When Your Favourite Radio Station Flips Formats

radioAs a life long fan of radio, I know how attached you get to your favourite stations. You get familiar with the personalities, the schedule and the genre of music. When your favourite radio station flips formats, it can be jarring to fans.

Last Friday, Country 93.5 out of Hamilton stopped playing country music and started playing oldies. I wrote about the switch, and thousands of Country 93.5 fans found the entry. As of this writing, 258 comments have been left, almost unanimously calling out Corus and General Manager Suzanne Carpenter. Country music fans in the GTA are pissed.

I chuckle to myself when I think that I'm now the go-to place for country music fans to voice their displeasure at the format change, because new country is probably my personal least favourite genre of music. I can't stomach the crap.

The Hamilton Spectator even covered the format flip today and included quotes from this blog.

As soon as the last country song died on the station, listeners crowded onto online discussion boards to voice their disapproval. At torontomike.com, a fan with the screen name Sheila moaned, "The last thing this area needed was another Rock station ... Talk about bad judgment."

Jared T declared, "Country 95.3 was a fantastic radio station and a great refuge from the kind of radio 95.3 has now become."

If the lack of country music in the GTA has you down, join the support group at https://www.torontomike.com/2009/11/country_953_quits_country.html.

Yee haw!

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My hubby is a trucker and on behalf of all his trucking friends they are all up in arms... they had a good country station and now you switched.
They are all joining forces not to support your new format.

November 17, 2009 @ 8:58 PM


As a babyboomer, the hell with the oldies. Been there, done that. New Country is where it's at now. Even young kids around 12 now are getting into it. So what they are talking about country being old, they are nuts. There are millions of new listeners coming up to country along with the old. That article in Hamilton Spectator is totally wrong.I hope 95.3 totally goes down the tubes. How dare they.

November 17, 2009 @ 11:03 PM


Tuned into the "new 95.3 this afternoon heard a song form the Monkees, Rod Stewart and the Bryan Adams. The played commercials between the Monkees & Rod and then another batch after Bryan. Great concept, play a lot of ads with a couple of songs in between.

60's, 70's & 80's. Perhaps the New 95.3 is looking for old CHUM 1050 AM listeners.

For all of you spurred country music fan pick up a satellite radio subscription for music,your own comedy channel and a truckers talk show channel.

November 18, 2009 @ 3:35 PM

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