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 station sounded in ’88!

Second, for those of you who wondered what ever happened to John “Records” Landecker from WLS – after his PM drive gig ended in 1981, this is the station he went to. A true CHR jock who was perfectly suited to CFTR’s format!

And, no, Landecker is NOT featured on this short aircheck.

680 AM TORONTO NEWS CHR TOP 40 TOM RIVERS JOHN LANDECKER 1988 CANADA

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1 thought on “680 CFTR Toronto – AM CHR- | August, 1988


  1. That’s Gary Bell on CFTR. Here is the line-up for that period on 680

    Morning drive – TOM RIVERS
    Middays – BOB SAINT
    Afternoon drive – BILL HAYES
    Evenings – STEVE GREGORY/KRIS JAMES
    All night – GARY BELL

    Gary worked at CKGM in Montreal before moving to T.O.

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