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CFTR, broadcasting under the brand 680News, is an all-news radio station based in Toronto, Canada

CFTR, broadcasting under the brand 680News, is an all-news radio station based in Toronto, Canada

24hoursaday,7daysaweekat680kHzontheAMdial。

AccordingtoarecentsurveybytheBureauofBroadcastMeasurement(BBM),680Newsisoneofthemost-listened-toAMradiostationsinNorthAmerica,withdailycumeof768,100listenersfortheperiodofMay30,2011August28,2011。

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Thestationlaunchedin1962on1540?

kHzasCHFI-AM,simulcastingthebeautifulmusicofCHFI-FM,oneofCanadasfirstFMradiostations。

Since1540wasaclear-channelfrequencyassignedtostationsintheUnitedStatesandtheBahamas,CHFI-AMwasauthorizedtobroadcastonlyduringthedaytime。

In1963,itsoughttopayCHLOinSt。

Thomas,Ontariotomovefrom680toanotherfrequencytofreeup680forCHFI-AMsuse。

Nodealwasfinalized,but,by1966,thestationsreachedanagreementtoshare680,andCHFI-AMmovedtotwenty-fourhouroperationatthatfrequency。

In1971,itchangeditscallletterstoCFTR,atributetoTedRogers,Sr。

radiopioneerandfatherofcontrollingshareholderTedRogers。

In1972,itabandonedthesimulcastofCHFIandadoptedaTop40format。

Formanyyears,itwastheprimarycompetitiontoTorontosoriginalTop40station,1050CHUM。

In1973,programmerChuckCamrouxuppedtheanteintheTorontoradioRockandRollWarsbytweakingCFTRsnotoriouslybadsignal,addingsomereverb,andhiringanewmorningmannamedJimBrady,torival1050CHUMsJayNelson。

Bothstationshoverednearonemillionlistenersperweek。

AlthoughBradyfinallytoppedNelsonintheratingsin1979,over-all,CFTRsurpassedCHUMintheTorontoBBMratingsby1978。

CHUMdroppedTop40infavorofanAdultContemporaryformatin1986。

OtherannouncersincludedDukeRoberts,PaulGodfrey(*HostofhisownTVshow,Boogie),DickJoseph,PeterRedKnightThompson,BobbyDay,RickHunter,TomJeffries,GeorgeHamburger,BillHayes,SteveGregory,DanWilliamson,BobSaint,TomRivers,BigGGlennWaltersandBigDonBiefer,amongothers。

ThenewsroomwasheadedbyRobertHolidayandincludedLarrySilver,JohnWilson,TedBird,ClintNickersonandothers。

ThestationalsohiredJohnRecordsLandeckerfromWLSinChicago。

Landeckerspenttwoyearsatthestation。

Hisdismalratingscausedthefiringoftheprogramdirectorwhohiredhim。

BillGable。

OnJune1,1993,CFTRannouncedtheywouldbediscontinuingtheirTop40format。

Forthefinalfewdays,thestationairedajock-lesscountdownofthetop500songsofthe(then)past25yearstitledTheCFTRStory。

At6AMonJune7,afterplayingPhilCollinsAgainstAllOdds(whichwasthe#1songinthecountdown)andStarshipsWeBuiltThisCity(whichalsoendedCHUMsTop40erain1986),CFTRadopteditspresentall-newsformat。

Itwasthefirstall-newsradiostationinCanadasincetheendoftheformerCKOnetworkin1989。

WiththeTorontostationssuccess,RogerslaterexpandedtheformattostationsinVancouver(CKWX)in1996,Calgary(CFFR)in2006,andOttawa(CIWW)in2010。

Inadditiontothesestations,Rogersownsnews-talkstationsinKitchener(CKGL),Halifax(CJNI-FM),SaintJohn(CHNI-FM),andMoncton(CKNI-FM)。

Allofthesearebrandedsimilarlytothecompanysall-newsstations,anduseasimilarall-newswheelduringmorningandafternoondrive。

7==Weatherguarantee==Aspartofanongoingpromotion,680Newshasa“guaranteedhigh”temperaturefortheday。

Theforecastissetinthemorningandthe“guaranteedhigh”isannouncedonallweatherreports。

Listenerscanenteracontestonthestation’swebsite,andiftheforecasthighandtheactualrecordedtemperatureatPearsonInternationalAirportdifferby3ormoredegrees(Celsius)anamewillbedrawnfromapooloflisteners。

Thewinninglistenerwinsajackpot(startingat$1,000)whichisincreasedby$100everydaythestationgetsthetemperaturecorrect。

ThelargestjackpotfortheweatherguaranteewasawardedonApril5,2010toCharmanePalmer。

Thestationgotthetemperaturecorrect(withintheparametersofthecontest)286daysconsecutively,makingthejackpottotal$35,200(additionalfundswereaddedtotheprizeduringthe2010WinterOlympicsand2010WinterParalympics)。

StandardHourHotclock[3]

0:00TimeSignal/Headlines

0:01TrafficandWeather

0:03News

0:05CommercialBreak

0:06News

0:09CottageCountryTraffic(certaindays/hoursonlyduringthesummer)[4]

0:10Commercial

0:11TrafficandWeather

0:13MarketMinute(TradingHoursOnly)

0:13Commercial

0:14Headlinere-cap

0:15Sports

0:17Commercial

0:18International

0:19CottageCountryTraffic(certaindays/hoursonlyduringthesummer)

0:20Commercial

0:21TrafficandWeather

0:23Commercial

0:24Entertainment

0:25Commercial

0:26BusinessReport

0:28Commercial

0:29TravellersWeather

0:29CottageCountryTraffic(certaindays/hoursonlyduringthesummer)

0:30TimeSignal/Headlines

0:31TrafficandWeather

0:33News

0:35CommercialBreak

0:36News

0:39CottageCountryTraffic(certaindays/hoursonlyduringthesummer)

0:40Commercial

0:41TrafficandWeather

0:43MarketMinute(TradingHoursOnly)

0:43Commercial

0:44Headlinere-cap

0:45Sports

0:47Commercial

0:48Health

0:49CottageCountryTraffic(certaindays/hoursonlyduringthesummer)

0:50Commercial

0:51TrafficandWeather

0:53Commercial

0:54Entertainment

0:55Commercial

0:56BusinessReport

0:58Commercial

0:59RegionalConditions,followedbycreditsandstationidentification

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