|Branding||CHTO AM 1690|
|Frequency||1690 KHz (AM)|
|First air date||September 2007|
|Power||6 kW (Day)|
1 kW (Night)
|Callsign meaning||Canadian Hellenic Toronto Ontario|
|Owner||Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio Inc.|
CHTO is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1690 AM in Toronto, Ontario. The station airs a multicultural programming format. It is owned by Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio Inc., which is run by John Maniatakos, son of Peter Maniatakos who owns Odyssey Television Network. The station was initially going to launch by the end of 2006, but this was pushed back due to technical problems. It has been on the air since September 2007.
CHTO's programming is predominantly Greek although it is mandated to air programming in other languages as well. Due to out of date information on the stations' website (which has not been updated since 2008), it is unknown what other ethnic programming currently airs on CHTO.
Mrs. Maniatakos has operated a closed circuit specialty audio service in Toronto since 1966 under the name CHCR-FM. This service aired Greek language programming 24hrs a day; it was initially available as an SCMO service (via CKFM-FM) but subsequently switched to cable and was available on Rogers Digital Cable channel 959, as part of their digital radio offerings, in Toronto and area.
In 2007 when CHTO launched, CHCR was discontinued and CHTO now airs in its place on Rogers.
On June 10, 2009, CHTO applied to the CRTC to increase their daytime transmitting power to 3Kw, in an effort to serve communities in Mississauga & Brampton. The request received approval on November 5, 2009. CHTO began broadcasting at its new ERP of 3 kW as of March 2010.
On December 4, 2012, the CRTC approved a change in ownership of the station from Mrs. Maniatakos to her son John Maniatakos due to the death of Mrs. Maniatakos in 2010.
On October 14, 2015, Canadian Hellenic Toronto Radio Inc. submitted an application to add an AM transmitter at Mississauga which was approved on September 1, 2016. The new transmitter will operate at 1490 kHz with a daytime power of 23 watts and a night time power of 770 watts. The proposed call sign for 1490 AM Mississauga will be CHTO-1. This application was approved on September 1, 2016.
- CHTO AM1690
- CHTO AM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-117
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CHTO