CHOZ-FM City of license 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-DT Webcast Listen live 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; this includes local television station CJON-DT.
The station launched on June 15, 1977, at 93.9 FM soon after Stirling sold his interest in what is now CJYQ. It was originally a full-time rock station known as "Radio OZ"; it is 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.
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. The channel's success was driven largely by the strength of its eclectic morning show, The Dawn Patrol.
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.
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. Then Brian Left OZFM and now works for Newcap Broadcasting Hosting The VOCM Irish Newfoundland Show and The VOCM Morning Show (VOCM). 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.
In January 2011, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council admonished CHOZ-FM for playing the unedited version of Dire Straits' Money for Nothing, following a complaint from a listener that stated that the song contained the word "faggot", a slur for a homosexual person. Even though the song has won numerous awards and has been played countless times on Canadian radio, the CBSC felt that the unedited version has become unacceptable for airplay, as the term "faggot", which was once an acceptable term, has since become an unacceptable slur. In response to the ruling, at least two stations, CIRK-FM in Edmonton and CFRQ-FM in Halifax, played the unedited version of Money for Nothing repeatedly for one hour out of protest. On January 21, 2011, the CRTC asked the CBSC for a review on the ban, in response to the public outcry against the CBSC's actions; the regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland.
On August 31, the CBSC found the slur to be inappropriate; however, due to considerations in regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether or not to censor the song. Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a satirical, non-hateful manner.
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 Red Rocks/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. 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. (The licence in question eventually went to a different company as Coast 101.1.)
OZ FM is also available across Canada on Bell TV on channel 951.
- ^ Decision CRTC 84-636
- ^ Canadian Press, via CBC: "Censor Dire Straits song: broadcast panel", January 13, 2011.
- ^ CBSC: "CHOZ-FM re the song “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits", October 14, 2010.
- ^ Piazza, Jo (January 14, 2011). "No Way, Eh! Canadian Station Defies 'Money For Nothing' Ban". Fox News Channel. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/01/14/way-eh-canadian-station-defies-money-ban/?test=faces. Retrieved 15 January 2011.
- ^ News 1130 Vancouver: "What you can and can't say on the radio", January 14, 2011
- ^ CTV: "CRTC seeks review of 'Money for Nothing' ban", January 21, 2011.
- ^ Canadian Press, via CTV: "'Money for Nothing' slur inappropriate, council says", August 31, 2011.
- ^ Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2002-23
- ^ CRTC public hearing transcript, December 10, 2002
- ^ Decision CRTC 97-316
- ^ Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFZY-FM
- ^ Decision CRTC 98-205
- ^ Query the REC's Canadian station database for VF2321
- OZ FM
- CHOZ history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHOZ-FM
Radio stations in the St. John's/Mount Pearl and northeastern Avalon Peninsula area By FM frequency By AM frequency Radio stations in Southern Newfoundland (except the St. John's area) Port aux Basques Marystown Clarenville Corner Brook Gander Grand Falls-Windsor Stephenville Lewisporte Norris PointCHBB 95.9 Radio stations in Nord-du-Québec Regionwide Chibougamau Chapais Kuujjuaq
VF2439 94.1 • CKUJ 97.3 • V2438 98.3
Radisson Other communities
Quebec Radio Markets: Abitibi-Témiscamingue • Bas-Saint-Laurent • Centre-du-Québec • Chaudière-Appalaches • Côte-Nord • Gaspésie • Gatineau • Mauricie • Montreal • Nord-du-Québec • Quebec City • Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean • Sherbrooke/Estrie
See also: List of radio stations in Quebec Broadcast television in Newfoundland and Labrador St. John'sDTV Goose Bay Cable-only Defunct††All continue to operate as full-time rebroadcasters of CBNT.
See also: List of television stations in Newfoundland and Labrador
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