Infobox Radio station
name = CIQB-FM

city = Barrie, Ontario
branding = B101
slogan = Barrie's Hit Music
airdate = 1949
frequency = 101.1 MHz (FM)
format = Adult Top 40 music
power = 7 KW
owner = Corus Entertainment
website = [ B101]

CIQB-FM is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts an Adult Top 40 format at 101.1 FM in Barrie, Ontario The station uses the on-air brand name B101 and broadcasts to Barrie & surrounding areas of Simcoe County, including the communities of Orillia, Midland, Collingwood, and dozens of others.


CKBB (AM) was launched on August 31, 1949 by Ralph Snelgrove's Barrie Broadcasting Company at AM 1230. It signed on as Barrie's first radio station and was initially a mixture of music and talk programming. It moved to AM 950 in 1958. In December 1983, the station was acquired by Kawartha Broadcasting and in 1987 owership passed to the broadcasting arm of Power Corporation of Canada.

In November 1994, after more than 45 years on the AM dial, CKBB moved to FM as CIQB-FM at 101.1 MHz. The station became known as "Barrie's B101." CIQB was acquired by Corus Entertainment in April 2000.

It was the period of 1997-2007 under the guidance of program director Darren Stevens that the station rose to prominence. Both the station & Stevens have been highly recognized in the radio industry.

Stevens was voted:

Program Director Of The Year - Secondary Market at the 2001 Canadian Radio Music Industry Awards Program Director Of The Year - Secondary Market in the 2004 Canadian Music Network magazine awards Darren Stevens has also been nominated for:

PD & M.D Secondary Market at the 2006 CRMA’s. PD & M.D Secondary Market at the 2005 CRMA’s. PD, M.D & Station Of The Year - Secondary Mkt 2004 CRMA’s. PD, M.D & Station Of The Year - Secondary Market 2003 CRMA’s. PD & Station Of The Year - Secondary Market 2002 CRMA’s. Station Of The Year - Secondary Market 2001 CRMA’s. M.D & Station Of The Year- Secondary Market 2000 CRMA’s. M.D - Secondary Market 1999 CRMA’s Also during that period:

On February 21, 2004, Stevens created "The Monkey" a new format overnight show on B101 hosted by Choo Choo - a monkey! A parody of the various Jack/Bob radio formats at the time,The monkey played music from the current playlist as well as novelty songs, parodies & comedy bits.

Stevens recruited guest dj's to host the Saturday night retro show including Glass Tiger and world champion figure skater Jennifer Robinson making her radio-hosting debut.

B101 had grown with the community and has built a solid reputation for Barrie’s local news, up-to-date traffic and weather reports, exciting and entertaining contests and promotions with lots of community involvement, and has received numerous national nominations and awards for its programming, creative and community service.

B101 is an "adult top 40" format... playing "Barrie's Hit Music" from such artists as Rihanna, Pink, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani, Usher and more.

External links

* [ B101 official site]
* [ CIQB Historical timeline from Canadian Communications Foundation]
* [ Decision CRTC 94-627]

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