City Toronto, Ontario
Broadcast area Greater Toronto Area
Branding Sportsnet 590 The Fan
Slogan Toronto's Sports Radio
Frequency 590 kHz (AM)
First air date 1951
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts
Class B (regional)
Former callsigns CKFH (1951-1981)
Former frequencies 1400 AM (1951-1960)
1430 AM (1960-1995)
Affiliations Buffalo Bills Radio Network
Owner Rogers Media, a division of Rogers Communications
(Rogers Radio)
Sister stations Radio: CFTR (AM), CHFI-FM, CKIS-FM
TV: CFMT-DT, CITY-DT, CJMT-DT, Sportsnet Ontario
Webcast Listen Live
Website www.sportsnet.ca/590

CJCL (branded on-air as Sportsnet 590, The Fan) is a Canadian sports radio station in Toronto, Ontario. Owned and operated by Rogers Media, a division of Rogers Communications, CJCL's studios are located at the Rogers Building at Bloor and Jarvis in downtown Toronto, while its transmitters are located near Grimsby atop the Niagara Escarpment. Programming on the station includes local sports talk radio shows during the day; CBS Sports Radio overnight; and live broadcasts of Toronto Blue Jays baseball, Toronto Raptors basketball, Toronto Maple Leafs hockey, Toronto Marlies hockey, Toronto FC soccer, and Buffalo Bills football.

Station history

The station first aired on February 21, 1951 as AM 1400 CKFH, a news and sports station owned by legendary Canadian broadcaster Foster Hewitt (the "FH" of the call sign).[1] The station moved to the 1430 AM frequency in 1960, increasing power first to 5,000, then 10,000 and finally 50,000 watts. CKFH would begin playing Top 40 music in 1966, then move to a country music format in 1975.

Fan 1430 logo (1992–1995)
Fan 590 logo (1995– January 2011)
Logo from January to October 2011

The station was subsequently sold to Telemedia in 1981, when it adopted its current CJCL call sign and switched 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. CJCL was flagship of the Telemedia network, and as such broadcast Toronto Blue Jays baseball games (with Tom Cheek and Jerry Howarth calling the action) followed by hours of talk after the game. The station has been the home of the Blue Jays for most of its history (with exception of a hiatus from 1998-2002, when CHUM-AM aired their games). As the 1980s progressed and the winning Blue Jays became more popular, the sports features became CJCL's profit centre. Encouraged by the newfound success of sports radio in the United States, in 1992, the year the Blue Jays won their first World Series, CJCL would drop non-sports programming altogether on September 4, and become "The Fan 1430", becoming the first all-sports station in Canada. The station's nickname may have been inspired by WFAN in New York City, the first sports radio station in the world that led to the creation of sports radio stations everywhere.

In 1994, Telemedia acquired CKYC from Rogers Communications, and on February 6, 1995, at noon, the two stations switched frequencies, with "The Fan" moving to 590 AM (subsequently becoming "The Fan 590") and CKYC moving to 1430 AM (where it operates today as multilingual station CHKT). CJCL was itself acquired by Rogers Media in 2002.

In January 2011, CJCL became known as "Sportsnet Radio The Fan 590", the move coming as part of a co-branding initiative with its television counterpart Rogers Sportsnet,[2] amid indications that rival TSN was preparing to launch a competing sports radio station, TSN Radio 1050.[3] The station's on air identity was then changed to "Sportsnet 590 The Fan" in October 2011.

Live sports

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

+-In case of conflicts with other sports broadcasts, one of the games will air on another station in the Toronto area (610 CKTB, 820 CHAM or 1150 CKOC, which are however, unrelated to CJCL)

♠-Maple Leafs, Raptors, & Toronto FC share their radio broadcasting rights between The Fan 590 and TSN Radio 1050 respectively.

♣-Roughly 6-8 Bisons games on evening dates between July and August that do not conflict with Blue Jays games[4][5]

The Fan 590 also features live coverage of the following:

Previous live sports events on CJCL included:

Notable on-air staff




  1. "Only the best for CKFH (ad.)". The Globe and Mail. February 21, 1951. p. 5.
  2. "Change is the operative word in sports radio". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
  3. "TSN Radio a reality". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
  4. "Sportsnet 590 To Air Eight Bisons Games". Sportsnet.ca. 2013-06-27. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  5. "Buffalo Bisons | Buffalo Bisons News". Milb.com. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  6. "Rock games return to radio with The Fan 590 – Toronto Rock". Torontorock.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  7. "OHL News". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  8. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "The Fan 590 turns 15 today". Slam.canoe.ca. 2007-09-04. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  9. "Spider Jones | Speaker | National Speakers Bureau". Nsb.com. Retrieved 2016-08-07.

Coordinates: 43°09′10″N 79°32′03″W / 43.15278°N 79.53417°W / 43.15278; -79.53417

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