Move Radio
TypeRadio network
Country
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario, Canada
Programming
FormatAdult contemporary
Ownership
OwnerBell Media Radio (Bell Media)
History
Foundedby Bell Media
Launch dateDecember 27, 2020
Links
Websiteiheartradio.ca/move

Move Radio is a brand of adult contemporary radio stations heard across Canada. The network was launched on December 27, 2020, by Bell Media.[1] The launch of the network involved a re-branding of eleven radio stations across Canada, five in Ontario, four in British Columbia, one in Nova Scotia and one in New Brunswick.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

The launch of this network also involved the flipping of CJMG-FM's Top 40/CHR format to AC, as well the CHR format of CIBX-FM to hot AC.[1] All stations adopted the slogan Today's Best Variety, which is similar to other stations that use AC and hot AC formats, and have since then dropped their former brandings, including two stations with the "EZ Rock" brand.[1][3][4][5][7]

During November and December, "Move" plays all-Christmas music.

Programming

From the day of the launch, all stations would run jockless until January 4, 2021, with local staff returning on that day, including each station's local morning show hosts.[1][5][6][7] On weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning on January 4, 2021, all stations would air 60 minutes of commercial-free music every hour.[1][2][5][6][7] On weekends, these stations would air a variety of local programming, along with the syndicated American Top 40.[1][2][6][7]

On weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., most Move stations would be voice-tracked from their local markets, whereas those in Ottawa, Halifax, Fredericton, Peterborough, Kingston, Brockville and St. Catharines would be hosted by CHUM-FM's Ashley Greco.[7] As a result, former midday host of Ottawa's station, Katharine Dines, moved into the afternoon drive slot.[7] Trinette Atkinson, former afternoon drive host of Kingston's Pure Country station, has also moved into the afternoon drive slot of the city's "Move" station from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.[7]

Stations

Move Radio stations
Call sign Frequency City Province Former branding
CJMG-FM 97.1 FM Penticton British Columbia Sun FM
CFLY-FM 98.3 FM Kingston Ontario FLY FM
CHRX-FM 98.5 FM Fort St. John British Columbia Sun FM
CKPT-FM 99.7 FM Peterborough Ontario Energy
CIOO-FM 100.1 FM Halifax Nova Scotia C100
CJMJ-FM 100.3 FM Ottawa Ontario Majic
CILK-FM 101.5 FM Kelowna British Columbia EZ Rock
CHQM-FM 103.5 FM Vancouver British Columbia QMFM
CFJR-FM 104.9 FM Brockville Ontario JRFM
CHRE-FM 105.7 FM St. Catharines Ontario EZ Rock
CIBX-FM 106.9 FM Fredericton New Brunswick Capital

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Venta, Lance (December 27, 2020). "Bell Media Moves Ten Stations To New Branding". RadioInsight. Retrieved December 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "Canada's iHeartRadio Stations Rebrand As 'Move'". HuffPost. December 29, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Dacre, Colin (December 27, 2020). "2 Okanagan radio stations rebrand as part of national move". Castanet. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Energy 99.7 in Peterborough rebranded as Move 99.7". The Peterborough Examiner. December 28, 2020. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  5. ^ a b c d Duncan, Josh (December 28, 2020). "Kelowna's 101.5 EZ Rock and Penticton's 97.1 Sun FM rebrand over the weekend". Kelowna Now. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d "Stuntman Stu returns to Ottawa airwaves at Move 100". iHeartRadio. January 4, 2021. Retrieved March 13, 2021.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Thiessen, Connie (December 28, 2020). "Bell Media rebrands 10 stations under 'MOVE Radio' banner". Broadcast Dialogue. Retrieved March 14, 2021.