No longer Fresh, 95.3 is now full of Energy

On-air personalities Scott Tucker and Maura Grierson make their return to morning radio today, as their new show Tucker and Maura in the Morning kicks off the relaunch of local radio brand Energy 95.3. Serving Greater Toronto and Hamilton, Energy 95.3 (formerly 95.3 Fresh Radio) returns to the region after an absence of nearly two decades as the home of Today’s Best Music, playing the biggest songs from the best pop artists in the world.

“We couldn’t be more excited to bring the Energy radio brand back to Toronto and Hamilton, and introduce a new generation of listeners to a true cultural staple,” said Brad Phillips, VP and Head of FM Radio, Corus Entertainment. “To have a high-quality morning show team like Tucker and Maura to launch with is a dream come true; their proven results, experience, and energy make them a perfect fit.”

The last time the station was branded Energy was after a frequently swap with sister station CJXY-FM, now known as Y108. The station changed its branding from Energy 108 to Energy Radio. CING-FM was subsequently rebranded Country 95.3, Vinyl 95.3, and most recently Fresh 95.3.

In addition to Tucker and Maura, local favourite Colleen Rusholme returns to the airwaves to host afternoon drive from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET.

Energy 95.3’s full on-air lineup is as follows:

  • Tucker and Maura in the Morning – 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Emily Szabo – 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Colleen Rusholme – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tucker and Maura at 6 – 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    • Featuring highlights from the morning’s Tucker & Maura show
  • Dave Blezard – 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.


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  1. Hello:

    I was disappointed to learn that Darren and Colleen no longer host the morning show. They made me want to move to Hamilton when I retire. I see Colleen is still around, what happened to Darren Laidman, thanks very much.
    I have listened to the new people, and they aren’t as good, they are a bit boring, whereas the others made me laugh on the way to work, a nice way to start the day. I think you will regret this move. Please get back to me, thanks.

    Nancy Bradd

    • Nancy,
      I couldn’t agree more! Darren and Colleen and producer Sam made the mornings fun and jovial. They had an unbelievable chemistry on air. I work nights and listening to them on the way home in the mornings was always very entertaining and something to look forward to!
      The mind grind, no filter Friday’s, and Darren’s frustration when callers would have a bad phone connection (while Colleen and Sam laughed) will sorely be missed. I wish the new crew the best of luck, but I’m afraid that Darren, Colleen and Sam set the bar too high to compete.

  2. Hi,not a fan of new on air personalities…really liked listening to Darren and Colleen on my morning comute…where is Darren?? I see Colleen is still around in the afternoon…too bad,will be switiching to my back up station now.

  3. I agree l really enjoyed listening to Darren , producer Sam and Colleen in the morining.they were so much fun!!

  4. It’s totally fair to agree that people who have been listening to them and only them since they’ve been on air that everyone else will not be able to compete. I listened to Tucker and Maura every morning since they started when they were on 99.9 and it’s the same over there. They set the bar to high for the new crew they lost their show.

  5. I truly cannot stand Tucker and Maura at all, let alone first thing in the morning. Please ask Maura to stop ruining children’s songs with her high pitched squeals (her attempt on singing a children’s nursery song) This radio station sucks now as it is all repeats all day everyday, grrrr!! They destroyed a local radio station. Maura is extremely obnoxious and so loud and over bearing. No one can get a word in when Maura is on the air. I am so tired of hearing about her daughter, you are not the only one that has a kid and works, get over yourself. So many lost listeners, so sad.

  6. Hello, as usual i listen to your radio station this morning.
    you got my attention when you asked the public to text in “what is the worst your EX did to you”
    Well i would like to comment about this.

    ONE of the worst things the EX did to me was moving across Canada to BC with his fiancé and taking the ashes of our son with him. The death of your son was our breaking point in our marriage, because I wanted and did bring him (our son) home on palliative care.

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