While everyone’s focused on CHOI Radio X coming to Montreal, it’s not the only music station in Quebec switching to a talk radio format today.
As announced in June, Cogeco converted three regional stations from the CKOI brand to news-talk brands based on the one used by CHMP 98.5FM in Montreal.
- CKOY-FM 107.7 in Sherbrooke becomes FM 107.7 Estrie
- CKOF-FM 104.7 in Gatineau becomes FM 104.7 Outaouais
- CKOB 106.9 in Trois-Rivières becomes FM 106.9 Mauricie
They join FM 93 in Quebec City (CJMF-FM) and FM 98 in Saguenay (CKRS-FM), the latter of which is an independently-owned station that carries some network programming.
The three new stations share much of the same programming. They include:
- Jacques Fabi overnights and Isabelle Ménard weekend overnights, broadcast throughout the network
- Isabelle Maréchal during late mornings, done out of Montreal and airing on all stations except Quebec City and Saguenay
- Sans Tabou, with Hugo Langlois and Sylvie Lavallée, in the afternoons, everywhere except Saguenay and Montreal
- Les amateurs de sports with Michel Villeneuve and Bonsoir les Sportifs with Ron Fournier, everywhere except Quebec City
- Weekend programming like Que le Québec se lève with Guy Simard, On aura tout vu with Sylvain Ménard and weekend sports shows with Mario Langlois, except in Quebec City and Saguenay
Each station continues to have its own local morning show, noon show and afternoon drive show on weekdays. They will also air sports programming including Canadiens and Alouettes games, except for the station in Gatineau which air Senators games.
Meanwhile, at other stations
CKOI in Montreal, which remains a music station, launched its new programming today. It adds Yan England to its morning show, Nadia Bilodeau to afternoons (starting Sept. 10) and revamps its noon show to focus more on humour.
Mitsou, who left NRJ in June and was rumoured to be heading to rival Rythme FM, confirmed she’ll be starting there Nov. 20. She’ll join the afternoon show, instead of the morning one, so she can spend mornings with her family. Marie-Soleil Michon will host the show until Mitsou starts. Also joining Rythme FM (CFGL-FM) are Lise Dion and, according to La Presse, Denis Fortin.
NRJ Montreal (CKMF-FM) adds Mike Gauthier with its fall schedule. He’ll also join Rouge FM in Quebec City, which is also owned by Astral.
La Presse has a few other tidbits of programming changes at French-language radio stations in Montreal.
In Quebec City, legendary pranksters Les Justiciers Masqués are back on the radio, joining the afternoon show at the CKOI station there, which is owned by Leclerc Communication.