughout the 401 stretch in North York, without much interference by WYRK. Just some scatter at the background, maybe working on the fine-tuning part of the antenna.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 16, 2019 1:12 pm

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Just a follow up regarding the 106.5 CFPT FM antenna work, the power has been increased as of today. However I think it hasn’t still been upgraded to the fullest power, as there are still much interference from WYRK on the car tuner.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 13, 2019 6:56 pm

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Anyone knows if CFPT has finished its master antenna work on First Canadian Place? I’m still receiving heavy interference from WYRK Buffalo throughout the Toronto area in my car tuner.

SOWNY » CN Tower FMs » August 6, 2019 12:12 pm

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I noticed elmnt fm has substantially reduced its power output these few days, and the country station WYRK from Buffalo has overridden the FCP signal everywhere in the GTA. Turns out they’re using the backup antenna temporarily for the CIND & CFPT power increasing approval.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » May 14, 2019 5:55 pm

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I haven’t seen applications similar to CIDC & CIRR that takes such a long time for CRTC to make a decision in a while. The French translation is plausibly a reason for the delay, but I don’t necessarily think it’s a bad sign for not being approved.

Maybe the reason that took CRTC so long is either constructing a very plausible reason for them to be approved, or vice versa. Yet I still hope their application will be approved by the authority, let’s see how CRTC deals with it around early or mid-June.

SOWNY » Toronto Ethnic Station Rebrands As "Red FM" » May 11, 2019 12:19 am

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And I remember there’s still one yet-to-launch south Asian station from Brampton, Radio Humsafar on 1350 AM. It’s orginally based in Montreal serving the local south Asian communities, but I wonder could it be financially sustainable in GTA. There’s already 7 south Asian stations serving the whole Toronto area, it is even questionable whether the station will able to be launched, or they have to surrender their license...

SOWNY » Toronto Ethnic Station Rebrands As "Red FM" » May 1, 2019 9:16 pm

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Although I respect free market, such an abrupt change from CIRV to Red FM clearly upsets a lot of Portuguese listeners that have been dedicated to the station for decades. Currently Red FM still allows them to broadcast from 6 to 9 pm, however in the afternoon it’s just all south Asian programming. I believe the listeners of CIRV would rather listen to online stream than switch to the non-friendly HD Radio...

Furthermore I found the ethnic radio market in Toronto is quite imbalanced. I did a little research about it, except English, French and aboriginal, 13 radio stations are broadcasting other types of languages (530, 1320, 1430, 1540, 1610, 1650, 1690, 88.9, 91.9, 100.7, 101.3, 102.7, 105.9) (just check it out if you’re interested). 9 out of 13 stations are providing at least several hours to 24 hours south Asian programming, however only 2 out of 13 stations provide Chinese programming (1430, 1540) and 5 stations broadcast in European languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek etc.). Although south Asian group is clearly the largest ethnic group in GTA, with nearly 1 million inhabitants, people of Chinese race (600,000 inhabitants) and European (except English) language speakers are still constituing a considerable fraction in GTA.

With the launch of Red FM, I’m pretty sure some south Asian stations (especially those on the AM dial) will really suffer from the competition. Also Chinese people deserve at least a spot on FM dial (maybe 100.7, shifting with 1540) and Europeans (of other language) deserves more choice than now, with the demise of CIRV Radio.

Lastly, I just wonder why CRTC would allow Red FM to broadcast in Toronto, with already plenty of south Asian radio stations...

SOWNY » MyFM 101.3 Milton Asks For Urgent Power Boost » April 15, 2019 8:37 pm

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Its business plan will die regardless of the power increase or not... Milton is really close to the Toronto radio market (actually within the market), which has plenty of choices for Milton listeners to choose from. They don't have to tune-in for a local radio station for news and music, at least they got 680 News for the information, and plenty of pop stations from the FM dial. myFM is doomed simply by broadcasting out of Milton, the brand only works in very small towns throughout Ontario.

Moreover I'm really shocked at the first time that CRTC actually approves myFM broadcasting from 101.3,  Although the signal of cmr FM101.3 (CJSA) is one of the weakest from FCP, due to the height of the building, it propagates fairly well throughout Greater Toronto Area, with signal being heard east to Ajax, north to Aurora, and west to Milton before myFM exists. Now CJSA already dominates areas east of 407 in Mississauga, and there’s already quite some interference between the areas of Milton and Mississauga, especially west of interchange between 401 & 407. However CJSA's signal is still much stronger than myFM's right now. I could hardly see it being approved, unless it applies for a move in dial, maybe 0.2-0.4MHz apart from CJSA.

SOWNY » Energy 95.3 mornings » March 26, 2019 11:37 am

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Same feeling here radiokid, Energy 95.3 is just another pop station in the GTA market, I didn’t see any music difference from the Fresh Radio playlist, it’s still hot AC, just a subtle name change. I thought Corus would add more 90s dance music or EDM tracks to Energy 95.3, but surely they don’t.

If people try to look for a crossover between Flow and Kiss/Virgin, or rhythmic CHR, that would most arguably be Z103.5. It literally has all types of music, hip hop, waybacks, euro, latin, EDM and other unique types of hit music. I would say that their afternoon playlist is the most diverse, as yesterday I’ve heard 3 consecutive hip hop tracks near 5:00. Still hoping that they would get the CRTC approval for technical change though...

SOWNY » Is AM radio dead? Or does it still serve a purpose? » March 10, 2019 5:34 pm

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The problem is in GTA there’s still a crowd of AM station, comparable to the amount of FM counterparts. Most AM stations are chiefly news/talk, sports, or multilingual station (a lot of Chinese, south Asian, and European languages) at the end of the dial.

How to allocate all these AM stations to FM band is a huge task for the CRTC to consider, as the FM band is already extremely crowded in Toronto. One of the solution is to expand the FM band, to 76-88MHz, however it costs a lot to encourage people buying new radios, and the youths are moving to online platforms for audio entertainment. At least in Canada AM somehow serves as a not-so-popular choice for audiences who want to listen to talk stations.

SOWNY » One Time NYC FM Powerhouse Rocker Going All Christian » February 14, 2019 1:13 pm

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WPLJ's transmitter is situated on the Empire State Building, and its assets certainly worth a lot of money in the New York CIty market, seems Cumulus's financial situation is very desperate for them to sell 95.5 to the EMF (K-LOVE) company. Although PLJ's ratings has been very low among the commercial FMs in the recent years, Cumulus could have sell their suburb 94.7 signal to the EMF, in order to keep the main 95.5 for their NYC revenue. EMF's non-profit status allows them to have positive cash flow, and purchase all the major signals from debt-laden companies. Therefore K-LOVE's officially be able to heard in most major populated cities in US.

A little bit off-topic but, Cumulus even sold mix 107.3 in Washington to EMF, the station has been doing excellent in ratings. Seems Cumulus is putting its shift to medium and small populated markets.

SOWNY » FLOW 935 is back » February 11, 2019 9:25 am

93-5 The Move has officially re-rebrand back to FLOW 935, there is no change on the music genre and line-up.

Personally I think the brand 93-5 The Move is awful, Stingray did at least some effort to bring back the Flow brand.

SOWNY » Church Group Applies For Scarborough Religious FM Station At 105.3 » January 31, 2019 1:03 pm

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CHOQ FM has a directional antenna pointed straightly to the north, making it only audible in the downtown core, North York, and the central York Region. In Scarborough it has a moderate yet static signal, while in the western portion of GTA, such as Mississauga and Brampton, it’s literally inaudible. It might work if 105.3 is applied to Mississauga...

While Vibe 105 operates at a low power, it is fairly strong even at the Scarborough area, all the way along Hwy 401 from Hwy 427 to STC, therefore both station will cause 105.3 a strong interference in Scarborough.

SOWNY » Stingray fires 14 - syndicates morning shows in Alberta - who's next? » January 25, 2019 2:56 am

According to Numeris ratings from Fall 2018, Jewel 88.5 has registered a not-so-high 2.0 ratings, and only a daily cume of 96,800 listeners, second lowest behind TSN 1050. Therefore it's totally negligent for 93.5 to take a bite on Jewel 88.5. CHFI is also quite untouchable, as it always had for a long time. I think Stingray has to stick to the hip-hop format on 93.5 for a while, and all they can do right now is to take reference to the major hip-hop stations in US to see how they gain success in ratings.

SOWNY » Puget sound shares insights into what's in store for the radio in 2019 » January 17, 2019 8:53 pm

I agree with what RadioAaron says, it’s nearly impossible that 93.5 The Move will be reformatted into The Breeze, as there will be potential clash with the age 35+ audience from boom 97.3. Boom 97.3 is having excellent ratings, getting a 10.8 share, just behind CBC radio one, therefore neither will boom make the change to Breeze. Moreover there’s a soft AC station in the suburbs: Jewel 88.5, however their ratings are not sufficient enough for other major corporates to take a direct aim for them. Therefore I’ll say that a ‘’Breeze’’ station in Toronto is quite improbable for now. Puget Sound Radio’s observation is quite not accurate I would say, as last December they speculated that either 999 Virgin Radio or CHUM will change format, turns out the drama is just for Adam Wylde to be the morning host of Virgin.

                          Actually I think 93.5 The Move brings a fresh sound to the radio landscape, as it’s the only major station to play hip-hop music in Canada and Toronto, however its rating has somehow stumbled for a while. It’s also difficult for Stingray to change the format of Move right now, as there are no major formats that they can take  aim on. One of the solution is that they could take reference to the major hip-hop stations in US to see how they gain success in ratings, as in Toronto hip-hop music could also be a potential gainer for people aged 18-34. It’s just the programming and advertising that makes the difference.

                          A little bit off-topic but, the Evanov’s joint application of CIDC and CIRR is still pending by the CRTC. If Evanov’s really getting the long-awaited pass by CRTC, making Z103.5 a de facto station, there will be a tense four-way battle of CHR’s in GTA. Z103.5 is actually a rhythmic-leaning CHR station, by playing more dance and urban tracks than 92.5 and 99.9 in their normal playlist. They might even have to lean more rhythmic and dance to make the subtle difference with th

SOWNY » Toronto's New FM Station: ELMNT.FM 106.5 » September 25, 2018 11:47 am

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As of today, ELMNT.FM 106.5 is on air in test mode. The songs I heard was Escapade by Janet Jackson and American Woman by Guess Who, also includes a message of signal testing and the call sign CFPT-FM. Country WYRK 106.5 from Buffalo is offically overridden by the new signal from FCP in GTA.

SOWNY » Toronto's New FM Station: ELMNT.FM 106.5 » September 23, 2018 7:42 pm

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According to Canadian Radio News, ELMNT.FM in Ottawa is finally on the air in test mode, after two months of promised on-air date, while the one in Toronto still has no words on when it will actually launch.

SOWNY » CIDC 103.5 » September 10, 2018 9:00 pm

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I really do hope this time they are getting the green light by CRTC, considering numerous failed attempts in the past years. Evanov doesn’t have even a proper station serving Toronto well compared to major players (Bell,Rogers,Corus,Newcap), such as Jewel 88.5 targeting Newmarket and Barrie, suffering reception of Z103.5 in downtown and eastside, also Proud FM only aiming downtown Toronto. Moving CIDC back to Orangeville itself fuifills the need of the long-time request by the Commisions (probably a brand new Orangeville-oriented station), while turning CIRR into a strong-powered signal from FCP (possibly future Z103.5 site), HD2 (possibly HD feed of Proud FM). Do anyone believe that Evanov will swap the historic-CIDC and CIRR callsign to new signals if they are really being approved?

SOWNY » Toronto's New FM Station: ELMNT.FM 106.5 » August 20, 2018 1:05 am

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Does anyone have any insights or news regarding ELMNT.FM? It has been over 2 months since the promised on-air date, APTN has neither launched Toronto or Ottawa’s version of the station. And there’s still no website or social media sites from APTN hinting its launching date. Are they struggling with the issue finding suitable on-air talents related to the aboriginal community? Or otherwise just a technical issue that perpetuates them from launching the station?

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » July 9, 2018 10:35 pm

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I guess the decision of CIDC and CIRR joint application will release around November 2018, considering the last result being released after seven months of Sept 2017. Considering Tim Brown 2016’s opinion, it might be possible that CRTC rejects Evanov application due to both station’s strong power signal increase. However, I see the situation in a different way. CIND-FM has already had a 4kW modest signal from FCP, that could be sufficiently covering most of the towns around Toronto, even Oakville. CFXJ-FM (The Move) has only 3.706kW, yet they didn’t even request any power increase. Therefore it’s certain that CRTC will deny CIND’s application. However CIDC and CIRR’s application are quite sensible upon CRTC’s request. CRTC has long insisted that CIDC (Z103.5) should be a de facto Orangeville station, and refrains from serving the whole GTA, while CIRR has struggled to get out of downtown Toronto. Their most recent application has satisfied the needs of CRTC, by directing CIDC’s signal back to Orangeville, and reformatting it to a local-oriented station, similar to my FM. While the most profitable station of the whole company (Z103.5), can broadcast from the core of Toronto, and Proud FM’s signal can be moved to HD2. The only issue might be first-adjcaency of both frequency,103.5 and 103.7MHz, however they can use high-pass filter to solve the technical problem. I hope CRTC can approve the Evanov’s applicaton this time, considering their multiple attempts in the last couple years.

SOWNY » Toronto's New FM Station: ELMNT.FM 106.5 » June 21, 2018 1:21 pm

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Guess the APTN needs some finalization before they gets ELMNT FM on-air, probably some adjustments of programming and talents. It’s better late than never if they can provide a strong voice of aboriginal community to Toronto and Ottawa, rather than occuring the same mistakes as what AVR did back in 2015. 106.5 will probably launch in early July, hopefully. Since NOW Toronto has reported that the Ottawa station will launch in mid-July, implying that Toronto’s station will probably launch earlier than its sister station.

SOWNY » The Evanovs’ Latest Plan: Switch Pride FM To 103.5 & CIDC To 103.7 » June 15, 2018 2:14 pm

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I've been interested in watching the wrestling between Evanov Group and CRTC.
CRTC has insisted that CIDC-FM should restrict its service to Orangeville area, while Evanov attempts to strengthen its signal in downtown Toronto area and vicinities, making it a de facto Toronto station.

First of all,the backup plan is way more sensible on technical grounds, compared to the one last year which the proposed new 103.7 signal on FCP severely interferes
with CFBU FM across the lake.

Furthermore, what they attempt this time is to minimize the interference between CIDC and CIRR,by directing CIDC's signal northwest into Dufferin County,thus living up its name to an Orangeville station. So it should be a yes in terms of technical parameters.

If CRTC approves Evanov's application this time. They will certainly move Z103.5 to the top of FCP, while Pride FM still can remain as HD2 channel.As of 103.7,they might possibly turn it into Jewel 103.7,in line with most Jewel brandings in Ontario small-sized markets.

Still,I hope the Evanov's can get what they want this time.Instead of a distant signal from Orangeville,a lot of listeners would want a stronger signal of Z103.5. While CIDC-FM can be a true,local service
to Orangeville listeners.

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