99.9 Virgin Radio Launches in Kelowna

— October 3, 2019

– SUN FM in Kelowna rebrands to 99.9 Virgin Radio beginning Oct. 3 –

KELOWNA (October 3, 2019) – iHeartRadio Canada announced today the rebrand of 99.9 SUN FM to 99.9 VIRGIN RADIO in Kelowna, B.C., beginning Thursday, Oct. 3. Playing the latest hits from today’s biggest artists including Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, and Shawn Mendes, the move from SUN FM to VIRGIN RADIO brings together one of the world’s most recognized brands with the local personalities, music, and spirit of Kelowna.

“We’re very excited to launch the world class Virgin Radio brand in Kelowna, joining other Virgin Radio stations across Canada to bring greater access to today’s hottest artists and events,” said Ken Kilcullen, General Manager, Bell Media Radio. “The incredible combination of Virgin Radio and our station’s outstanding local talent is a match made for the Okanagan.”

“With a strong focus on Kelowna and Okanagan, we are excited to bring the internationally recognized brand, Virgin Radio, to our local listeners,” said Boyd Leader, Program Director, Bell Media Radio. “Our cornerstone morning and afternoon drive hosts grew up in the Okanagan, and we can’t wait to continue to deliver non-stop music and non-stop fun, now under the Virgin name, to the community.”

99.9 VIRGIN RADIO wakes up Kelowna with MORNINGS WITH B MACK AND KARLY, weekdays from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT, followed by ON AIR WITH RYAN SEACREST from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT. Taking over the afternoon is Denai Johnson, host of the Afternoon Drive show from 2 – 6 p.m. PT. In to the evening, THE KATIE MURRAY SHOW connects with listeners and their favourites from 6 – 10 p.m. PT, and Shannon Burns commands iHeartRadio nights from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. PT.  

99.9 VIRGIN RADIO Kelowna is available across Canada via audio live stream on the iHeartRadio Canada app and iHeartRadio.ca. The network is also connected through Alexa, Siri, and Google Home smart speakers.

About iHeartRadio Canada
iHeartRadio, a best-in-class customizable digital listening experience and live events brand, is now in Canada through a partnership between Bell Media and iHeartMedia. A leader in innovative radio programming throughout Canada, Bell Media features the country’s most dynamic, popular, and respected radio brands, including Toronto’s CHUM 104.5 and the ÉNERGIE group in Québec, as well as international brands like Virgin Radio. In the U.S., iHeartRadio has surpassed 100 million registered users, reaching milestones at a rate faster than Facebook or any other streaming music service. In addition, iHeartRadio’s registered user milestone does not account for the millions of listeners who tune into iHeartRadio’s live radio streams without registering. iHeartRadio is now the #1 podcaster in the world, with more than 250,000 podcasts.

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