Iconic radio station Flow 93.5 gutted again and Toronto hip hop fans are outraged
What was arguably Toronto's only radio station dedicated to hip hop is no more, and its favourite personalities have been let go.
People tuning into the 93.5 frequency over the past couple of days have been hearing pop tunes from the likes of City and Colour, Ed Sheeran and Tragically Hip rather than the familiar hip hop and talk shows the station had become known for.
Flow 98.7 still plays hip hop, R&B, soca and reggae, and has a message about the transition posted on their website.
"Flow has been a powerful brand in the GTA for over 20 years, coupled with the historical legacy of G98.7 and what it has meant to Toronto's Black community, and we are thrilled bring together these two respected stations," reads the message.
"The 'All New' Flow 98.7FM will continue to be 'Toronto's hip hop and R&B' station, playing various genres of music including but not limited to hip hop, R&B, soca and reggae."
The loss of the radio personalities is being seen as a huge error in judgement for the rebranding.
@flow935 fumbled the bag by letting go of Peter & Blake— Ⓜ️ (@mlx95) February 14, 2022
Hip hop fans are unhappy about the disappearance of Flow, but there are also people out there that are unhappy both stations have lost their original formats.
Some people are commenting online that this effectively merges two radio stations focused on Toronto's Black community into one, and effectively scrubs more Caribbean music from our airwaves.
So goodbye to flow935, the irony of it coming in black history month the market out was meant to promote. I actually enjoyed g98.7 it was a pretty good station. I hated it became a garbage station. Please don't screw up 98.7 too.— Chris S (@Bushmonke) February 10, 2022
I might be going back to 93.7WBLK
One person pointed out the hypocrisy of the changeover taking place during Black History Month.
The fact that this story (that @flow935 has ‘merged’ with #G987FM to become @FLOW987FM) is not trending in Toronto and I had to dig hard to even learn about it kind of says it all. Serious step back for Black music in this city and country. Happy #BHM2022! https://t.co/LG7wccvMJm— Ian Steaman (@iansteaman) February 10, 2022
It's true that the new "Today Radio" format doesn't have much new to offer listeners other than the same recycled Carly Rae Jepsen tracks that play on many other stations.
management of @flow935 already demonstrated their disconnection with their local listeners when they decided to replace a popular morning show with “the breakfast club” for several months—a horrifically bad call—and now they’re giving us even less of what the community wants?— sam (@speckledsam) February 13, 2022
At one point previously, Flow had also brought in non-local show The Breakfast Club, replacing local morning programming, to a poor reception.
First half hour taking in @flow935(98.7) heard some home grown hiphop l, Afro beats and Soca 🙌🏾 okkkkk— King K.E (@k_ngke) February 14, 2022
However, some people seem to be ok with how the "All New" Flow is sounding.
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