Toronto

Dan Williamson, 680 CFTR Toronto | July 28, 1978

Date of Recording: 07.28.1978 Station: 680 CFTR Toronto, Ontario, Canada Featured Air Talent: Dan Williamson Contributor: Russ Horton Aircheck Entry: 1,440 Date of Contribution: 08.28.2016 12:03, time to shake that thing!… Comments: Courtesy of our biggest Canadian Contributor, Russ Horton, AKA Big Daddy (the head honcho up at D-Moos.com), we bring you another one-of-a-kind AM Top 40 classic! CFTR was the station John Records Landecker (WLS/WLS-FM Chicago) went to for a time in the 80s, and listening to this, you’ll understand why. CFTR, showcased here from 1978, has that sound; that excitement that the best AM Rockers had before burning themselves out and leaving everything to FM. The amazing thing is that while we down here in the United States (where airchexx.com hails from)...

John Rhode, 590 CKEY Toronto | October 11, 1988

Date of Recording: October 11, 1988 Station: CKEY Toronto “Key 590” Featured Air Talent: John Rhode “The Breakfast Club” Contributor: Russ Horton Aircheck Entry: 1,404 Comments: New Contributor Russ Horton sent in a high quality unscoped recording of Classic Hits formatted 590 CKEY. Branded “Key 590”, the Classic Hits format was barely invented, in fact, CKEY is not doing what the original Classic Hits format started out as in the United States – as a mainline 1970s hits station. CKEY played a wide range of music from the 60s through then current songs. This is Morning Drive. “The Breakfast Club”, which, for a music station, featured all the elements you’d find on a current day News/Talk outlet. Full News, Traffic, Sports and Weat...

Gerry Forbes, 1050 CHUM Toronto | October 18-19, 1988

Date of Recording: October 18-19, 1988 Contributor: Russ Horton Station: 1050 CHUM Toronto Featured Air Talent: Gerry Forbes, Greg Lee (Jocks), Paul Cross (News), Mary Garafallo (Traffic), Robby Evans (Weather) Aircheck Entry: 1,402 Comments: If there was any doubt that AM radio was still vibrant and strong in 1988, at least in Canada, this should remove all of it. For any who may not be familiar with 1050 CHUM, this was one of two very successful Top 40 stations in the city of Toronto on the AM dial. Primarily in the 1960s and 1970s, CHUM and 680 CFTR duked it out for ratings superiority as both churned out the hit songs every hour for many decades. By the 1980s, music on AM was on the decline, eclipsed by the success of FM CHR formats in the United States. But in Canada, AM hung on, in p...

Jackson Armstrong, 1050 CHUM Toronto | 1967

Perhaps it was the PAMS signature jingles, the incredible music, the enormous audience or just the mystique surrounding this radio station. But for a time in the 1960s and 70s, no other station in Toronto touched its listeners the way 1050 CHUM did. One of radio’s greats is featured on this worn but wonderful aircheck. The late Jackson Armstrong, complete with the Gorilla and the future “world’s fastest talking human” by the Guiness Book of World Records (1973), blows through this 12 1/2 minutes of Top 40 magic so fast that one can barely understand what he’s saying! Armstrong would slow down (a little) by the time he got to 64 KFI Los Angeles in the 1980s, but here, his jaws are going at light-speed! Aircheck #1,346 since May 2, 2002!

Jim Van Horn, 1050 CHUM Toronto | September, 1977

Courtesy of Big Apple Airchecks, here’s a snippet of 1050 CHUM in the salad days of late 70s AM Top 40. Its right after Labor Day weekend so we can nail the date of this recording down to early September, 1977. This is Jim Van Horn, a jock with big pipes and a big city sound to his presentation. The aircheck is a bit choppy and not altogether the best audio quality, but we restored it the best we could. And remember, even though its 1977, the FM Rock stations were nipping at the heels of AM radio. But CHUM soldiered on, playing contemporary music until 1989, when on Sept. 1, the station went Oldies, then Sports some twelve years later. Sports was so successful (not), that CHUM returned to Oldies on 8/27/02. That would last until 3/26/09 when CHUM decided to ditch all music and local ...

MicroChexx: 1050 CHUM Toronto, First Day as Gold-Based AC | June 6, 1986

What follows is all that could be salvaged from two sides of a C-60 cassette featuring music from the first day of the then-new AC format at 1050 CHUM. We don’t feature the music on this website, but endeavor to bring you as much of the radio station’s imaging, the ‘sound between the records’, so to speak. What happened here is, the person who recorded this obviously was recording for the music, and in a twist of opposites of what we do at airchexx, cut out all the format items in between these songs, except for the two instances you hear in this under one minute recording. Wikipedia has a page dedicated to 1050 CHUM. The format change to this is explained as follows: By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and...

The “Sunday Funnies”, 104.5 CHUM-FM Toronto | 1986

Courtesy of new Contributor “Jay”, who sent this in without his last name and only with a download link to this in his collection, here’s something truly unique! The Sunday Funnies were aired on many AOR, Progressive and the evolving Active Rock stations of the mid-80s. CHUM-FM, if you believe the wikipedia version of history of CHUM-FM, was evolving from Album Rock to Adult Contemporary (somehow, this doesn’t make much sense, since the two formats were as far apart as Summer is to Winter, but that’s how its written). We invite listeners to CHUM-FM in the Mid-80s to set the record straight. I get the impression, based upon the ads heard in the stop sets between segments, that CHUM-FM was still solidly in the Album Rock format here. This aircheck will certainly...

Jackson Armstrong, 1050 CHUM Toronto Composite 1968-69

Canada, as the United States, had it’s ‘golden Top 40’ age during the 1960s and 70s, and perhaps no other Canadian radio station had greater success with the format than Toronto’s 1050 CHUM. Imagine, a radio station that had so much success as a music station that it launched its own music company. Perhaps all that stemmed from the format’s early flirtations with payola, but CHUM, Ltd. exerted an enormous influence on pop music’s major artists – at least in Canada. And went on to be the biggest Top 40 station north of the border! Featured here, is a composite of various recordings of a man known as the fastest mouth on radio! The late Jackson Armstrong (WKBW, WPOP, KFI, others) roars to life in this composite from 1968-69 and proves beyond a shadow...

Ellen Cross, 102.1 CFNY Toronto | July 14, 2000

Here’s a great recording of a Toronto legendary Rock station – CFNY. Ellen Cross is the somewhat infrequently heard jock. This one we’ll let our visitors make the comments.

Retro Friday Live from the Phoenix, 107.1 CILQ Toronto | July 14, 2000

Description by Steve West: Recorded late on a Friday night (10:45 to 11:30 pm), here’s a multi-faceted aircheck that begins with the number one song on “Toronto’s Most Wanted” countdown (Red Hot Chili Peppers’ – Californiacation) and flows through a night where the station is broadcasting live at a local night club. It’s also an A-Z Weekend as the Q-107 plays ‘Car Tunes’ to go along with Indy Weekend. All this hype and promotion kinda gets lost in the overlap but loyal fans likely knew what was what. Q-107 bills itself as “Pure Rock”. Of course, this is the Active Rock format, and it IS Canada, after all. (As a side note, Wikipedia, such as it is, references the format during this time as ‘Album Rock’. But even w...

Steve Shannon; First Show, 680 CFTR Toronto | June 23, 1973

Sometimes the best recordings come out of nowhere. Sent in by Contributor Daniel Coulombe (CKTS Sherbrooke), here’s the CFTR debut of longtime & legendary jock Steve Shannon. Its 1973 and this is seriously the hottest station in Canada during this time period. In fact, CFTR was arguably the most popular AM Top 40 station for almost 10 years. The station hung on as a music outlet until the plug was mercifully pulled in 1993, when CFTR went All-News. But so many fans will remember the days when the station sounded like this! Read more about CFTR Toronto HERE. If you enjoy airchecks such as this, please contribute!

680 CFTR Toronto – AM CHR- | August, 1988

Original Post Date: November 18, 2004 – You only need the two minutes spanning this sample of Toronto’s CFTR. It’s high-energy, late 80′s CHR at it’s finest… and in true Canadian style, on AM! Couple of quick trivia items. First, the CTRC, Canada’s version of USA’s FCC, licenses stations for FORMAT, unlike in America, where the company and marketplace dictate what format a station will air. So it was that up until the late 90s, the CTRC kept music alive on most of the country’s AM stations – many of which were in glorious, rich-sounding AM Stereo. Canada has since changed it’s policy on music formats in favor of largely abandoning the AM band, allowing most stations to shift their format over to FM, and in many cases shutting down their AM counterpart. But lookee here how this AM sta...

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