Infobox Radio station
name = CFXJ-FM
Greater Toronto Area
branding = The New FLOW 93.5
slogan = "Hits That Move You"
airdate = 2001
frequency = 93.5
format = Urban music (2001-2005)
Rhythmic top 40(2005-present)
power = 1.17 kW
website = [http://www.flow935.com Flow935.com]
CFXJ-FM is a
Canadianradio station in Toronto, Ontario, which uses the on-air brand The New FLOW 93.5. It first aired in 2001 as Canada's first urban music station.
Milestone Radio, the station's owner, first applied to the CRTC for an urban music station in 1991, but were passed over in favour of a country musicstation (CISS). They applied again in 1997, and were passed over in favour of CBL, the city's existing Radio One station, which the CBC wanted to move to FM for technical reasons.
Both decisions sparked controversy in Toronto, as the CRTC's reasons for passing over an urban-format station (which Toronto did not have) in favour of existing radio services were widelyFact|date=November 2007 believed to be racist in nature. The lack of an urban station also created immense difficulties for Canadian hip hop,
reggaeand R&Bmusicians, who had no radio outlets in Canada to play and promote their music.
As well, the 99.1 signal which was awarded to the CBC was believed to be the last available FM frequency in the city. However, in 1998, the CBC found that it was able to surrender two repeater transmitters outside of Toronto due to
CBLA's superior coverage of the region. In 2000, the CRTC opened applications for new services on these two frequencies, and on Milestone's third application, the CRTC awarded the 93.5 frequency to the company.
CFXJ officially debuted on
March 1, 2001after airing as a testing signal for several days in February of that year using the name FLOW 93.5. Before the station became prominent in the Greater Toronto Area, many listeners would tune-in to Buffalo, New York's 93.7 WBLK, which has used an urban contemporaryformat since the 1960s.
In August 2007, the station launched a new campaign and started using "The New Flow 93.5" on air.
Flow, and R&B/Hip Hop in Canada
Urban-format stations quickly followed in several other Canadian cities as well. However since then
CIBK-FMin Calgary, CFBT-FMin Vancouver, CKEY-FMin Niagara Falls, CKBT-FMin Kitchener and CIHT-FMin Ottawahave evolved to mainstream Top 40due to the lack of R&B, hip hop and/or dance product by Canadian acts being released and the pressure to follow the CRTC's guideline on Canadian contentmusic quotas.
Since CFXJ's debut, many Canadian hip hop and R&B musicians – including
Nelly Furtado, k-os, Kardinal Offishalland Jarvis Church, among others – have made the types of significant career breakthroughs that often eluded Canadian urban musicians in the 1990s. CFXJ is constantly "tweaking" its sound, experimenting with combinations of rhythmic Top 40and classic urban formats by adding artists such as Black Eyed Peas, Gwen Stefaniand Pussycat Dolls, while still striving to satisfy hip hop and R&B enthusists by breaking new North American/international music in Canada, such as Chamillionaire, Young Jeezy, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and Akon. Popular urban and rhythmic music, such as Jay-Z, Usher, Alicia Keysand Kanye Westremain staples on the playlist as well as popular dance and old school classics.
In recent years, many hip-hop listeners have turned against the radio station due to the lack of hip-hop music played. There are currently many anti-Flow 93.5 groups on
Toronto Star" published an article regarding it. [http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/Music/article/418823]
Monday to Friday
5:30am-10am: JJ and Melanie in the Morning featuring Melissa Duggan (news) Newbie (Producer) and Lisa Edwards (traffic).
10am-3pm: The Midday Break hosted by Jeni.
3pm-7pm: Flow Factor hosted by Devo Brown featuring Sam Mitchell (traffic).
Mon-Wed-Thurs 7pm-11pm, Tues & Fri. 7pm-10pm: Trauma Unit hosted by J-Wyze and Jus Red.
Monday 11pm-1am: The Real Frequency hosted by Arcee, DJ P-Plus and Muziklee Insane.
Tuesdays 10pm-1am. Thursdays 11pm-1am: OTA Live hosted by Ty Harper and rez Digital.
Wednesday 11pm-1am: Taboo hosted by Taboo.
Saturday 1am-4am: This House hosted by DJ Tricky Moreira.
Saturday and Sunday 8am-1pm: The Groove hosted by Kass P.
Saturday 1pm-6pm: Weekend Live hosted by Scott Boogie.
Saturday 6pm-9pm: Live In The Den hosted by
Saturday 9pm-10pm: The Truth hosted by Team Canada.
Sunday 1am-3am: Outta Control hosted by Mad Linx and Power.
Sunday 6am-8am: The Word hosted by Markland "Action" Edwards.
Sunday 1pm-6pm: Weekend Live hosted by DJ Reddy Fox.
Sunday from 6pm-9pm: Soca Therapy hosted by Dr. Jay.
Sunday 9pm-12am: Riddim Track hosted by Spex.
Sunday 12am-3am: Syrenity hosted by Syrenity.
Monday to Friday 12pm-1pm: The Midday Mix hosted by DJ P-Plus and DJ Jason Chambers
Monday to Friday 5pm-6pm, 7pm-7:35pm: DJ Starting From Scratch hosted by DJ Starting From Scratch
Saturday & Sunday at 3pm: Chris Mix hosted by DJ Christopher Michaels
2001: True Daley (morning news anchor, creator and producer of "News and Views" which was co-hosted by Spiria Fearon)
2001: Mike and Mike ("lasted 1 week")
2001-2002: Kenny Robinson, Trix, Mark Strong, Jemini, Nathan Downer
2002-2006: Mark Strong, Jemini, Spiria Fearon ("replaced in 2004 by Ruby Jones")
2006-2007: Slim and Melanie in the Morning featuring JJ King and Ruby Jones. ("Slim replaced with JJ King in July 2007")
2001-2002: Johnathan Shaw, Jemini
2002-2006: "Hollywood" Rich Fagan
2006-2007: DJ Reddy Fox
2001-2002: Tony (Slim), Rich, DJ Starting from Scratch
2002-2004: Wayne Williams
2001-2002: J Wyze, DJ-X, Power
2001-2003: [http://www.geenalee.com Geena Lee] (host of #1 Rated show "The Lovezone")
* [http://www.flow935.com Official Site]
* [http://www.therealfrequency.com Official Site of The Real Frequency]
* [http://hiphopcanada.com/_site/media/radio/realfrequency/index.php HipHopCanada Site of The Real Frequency]
* [http://hiphopcanada.com/_site/media/radio/otalive/index.php OTA Live - Megacity Countdown]
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=401&historyID=329 CFXJ history at Canadian Communications Foundation]
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