Scarborough to get a new Ethnic FM Radio station

In a broadcasting decision handed down today, the CRTC has approved an application by Subanasiri Vaithilingam for a broadcasting licence to operate a commercial ethnic FM radio programming undertaking in Scarborough, Ontario.

Scarborough, a popular destination for new immigrants to Canada, is a dissolved municipality of over 600,000 people located at the Eastern edge of Toronto.

Funny Radio launching in London on New Year’s Day

Montreal based Astral Radio said today it will be launching a comedy radio station in London Ontario on New Year’s day.

Funny 1410 AM, which Astral says is Canada’s first all comedy radio, will feature comedy bits featuring the biggest names in stand up from Canada and around the world.

CRTC clamps down on use of musical montages

In broadcasting decisions handed down today, the CRTC has announced it will restrict the use of musical montages by two Francophone commercial radio stations. The regulator has imposed a condition on Astral’s Gatineau station CKTF-FM and Cogeco’s Montreal station CKOI-FM limiting their broadcasting of montages to no more than 10% of total programming per week.

A musical montage is a compilation of excerpts from a number of songs played without interruption.

Two new Montreal Radio stations approved by CRTC

In broadcasting decisions handed down today, the CRTC has approved two new AM radio stations for the Montreal market. The federal regulator approved a French-language mainly spoken word station focusing on news and public affairs at 990 kHz and a French-language spoken word and musical station for Montreal’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community at 940KHz.

The Commission also approved an application from Bell Media for a frequency change for its TSN radio station (CKGM), from 990 kHz to 690 kHz.

CRTC approves new radio stations for Port Hope and Prescott Ontario

In two broadcasting decisions handed down yesterday the CRTC has approved applications for new English-language FM radio stations in Prescott and Port Hope Ontario.

In Port Hope Ontario, the federal regulator approved an application from Small Town Radio to operate a not-for-profit community FM station controlled by its board of directors.

CBC Radio draws more than 6.1 million listeners a week

Listenership was up in September CBC Radio across Canada, with particularly strong showings in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto, and for the network overall, according to PPM results.

CBC Radio One captured a 9.2 share, its highest since November 2009, while CBC Radio 2 captured a 2.5 share in the five PPM markets.

Radio Disney now available free through Family Channel

Radio Disney, a contemporary hit radio station targeted at children and teenagers under the age of 16 is now available for free in Canada through the Family Channel website.

Launched in 1996, Radio Disney is formatted like a traditional radio station, featuring prize giveaways (in which listeners can enter via phone, online and since 2008, text message) and occasional in-studio interviews called “Takeovers,” which usually occur during the weekday late-afternoon timeslot.

CBC to launch radio stations in London and Kitchener in 2012

CBC announced today it will introduce new radio stations and internet services for the London area and the Kitchener-Waterloo region beginning in the fall of 2012. Earlier this year, the public broadcaster announced new stations in Kelowna, Kamloops and Victoria.

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