CFBN-AM, Toronto

Greater Toronto Airport Authority (Left the air)

CFBN-AM2007128025Greater Toronto Airport Authority (Left the air)
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On December 3, the Airport General Manager, acting as an agent on behalf of Transport Canada, received approval to operate an English and French language low-power AM radio station at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson International Airport. The station would operate on the frequency 530 kHz, with a transmitter power of 49.5 watts (day-time and night-time). This service would supply motorists approaching the airport with pre-recorded messages concerning airport facilities, access routes, parking availability and flight delays.  


CFYZ 530 signed on the air.


As of July 1, CJFT had company on the 530 kHz frequency when Fort Communications Inc. opened CJFT-AM at Fort Erie (associated with CJRN 710 in Niagara Falls).


On September 27, CFYZ received approval to change frequency from 530 kHz to 1,280 kHz and to change transmitter power from 50 watts to 25 watts during the day and to 99 watts during the night. The change in frequency would enable CFYZ to avoid loss of service when the proposed reassignment of CIAO Brampton from 790 kHz to 530 kHz is implemented. CJFT Fort Erie would move to the FM band.


CFYZ began live broadcasting of airport information. It even added a morning show.  


On May 31, CFYZ reverted to recorded airport information after doing live broadcasting since 2000.


On March 23, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority announced that it had engaged Newsroom Productions Inc., to provide programming, sales representation and technical services in order to launch a business news station serving Toronto and surrounding areas as of April 9. CFBN would replace CFYZ, the current travel information station for Toronto Pearson International Airport.

On April 9, CFYZ became Canada’s first all Business radio station, known as AM 1280 CFBN. It also continued to broadcast airport traffic reports and advisories. CFBN operated from studios located in Terminal 1. It was managed by Newsroom Productions Inc. thru its division CBN (Canada’s Business Network). 

CFBN left the air late in the year.


On January 17, the CRTC revoked the licence of CFBN at the request of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority. The licensee indicated that the station was no longer in operation. 

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