Radio & Podcast News – Vista Radio set to re-launch CJFB-FM Bolton, ON

Vista Radio will re-launch CJFB-FM Bolton, ON on Sept. 3 at 102.7 FM on the dial. The station is currently testing with the format, brand and on-air lineup to be revealed at launch. Vista has owned the community/tourist information station since 2012 when it acquired Haliburton Broadcasting. It received a third and final extension from the CRTC in April 2020 to relocate CJFB-FM from 105.5 MHz to 102.7 MHz and increase the power from 50 to 1,100 watts. The station currently plays a mix of adult contemporary, country and pop music, along with local news, sports, and weather. 

SiriusXM and TikTok have partnered to launch TikTok Radio (ch. 4), a music channel featuring trending sounds from the short-form social video app that continues to see epic growth with three billion installs globally. The new channel, available to SiriusXM subscribers in both vehicles and to stream, is being billed as a radio version of the platform’s “For You” feed. Among the creators signed up to participate are Billy (@8illy), Cat Haley (@itscathaley), HINDZ (@hindzsight), Lamar Dawson (@dirrtykingofpop), and Taylor Cassidy (@taylorcassidyj), who’ll present music and share stories behind what’s trending each hour from viral hits to throwbacks and emerging TikTok talent. The launch of the channel speaks to TikTok’s ability to influence interest in music made popular by its use by creators. Among the artists that can thank TikTok for a streaming revival of past hits are Jack Johnson, Fleetwood Mac, and Mother Mother, with the app increasingly relied on to break new music. Read more here.

Fireside Canada: A Podcast About Canadian Legends, Lies and Lore is now part of Rogers Sports & Media’s Frequency Podcast Network. Hosted by British Columbian David Williams, the podcast focuses on both the storytelling and historical aspects of folklore, with each episode including a creative retelling or inspired story as well as analysis of its history and cultural significance. The remastered first season will drop on the network this Friday, followed by a new second season in late October.

JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) Toronto, in partnership with the Pat and Tony Adams Freedom Fund for the Arts, are launching new outreach program Discover Women in Jazz. The program promotes, champions and inspires women’s contributions to jazz as musicians, writers and bandleaders. The program’s first cohort will feature five musicians from the Greater Toronto Area selected by a panel that includes Colleen Allen (Musician, Educator), Josh Grossman (Artistic Director), Céline Peterson (Producer, Artist Representation), Dione Taylor (Singer, Songwriter), Aline Homzy (Musician, Composer, Educator) and Huma Uster (Operations Manager). The first group of women selected include Toronto-based vocalist-composer Mingjia Chen, bassist and composer Reknee Harrett, artist and educator Joy Lapps-Lewis, Korean-Canadian keyboardist and sound designer Yunjin Claire Lee, and R&B/pop artist Erez Zobary. JAZZ.FM91 will offer support, space, funding and marketing to foster their careers. All five concerts in the series will be broadcast in September.

LISTEN: On the latest Sound Off Podcast, Pure Country 89 (CIMX-FM) Windsor afternoon drive host Chris Byrne. Byrne previously spent more than a decade with Rogers Sports & Media, including six years in afternoon drive at Rock 97.9 (CKYX-FM) Fort McMurray and almost five years in mornings at 92.7 Rock (CJRQ-FM) Sudbury. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

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