Radio Stations are closing down abroad now as well. First petrol stations, then Pubs – now Radio Stations.
I wonder if Radio London offshore from the sixties would still be broadcasting if it had been legalised?
Another Ottawa radio station has tuned out.
In a terse and anonymous statement on Facebook, 93.9 Bob-FM management announced early Monday evening that the station was signing off after just over a decade of broadcasting “the best of the ’80s, ’90s, and whatever.”
“The last eleven years have been a blast, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have,” management said, explaining only that “market conditions have changed, and it’s time for us to pursue a new opportunity.”
By way of apparent compensation to suddenly deprived listeners, they suggested tuning into the station’s Internet version, http://www.bob.fm.
One station host, Cub Carson, tweeted the consequences as they affected him: “Anyone have a job opening, you know, in radio in Ottawa. I can’t start tomorrow though, I plan on drinking a little tonight.”
Some regular listeners weren’t happy. “First the Bear and now Bob … WTF Ottawa,” listener Mike Lapointe posted on Facebook. Another, Liam McAvoy, shared that sentiment, posting, “It’s annoying me that all the good stations are turning into crappy modern hip hop/r&b, etc.”
Other fans were ticked at the station’s lack of detailed explanation.
“At least have the courtesy (of) telling us why,” said Denise Joly.
Others were outright dismayed. “OMG, i love 93.9 bob fm. i switched from majic to u guys cause of Codi Jeffreys and Melanie Adams-Bobfm and Cub Carson and Darryl Kornicky and Milky,” said Wendy Dickel. “Now who do i wake up to?”
The history of Bob-FM — more formally known as CKKL-FM — goes back to 1947, when it was originally launched in Ottawa as CFRA-FM, broadcasting the same programming as its AM sister station. It subsequently went through a variety of owners, including for many years, CHUM Ltd., which regularly revamped the branding and reconfigured the programming, reincarnating the station as easy listening, hot adult contemporary or contemporary hit radio, depending on the mood of the time.
In 2011, Bell Media snapped up the station after buying CTVglobemedia and its properties.
Some station fans, learning of the station’s shutdown, were not pleased with Bell Media.
“It’s really sad that most of the media companies have forgotten that getting radio listeners to remain loyal to stations actually requires the company to show at least some loyalty to the listeners and staff as well,” Kevin Reid posted on Facebook. “Every time I try to rebuild my faith in ‘traditional’ radio models, the conglomerates (especially Bell) give me yet another reason to switch to iTunes and satellite streaming.”
“This is very sad,” said Leigh Hall. “Bob had the best hosts and clearly the hosts loved their listeners more than Bell Media did.”
In January 2013, Bell Media laid off seven on-air staff at BOB-FM and Majic 100.