It’s Country Time in OTTAWA
Ottawa’s BOB-FM goes silent after decade of music and conversation
By Robert Sibley
Tuesday November the 11th, 2014
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, 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?”
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Virgin Radio Ottawa?
Rumor is it will be country but lots of people hoping its rock again to replace the dead bear.
Unbelievable how these radio stations are all set up for a launch like the now 94 Ottawa’s Country, then the big AXE comes down… sad for Steve Winnogron who’s anything but stale … just too expensive because he’s been at CFRA for a long time.