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CING-FM is a Canadianmarker radio station, which broadcasts at 95.3 FM in Hamilton, Ontariomarker. The station airs a classic hits format branded as Vinyl 95.3.

CING was launched in 1976 by Burlington Broadcasting, at 107.9 FM in Burlington, Ontariomarker. Initially an easy listening and then an oldies station, the station switched to a dance music format in 1991, after several months of adding new-age music to its mixture of classical and middle-of-the-road music. The station applied to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) a number of times in the 1980s for frequency changes in the hopes of better reaching the more lucrative Torontomarker market, but was denied each time.

FM 108 era

CING-FM began on September 23, 1976, as a beautiful music format featuring mostly instrumental versions of pop favorites. The first song heard on the 107.9 FM frequency was "Sing" by The Carpenters. The station began experimenting with playing oldies during the overnight period in 1978, and response was so positive that by 1980 oldies shows constituted the majority of the program schedule. During the 1980s, FM 108 dayparted its programming between oldies and middle of the road music.

In its heyday, 'FM 108' was known for its personable oldies announcers. Each brought a unique character, special talent and inimitable style to the broadcast that held the audience captive in a bygone era of broadcasting. Some of the most memorable personalities include Glen Darling, Norman B., Steve Richards/Mortenson, Wes Atkinson, Burt Thombs, Clint Trueman, Jay Brown, Dale Patterson, webmaster for Rock Radio Scrapbook, as well the Shadow, Dave Terryberry, Larry Smith and of course the infamous Rockin Robin.

FM 108 began to phase out its oldies programming in the fall of 1989 with the addition of dance music programming ("Rhythm Radio") evenings and overnights; the station continued with its soft AC/MOR format during the rest of the day on weekdays, as "Daytime Lite and Rhythm at Nite." Oldies programming was relegated to Saturdays. The last oldies show on FM 108, hosted by Dale Patterson, aired on September 29, 1990. "Daytime Lite" ended in August of 1991 and the dance format expanded to full-time (as Dance 108).

Energy 108 era

In 1997, the station was acquired by Shaw Communications. Following the change in ownership, Energy's format shifted from dance music to mainstream CHR. Dance, rap, hip-hop, rock, and pop all received equal airplay. A minor name change also took place, with Energy 108 changing to Energy Radio. Under Shaw's ownership, several other stations in Ontario, including CKDK in Woodstockmarker, CHAY in Barriemarker and CKGE in Oshawamarker, also adopted the Energy Radio format, rebroadcasting CING much of the day. Shaw's radio operations were, in turn, spun off to Corus Entertainment in 1999.

Move to 95.3 FM

In 2001, CING and Hamilton's CJXY swapped frequencies. CING moved to its current 95.3, and CJXY took over the 107.9 signal. The frequency switch brought with it a change in the network's sound, with the mainstream CHR format making way for a hot adult contemporary format. With CING now available over a wider geographic area, the other stations dropped their CING simulcasts in 2002. The new format mirrored the format of Toronto's market leader, 104.5 CHUM FM, which sealed Energy's fate. In August 2002, the station adopted a country format, which it kept until 2009. On November 13, 2009, at 3pm EST, CING switched formats from country to classic hits. The last song played with the country format was The Dance by Garth Brooks. The First Song played on the new format was Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones

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