Radio 98.7 Fm To Hit The Toronto Airwaves On October 3
(September 28, 2011) On October 3, 2011, Toronto's newest radio
station, Radio 98.7 FM, will turn on its frequency and go
"live" with its vibrant mix of R&B, Soul, Reggae, Soca, Hip Hop,
Worldbeat, Gospel, and Smooth Jazz. Radio 98.7's parent
company, will also officially unveil the station name, call
letters and branding, as well as introduce its executive team.
Radio 98.7 FM (formerly referred to as CARN Radio) will
target the population of the Greater Toronto Area with an
eclectic offering of Black and Caribbean music, news, talk, and
cultural programming. The station, which received its broadcast
licence from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) on June 9, will focus on the 25-54
"When listeners tune in to 98.7 on the FM dial, they will be
treated to the sweet, soulful, and rhythmic sounds of
internationally-renowned artists who are either non-existent, or
completely under-represented, on the Toronto airwaves," said
Radio 98.7 Founder, President & CEO, Fitzroy Gordon.
"This massive list includes artists such as R&B giants The
Temptations, Soca queen Alison Hinds, Afrobeat king Fela Kuti,
Reggae ambassador Beres Hammond, and Gospel icon Kirk Franklin.
We'll also highlight young stars like Rihanna and Canada's own
Drake. This station is long overdue, and we are very excited to
be bringing this format to the people of Toronto."
As part of the required signal frequency testing process
(mandated by Industry Canada), Radio 98.7 will broadcast
a music-only playlist for several weeks. Full programming,
including the addition of on-air announcers, station promotions,
commercials, and a robust news & talk format will commence in
"I am very proud of the strong executive team that we have put
in place to lead this pioneering effort," says Gordon.
"We are now undergoing an in-depth outreach and hiring process
to round out the core personnel, which will include the on-air
announcers, as well as promotional, sales, production, and
technical support staff."
For more information on Radio 98.7, please visit
New Urban Music Station Hits Toronto’s Airwaves
www.thestar.com - By Greg Quill
(Oct 04, 2011) Toronto’s newest radio station,
Radio 98.7 FM,
begins airing Monday morning with a non-stop mix of R&B, soul,
reggae, soca, hip hop, world beat, gospel, and smooth jazz.
Owned by the Intercity Broadcasting Network Inc., the
soon-to-be-named station was licensed in June by the federal
broadcast regulator with a prescribed mandate “to add cultural
and racial diversity and benefit the Caribbean and African
communities of Toronto with its spoken word programming and
The station’s target audience is aged 25-54, founder and
president Fitzroy Gordon said recently.
Its playlist will include The Temptations, Alison Hinds, Fela
Kuti, Beres Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Rihanna and Drake. The
station will be restricted to airing only music for several
weeks, as part of its signal testing process.
Full programming, including on-air announcers, station
promotions, commercials, news and talk shows, will begin in
November, Gordon said.