CIDG-FM, a new Canadian station which is calling itself DAWG FM, is now testing on air in Ottawa at 101.9 FM. DAWG is expected to officially launch later this spring or early this summer.

With the recent launch of FM 99.7 in Ottawa, the Ottawa-Gatineau English-language radio market now has fifteen commercial radio stations while the French language market has five.

The market is also served by the community-based campus radio stations CKCU-FM and CHUO-FM, as well as the instructional campus radio station CKDF-FM and the specialty radio programming undertaking CHRI-FM.

The format of the DAWG FM is described as Blues and blues rock which the station says will combine the music of mainstream rock and blues artists with the best from Motown and R&B.

Designed to attract Adults 25 to 54, DAWG will play music from artists such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Healey, Downchild Blues Band, George Thorogood, B.B. King, The Allman brothers, Van Morrison, Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton.

CIDG-FM was authorized by the CRTC on August 26, 2008 and is owned by Frank Torres and Ed Torres of Skywords Traffic Network and Todd Bernard.

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