Moses Znaimer – Zoomer Radio

Moses Znaimer
Canadian Media Pioneer Moses Znaimer was checking out the vintage cars at this year’s Century of Classics in Collingwood

You may have bumped into him on the streets of downtown Collingwood this summer.

Moses Znaimer was, is and will always be Canada’s media trailblazer.


Moses Znaimer doesn’t give in to today’s trends. He creates his own.

From early beginnings at the CBC the founder of CityTV, inventor of Speaker’s Corner and the man who launched Much Music, Bravo and Fashion Television to name just a few, is also a radio guy.

If you are a regular visitor to CollingwoodLiving.com, you would have noticed a series of recent articles written about the demise of local news coverage in local print and broadcast outlets and the reduction of live radio programming in this region.

The picture painted by employees impacted by the corporate cutbacks, not to mention the loss of service to the audience, hasn’t been pretty.

At a time when corporate radio formats across the dial have blended together to build a massive wall of sameness, there is a company daring to be different.

Zoomer Media.

If you haven’t tuned into AM 740 for a while (now presented as Zoomer Radio), please do so.

Moses Znaimer has very quietly performed a reboot of the station’s sound by expanding the music library to provide a much larger variety of songs that you simply won’t hear on any other radio station.

Zoomer Radio is programmed by people who know music.

A constant complaint from battered radio listeners in this day and age is that they tire quickly of hearing the same songs over and over again. The corporate philosophy of only playing songs that charted number one or two, no matter what they sound like, is not in play on Zoomer Radio.

AM 740 plays a wide variety of “Zoomer Hits” from the late 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and into the 80’s.

While writing this article I have heard Honkey Cat by Elton John, a nice tribute to Aretha Franklin, Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac, Fortune Teller by Bobby Curtola, What a Fool Believes by the Doobie Brothers, Flashdance What a Feeling by Irene Cara, Hey Boba Lou by Ronnie Hawkins, Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the the Shondells, Life is a Carnival by The Band and American Woman by The Guess Who.

What other radio station would dare put out a musical mix like that today?

The Monday-Friday morning show with Neil , Sam and Jane is up-beat, fast paced and intelligent. They pack in a lot of music and, are you ready for this, provide well written and researched 5 minute newscasts, an important programming element lost on most stations.

This is followed by the Top 10 at 10 when a week of a certain year is chosen and the top ten songs from those seven days are played. Then at 11, the next 10 songs that charted that week are featured.


Robbie Lane from the 60’s and 70’s Canadian Rock Band Robbie Lane and the Disciples took part in this year’s Collingwood Elvis Festival

In the evening, Robbie Lane from the 60’s and 70’s Canadian Rock Band Robbie Lane and the Disciples can be heard weeknights from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Robbie’s deep roots in the music business shine through with his comments about personal relationships with the performers and how some of the songs came to be.

The 9:00 o’clock hour is the most interesting as Robbie mixes up the playlist featuring songs from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s and highlights a classic from the 50’s.

Moses Znaimer doesn’t give in to today’s trends. He creates his own.

Thank goodness there is something really good on the radio to listen to.

AM 740 – 96.7 FM Downtown Toronto – Zoomer Radio. Zoomer Hits.

Zoomer Good!

— Paul Richards is the former Manager of Programming for CHAY-FM 93.1 and is the publisher of CollingwoodLiving.com



Note: Zoomer Media also owns and operates On The Bay Magazine and The New Classical 102.9 FM in Collingwood.



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