|Broadcast area||Greater Toronto Area|
First air date
Call sign meaning
|Canada Journalism Radio Technology|
|HAAT||420.5 meters (1,380 ft)|
CJRT-FM is a Canadian public radio station which broadcasts at 91.1 FM in Toronto, Ontario as JAZZ.FM91. CJRT's studios are on Pardee Avenue in the Liberty Village neighbourhood of Toronto. The station is available on Bell Satellite TV as channel 960, on cable FM, and digital cable audio services in Ontario.
The station was founded in 1949 as an educational FM station by the Ryerson Institute of Technology (later Ryerson University). The JRT in the station's call sign stands for "Journalism, Radio, Technology". The station was operated by students supervised by professional instructors. The station's purpose was to train students and broadcast from 3 pm to 9 pm on weekdays during the school year.
In 1964, a professional staff was hired, while programming was increased from 7 am to midnight seven days a week. A few years later, training of students ceased. The schedule included classical, jazz, and folk, educational and public affairs programming, children's shows, and comedy from the BBC.
Canadian Premier Bill Davis instructed the Ontario legislature that it would create a corporation to run the station and buy the license. The station received money from the Ontario government and from companies and listeners through fundraising.
In co-operation with Ryerson and York University's Atkinson College, CJRT offered several on-air Open College courses from 1971 to 2003. In 2003, the service was transferred to Ryerson's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, which offers distance education through the internet, print, and recorded media rather than on radio. In its last years, Open College broadcasts aired Sunday mornings from 6 am to 8 am.
Ross Porter stepped down in June 2018, following an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct and creating a toxic work environment, and was replaced by Charles S. Cutts. Porter stated that his resignation as CEO was in order to spend more time with his ailing wife, and he continued broadcasting with the station, however, as well as being given the title of president emeritus. The conflict resulted in the departure of a number of on-air staff and a decline in donations to the station. An opposition group, called Save JAZZ.FM91, was founded in July 2018 in an attempt to overturn the station's board of directors. After a legal battle over whether or not the opposition group should be allowed access to the station's membership list, a general meeting of the membership held on February 15, 2019, succeeded in removing the board by a vote of 446 to 435, electing a new board composed of the dissident group. The new board changed the station's management and reinstated a number of broadcasters who had been ousted by the previous management, while Porter ended his program.
Awards and honors
- Silver award, The Sound of Jazz, New York Festivals, 2018
- Silver award, Music to Listen to Jazz By with Ross Porter, New York Festivals, 2018
- "CJRT-FM | History of Canadian Broadcasting". www.broadcasting-history.ca. Retrieved 6 July 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Radio Station History - CJRT (JAZZ)-FM, Toronto, CJRT-FM Inc." Archived 2005-04-26 at the Wayback Machine, Canadian Communications Foundation
- "A timeline of Ryerson's radio history, 1949-2014". Ryersonian. October 7, 2014. Retrieved October 29, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Van Paassen, Kevin. "Toronto's JAZZ.FM91 CEO steps down in wake of probe into sexual-harassment allegations". Globe and Mail.
- "JAZZ.FM91 members call on board to resign as station defends its decision to keep former president and CEO Ross Porter on air".
- "Former morning host of Toronto's JAZZ.FM91 sues station, alleging years of bullying by former CEO".
- "Major donor accuses JAZZ.FM91 of mishandling sexual-harassment allegations against former CEO".
- Comments, Posted: 06/8/2018 6:32 PM (8 June 2018). "Ross Porter steps down as CEO of Toronto jazz station in wake of sexual-harassment allegations". Winnipeg Free Press.
- Vincent, Donovan (30 August 2018). "Former JAZZ.FM host Garvia Bailey sues for wrongful dismissal". TheSpec.com.
- Houpt, Simon (February 15, 2019). "JAZZ.FM91 board overthrown by dissident member group". Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 2, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Crawford, Trish (June 13, 2019). "Jazz.FM91 gets its voice back after the upheaval of 2018". Toronto Star. Retrieved November 28, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "JAZZ.FM91 Wins two silver trophies at the New York Festival Awards". JAZZ.FM91. June 19, 2018.