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CJCL
CJCL-AM.png
City of license Toronto, Ontario
Broadcast area Toronto, Ontario
Branding The Fan 590
Slogan Toronto's Sports Radio
Frequency 590 kHz (AM)
First air date 1951
Format Sports
Former callsigns CKFH
Owner Rogers Communications
Webcast Listen Live
Website The Fan 590

CJCL is a Canadian sports radio station in Toronto, Ontario. Airing at 590 on the AM radio dial, the station uses the on-air brand The Fan 590. Programming on the station includes Toronto Blue Jays baseball, Toronto Raptors basketball, Buffalo Bills football, Toronto Argonauts football, Toronto FC soccer and various sports radio talk shows during the day and repeats of the talk shows (called "Fan 590 Rewind") overnight. It was the final radio station that legend Tom Cheek broadcast the Toronto Blue Jays games from. This station is owned and operated by Rogers Communications. Jim Cutler is the imaging voice for the station.[1]

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History

The station first aired in 1951 as AM 1400 CKFH, a news and sports station owned by legendary Canadian broadcaster Foster Hewitt. It moved to AM 1430 in 1960, and began playing Top 40 music in 1966. In 1975, the station switched to a country music format.

The station was subsequently sold to Telemedia in 1981, adopting its current callsign and switching to an adult contemporary format. In 1983, the station briefly adopted talk radio programming, but returned to its music format within a few months, with increased emphasis on oldies. As flagship of the Telemedia network it broadcast Toronto Blue Jays baseball called by Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth followed by hours of talk after the game. Through the later 1980s, as the winning Blue Jays became more popular, the sports features became CJCL's profit centre. In 1992, during the first Blue Jays' World Series year, it dropped all non-sports programming altogether.

In 1994, Telemedia acquired CKYC from Rogers Communications. In 1995, Telemedia swapped the stations' frequencies, moving CJCL to its current 590 and giving CKYC the old 1430 frequency.

CJCL was itself acquired by Rogers Communications in 2002.

Live Sports

The Fan 590 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:

+-If Blue Jays and Raptors games conflict with one another, the Fan would carry one of the games while the other would be carried on another regional station, usually 820 CHAM or 1150 CKOC.

♠-Argonauts games that conflict with Blue Jays games or the World Series are webcasted live on the Fan 590's website.

♦-TFC games that conflict with any of the above are webcasted live on the Fan 590's website.

♣-Marlies games that conflict with any of the above or Buffalo Bills games are webcasted live on the Fan 590's website. 11:30 AM game starts and Thursday night games are also deferred to live webcasts in favour of sports talk radio programming.

The Fan 590 also features live coverage of the following:

Personalities

Former Notable Personalities

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