Looking for somewhere to tune in for information, ideas or your favorite music? Here in Toronto we can pick up a lot of great signals - so many that it can be hard to find one that's right for you. Here are a few of Toronto's best radio stations to get you started.
Remember that these days visiting the station's website will not only let you listen online, but most also have extra material in the form of blogs, news items, archived shows, podcasts, host bios and more.
TORONTO AM STATIONS
The FAN 590
The Fan broadcasts full games from the Jays, Raptors, TFC and Argos and has plenty of lively discussion and opinion on what's happening in the world of sports. Beyond the obvious pro sports, they also have weekly shows dedicated to golf, mixed martial arts, motorsports and more.
News and information
680 is a great go-to for quick information. At most, you'll only ever have to wait ten minutes for the next traffic and weather update or half an hour for sports or business reports. And of course up-to-date news items fill in the rest of the time.
News and call-in talk
Formerly known by the call letters CFRB, Newstalk 1010 is a hub of discussion on current events, politics, and lifestyle topics. The call-in format is fun and exciting, but it's the hosts who really set the tone. You'll likely discover there are hosts you love and hosts you can't stand (that's been my experience, anyway). Regular news, traffic and weather updates occur throughout every hour.
CP24 Radio 1050
News and information
Long the home of the top-40s-then-oldies 1050 CHUM, in March of 2009 the 1050 spot on the AM dial transformed into an all news and information station. This is primarily an audio broadcast of Toronto's well-established news and information television station, CP24.
TORONTO FM STATIONS
Jazz FM 91
Jazz FM fills the each weekday with pure jazz from 10am to 2pm, only getting into traffic and news in the early morning and late afternoons. Evenings and weekends get more specialized, making Jazz FM a great choice for both dedicated jazz lovers and causal listeners seeking a nice workday alternative.
Previously known as Kiss 92 FM, this station spent several years as the more rock heavy JACK FM before reverting to the Kiss branding in 2009. Now KiSS 92.5 plays current hits, including a lot of R&B and pop.
The New Flow 93.5
R&B, Dance, Hip-Hop, Reggae, House
The New Flow promises to get you moving with the best in urban music and insights into the local scene.
CBC Radio Two
Classical, Jazz, Folk, World, R&B, etc.
Once a predominantly classical station, CBC Radio 2 broadened its mandate in September 2008 to provide different mixes of genres at different points throughout the day.
Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s
Based in Hamilton, this station previously specialized in country before switching formats.
Formerly playing soft rock and adult contemporary as EZ Rock 97.3, this station switched formats on Boxing Day 2009 and now offers greatest hits targeted to an adult audience.
CBC Radio One
News, talk, documentary and drama
CBC explores Canada as a place, a people, and a culture. Radio One is also a good source for world issues and big ideas, and is a last bastion for radio drama.
Modern rock, classic rock, punk, alternative
Still referred to by some long-time listeners by the call-letters CFNY, The Edge is arguably slightly less edgier than it was in its early days, but it still rocks pretty hard. If you love the stories behind the music, don't miss Alan Cross' History of New Music on Sundays.
Dance, R&B, Pop Rock, Soft Rock, 80's, etc
CHUM FM is a true variety station. Turn them on for an afternoon to see what's on, or use the website to find a theme show that works for you.
Some DJs take an in-depth look at decades, albums or artists while others mix it up with classic rock hits.