CICZ-FM
Broadcast areaCentral Ontario
Frequency104.1 MHz (FM)
BrandingBounce 104.1
Programming
FormatAdult hits
Ownership
OwnerBell Media
History
First air date
July 1, 1959 (AM)
Former frequencies
1230 kHz (AM) (1959–1994)
Technical information
ClassB
ERP9,354 watts average
20,000 watts peak
HAAT236.7 meters (777 ft)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websiteiheartradio.ca/bounce/simcoe-county

CICZ-FM is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 104.1 FM in Midland, Ontario. The station, owned by Bell Media, airs an adult hits format branded as Bounce 104.1.

History

Midland-Penetang Broadcasting Ltd. opened CKMP 1230 AM on July 1, 1959, with studios at 196 Dominion Avenue in Downtown Midland. The "MP" in the call letters was for the towns of Midland and Penetanguishene.[1] CKMP was home to many well-known announcers, including Jim Van Horne, Brian Henderson, Dan McLean and Ken Rowland.

The studios moved in 1990 to a new facility on Cranston Crescent off Highway 12 in Midland, in a facility that also housed Telemedia's community newspapers. On June 3, 1992, CKMP was given permission to rebroadcast the programming of co-owned CFOR in Orillia between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m. (with local inserts). When the simulcast began, CKMP's format changed from AC gold to country.[1]

CKMP moved to 104.1 FM in 1994,[2] changing call letters to CICZ-FM, while CFOR became CICX-FM, broadcasting at 105.9 FM. Both stations were branded as KICX-FM, sharing announcers and programming for much of their daily schedule. This arrangement continued until CICX switched to the "EZ Rock" format in 1996.

Larche Communications purchased CICZ from Telemedia in 1997,[3] and acquired CICX from Rogers Communications in 2007.

Former "Dock" logo until 2021

On March 3, 2008, Larche moved the country format to CICX, replacing the Orillia station's former "Jack FM" format, and adopted the classic rock format on CICZ. Most recently, the station adopted a classic hits format as 104.1 The Dock.

In July 2011, Larche Communications applied to increase CICZ-FM's power from 9,354 watts (20,000 watts Max. ERP) to 33,500 watts (100,000 watts Max. ERP).[4][5][6] This application was denied on June 4, 2012.[7]

On August 9, 2017, Bell Media announced that it would acquire CICZ.[8] Bell Media received approval from the CRTC on February 14, 2018.[9]

As part of a mass format reorganization by Bell Media, on May 18, 2021, CICZ shifted to adult hits, and adopted the Bounce branding.[10]

References

  1. ^ a b "Canadian Communications Foundation - Fondation Des Communications Canadiennes". Archived from the original on 2005-09-24. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 93-65
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 97-361
  4. ^ "CANADIAN RADIO NEWS FOR JULY 2011". Archived from the original on 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2011-08-03.
  5. ^ Broadcasting Part 1 Applications Open for Comment (see 2011-1085-8) CRTC, July 2011
  6. ^ 2011-1085-8
  7. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-320, CICZ-FM Midland - Technical change (denied), CRTC, June 4, 2012
  8. ^ "Bell Media to Acquire Four Ontario Radio Stations from Larche Communications Inc. – Bell Media". www.bellmedia.ca. Retrieved 2017-08-10.
  9. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2018-57, CICZ-FM Midland, CICX-FM Orillia, CJOS-FM Owen Sound and CICS-FM Sudbury – Acquisition of assets, CRTC, February 14, 2018
  10. ^ Bell Media Bounces 25 Stations Across Canada to New Variety Hits Brand

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