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CJRT-FM is a Canadian public radio station, which broadcasts at 91.1 on the FM dial in Toronto, Ontario. CJRT currently operates as JAZZ.FM91. CJRT's studios are located on Pardee Avenue in Toronto's Liberty Village neighbourhood, while its transmitter is located on top of the CN Tower. It is available on Bell TV
Bell TV
as channel 960, and on cable FM and digital cable audio services throughout Ontario. JAZZ.FM91 can be streamed online at www.jazz.fm and by downloading the app for iPhone, iPad or Android device. In addition to providing on-air programming, the station supplies specialty music streams Oscar Peterson Channel,[1] High Standards[2] and Grooveyard.[3]

Contents

1 History 2 Jazz
Jazz
format 3 References 4 External links

History[edit] The station was founded in 1949 as an experimental FM broadcaster, only the second in Canada, by the Ryerson Institute of Technology (later Ryerson University). The JRT in the station's call sign stand for "Journalism, Radio, Technology", which were three of Ryerson's educational mandates. The station's principal purpose was to train radio engineering and radio and (later television) broadcast students and initially only broadcast from 3 pm to 9 pm on weekdays during the school year. In 1964 the station became professionally staffed and extended its programming to 7 am to midnight, seven days a week. Content became an eclectic mix of classical music, jazz, folk music and other genres, educational and public affairs broadcasts, children's programming and dramas, news, documentaries and quiz shows and comedies imported from the British Broadcasting Corporation. Ryerson owned the station until 1974 when, due to financial restraints, the post-secondary institution announced it would surrender its broadcast licence. Due to a public outcry in support of the station the Ontario
Ontario
government of Premier Bill Davis
Bill Davis
announced that it would fund the station through an independent corporation and ownership was transferred to CJRT-FM Inc., a non-profit corporation which received over 60% of its funding from the provincial government and the rest from donations by listeners and corporate and foundation support. In 1996 CJRT-FM's government support was discontinued by Premier Mike Harris, forcing the station to restructure into a self-sustaining public broadcaster. Regulated by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), CJRT's license is categorized under "other special FM", a third sector of Canadian radio broadcasting that provides to Canadians a style of radio that is an alternative to that available from the CBC or private commercial stations. The radio station has since had to support itself entirely by corporate and private donations and by limited commercial revenue. Its licence from the CRTC prohibits it from running commercials for more than four minutes an hour. In co-operation with Ryerson and York University's Atkinson College, CJRT offered several on-air Open College university level credit courses a year from 1971 until 2003 when the service was transferred to Ryerson's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education
which now offers distance education through the internet, print and recorded media rather than on radio. In its last years, Open College broadcasts were aired Sunday mornings from 6 am to 8 am.[4] Ryerson later launched another campus radio station, CKLN-FM, which was operational from 1983 to 2011. Jazz
Jazz
format[edit] In 2001, the station switched to a 24-hour jazz format under the name JAZZ.FM91, though it also continues to air interviews and commentary, BBC news and its own educational radio documentaries on music related topics. The station also offers internship and music scholarships and an inner-city community outreach program. Today, JAZZ.FM91 is an alternative radio voice that covers 95% of Ontario
Ontario
(and the adjacent parts of the United States) through a combination of on-air coverage from the CN Tower, through most cable systems in the province, via satellite, and the Internet. In 2004, Ross Porter, a former jazz broadcaster with CBC radio, was named president and CEO of JAZZ.FM91. This was made necessary because an audit of the station finances from previous years led to the dismissal of the former president and CEO. Later the same year, Porter's former CBC Radio
CBC Radio
colleague Ralph Benmergui joined the station as host of its morning program. Benmergui left the station in 2010 to join the communications staff of provincial MPP Glen Murray, and was succeeded by John Donabie, who after much fanfare - including a full-page article in the Toronto
Toronto
Star - left the station after only nine months. In 2011 the morning shift was taken over by Heather Bambrick, who was succeeded in turn by Garvia Bailey in 2014. The station's studios remained on Ryerson property until May 2006, when it relocated to a new facility on Pardee Avenue in Liberty Village. The availability of CJRT in the Buffalo, New York
Buffalo, New York
market may have been a factor in Buffalo's WBFO
WBFO
reducing its local jazz programming to late night weekend and overnight, and finally, on March 1, 2012, eliminating it entirely. Other personalities currently associated with the station include: Ross Porter, Brad Barker, Terry McElligott, John Devenish, Walter Venafro, David Basskin and Glen Woodcock. In addition to hosts and jazz musicians: Joe Sealy, Heather Bambrick, Laura Fernandez, Danny Marks and Jaymz Bee. JAZZ.FM91 features Arts Reports weekdays & the program Arts Toronto, providing special coverage of the arts by Senior Arts Editor, Mark Wigmore. They also feature on-air syndicated programs from international jazz favourites, including: Jamie Cullum’s BBC Radio Show, Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey and the Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show with Ian Shaw. Programming History: Blues guitarist Jeff Healey
Jeff Healey
hosted a weekly program on the station, My Kinda Jazz, from 2005 until his death in 2008; the program continues to air in repeats. Actor and singer Terra Hazelton also formerly hosted a program devoted to classic jazz recordings from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The station also carries several syndicated programs in the evening, including Jazz
Jazz
with Bob Parlocha, Riverwalk Jazz, and Wynton Marsalis' Jazz
Jazz
at Lincoln Center. The radio station creates special programming content by recording live performances and concerts presented and produced by the organization. Such recordings include Live to Air concerts or music clinics that are hosted and performed within their Hall; performances with their Sound of Jazz
Jazz
Concert Seasons, and their annual fundraiser – JAZZ LIVES. With Toronto’s publication Now Magazine, their ‘NOW Readers’ Choice: Best Of Toronto’ poll of 2015, the station was named as the Runner Up in the ‘Best Radio Station’ category. The following year, they were voted the ‘Best Radio Station’ in Toronto
Toronto
and on-air personality, Laura Fernandez (host of JAZZ.FM91’s program Café Latino) was nominated as the Runner Up in the ‘Best Radio Personality’ category. In 2016, the New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Awards, honoured JAZZ.FM91 with a Bronze award recognizing the station for Best Jazz
Jazz
Format. Part of Canadian Music Week 2017, JAZZ.FM91 received two awards with the 52nd Annual Crystals Radio Awards: Bronze for Station Campaign and Silver for Copy Writing, both for their 'Discover Music Promo Campaign'. In 2017, JAZZ.FM91 was recognized with Gold, Silver and Bronze at the prestigious 2017 New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs Awards. Repeating on the success of 2016, JAZZ.FM91 competed against over 30 countries and 200 broadcasting companies, securing awards for three programs: Gold – For their Sunday morning live music program, The Sound of Jazz; Silver – For Saturday morning’s Music To Listen To Jazz
Jazz
By with Ross Porter; Bronze – For a special Live to Air Tribute Concert for Leonard Cohen. See also

Ryerson Radio

References[edit]

^ "JAZZ.FM91 - Oscar Peterson Channel" ^ "JAZZ.FM91 - High Standards" ^ "JAZZ.FM91 - Grooveyard" ^ "Radio Station History - CJRT (JAZZ)-FM, Toronto, CJRT-FM Inc.", Canadian Communications Foundation

External links[edit]

JAZZ.FM91 CJRT-FM history – Canadian Communications Foundation Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJRT-FM

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Radio stations in the Greater Toronto
Toronto
Area

Toronto
Toronto
AM

CJCL
CJCL
590 CFTR 680 CFZM
CFZM
740 CJBC 860 CFRB
CFRB
1010 CHUM 1050 CJRU 1280 CHKT
CHKT
1430 CHIN 1540 CHHA 1610 CHTO 1690

Defunct

CFCA 770 CHEV
CHEV
1610

Toronto
Toronto
FM

CIND 88.1 CIRV 88.9 CIUT 89.5 CJBC 90.3 CJRT 91.1 CHIN-1 91.9 CKIS 92.5 CFXJ 93.5 CBL 94.1 CJKX-2 95.9 CFMZ 96.3 CFZM-1 96.7 CKHC 96.9 CHBM 97.3 CHFI 98.1 CKFG 98.7 CBLA 99.1 CKFM 99.9 CHIN 100.7 CJSA 101.3 CJRK 102.7 CIRR 103.9 CHUM 104.5 CHOQ 105.1 CHRY 105.5 NEW 106.5 CILQ 107.1

Defunct

CKLN 88.1 CKRG 89.91 CKO-FM-2 99.1 CJVF 102.7 CKAV 106.5

Peel Region

Brampton CIAO 530 NEW 1350 CFNY 102.1 Caledon CJFB 105.5 Mississauga CKNT 960 CJMR
CJMR
1320 CINA
CINA
1650 CKC455/CFRE 91.9

Defunct

CFBN 1280 CFGM 102.7

Durham Region

Ajax CJKX 95.9 Oshawa CKDO 1580/107.7 CKGE 94.9 Uxbridge CIUX 105.5

York Region

Georgina Island CFGI 92.3 Richmond Hill CFMJ
CFMJ
640 Markham CFMS 105.9 Newmarket CKDX 88.5 CHOP 102.7 Stouffville CIWS 102.9 Vaughan CFU758
CFU758
90.7

Halton Region

Oakville CJYE
CJYE
1250 Milton CJML 101.3

Dufferin County

Orangeville CKMO 101.5 CIDC 103.5 Shelburne CFDC 104.9

Shortwave

CFRX
CFRX
6.07 MHz

Specialty

HMWN Radio Maria Sur Sagar Radio Radio Humsafar

HD Digital radio

90.3-1 92.5-1 92.5-2 92.5-3 99.9-1 99.9-2 101.3-1 101.3-2 101.3-3 101.3-4 104.5-1 104.5-2 105.9-1 105.9-2 105.9-3 105.9-4

Internet radio

CHEV
CHEV
Radio Radio Glendon Radio Regent

Ontario
Ontario
radio markets Cornwall & Eastern Ontario Hamilton-Niagara Kenora District First Nations Radio Kingston-Brockville Kitchener-Waterloo London Midwestern Ontario North Bay Ottawa Parry Sound-Muskoka-Haliburton Pembroke/Ottawa Valley Peterborough Quinte/Belleville-Trenton Rainy River Simcoe County/Barrie/Orillia Sault Ste. Marie Sudbury Thunder Bay Timiskaming Timmins Toronto Windsor-Chatham-Sarnia

See also List of radio stations in Ontario

1: Defunct as a terrestrial radio broadcaster; continuing as an internet-only service

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Public broadcasting
Public broadcasting
in Canada

Television

National

English-language

CBC

CBC News Network CBC North CBC Television Documentary

BBC Studios1

BBC Canada2,3 BBC Kids3

French-language

Radio-Canada

Ici ARTV2,3 Ici Explora Ici Radio- Canada
Canada
Télé Ici RDI TV5 Québec Canada2 Unis2

Provincial

English-language

Knowledge Network TVOntario

French-language

Télé-Québec TFO4

Radio

CBC Radio

CBC Radio
CBC Radio
One CBC Music CBC Radio
CBC Radio
34

Radio-Canada

Ici Radio- Canada
Canada
Première Ici Musique

Non-profit

CFTU-DT CFTV-DT CJRT-FM CKUA Radio Network

Former

CBC/Radio-Canada

Bande à part4 CBC Parliamentary Television Network Dominion Network Trans- Canada
Canada
Network

Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission Access5 Saskatchewan Communications Network5 Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland

Proposed

CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC-2 Télé-2

1Foreign broadcaster. 2Partially privately owned. 3Partially foreign-owned. 4No terrestrial broadcasting. 5Private successor continues airing some educational programming as a license requirement

Coordinates: 43°38′33″N 79°23′14″W / 43.64250°N 79.38722°W / 4

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