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CHIQ-FM
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Broadcast area Winnipeg, Manitoba
Branding CURVE 94.3
Slogan "Winnipeg's Pop Alternative"
Frequency 94.3 MHz (FM)
First air date 1963
Format contemporary hit radio
ERP 100 kW
Callsign meaning derived from "chic"
Owner CTVglobemedia
(CHUM Radio Network)
Sister stations CFRW, CFWM-FM, CKY-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website Curve 94.3

CHIQ-FM is a popular radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba broadcasting a contemporary hit radio format at 100 kW. Its studio is located at 1445 Pembina Hwy.

CHIQ-FM has sister stations, 99.9 BOB FM and CFRW-AM in Winnipeg.

History

CHIQ first launched in 1963 as CJQM-FM, which simulcast CJQM-AM, an easy listening station owned by Winnipeg Broadcast Associates Ltd. (a division of Vancouver Broadcast Associates, the original owner of Vancouver stations CHQM and CHQM-FM). In 1965 it became CFRW-FM and then was bought by CHUM Radio Network. CHUM Radio then changed CFRW's name to CHIQ-FM in 1975. [1]

Since July 2006 it has programmed its RDS data stream to include the artist and title of the currently playing song.

On Monday, August 29, 2006 at 8:45 am CHIQ - Q-94 announced that after 25 years that it would no longer exist and that a new station would be created within a seven day time span based on comments provided by listeners.[2] Prior to the announcement, the regular morning staff had not shown up for work (midday host Troy Scott covered) leaving many to speculate that they knew ahead of time of the change and did not want to announce their own demise. A later report debunked that theory for the interim.[3] The station then went on for two weeks allowing listiners to call in and choose how they wanted the new 94.3FM to be like. When the two weeks were over Beau, Tom, Dez, Troy and Dug all returned.

On September 5, 2006 at 7:45 AM CST, 94.3 is relaunched its Hot AC format as the "All New Q94fm" and kept its name, CHIQ-FM.

In 2007 CHIQ along with the other CHUM stations were sold to CTVglobemedia.

A BBM Canada radio survey concluded that CHIQ-FM has 5.1% of the total Winnipeg Market, collected between January 8, 2007 - March 4, 2007. PDF

On August 29, 2008 at 8:45 AM CST, 94.3 is relaunched with an alternative leaning contemporary hit radio format as "Curve 94.3 - Winnipeg's Pop Alternative", playing 943 songs in a row, commercial-free.

Current on air line up has The Show with Sarah and Jay from 5:30a-10a, Kim Sullivan doing middays 10a-2p, Jeff Kelly on drive 2p-6p, Pamela Roz in the evenings 6p-Midnight and Adam Taylor 9a-3p Saturday and Sunday.

Former CURVE personalities: Cory Kimm Andrea Collins

References

  1. ^ [1] <CHIQ History]
  2. ^ Schmeichel, David (August 29, 2006). "94.3 FM changing its tune". Winnipeg Sun. http://winnipegsun.com/Entertainment/Music/2006/08/29/1783239-sun.html. Retrieved 2006-09-09.  
  3. ^ Gallant, Marc (August 30, 2006). "Beau, Dez and Tom 'will still be in the building,' said program manager Andrew Long". Winnipeg Free Press.  

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