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CHOZ-FM
OZ-FM-2009-logo.png
Broadcast area St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Branding OZ FM
Slogan The Rock of the Rock
Frequency 94.7 MHz (FM)
First air date June 15, 1977
Format active rock
Callsign meaning OZ for "OZ FM"
Owner Stirling Communications International
(Newfoundland Broadcasting Company Ltd.)
Sister stations CJON-TV
Website OZ FM

CHOZ-FM is a Canadian radio station based in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Its main St. John's transmitter broadcasts on FM at 94.7 MHz, but additional transmitters are located throughout the province. The station, known as "OZ FM", is one of the various media properties of Geoff Stirling, which also include local television station CJON-TV.

The station launched on June 15, 1977, at 93.9 FM soon after Stirling sold his interest in what is now CJYQ. Originally a full-time rock station known as "Radio OZ", it perhaps intended to be the Newfoundland equivalent of other stations then owned by Stirling such as CHOM-FM Montreal. It eventually transitioned to a combination contemporary hit radio/classic rock format under the "OZ FM" brand; nonetheless it kept the slogan "The Rock of the Rock". On August 17, 2009 it moved to an active rock format.

In 1984, CHOZ was granted to change frequencies from 93.9 FM to 94.7 FM. [1]

During most of the 1990s it was the most popular FM radio station, both in the province and in the core St. John's market, driven largely by the strength of its eclectic morning show, The Dawn Patrol.

Former logo

Yet by the early 2000s its newly strengthened competitor Newcap Broadcasting had begun to cause a significant effect, particularly in St. John's. Already the owner of the city's dominant radio station, AM station VOCM, Newcap effectively split CHOZ's market by converting VOCM-FM (and several other stations across the province) to classic rock, and soon after CKIX-FM to contemporary hits. Another strong contender, Coast Broadcasting's adult contemporary station CKSJ-FM, launched in 2004.

Logo, used for a short stint, before the current one

But since CKSJ and CKIX only operated in the St. John's area, OZ FM was now in the problematic situation of competing primarily with female-skewing FM stations in its largest market, and with a single male-skewing FM competitor in the rest of the province.

CHOZ can still boast having the largest audience of any FM radio station in the province, largely because it is the only station with a province-wide network of transmitters, all carrying identical programming, which can therefore be accumulated for ratings purposes as a single station. In contrast, other provincial radio services such as CBC Radio One, VOCM/CFCB, and K-Rock are made up of separate local stations with some unique programming, while several stations operate only in the immediate St. John's area.

In 2003, Randy Snow left the OZFM Dawn Patrol to join rival station CKIX to host his own morning show. His replacement was Brian O'Connell, who left the VOCM Morning Show to join OZFM. In April 2007, O'Connell took over as station manager for the OZFM Network and host of the daily Electric Lunch program. OZFM staff announcer Paul Kinsman was named as O'Connell's on air replacement, joining long time Dawn Patrol veterans Deborah Birmingham and Larry Jay.

Transmitters

Rebroadcasters of CHOZ-FM
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Argentia CFOZ-FM 100.3 FM Query
Bonavista CJOZ-FM 92.1 FM Query
Clarenville CJMY-FM 105.3 FM Query CRTC 87-702
Corner Brook CKOZ-FM 92.3 FM Query
Grand Falls-Windsor CKMY-FM 95.9 FM Query
Marystown CIOZ-FM 96.3 FM Query
Port-aux-Basques CKSS-FM 96.9 FM Query
Stephenville CIOS-FM 98.5 FM Query


CJMY and CKMY were previously known as CKCV and CHOS respectively, up to at least 2002.[2] The changes were apparently made to reserve appropriate call signs for "My FM", Newfoundland Broadcasting's proposal for a second FM service, which went before the CRTC later that same year.[3] (The licence in question eventually went to a different company as Coast 101.1.)

In 1997, CHOZ added a rebroadcaster at Stockholm, Saskatchewan with the callsign CFZY-FM. [4] [5]

In 1998, CHOZ added a rebroadcaster at Kuujjuaq, Quebec with the callsign VF2321, owned by Société Kuujjuamiut. [6] [7]

OZ FM is also available across Canada on Bell TV on channel 951.

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