CoolJamz Radio plays a classic urban format, primarily dedicated to Hip-Hop and R&B from the last 25 years through today, with a heavy emphasis on classic jams! All streams are high quality AAC and designed to play on any modern digital media player.
CoolJamz Radio began as two different stations:
- Malisson Radio was originally named "Radio CJ" when it launched in October, 2007 as a side project for C.J, a University of Pittsburgh student at the time. The station was also briefly heard on a low-power FM signal at 107.3 MHz and was based out of C.J.'s dorm room (later his apartment) and played various talk and pop music shows from around the world. Malisson Radio was also known for its holiday programming during the month of December. When CoolJamz Radio was born, Malisson Radio surrendered its digital dial position to the new format.
- CIDY 1650 began broadcasting in Calgary, Alberta as an unlicensed community radio station at 94.3 FM, (then branded as 94-3 CIDY FM) in 2007 to serve the southeast quadrant of Calgary with a Contemporary Urban format. In late 2007 the station was asked to leave the FM band. Complying with the request, the station returned in early 2008 as a low-powered AM station featuring a Classic Hits format on AM 1580. That version of the station ran for several years until January of 2013 when the station moved to AM 1650 and re-adopted the CIDY callsign temporarily while preparing for it's re-launch. During the 'CIDY 1650' period, the station was joined by Pittsburgh FM radio personality, C.J. and veteran Vancouver disc jockey ScottyD (DJ Specs). When cooljamzradio.com launched in September of 2013, the terrestrial signal became known as CJR-AM 1650.
While the new station broadcasts from its home base in Calgary, Alberta, it also has key operations from staff in Vancouver, BC. Staff in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA), are no longer affiliated with CoolJamz Radio as of January 1, 2016, when the station became licensed exclusively for Canadian operation.
CoolJamz Radio pays all necessary fees to SOCAN for licensing of copyrighted material, and is intended only for listening within Canada. Any revenue generated from merchandise sale or advertisements are immediately placed into a fund for station resources, including licensing, equipment, music purchases, and other operating costs. Currently, there are two terrestrial repeaters both on AM 1650 kHz in SE Calgary at separate sites, operating within legal low-power limits as per regulations set by IC using certified, licence-exempt equipment. Any unauthorized rebroadcast without the written consent of CoolJamz Radio staff is prohibited. Listening to CoolJamz Radio from outside of Canada is prohibited.
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