101.1 BIG FM initially launched in 1949 at 1230 kHz is a Classic rock station owned by Corus Entertainment. Big Hits & Real Classic Rock is the catchphrase. Ralph Snelgrove working as the manager of 560 CFOS AM applied for a license of AM station at Barrie which CBC board approved. 1230 kHz was granted as the frequency and 250 w would be the ERP of the soon to be launched radio. Ralph retired from CFOS-AM in April 1949 to eventually launch his station in August. CKBB-AM singed on air on Aug 31, 1949 after a brief ceremony effected by the rain and thunderstorm. Barrie Broadcasting Co. Ltd was incorporated as the company owning the CKBB in 1952 after the approval of CBC Board. By 1957 CKBB was an independent channel with no affiliation; Snelgrove would own 96.7% shares in radio. Frequency was switched to 1230 kHz and ERP was increased to 5,000 kHz in Nov 1958. The wattage was increased to 10,000 w in 1960.
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Snelgrove sold Barrie Broadcasting to Kawartha Broadcasting in 1983. Effective Control was transferred to Power Corporation of Canada in 1987. Nighttime Effective Radiated Power was approved to increase to 10,000 w in 1991 but the increment was never implemented. CKBB switched to FM band in Nov 1994; CIQB-FM were the new calls and 101.1 MHz was the new frequency and 1,500 w would be new Effective Radiated Power. B-101 would be the new branding. Power was decreased to 795 w in 1995. Corus Entertainment Inc. acquired PBI on April 13, 2000. In Sep 2005 the wattage was increased to 4,300 w. B101 switched from Hot AC to Contemporary Hits in 2008. 101.1 BIG FM was the new branding adopted in 2016 as the channel moved to classic rock format. CHAY-FM is the sibling of the Big FM 101.1. You can listen to music with Barrie News, Audios & Videos, Weather & Cancellations, events, concerts, contests, (BIG Business of the Week) latest and trending stories, playlists, on demand content and more. Find 101.1 Big FM on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Here is the website: www.1011bigfm.com
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