Tucker & Maura Mornings on energy 95.3 - Not Virgins Anymore!

I don't often write about Hamilton radio, but this one seems to have a Toronto slant. Back in November, 999 Virgin Radio cut their Tucker in the Morning with Maura Grierson morning show and replaced it with Virgin Mornings with Adam Wylde and TJ.

Meanwhile, over at Hamilton's 95.3 Fresh Radio, Corus turfed their morning show that featured Darrin Laidman and Colleen Rusholme.

Today, 95.3 Fresh Radio rebranded as energy 95.3 and unveiled their new Tucker & Maura morning show. And here's a cheeky tease for the new show.

tucker

And if you're a Colleen Rusholme fan like me, you'll be happy to see she's back on the station hosting the afternoon drive show from 2-6pm.

colleen

It seems Hamilton's new energy 95.3 will present itself as a Toronto station, fighting for a slice of the Virgin Radio / KiSS 92.5 / CHUM 104.5 / CHFI pie.


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the brother

Awesome that they finally brought the Energy name back. Been listening and looks like the ditched the throwbacks for now that 'not-so-fresh' had on their playlist. A welcome change, congrats to Scott and Maura! We'll be listening.

March 26, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

Wawazat

And what about Darrin?
Too old for the change??

March 26, 2019 @ 7:27 PM

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@Wawazat

Darrin did not survive the change, unfortunately.

March 26, 2019 @ 8:11 PM

Not Darrin

Facebook post from him suggested he turned down another slot: “My final show happened this morning on 95.3 Fresh Radio. 20 wonderful years with the company has come to end. With change on the way I decided to say goodbye.”

March 26, 2019 @ 8:12 PM

Marjie

I miss Darren and Colleen....and Sam....what happened to her? Not interested in the station anymore.

March 27, 2019 @ 8:25 AM

Anonymous

I listened to Darren and Colleen for the last few years and loved it! Not happy with the change I loved listening to them in the morning...always made my day! I was not aware of the change until this morning when I heard Tucker and Maura, and honestly......not interested....you just lost a listener.

March 27, 2019 @ 10:05 AM

Michele

I have been listening to Darren and Colleen for a while and was surprised this morning when I got in my car and it wasn't them. Don't/didn't like the new show, changed the station.
Too bad really, they were a lot of fun and I enjoyed listening to them.

March 27, 2019 @ 2:48 PM

Brandon

Colleen Rusholme moves to the afternoon drive.

Rush-home?

Can't think of anyone named anything more perfect for that PM commute slot. :)

March 27, 2019 @ 7:08 PM

shelley fox

I have been listening Darren and Colleen for a year now since I moved to Brantford. I commute every day to Oakville so the morning show means a lot to me to help me through the long commute. I loved their games, their chatter, Sam, and the Trouble only traffic report. Needless to say, I'm very upset over this. Tried to listen to the new station this morning and they played a lot of commercials and I was bored with it. Changed back to 97.3. Good bye 95.3!

March 27, 2019 @ 7:12 PM

Trenny McGinnis

What a shame. I live it Kitchener, but listened to 95.3 for Just to hear the banter between Darrin and Colleen. I always found myself laughing on the way to work. 95.3, you just lost a listener. They were a great team.

March 27, 2019 @ 7:51 PM

Nichelle Hodgson

So upset. Miss Darren and Colleen. Wont be listening anymore. Good bye.

March 27, 2019 @ 8:13 PM

Jay Wren

Loved Darrin and Colleen, they made my morning drive. Tried listening last couple days. Not happy with the change :(. Miss Darrin and Colleen. Time to find a new station.

March 27, 2019 @ 8:40 PM

Kimberley Pratt

Upset with the change. Darren and Colleen had a natural and easy friendship. Always lots of laughter and fun, which helped make my commute a lot easier. The new change sounds like every other station. Back to audiobooks, no longer interested in 95.3.

March 27, 2019 @ 9:19 PM

Charity

The new morning hosts sound so scripted and not friends. Darren and Colleen for the win! I tried to put up with the newbies but I actually felt irritated on my drive. Bye 95.3

March 27, 2019 @ 10:48 PM

Axll33

And I wonder were they are broadcasting from?Toronto???? But calling it Hamilton just wondering,?

March 28, 2019 @ 5:53 AM

Axll33

And I wonder were they are broadcasting from?Toronto???? But calling it Hamilton just wondering,?

March 28, 2019 @ 5:53 AM

Sandy

I listened to Darren and Collen on my commute to work every morning. Love there show. Bad move you guys. The new show is boring. Changing stations.

March 28, 2019 @ 12:29 PM

Anonymous

I have satellite radio but when I leave in the morning to go to work I would switch the station to 95.3 and listen to Darren and Colleen. It's all over now. Not interested with the odd couple you have on now. Back to satellite radio in the morning for me.

Really Miss Darren, Colleen and Sam.

March 29, 2019 @ 6:41 AM

Unhappy

I loved Darren and Collen on my commute, the new show is so scripted and boring. One more person that won't be listening to this station anymore.

March 29, 2019 @ 9:15 AM

bring back my Y and R update guy

I miss Darrin and Colleen and producer Sam. They have a friendship that you couldn't miss on the radio. They also have very good radio voices. I listened once to the new people when they were in Toronto and didn't like their voices. I will not listen to them every morning. Their voices are irritating .

March 29, 2019 @ 11:48 AM

Maureen

Should have left Darren and Colleen on the morning show, I have just changed the station!

March 29, 2019 @ 4:12 PM

Nancy LeCouter

Loved Darrin, Colleen and producer Sam! Hour long commute every morning was much more enjoyable listening to those 3. Sorry to say you've lost a listener...not pleased with new morning show.

March 29, 2019 @ 11:30 PM

Nancy LeCouter

Loved Darrin, Colleen and producer Sam! Hour long commute every morning was much more enjoyable listening to those 3. Sorry to say you've lost a listener...not pleased with new morning show.

March 29, 2019 @ 11:30 PM

Nancy LeCouter

Loved Darrin, Colleen and producer Sam! Hour long commute every morning was much more enjoyable listening to those 3. Sorry to say you've lost a listener...not pleased with new morning show.

March 29, 2019 @ 11:31 PM

Hughes

Well, this is not a good thing. Darrin, Colleen, and producer Sam were exceptional with their morning show. Their style, presence, antics, down to earth morning program is truly missed. We listened to them faithfully, and felt their personalities in our lives. Time for us to move on as well to another station. Thank you Darrin, Colleen, Sam for being a part of our morning routine, wishing you all the best in your future endeavours. (Sorry Colleen, can’t even listen to you, we are at work.). Farewell Fresh/Energy, time for a new radio station.

March 31, 2019 @ 2:42 AM

D. Lupton

Sad day for Hamilton!!, Darrin is from Hamilton and it WAS a hometown radio station, now just another Toronto radio station. No more hometown connection. How can you talk about whats going on in our fine city if you are from....where? Can not stand the new morning show. Bad move by Corus. Will be looking for a new station now. I must admit I have already been looking since Joey started getting more air time and now he is a regular, another bad move be Corus. Joey is a jerk, he is a coward. He will tease and bug callers after he has hung up with them. He has changed whole conversations to make the caller look stupid. he did this to me. He changed, added and edited parts of our conversation when I called to win a prize. I did not sign up for that ABUSE I just wanted to win a prize:( Darrin, Colleen and Sam were a great team, they made mornings fun, had great great segments like no filter Friday, great games like mind grind that you could still play even if not the caller on the line. All and all a great well rounded morning show. Darrin please keep us posted as to what station lucked out with you. Who nos, maybe just maybe Corus will see the error in there ways get the best morning show back together and regain some of their listeners who as of now are dropping like flies. Sad Sad day for Hamilton.

March 31, 2019 @ 11:04 AM

Amanda

I miss Colleen and Darren! And producer Sam! To the funny games, witty comments, disagreements and movie reviews lol! I used to tell everyone about this morning show. Ugh! Will not be listening. I gave it a few days. Today is my last. They offer nothing but commercials and tracks. Bye.
All the way from Cambridge!

April 1, 2019 @ 7:16 AM

SUE

Miss Darren, Colleen and producer Sam! Damn. No Warning you were leaving. Sad sad day.

April 1, 2019 @ 8:15 AM

Kevin

I take my gkids to school every morning and we used to listen to Darren n colleen n sam every morning
They made us laugh
We miss them terribly
We dont like the new voices
Time to switch to another stations after 5 yrs

April 1, 2019 @ 9:21 AM

Nisha

Very very disappointed with the change!! Darrin and Colleen were absolutely the best!!! Completely down-to-earth and relatable... and so much fun...they made the long morning commute not just bearable but actually enjoyable! The new show seems so scripted and run-of-the-mill in comparison. Our family will definitely be looking for a new station.

April 1, 2019 @ 11:18 AM

faithful listener

I had not heard of the two hosts that took over for Darren and Colleen - and I gave it a really good shot. Today on my long commute - which used to make me routinely smile and chill at the crazy 403 drivers - I realized I wasn't even listening to the new hosts! They are pretty boring - say they do games - I have heard one and it was pretty sad. Today they talked about things in couch cushions -really? I'm tapping out - too bad cause I listened to Darren and Colleen faithfully :(

April 1, 2019 @ 11:36 AM

Caite

I was so disappointed when I got in my car this morning and did not hear Darrin and Colleen. I live in Vaughan but always listened to them, the whole station actually all day in my home! They seemed to have such an easy connection and a genuineness that is missed. Another listener, gone...

April 1, 2019 @ 2:43 PM

Anne

Colleen will be missed

April 1, 2019 @ 4:59 PM

MaryAnn

Used to love listening to the show on my way to work. Darren, Colleen and Sam had a great rapport with each other and their audience. . Sorry to see them go. Not impressed with the new show. Will be listening elsewhere.

April 1, 2019 @ 5:44 PM

Li

Tuck and Maura were fired from Virgin radio. They were pretty mad. I loved them on Virgin radio. But now they are the cause of Darrin and Colleen being booted out of the morning slot. Not cool. Darrin and Colleen are from Hamilton and their show was a true Hamilton show. Loved it

April 2, 2019 @ 1:43 PM

Judy

I live in Woodstock and have been listening to Darrin and Colleen forever, like 10 yrs now. When I turned the radio on and they were no longer on I turned the channel. I loved listening to the two of them every morning. They made my day. So sad you changed the station. I will no longer listen to 95.3.😒

April 2, 2019 @ 3:37 PM

John

We listened to Darren and Colleen every morning on our way to work. Loved them!!
You just lost 2 more listeners. Not that you care!!

April 3, 2019 @ 7:29 AM

tony novo

no more general hospital updates bt dl lol

April 3, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

jessica

Loved it when Colleen and Darren were on your station. Never listened to Tucker and Maura.
Will not be listening to 95.3 anymore.

April 3, 2019 @ 11:49 AM

Wanda

So miss Darrin, Colleen and producer Sam; loved their chemistry, spontaneity, never sounded scripted and they all had a good sense of humour, really don't know what station to listen to anymore in my morning commute

April 3, 2019 @ 11:52 AM

bsmntdwllr73

@Mike
Time to get some of the involved industry folks inadvertently starring in this ongoing radio soap opera
on the really big show (if they are willing and able, mind you!). Think of all the random ad clicking, passionate comments and repeat visits to the blog such a move would entail!! Mind you, an update on Jamar McNeil's baby/baby mama situation/long-promised KOTJ follow-up appearance would also be greatly appreciated, in the likely event that we've now entered the audience requests portion of the proceedings? Either way, I'd also like to see the fine folks posting here (aside from my lame ass,
o'course!) non-lethally square off against the eternal non-fans of Matt Gurney and Supriya Dwivedi for digital effigy bragging rights supremacy!!!

April 3, 2019 @ 12:26 PM

Tracy

Very sad about this change. We've been listening to Darrin and Colleen for many years now. When i would drop the kids off at school they wouldn't get out of the car until they got yo hear Mind Grind. One of these kids has finished school now and the other is halfway through highschool. So to say that Darrin and Colleen felt like family is an understatement. The new duo dont even sound like they know each other. No cheeky banter between them. But you are right....change is good so im going to find a new station.

April 3, 2019 @ 7:49 PM

Marah

Super sad over this! I have been listening to them on my way to work for years. It was pretty surprising to find the morning show had completely changed. I loved the banter. They made driving to work an enjoyable experience. If they were on another morning show I would switch in an instant. My commute won’t be the same :(

April 3, 2019 @ 10:11 PM

Elle

I'm SO Glad to have Tucker and Maura back!! Most of the comments seem to be ppl saying they'll miss colleen and darrin but I for one am ecstatic about the change. Tucker and Maura have great chemistry, hilarious stories, and just a fun dynamic. Mornings were so sad since November without them. I have officially switched over to 95.3 now :)

April 4, 2019 @ 9:34 PM

Lee

I have an hour commute in the morning and listening to Darrin and Colleen made it enjoyable. Even when traffic stopped I found myself chuckling to their conversations. I think so many people related to them and they are greatly missed. I can't listen to the new team so I just reactivated my satellite radio. Back to singing my way to work.

April 5, 2019 @ 7:14 AM

H.o.E.

Where are all of the rest of the people from this post who claimed to have stopped listening to 99.9FM when these on-air personalities were fired from there? Shouldn't there be a lot more of them commenting here about how they're now listening to 95.3, and arguing with all those now saying they're turning off 95.3 because they don't like the new morning show?

April 5, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

bsmntdwllr73

@H.O.E.
Very good point!! Other than Colleen Rusholme, I had never heard of any of the various radio
personalities involved in this ongoing, otherwise quite dull soap opera!! Personally, I find morning
zoo-type radio shows repugnant, but then again, I don't exactly fit the usual demographics for such
programming.

April 5, 2019 @ 9:50 AM

Cindy

I got in my car and wondered where they went! So upsetting!!! I’ve tuned into 97.3....I miss my morning drive with them!

April 5, 2019 @ 7:48 PM

Cindy

I got in my car and wondered where they went! So upsetting!!! I’ve tuned into 97.3....I miss my morning drive with them!

April 5, 2019 @ 7:48 PM

Gwen

I normally don't post comments but felt I had to. This was a bad decision by Corus. Darrin, Colleen, and Producer Sam made the commute to work in the morning more enjoyable. They had the right chemistries and the funniest quips. I no longer listen to 95.3. So sad...

April 6, 2019 @ 12:31 AM

Wendy

I miss Darren and Colleen on my commute to work in morning..they started my work day with a smile and good chuckle everyday ...want to know where Darren went to...very sad

April 6, 2019 @ 6:10 AM

William Carroll

Agree after reading all the comments. No sense wasting my energy. Would have been nice.to know change was coming. Sure screwed up my mornings. And ? Are they broadcasting from Hamilton. Back to 102.9 old faithful . Matt and Sonny .

April 6, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

William Carroll

Agree after reading all the comments. No sense wasting my energy. Would have been nice.to know change was coming. Sure screwed up my mornings. And ? Are they broadcasting from Hamilton. Back to 102.9 old faithful . Matt and Sonny .

April 6, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

William Carroll

Agree after reading all the comments. No sense wasting my energy. Would have been nice.to know change was coming. Sure screwed up my mornings. And ? Are they broadcasting from Hamilton. Back to 102.9 old faithful . Matt and Sonny .

April 6, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

William Carroll

Agree after reading all the comments. No sense wasting my energy. Would have been nice.to know change was coming. Sure screwed up my mornings. And ? Are they broadcasting from Hamilton. Back to 102.9 old faithful . Matt and Sonny .

April 6, 2019 @ 9:33 AM

Mary

Very sad to hear the change. I loved listening to Darrin and Colleen's banter. They provided such a different perspective and voice compared to all the other pop stations. The games they played with the listeners were so cute and inventive. I'm not from the Hamilton-area - I'm actually from the east end but I would tune in just to listen to them.
Personally I also really don't enjoy the Tucker/Maura dynamic or their show - I avoided Virgin like the plague when they did the morning show. Not the best move Corus.

April 8, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Diana and olivia

Me and my daughter really miss Darrin and Colleen. We really enjoyed them in the morning, they always made us laugh. You can hear that in the afternoon Colleen doesn’t sound happy anymore. We don’t like the change.

April 8, 2019 @ 8:39 AM

Tope

Extremely disappointed with the new morning talk show. I've tried a couple of times to listen but just not thrilled with it. I truly do miss Darren, Colleen and producer Sam. They had great chemistry, hilarious banter, and relevant topics all of which made my hour commute manageable. Sadly I've switched off 95.3

April 11, 2019 @ 5:45 PM

Lori

loved listening to Darren & Colleen, made me laugh every morning, new duo Tucker & Maura........................suck, they have NOTHING WORTH LISTENING TO, No wonder they changed their call sign, i changed my station too !! just like everyone else
BRING BACK DARREN AND COLLEEN

April 11, 2019 @ 8:07 PM

Kitchener DaveM

I gave it the change some time. I still don't like the new team. I miss Darren and Colleen. It used to be far more entertaining. Like the rest I'm out of here. Sorry about your luck. Best wishes to Darren.

April 19, 2019 @ 8:12 PM

Linda Rynen

Radio on my way to work is not the same. I loved listening to Darrin Colleen and Sam. Haven’t found another station I like since 😩😩😩

April 26, 2019 @ 6:51 PM

Christine

I loved Darrin and Colleen. I don't like the new show. Not Happy. Please bring back Darrin, Colleen, and Producer Sam. Not listening to 95.3 anymore.

April 28, 2019 @ 5:49 PM

Caitlin

Amazing ! Love Tucker and Maura! I stopped listening to 99.9 bc they’re not the hosts anymore

April 30, 2019 @ 7:37 PM

RoastLamb

I really miss Darrin and Colleen in the morning. Loved their Mind Grind comp. at 8:10. Sad. Not interested in the new show at all. Now I listen to 97.3 and 104.5.

May 3, 2019 @ 7:41 PM

Linda


After being away for some time, I am shocked to see the changes. Please advise who went and where. Some jobs were definitely lost here!!!

May 3, 2019 @ 7:51 PM

Marilyn

You have lost a listener and from what I hear at work you have lost several there as well. Not the same without Darrin and Colleen. BORING

May 4, 2019 @ 10:55 AM

Bette

If I want to hear about Toronto, I'll listen to a Toronto station. Send them back to where they came from. YOU ARE IN HAMILTON NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 7, 2019 @ 10:27 AM

H.o.E.

Ha ha.
[sarcasm] Uh, yeah, I'm not the same person obsessively coming back here to make the same comment every day or two for 6 or 7 weeks using a different name every time. It's just that, uh, maybe I've been on vacation for that long, and uh, yeah, that's why I didn't notice for all these weeks that these people were fired from the station even though I'm such a huge fan of them. Yeah, that's the ticket.[/sarcasm]

May 7, 2019 @ 10:53 AM

Paul Holst

Got home from Florida and noticed a big change. No more Darren and Coleen. Disappointed to say the least. I find the new show very boring and a lot recorded and repeated material. Just not the same. Moved on to a new station.

June 8, 2019 @ 7:57 AM

Cindi

I truly cannot stand Maura and her voice sounds like nails down a chalkboard...please get rid of her :(

Very disappointed in the new 95.3!

June 14, 2019 @ 8:58 AM

Tara

Extremely disappointed with the new morning talk show. I've tried a couple of times to listen but just not thrilled with it. I truly do miss Darren, Colleen and producer Sam. Sadly I've switched off 95.3. 95.3 was a Hamilton station, if I wanted to hear about Toronto, I would have listened to 99.9....truly cannot stand Maura either!

Bring them back!! Not listening to 95.3 anymore!!

June 14, 2019 @ 9:04 AM

Dragon

I liked Darren and Colleen. I hope they do well in their future endevours. I think Tucker and Maura are awesome as well. Great job 95.3!

June 26, 2019 @ 11:33 AM

Tami

I am so tired of hearing the same thing over and over again!

Get some new material or get off the radio.

July 4, 2019 @ 8:29 AM

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