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97.5 Virgin Radio logo.svg
Frequency97.5 MHz (FM)
Branding97.5 Virgin Radio
FormatCHR/Top 40
First air date
1986 (at 103.1 FM)
Former frequencies
103.1 MHz (1986-1993)
Technical information
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT141 meters (463 ft)
WebcastListen Live

CIQM-FM is a radio station broadcasting at 97.5 FM in London, Ontario, Canada, branded as 97.5 Virgin Radio. The station airs a CHR/Top 40 format. CIQM is owned by Bell Media. CIQM's studios are located at 1 Communications Road along with CJBX-FM, CJBK, and CFPL-DT while its transmitter is located near Byron in West London.

CIQM operates on a frequency once occupied by CKO from 1977 to 1989.

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CIQM originally operated as Q103 at 103.1 FM (now the home of CFHK-FM in St. Thomas) from its sign-on in 1986[1] until moving to the 97.5 frequency vacated by CKO in 1993.[2] For many years, the station was known as Q97.5, even after taking on the "EZ Rock" trademark; in 2006, the "Q" was dropped and the station became known as simply 97.5, London's EZ Rock.

On September 6, 2010, CIQM underwent several changes, including a tweak in branding (as The New Sound of EZ Rock), a new logo and new on-air staff. The station moved from its 24-year-old adult contemporary format to hot adult contemporary. The switch was due to rival CKOT-FM switching from easy listening to a gold-based Soft AC mix, and also because of rimshot rivals CIHR-FM and CHGK-FM, both mainstream AC stations, also being heard in London. The station also dropped the decimal point from the station ID after flipping to Hot AC. Just after the format tweak, Astral Media switched CIQM's jingles to the Hot AC jingles. Despite all of the changes, CIQM, which once dominated the market, suffered from ratings erosion, and had the lowest share in the London CMA, and was a distant second place behind CKOT.

On August 13, 2012, CIQM began stunting with jockless music, as well as their website being replaced by a countdown clock, with a Siri-like voiceover informing listeners to tune at 8 a.m. on August 17, when an impending "update" of the station would be completed. At that time, the station flipped to CHR/Top 40, becoming the 5th station in Canada (12th overall, including CKQB-FM in Ottawa, although that station reverted to its previous "Bear" branding (and has since flipped to CHR), CKZZ-FM in Vancouver (though they are considered Hot AC, and has since reverted to its former "Z" branding), and CFBT-FM in Vancouver) using the "Virgin Radio" branding. The final song on "EZ Rock" was "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse, while the first song on "Virgin" was "Pound the Alarm" by Nicki Minaj.[3][4] Longtime rival CFHK-FM became once again the market's only Hot AC station. CIQM-FM's flip to CHR filled the Top 40 void in London for the first time since 2004, when CFHK dropped it in favour of its current Hot AC format.

Final "EZ Rock" logo from 2010-2012
Final "EZ Rock" logo from 2010-2012

The station has a full-time air staff and some shows are syndicated from iHeartRadio including: iHeartRadio Nights with Myles from Monday to Fridays, The iHeartRadio Top 20 with Shannon Burns, Most Requested Live with Romeo on Saturday nights, The Friday Night Supermix with the Angry Kids, The Hit Mix with DJ Starting from Scratch and The Weekender with Dames Amy & Juliette on Sundays.


  1. ^ Decision CRTC 86-19
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 93-20
  3. ^ "Virgin Radio Debuts in London, ON".
  4. ^ "EZRock Becomes Virgin Radio". 17 August 2012.

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