Bell Media Radio

Bell Media Radio, G.P. (doing business as Bell Media Radio and branding itself as iHeartRadio Canada in its mobile apps and on its websites; formerly known as CHUM Radio) is the radio broadcasting and music events subsidiary of Canadian media conglomerate of Bell Media.

Bell Media Radio, G.P.
Subsidiary
Industryradio broadcasting
PredecessorCHUM Limited
Astral Media
Founded1945 (as CHUM Limited)
2007 (as CHUM Radio under CTVglobemedia ownership)
2011 (current name)
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Key people
Randy Lennox, president of broadcasting[1]
OwnerBCE Inc.
ParentBell Media
DivisionsOrbyt Media (formerly CHUM Radio Network)
Websitebellmedia.ca

The company has its origins in CHUM Limited, which was acquired by its predecessor CTVglobemedia in 2006. Through subsequent acquisitions, it also subsumed the radio properties of Astral Media in 2013. In 2016, Bell Media reached a deal with U.S. radio conglomorate iHeartMedia to operate a localized version of its internet radio platform iHeartRadio, and organize live events in Canada under iHeartMedia brands such as the Jingle Ball.

Bell Media currently owns over 100 radio stations across Canada, including most of Canada's largest radio markets. The company's programming is also distributed to other stations across Canada via its syndication division Orbyt Media, and it is also the local licencee of the Virgin Radio brand.

OperationsEdit

 
Former CHUM Radio logo

As of August 2009, its head office is currently located at 250 Richmond Street West in Toronto, where the studios of its Toronto flagship stations CHUM-FM, CKFM-FM, and CFRB are located. The stations moved from their historic location, 1331 Yonge Street, after the property was sold to Aspen Ridge Homes for $21.5 million.[2][3]

 
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,[4] which eventually renamed it Stingray360.

On January 6, 2016, iHeartMedia announced that Bell Media would enter into a licensing deal to launch a Canadian version of its radio streaming service iHeartRadio. Bell will handle Canadian licensing, marketing, and distribution of the service, contribute its content to the venture, and also gain rights to produce iHeartRadio-branded events. The service launched in October 2016.[5]

Since then, Bell has downplayed the branding "Bell Media Radio" in reference to its stations, and has referred to the collective platform, including the terrestrial stations, online outlets (which were all consolidated under iHeartRadio.ca) and other original audio content from Bell Media properties that are distributed under the platform (including podcasts), under the name iHeartRadio Canada. The MuchMusic Video Awards were also re-branded as the iHeartRadio MMVAs.

ProgrammingEdit

Bell'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 106 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 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 eight sports radio stations, all branded as TSN Radio. Three of these stations were formerly part of a larger but short-lived national sports radio network known as The Team, 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.[6]

On May 28, 2019, Bell launched Pure Country as a standard branding for its country music stations, including 12 existing stations and newly-flipped CKLC-FM in Kingston. All stations carry a midday show hosted by Shannon Ella, and The Bobby Bones Show on evenings.[7][8]

Bell distributes The Breakfast Club, The Bobby Bones Show, Brooke & Jubal, and On Air with Ryan Seacrest in Canada via Orbyt Media.[9]

StationsEdit

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 Pure Country 101 Pure Country 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 1060AM 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 Pure Country 890 Pure Country country
Drummondville, Quebec CHRD FM 105.3 105,3 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
CJDM FM 92.1 Énergie Drummondville 92,1 Énergie contemporary hit radio
Edmonton, Alberta CFRN AM 1260 TSN 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 Pure Country 103.5 Pure Country 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 Énergie Gatineau-Ottawa 104,1 Énergie 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 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
CIOO FM 100.1 C100 hot adult contemporary
Hamilton, Ontario CKOC AM 1150 TSN 1150 TSN Radio sports radio
CHAM AM 820 Funny 820 24/7 Comedy comedy
CKLH FM 102.9 102.9 K-Lite 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 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio 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 Pure Country 99 Pure Country country
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
CIQM FM 97.5 97.5 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
CJBX FM 92.7 Pure Country 93 Pure Country country
Magog, Quebec CIMO FM 106.1 Énergie Estrie 106,1 Énergie contemporary hit radio
Midland, Ontario CICZ FM 104.1 104.1 The Dock classic rock
Montreal, Quebec CKGM AM 690 TSN 690 TSN Radio sports radio
CJAD AM 800 CJAD 800 AM news/talk
CHOM FM 97.7 CHOM 977 mainstream rock
CJFM FM 95.9 Virgin Radio 95.9 Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
CKMF FM 94.3 Énergie Montréal 94,3 Énergie 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
Orillia, Ontario CICX FM 105.9 Pure Country 106 Pure Country country
Osoyoos, British Columbia CJOR AM 1240 EZ Rock 1240 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Ottawa, Ontario CFRA AM 580 580 CFRA news/talk
CFGO AM 1200 TSN 1200 TSN Radio sports radio
CKKL FM 93.9 Pure Country 94 Pure Country country
CJMJ FM 100.3 Majic 100.3 adult contemporary
Owen Sound, Ontario CJOS FM 92.3 92.3 The Dock classic hits
Pembroke, Ontario CHVR FM 96.7 Pure Country 96.7 Pure Country 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 Pure Country 105 Pure Country country
Prince Rupert, British Columbia CHTK FM 99.1 EZ Rock EZ Rock hot adult contemporary
Quebec City, Quebec CHIK FM 98.9 Énergie Québec 98,9 Énergie contemporary hit radio
CITF FM 107.5 107,5 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Regina, Saskatchewan CHBD FM 92.7 Pure Country 92.7 Pure Country country
Revelstoke, British Columbia CKCR FM 106.1 EZ Rock 106.1 EZ Rock adult contemporary
Rimouski, Quebec CIKI FM 98.7 Énergie Est du Québec 98,7 Énergie contemporary hit radio
CJOI FM 102.9 102,9 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec CJMM FM 99.1 Énergie Rouyn-Noranda 99,1 Énergie contemporary hit radio
Saguenay, Quebec CFIX FM 96.9 96,9 Rouge FM Rouge FM adult contemporary
CJAB FM 94.5 Énergie Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean 94,5 Énergie 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 105.7 105.7 EZ Rock EZ Rock adult contemporary
CHTZ FM 97.7 CHTZ - 97.7 HTZ-FM active rock
Sudbury, Ontario CICS FM 91.7 Pure Country 91.7 Pure Country country
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 Pure Country 103.1 Pure Country country
Toronto, Ontario CFRB AM 1010 Newstalk 1010 news/talk
CHUM AM 1050 TSN 1050 TSN Radio sports radio
CHUM FM 104.5 CHUM 104.5 hot adult contemporary
CKFM FM 99.9 99.9 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 Énergie Mauricie 102,3 Énergie contemporary hit radio
Truro, Nova Scotia CKTO FM 100.9 100.9 BIG DOG ROCKS active rock
CKTY FM 99.5 Pure Country 99.5 Pure Country country
Val-d'Or, Quebec CJMV FM 102.7 Énergie Val-d'Or 102,7 Énergie contemporary hit radio
Vancouver, British Columbia CKST AM 1040 TSN 1040 TSN Radio sports radio
CFTE AM 1410 BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410 Bloomberg Radio news/talk
CFBT FM 94.5 94.5 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
CHQM FM 103.5 103.5 QMFM 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 107.3 107.3 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
Waterloo, Ontario CKKW FM 99.5 KFUN 99.5 adult hits
CFCA FM 105.3 105.3 Virgin Radio Virgin Radio contemporary hit radio
Windsor, Ontario CKWW AM 580 AM 580, Motor City Favorites oldies
CKLW AM 800 AM 800 CKLW news/talk
CIDR FM 93.9 93-9 The River adult album alternative
CIMX FM 88.7 New Rock 89X active rock
Winnipeg, Manitoba CFRW AM 1290 TSN 1290 TSN Radio sports radio
CFWM FM 99.9 99.9 Bob FM 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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Executive Directory – Bell Media".
  2. ^ "CHUM site slated for luxury condos". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  3. ^ "The CHUM sign's new home". Toronto Star. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  4. ^ Stingray Digital (August 5, 2009). "Stingray Digital acquires CHUM Satellite Services Limited from CTV Limited". Retrieved August 6, 2011.
  5. ^ "iHeartRadio joins Canada's streaming market through partnership with Bell". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved January 7, 2016.
  6. ^ "TSN Radio a reality". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Pure Country: Nationwide rebrand gives new name to Big Dog 92.7". CTV News Regina. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  8. ^ "Bell Media Rebrands 13 Canadian Country Stations As Pure Country". RadioInsight. May 28, 2019. Retrieved May 28, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Breakfast Club Crosses The Border Into Toronto". RadioInsight. March 11, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2020.

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