Boom 97.3 FM
CHBM-FM is a radio station in Toronto, Ontario, Canada broadcasting at 97.3 FM. The station currently broadcasts a classic hits music format branded as Boom 97.3. CHBM’s studios are located at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue in Toronto’s Deer Parkneighbourhood, while their transmitter is located atop the CN Tower.
The station’s playlist contains tracks from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with a core focus on music released in the 1980s, while also playing select tracks from the 1960s and early 2000s.
Boom 97.3 was launched on May 18, 1987 at 9:00 AM by Redmond Broadcasting, with the call letters CJEZ-FM, and carried an easy listening format under the branding Easy 97. Staff for the new station included many long-time Toronto personalities, such as Jay Nelson, Russ Thompson, Bill Anderson and Carl Banas. In the early 1990s, it changed its moniker to Lite 97, but soon after, it changed its format to classic hits as Z97.3. In February 1995, Redmond sold the station to Telemedia and on June 30, at 5:30 AM, the station changed monikers to 97.3 EZ Rock. The slogan was The Heartbeat of Toronto, and aired an adult contemporary format. EZ Rock launched with the intent of having an audience of mainly women ages 25–44, and the Toronto station became the flagship when several other stations owned by Telemedia at the time broadcasting a similar format also gained the “EZ Rock” branding.