CITI-FM, 92.1 CITI, Winnipeg
|Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.
Lloyd Moffat put CKY-FM on the air August 1. The call sign was later changed to CITI-FM.
Lloyd Moffat died suddenly while vacationing in Hawaii.
Lloyd Moffat put CKY-FM on the air August 1.
Lloyd Moffat died suddenly while vacationing in Hawaii.
Approval was given for the transfer of 383,764 common shares of Moffat Broadcasting Ltd., owner of CKY-AM-FM and Vancouver’s CKLG-AM-FM; and for the transfer 25,000 class A common shares in Channel Seven Television Ltd., owner of CJAY-TV.
Randy Moffat, president of Moffat Broadcasting Ltd. added the General Manager title to his list of duties, responsible for CKY AM and FM. CKY’s Promotions Manager Bill Grogan was named Program Director. Sid Boyling, CKY’s former GM moved to Moose Jaw as general manager of CHAB-TV and CHRE-TV (Regina), working for CHAB Ltd.’s Jack Moffat.
CKY-FM was operating on a frequency of 92.1 MHz and had an effective radiated power of 360,000 watts. The station broadcast in stereo and offered 126 hours of programming each week that was entirely separate from CKY-AM.
The CKY-AM/FM studios moved from 432 Main Street into the CJAY-TV building at Polo Park.
On July 11, Moffat Communications Ltd. was authorized to increase antenna height for CKY-FM (360,000 watts ERP) from 388 feet to 790 feet – from a new transmitter site. An omnidirectional antenna would continue to be used.
CKY-FM became CITI-FM.
CITI-FM applied for a change of format and a reduction in the amount of classical music played. The application was denied and the station was accused of violating conditions of licence by implementing substantial program changes without approval. CITI was directed to comply with the authorized promise of performance within thirty days.
J. R. (Ron) Mitchell died on August 20 while on vacation in Florida. He was 46. Mitchell was President of Moffat Communications Ltd., MTV Ltd. (CKY-TV) and Winnipeg Videon Ltd.
Randall L. (Randy) Moffat, Chair of Moffat Communications Ltd., assumed the post of president, following the death of Ron Mitchell.
CITI received permission to change its format from Traditional MOR to Progressive Rock.
On January 11, the CRTC renewed CITI-FM’s licence until September 30, 1985.
Roy Hennessey moved from CITI/CKY Winnipeg to manage CHFM-FM/CKXL Calgary. Keith James moved from CHFM/CKXL to CHAM Hamilton and Don Kay moved from CHAM to replace Hennessey at CITI/CKY.
CITI/CKY sales manager Ron Kizney was now heading up the Winnipeg office of Radio Sales Group.
CITI-FM had its licence renewed but its request to reduce the amount of traditional and special interest music it carried by almost a third, was denied.
CITI was given approval to decrease effective radiated power from 360,000 to 210,000 watts. The change was applied for because the new panel-type antenna required a power reduction. The power reduction would not substantially change the signal. An ensuing slight decrease in coverage would only affect an area south of the station across the U.S. border.
Jody Elle was named CITI promotions director.
Gord Fry was named assistant program director for CITI-FM.
On August 20, the CRTC approved the sale by Moffat Communications Ltd. of CKY-AM and CITI-FM to Rogers Broadcasting Ltd. Moffat sold its entire radio division, but kept CKY-TV. Rogers also acquired Moffat’s CHFM-FM in Calgary.
Tom McGouran and Jerry Updike left CITI for CFMI Vancouver.
CITI-FM and CKY-AM moved out of the old Polo Park studios to a new facility at 4-166 Osbourne St.
Alden Diehl, 68, died October 27. After leaving a big mark at CFRA Ottawa and then CKLW Windsor, he joined CITI-FM / CKY as general manager. He then moved on to sister stations CKLG / CFOX-FM in Vancouver.
CITI was granted a decrease in power from 210,000 to 100,000 watts, and the relocation of the transmitter 20 kilometres north of the current site. The changes would result in a slight decrease in the contours south of the station.
Early on the morning of December 2nd, Ted Rogers, founder and former Chief Executive of Rogers Communications, owners of CITI-FM, died at his home in Toronto, after having suffered from congestive heart failure for some time.
Tom Scott was the new General Manager at CKY-FM/CITI-FM, moving from Citytv Winnipeg where he remained GM until a successor could be found. Scott moved to Citytv in October of 2008 after working at MTS TV Services and at Global Specialty Services in Winnipeg. Former CKY/CITI GM Greg Letawsky was now with the Rogers Radio cluster in Vancouver full-time as Market Sales Manager.
In February Jeff Brown was named program director at 92 CITI FM. He would also host the afternoon drive show. Brown left later in the year for CIKR-FM Kingston.
It was announced that CKY/CITI-FM General Manager Tom Scott would return to Citytv Winnipeg in the fall, again as GM. Scott, who joined Citytv in 2008 moved to the radio side to be GM at the Rogers-owned radio stations after the previous manager was transferred to Vancouver. A new GM for the radio cluster was being sought.
Darren Jopka, the former Sales Supervisor, was promoted to General Sales Manager of 92 CITI FM/102.3 Clear FM.
Former exotic dancer and on-air host Cosmo left 92 CITI-FM Winnipeg for sister Rogers station CHEZ 106 Ottawa. Newly appointed CITI-FM Program Director Jeff Brown took over the 2-7 p.m. shift.
Scott Armstrong, former General Manager at Corus Radio Cornwall, became the new GM at Rogers-owned 92 CITI-FM/102.3 Clear FM Winnipeg beginning October 6. Further, he became Program Director at CITI-FM when Jeff Brown left that position at the end of October. Armstrong succeeded Tom Scott who moved back to Citytv Winnipeg as GM.
Changes at 92 CITI FM included the resignation of morning show host Kathy Kennedy and the departure of Music Director/Assistant Program Director Frank Andrews.
On August 31, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CITI-FM until March 31, 2012.
Samantha Stevens left 92 CITI FM for QX104.
On March 20, the CRTC administratively renewed the licence for CITI-FM to August 31, 2012.
Samantha Stevens moved across the road to QX104 from 92 CITI FM. Frank Andrews left CITI for Fab 94.3/Bob FM.
On August 28, the CRTC administratively renewed CITI’s licence until December 31, 2012.
In September, 92 CITI FM announced that it would be the new home of Winnipeg’s #1 rock radio morning show (6 to 10 a.m.), Wheeler in the Morning with Philly and Rena. Wheeler in the Morning replaced the Tom & Joe morning show with Tom McGouran and Joe Aiello. Aiello would continue to wake up Winnipeg radio listeners on a new weekday morning show alongside on-air personality Kerri Salki on sister station 102.3 CLEAR FM. This move saw Salki’s co-host Jay Oliver departing the station.
Scott Armstrong was General Manager and Program Director of 92 CITI FM.
Phil Aubrey, Rena Jae and Dave Wheeler who left Power 97 September 12, began at 92 CITI-FM September 17. They succeeded the Tom & Joe morning show with Tom McGouran and Joe Aiello. Aiello continued with Rogers as the co-host of the 102.3 CLEAR FM morning show, along with Kerri Salki. McGouran and Salki’s previous co-host, Jay Oliver, was no longer with Rogers Winnipeg.
On December 21, the CRTC renewed CITI-FM’s licence to August 31, 2019.
Scott Armstrong was appointed General Manager for Rogers Radio & TV in Winnipeg.
On July 6 at 10:00 a.m., CITI was rebranded 92.1 CITI. The on-air line-up and music stayed the same, but The World Class Rock slogan was now gone.
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