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CJFM-FM
Virgin Radio 96 Montreal.png
City of license Montreal, Quebec
Broadcast area Greater Montreal Area
Branding Virgin Radio 96
Slogan Today's Best Music
Frequency 95.9 FM
First air date 1962 (CJFM)
Format Hot adult contemporary
ERP 41.2 kW
Class C1
Transmitter coordinates 45°30′20.16″N 73°35′30.12″W / 45.5056°N 73.5917°W / 45.5056; -73.5917
Owner Astral Media
Sister stations CFEI, CFZZ, CHOM, CITE, CJAD, CKMF
Website Virgin Radio 96

CJFM-FM is an English language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec.

Owned and operated by Astral Media, it broadcasts on 95.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 41,200 watts (class C1) using an omnidirectional antenna.

The station airs a hot adult contemporary format, and is the only hot AC station licensed in Montreal, although French-language contemporary hit radio stations CKMF-FM (NRJ, its sister station) and CKOI-FM play a fair amount of hot AC. The station competes with anglo Top 40 station, WYUL. Although WYUL has its transmitter in New York State, it is a "rimshot" station focused on the Greater Montreal Area market.

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History

CJFM on 95.9 MHz. was one of four FM stations which came on the air in 1962 using common transmitting facilities on the new Mount Royal tower. The other stations were CFQR (92.5) replacing CFCF-FM on 106.5, CKMF (94.3) and CHOM (originally CKGM-FM) on 97.7. Although the station was owned by Montreal's AM station CJAD (800) and originally intended to sign as CJAD-FM, it signed on with the CJFM call and separate programming - an innovation at the time. "CJFM 96" or "FM 96" had an album-oriented rock, pop and variety format throughout the 1980s. By 1992, CJFM-FM changed to a more top 40-leaning hot AC format (of which it remains as of today) as Mix 96, and going head-to-head up against Q92, an adult contemporary station that signed on under that branding a year earlier.

Rebranding as Virgin Radio

Mix 96 logo, used from 2002-2009

On December 4, 2008, Astral announced that CJFM, as with sister stations CKQB-FM in Ottawa and CKZZ-FM in Vancouver, would be rebranded as a Virgin Radio station effective January 12, 2009.[1][2] This is in addition to an existing Virgin Radio station, CKFM-FM in Toronto.

On January 12, Mix 96 went to an uninterrupted music broadcast from noon until 4 PM. Nat Lauzon was the last DJ on air for the last Mix 96 broadcast. The last song played on Mix 96 was "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by Great Big Sea. At 4 PM, the station began broadcasting as Virgin Radio 96. The first DJ on Virgin Radio 96 was Mark Bergman. The first song played on Virgin Radio 96 was Madonna's "Like a Virgin". CJFM kept the hot AC format and most of its on-air staff it held while it was Mix 96, albeit with several programming changes.

For a few years, CJFM has since beaten CFQR in the ratings (especially during the station's former Mix 96 days), and continues to do so as of this day.

Annual Events

Shave To Save was a fundraiser conceived in 2001 by the station. Every October, Virgin Radio jocks visit offices and schools, where they shave heads for a minimum $2000 donation. The proceeds go to the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation.

Virgin Festival is held every summer in Montreal.

The Top 96 songs of the year are played every year, on New Years Day.

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History of #1s

These songs hit #1 on Virgin Radio's Top 96 Songs:

Current Shows

Staff

On-air

Former DJs

  • Chantal Desjardins
  • Joanne Vrakas
  • Kim Sullivan
  • RJ Daniels (Rob Daniels)
  • Murray Sherrifs
  • Rob Kemp
  • Randi Plante (Randi Chase)
  • Rob Patrick (Rob Pepper)
  • Tim Klassen
  • Rob Wreford
  • Ric Peterson
  • Andre Maisoneuve
  • Terri Dimonte
  • Ted Bird
  • Rick Moffat
  • Ken Connors
  • Jeremy Zafran
  • Jake Lawrence

References

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