|City of license||Toronto, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||Greater Toronto Area|
|Branding||Sportsnet 590 The Fan|
|Slogan||Fuelled by Fans|
|Frequency||590 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1951|
|Former callsigns||CKFH (1951-1981)|
|Former frequencies||1400 AM (1951-1960)
1430 AM (1960-1995)
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio
Buffalo Bills Radio Network
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.)
|Sister stations||Radio: CFTR (AM), CHFI-FM, CKIS-FM, CFAC
TV: CFMT-DT, CITY-DT, CJMT-DT, Sportsnet Ontario
|Website||Sportsnet 590 The Fan|
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), the station broadcasts at 590 kHz on the AM radio dial with a 50,000 watts transmitter and directional antenna concentrating its signal over the Toronto/Hamilton region. 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 FC soccer, and Buffalo Bills football.
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). 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.
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. 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, amid indications that rival TSN was preparing to launch a competing sports radio station, TSN Radio 1050. The station's on air identity was then changed to "Sportsnet 590 The Fan" in October 2011.
The Fan 590 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:
- Toronto Blue Jays (MLB baseball)+
- Toronto Raptors (NBA basketball)♠
- Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL hockey)♠
- Toronto FC (MLS soccer)♠
- Buffalo Bills (NFL football)♦
- Buffalo Bisons (IL AAA baseball)♣
♠-Maple Leafs, Raptors, & Toronto FC share their radio broadcasting rights between The Fan 590 and TSN Radio 1050 respectively
♦-Bills games in the Bills Toronto Series get top priority on The Fan, with other Bills games airing when they do not conflict with Blue Jays, Raptors, MLB postseason, or IIHF World U20 Championship games.
The Fan 590 also features live coverage of the following:
- BCS National Championship Game (NCAA college football)
- NBA All-Star Game
- Major League Baseball on ESPN Radio (Sunday nights, All-Star Game & postseason; when not conflicting with Blue Jays games & weekday afternoon sports talk radio programming)
- Memorial Cup hockey (Championship game)
- NFL Football (Sunday afternoons)
Previous live sports events on CJCL included:
- Toronto Argonauts (CFL football) (2000-2001, 2007-2010)
- Ice Hockey World Championships (Team Canada games)
- IIHF World U20 Championship (Team Canada games)
- Toronto Rock (NLL lacrosse) (2006)
- OHL All-Star Classic (OHL hockey) (2007)
- International Bowl (NCAA college football) (2007-2010)
- Premier League (soccer) (Saturday mornings, 2007-2010)
- Grey Cup (CFL football) (2007-2009)
- Toronto Marlies (AHL hockey) (2008-2010)
- 2009 World Baseball Classic (All Canada national baseball team games and the final four)
- Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Men's tournament (All Team Canada games, plus the quarter-final game determining Team Canada's semi-final opponent, both semi-finals, and both the bronze medal and gold medal games)
- Ice hockey at the 2010 Winter Olympics – Women's tournament (Gold medal game)
Former on-air staff
- "Only the best for CKFH (ad.)". The Globe and Mail. February 21, 1951. p. 5.
- Dowbiggin. "Change is the operative word in sports radio". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2011.
- "TSN Radio a reality". The Globe and Mail, January 21, 2011.
- Toronto Rock
- OHL News
- CANOE - SLAM! Sports - Other Sports - The Fan 590 turns 15 today
- Spider Jones » Speaker Profile » National Speakers Bureau
- CHANNEL CANADA :: Veteran Broadcaster Pat Marsden Dead at 69
- Sportsnet 590 The Fan
- CJCL history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CJCL
- "FAN 590 an experiment gone right" (Toronto Star article)
- Fan 590 Toronto's YouTube channel
- THE FAN 590 on Twitter