|City of license||Toronto, Ontario|
|Frequency||1540 kHz (AM)|
|Translator(s)||CHIN-1-FM 91.9 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1966|
|Callsign meaning||"CHIN" is pronounced like the Italian drinking toast cin, it can also refer to CHINa|
|Owner||CHIN Radio/TV International|
CHIN is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts multilingual programming at AM 1540 in Toronto, Ontario. The station, owned by CHIN Radio/TV International, also has an FM rebroadcaster at 91.9 to fill in reception gaps in parts of the Toronto area — this should not be confused with CHIN-FM, which offers a distinct program schedule.
The station, Canada's first multilingual broadcast outlet, was launched in 1966 by Toronto broadcaster Johnny Lombardi. CHIN-FM was launched the following year, and a second FM signal acting as the AM station's FM rebroadcaster was added in 1997 with the call letters CHIN-1-FM. The FM transmitter originally operated on FM 101.3, but was moved to its current frequency in 2002, and the 101.3 frequency was adopted by a new competing multicultural broadcaster, CJSA. In 2003, CHIN (AM) received CRTC approval to move CHIN-1-FM from 101.3 to 91.9 MHz.
CHIN's daytime lineup consists primarily of Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin) and Italian programming, with some Albanian, Bengali, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, German, Greek, Irish, Jewish, Romanian, Somali, Spanish and Ukrainian programming airing on Saturdays & Sundays.
On January 14, 2011, CHIN received approval to increase the effective radiated power for the CHIN-FM-1 91.9 FM transmitter from 161 to 1,850 watts (maximum ERP from 350 to 5,000 watts with an effective height of antenna above average terrain of 86 metres).
- CHIN Radio
- CHIN-AM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHIN