Goodbye Z95.3! Thanks for the great memories.

I just got an email from Z95.3 saying that as of Tuesday, the Z as we know it will be no more. It will be replaced by an all-new format.

I remember when Z95.3 came out. It was originally billed as a dance music station and was the first top 40 FM station in the Lower Mainland. LG73 tried to compete but didn’t last long due to the difference in stereo sound. I still miss the Morning Zoo crew. Anyway, the first song to officially hit the airwaves was “Everybody Dance now” by C&C music factory. Once LG73 died, they changed into a top40 station and was successful for many years. By the time I left UBC, Z95 changed to Z and focussed on playing “Adult hits” to prevent us 20-something yuppies from jumping ship to the Beat 94.5. Since then, I’ve been listening to nothing but Podcasts and CKNW for the political stuff.

Thanks for the memories Z95.3. I hope you become a jazz station the way the Beat 94.5 was supposed to be!

11 Comments so far

  1. CLÁUDIO (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 4:46 am

    HELOOOOOO MY FRIEND :( :(

    why z95 will not function more?
    I listen here in Brazil.
    why z95 no will be more?
    what it happened?

    wait reply.
    good bye.


  2. CLÁUDIO (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 4:47 am

    HELOOOOOO MY FRIEND :( :(

    why z95 will not function more?
    I listen here in Brazil.
    why z95 no will be more?
    what it happened?

    my e-mail: claudioivp@gmail.com

    wait reply.
    good bye.


  3. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 7:53 am

    Ah, memories of high school! Well, secondhand memories: I wasn’t cool enough to listen to Z myself.

    Claudio, I believe this list of radio ratings in Vancouver tells the tale. Z95 is CKZZ on that list, and it has lost about a quarter of its market share in the last year. The discussion in that thread is quite interesting.

    If you want to go straight to the source, here’s BBE’s national radio ratings in their raw form.


  4. Rod (unregistered) on June 4th, 2007 @ 3:11 pm

    So what’s the new format? Has the station gone back on the air yet?


  5. Emma (unregistered) on June 5th, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    It is so sad that Z95.3 is gone I have listened to that station for at least 10 years, It sux!


  6. Sirob (unregistered) on June 6th, 2007 @ 11:12 pm

    yeah..i listened to this station since i was a kid…and usually the sound of battle of sexes woke me up for school……..


  7. Gb (unregistered) on June 9th, 2007 @ 12:26 pm

    Come on guys, Z95 was ok when it first came out. After a while they really started sucking. It became the worst radio station EVER. With the corniest morning people!

    Long Live The BEAT!!!


  8. t (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:12 pm

    I have listened to Z since it came out. As I grew up from elementary school days to my now boring office life, it was always there to keep me company and keep me laughing. Nat and Drew were amongst the best and listening to battle of the sexes before work was ritual. CRAVE SUCKS! and I have put it TOP TOP of my Boycott list. I have plans to reprogram all my presets so that I will not accidently hit the crave and listen that crap -which is what the real name ought to be. If I want that I would listen to 103.5. BRING BACK Z!!!!!!!!!! BRING IT BACK!
    a humble and pissed off persons opinion!


  9. E (unregistered) on June 13th, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

    I have never changed radio stations as much as I have in the last few days. I WANT Z95.3 TO COME BACK! Nat and Drew made my morning commute into Vancouver bearable during morning rush. I can’t stand the CRAVE – and think that it was complete crap that they didn’t give loyal listeners any warning that they were going off the air.
    I WILL BE BOYCOTTING CRAVE FOR THE DURATION OF THEIR REIGN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that enough people complain and Z is brought back!!


  10. (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 10:45 am

    shoulda been dead a long time ago… the personalitys sucked and so did the music


  11. (unregistered) on June 15th, 2007 @ 11:22 pm

    z f’ex was the most annoying thing ever…every 4 seconds they’d be bringing it up…time for change..and the morning show sucked bad…lame lame lame.



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