If you tuned into 104.9 Fun FM this morning around 8:45am you would have heard Jack FM’s Larry & Willy make the announcement. CFUN, the call letters that hit the air in the Fraser Valley and Metro Vancouver in 1955, are gone. Now when you tune to 104.9 on your radio you’ll hear “Top 40” and new hits on Sonic FM.
In November of 2009 Talk 1410 (CFUN’s last iteration on the AM dial) flipped over to TEAM 1410 and the CFUN letters moved into the hands of Rogers (where they have been in the form of Fun FM). Vancouver’s radio landscape changes all the time.
From new voices and the latest singles to less sports, more news, more hits, and fewer oldies. Now, there’s another new kid on the block.
Rock stations are playing Jack Johnson, alternative stations are playing classic rock, and they’re all (along with pop and top 40) playing Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks. You’ll be able to hear Lady Gaga on at least three Vancouver radio stations now, but you might also find Mumford & Sons on just as many.
I love radio. I used to play radio at home with my brother and sister, I grew up with the Morning Zoo, I married a radio engineer, and sometimes radio stations (from Queer FM Vancouver to the CBC) have me on to talk about events or the latest in social media. I also used to co-host two podcasts.
Radio is just that tune or voice that’s always there, whenever you feel like listening. Here’s what we have for selection in Vancouver:
CBC Radio 88.1, CBC Radio Two 105.7, Vancouver Tourist Radio 89.3,CJSF SFU 90.1, CBUX French 90.9, CKYE multicultural music & talk 93.1, JR Country 93.7, The Beat 94.5 Top 40, Virgin 95.3 Adult Top 40, CHKG multicultural 96.1, 96.9 Jack pop variety, CBUF French 97.7, CFOX rock 99.3, The Peak alternative 100.5, Classic Rock 101.1, 101.9 CiTR UBC, Co-Op Radio 102.7, 103.5 QMFM soft rock and pop, Shore 104.3 roots rock, 104.9 Sonic Top 40.
650 CISL all time favourites with talk, 730 all traffic, 980 CKNW news talk, TEAM 1040 sports, News 1130, RJ1200 Bollywood Top 40 from India, 1320 CHMB Chinese community, TEAM 1410 sports, 1550am Sher-E-Punjab, 1600 Radio India broadcasts.
When you compare us to most other major cities, our dials are pretty empty when you do a quick scan of the airwaves (despite the list above). Aside from their on-air music and personalities, local radio also supports the community. There isn’t one festival that I attend that doesn’t have a radio station as a sponsor. Many radio stations and on-air talent are also getting into social media, extending their audiences and engaging with them even further.
While my favourites are already set in stone on my tuner, having another option for radio in Vancouver isn’t a bad thing. Competition is good and so is selection.