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CFMJ is a Canadianmarker radio station, broadcasting at 640 khz on the AM dial. Officially licensed to Richmond Hillmarker, Ontariomarker, but the studio and mailing address is at 1 Dundas Street West in Toronto. The station airs a talk radio and sports format targeted to the entire Greater Toronto Area.

Early years

The station began in 1957 under the callsign CJRH, on the 1310 frequency. It changed its call letters to CFGM in 1961. The station adopted a country music format in 1964; a few years later they became Canada's first 24-hour country station. Don Daynard was a notable host with the station in the 1960s.

The station moved to 1320 in 1978, and to 640 in 1989.

1990s transitions

On June 29, 1990, the station changed its format and call letters, broadcasting rock music as CHOG (branded 640 The Hog). The Hog format was short-lived, and evolved into contemporary hit radio as AM 640: The Beat Of Toronto. Several notable radio personalities were associated with the station during this era, including John Gallagher, Tarzan Dan, Kenny 'The Hitman' Koglan, Roger Kelly and the Toronto radio team of Jesse and Gene. After CFTR moved from contemporary hits to all-news in 1993, AM 640 (still with the calls CHOG) was the last contemporary hit radio station in Toronto proper (and the very last AM station in the area to broadcast Top 40 hits) until CISS adopted the format in 1999. Talk shows came to take up a substantial part of the station's schedule, particularly during midday periods when many of the station's hit music listeners might normally be in school.

On October 11, 1995, the station changed to a talk radio format. As Talk 640, the station aired syndicated programming such as the Joy Browne, Rhona Raskin, Dr. Laura and Live Audio Wrestling, along with local programming hosted by personalities such as Gene Valaitis, Jane Hawtin, Bill Carroll, Shelley Klinck, Marsha Lederman, Karen Horseman, Michael Coren, Dave Chalk , Spaceman Gary Bell and Roger Kelly. Despite regular adjustments, the station received low ratings. During this period, the station adopted the call letters CFYI.

Mojo Radio

Mojo Radio logo used from 2001-2004
April 23, 2001, the station adjusted its programming, dumping most of its old hosts to create a male-oriented talk station as Mojo Radio, with programs hosted by Humble and Fred, John Derringer, Phil Hendrie, Mike Stafford, Andrew Krystal and the syndicated Coast to Coast AM, among others. The station changed its call letters again, to the current CFMJ. John Oakley replaced Scruff Connors who had taken over from Humble and Fred in the morning show; the latter pair left for hot adult contemporary station Mix 99.9. Krystal was eventually fired, and moved to part-time work at CFRBmarker and CKTB before moving to Halifax. Derringer's Mojo show was discontinued as he concentrated on his marquee morning show on "brother station" Q107. Former Toronto Maple Leaf executive Bill Watters became the host of a noon to 2 p.m. hockey show called Leafs Lunch, which he co-hosted with sports programming director Jeff Marek. Phil Hendrie was dropped by AM 640 in 2004 due to 'racist' comments in which Hendrie referred to Osama Bin Laden as a 'raghead'.

AM640 Toronto Radio

In 2004, due to low ratings (MOJO was typically hovering around a 1.4 share) the station moved away from the male-oriented imaging to a more general news and talk format as AM640 Toronto Radio. Oakley and Stafford continue to host the major morning and afternoon drive programs. Craig Bromell joined the station as co-host of a new late morning program, The Beat (later rebranded as Bromell! in 2006), and in 2005, Charles Adler's nationally-syndicated radio show was added to mid-afternoons. Award-winning journalist Arlene Bynon was added to the ranks in 2006 to host the Saturday afternoon Toronto Weekend program, which has expanded to include a Sunday edition as well.

Near the end of July, 2007 the programming line-up was shuffled in response to the departure of Craig Bromell, whose show will continue to run until the end of August 2007. Replacing "Bromell" will be afternoon host Mike Stafford. To fill the afternoons, There is Leafs Lunch now hosted by TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger from Noon–1pm. Just as the new show Bill Watters show with Jeff Marek expanded, Jeff Marek moved on to Sirius Satellite Radio. Greg Brady now co-hosts with Bill. His show runs from 4–7, Covering Mainly Hockey issues but other major sports news. His show has been moved to the new time slot to compete with the rival show, Bob McCown's Prime Time Sports on FAN 590. See below for AM 640's new line-up.

To date, the station's biggest draw is that it is the radio broadcaster of the Toronto Maple Leafs, which it networks into other markets. Its play-by-play announcers are Joe Bowen, Dennis Beyak and Jim Ralph.

Leafs Lunch

Due to the Show's enormously high ratings, Jeff Marek was offered a position with Sirius Satellite Radio and CBC's Hockey Night in Canada to Host a new show. On September 7, 2007 Jeff Marek announced that he would be leaving Leafs Lunch on AM 640 Toronto Radio to pursue a new route in Radio Broadcasting. He will be Broadcasting on the "Hockey Night in Canada" radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 122 starting October 1 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Brian Duff from the NHL Network has resigned. The Hosts of the show now are TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger and co-host Bill Watters.

The John Oakley Show

Airing weekdays between 5:30am and 10:00am, the John Oakley show offers opinion and discussion of the issues of the day. The Oakley show also includes economic and investment news and advice from financial expert Lou Schizas as well as a segment known as Leafs Breakfast detailing the latest news from the Toronto Maple Leafs and the National Hockey League. Often radio callers will greet Oakley with the phrase 'it's a beautiful day for talk radio'.

Programming Lineup

Monday to Friday

Show & Hosts
5:00 - 10:00 am John Oakley
10:00 - 12:00 pm Mike Stafford
12:00 - 1:00 pm Leafs Lunch
Darren Dreger
1:00 - 2:00 pm Stafford at Large
Mike Stafford
2:00 - 4:00 pm Charles Adler
4:00 - 7:00 pm The Bill Watters Show
Bill Watters
Greg Brady

7:00 - 9:00 pm John Downs
9:00 - 5:00 am Coast to Coast
Various Toronto Maple Leafs

Saturday & Sunday


Show & Hosts
5:00 - 7:00 am Infomercials
7:00 - 8:00 am Re-Roll
8:00 - 12:00 pm Paid Programming
Bob Saint (Saturday)
Arlene Bynon (Sunday)

12:00 - 1:00 pm Leafs Lunch Weekend
Jamie Tawil
Jonas Siegel

1:00 - 5:00 pm Bynon's Toronto Weekend
Arlene Bynon
8:00 - 12:00 am (Sat) A View From Space
Various Toronto Maple Leafs

News Anchor Traffic
Reggie Cecchini Stu Andrews
Grant McDonald Sarah Calligan
James McPhee Darryl Fraser
Sam Mitchell Steve Ivings
Lisa Moskalak Richard Martin
Jamie Tawil Michael McLean
Tina Trigiani Kevin Stanfield
Amelia Waserman
Jen Watson
Rob Westgate

See also

  • CHMJmarker, a radio station in Vancouver that also used the Mojo format


  1. Decision CRTC 87-376

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