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101.5 The Hawk is being sold.

https://www.1015thehawk.com/2019/01/09/breaking-101-5-the-hawk-being-sold/

Port Hawkesbury’s longtime independent radio station is being sold to the Irving-owned Acadia Broadcasting Ltd.
Bob and Brenda MacEachern have owned the radio station, which has the call letters CIGO, since 1994. The sale is subject to regulatory approval before becoming finalized.

The station is based in Port Hawkesbury and serves the counties of Antigonish, Guysborough, Inverness and Richmond. The MacEacherns have owned CIGO since 1994, when they acquired it from John van Zutphen.

The station was founded by former MLA Gerry Doucet in 1975. In 2000, the station flipped from AM to FM broadcasting. It employs 10 people full time, with additional part-time staff.

Acadia doesn’t have any immediate plans for on-air changes, noting staff and local programming will remain.

https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/business/new-owners-for-port-hawkesbury-radio-station-274484/

You may listen live here:

https://www.1015thehawk.com/

or here

https://tunein.com/radio/The-Hawk-1015-s12201/
 

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On February 8 CHBE-FM in Victoria, BC rebranded from 107.3 Kool FM to 107.3 Virgin Radio, available across Canada via live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app and at iHeartRadio.ca/VirginRadio/Victoria.

Bell Media Press Release
 

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I see a trend here, CING-FM used to be called Energy back in the day, more precisely Energy 108, the only difference is they used a different frequency back in the day (107.9) vs now (95.3) but its the same station essentially so they're going back to their roots eh?
 

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I looked at CING's playlist for the Energy format - doesn't look like the hard EDM it use to be in the 90's and early 00's. More like pop-only version of Ed/Dave "play what we want" stations.

It also looks like they recycled the Virgin Radio 99.9 Toronto team and moved them to Hamilton. I know Tucker was from Hamilton, but would be a weird commute from Toronto to the studios off the 403 for the rest of the team.
 

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I looked at CING's playlist for the Energy format - doesn't look like the hard EDM it use to be in the 90's and early 00's. More like pop-only version of Ed/Dave "play what we want" stations.

It also looks like they recycled the Virgin Radio 99.9 Toronto team and moved them to Hamilton. I know Tucker was from Hamilton, but would be a weird commute from Toronto to the studios off the 403 for the rest of the team.
They're hosting the morning show from Corus' Toronto studios.

Tucker's not from Hamilton. He's from Montreal and has worked there, Kingston, London, and Toronto.
 

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Tucker use to talk about his commute from Hamilton in the morning on 99.9 - just saying he was living in Hamilton, not born there.
 

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iHeartRadio Canada Launches New Brand PURE COUNTRY Nationwide Today

PURE COUNTRY, Canada’s first-ever, national country music radio brand, is rolling out beginning today across 13 Canadian radio stations, as well as the iHeartRadio Canada app.

The following iHeartRadio Canada stations are now rebranded as PURE COUNTRY:

Ottawa's Pure Country 94
Fredericton's Pure Country 103.5
Nova Scotia's Pure Country 99.5 (Truro)
London's Pure Country 93
Central Ontario's Pure Country 106 (Orillia, Barrie, Midland)
Pembroke’s Pure Country 96.7
Peterborough's Pure Country 105
Sudbury's Pure Country 91.7
Dawson Creek's Pure Country 890
BC North's Pure Country (Terrace, Prince Rupert, Kitimat)
Brandon's Pure Country 101
Regina's Pure Country 92.7
Kingston's Pure Country 99
 

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This sounds like just a corporate rebrand. "London's Pure Country 93" has been a country station in London known as "BX 93" for close to 40 years. It signed on in 1980 with the call letters CJBX. It's now another example of local character and small businesses bludgeoned by corporate takeovers and cost cutting.
 

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Some of these stations are getting really bad for local content! Listen online to stations under the same name/format from town to town, and the only difference is the advertising and the weather (the weather sometimes sounds like they get someone with no radio experience to call it in..."yeah, umm, it's snowing and like 16C outside now..umm..., going to get...umm...cold tonight and high of 13C tomorrow with maybe rain...yeah...umm...")

I understand that some very small towns don't have the listeners for a fully staffed station, but at least get some professional sounding speakers to do the 30 seconds per hour of local content instead of some high school co-op student. Even some of the local commercials are hard to listen to.

For people who live in the GTA and think announcers are bad there, you should listen to some small town radio stations across the country and you will appreciate what you have!
 
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