The Station: Info and History

The New Classical 96.3 FM is part of ZoomerMedia Limited.

Picture of Moses Znaimer

George H. Grant
President and CEO
MZ Media Inc.

John van Driel
Vice-President, Programming and Operations
Classical 96.3 FM

Dan Hamilton
Vice-President, National Sales
MZ Media Inc.


CLASSICAL 96.3 FM, home of Toronto’s Classical Favourites, started its life more than a quarter century ago as a humble classical music station in beautiful Cobourg, Ontario. Here’s a look at some of the highlights of our history, so far:

CLASSICAL 96.3 FM debuts on May 28 as CFMX-FM, broadcasting at 103.1 FM from Cobourg, Ontario. The station shares studio and office space with CHUC-AM, in a building halfway between Cobourg and Port Hope.
After a rocky start, the station is purchased by Truus and Martin Rosenthal on June 24. The CRTC approves the ownership transfer on November 30.
On September 1, CFMX-FM begins broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The station moves out of the CHUC building on November 30 and into its own facilities at 884 Division Street in Cobourg.
The CRTC awards the station use of the 96.3 FM frequency in Mississauga as a repeater for its Cobourg signal. At 10:45am on October 7, Truus and Martin Rosenthal pull the switch and launch CLASSICAL 96.3 FM onto the Greater Toronto Area airwaves. The station opens a sales office and small recording studio in Toronto, while continuing to broadcast from Cobourg.
The 96.3 FM frequency moves from Mississauga to a new tower atop First Canadian Place (the BMO building) in downtown Toronto.
As its popularity grows in Canada’s largest city, the station decides to centralize all operations in Toronto — including its on-air broadcast. CLASSICAL 96.3 FM officially opens its new studios at Queen and River in downtown Toronto on November 26. A small sales office remains open in Cobourg.
CLASSICAL 96.3 FM receives approval on July 22 to double the power of its Toronto signal.
MZMedia Inc. applies to the CRTC in May to buy CLASSICAL 96.3 FM, and officially takes ownership of the station on Friday, September 22nd.
THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM is officially relaunched on September 18, and its call letters are changed to CFMZ-FM.