When CFTR Became 680 News

Last Updated on: 21st April 2015, 05:20 pm

A few weeks ago, I wrote about 680 CFTR. I didn’t realize it at the time, but the day I put that up (May 7th) was a month to the day before the 20th anniversary of the change. In case you don’t know what I mean by the change, that was the day that one of the biggest hit music radio stations in Canada became an all news channel. And in case you’re curious, here’s what that sounded like.

I remember hearing this when it happened and I don’t think I’ll ever forget it. To this day, I can’t hear We Built This City without having a flashback at least half the time.

By this point I was much more a fan of the DJs on CFTR than the music they played, but in my 13-year-old brain the decision to make such a huge flip was still insane and would never work. My 13-year-old brain, as it turns out, was incorrect. 680 News seems to be doing just fine, churning out 20 or 30 minute news cycles 24/7 for 20 years and counting, other than that time recently when they stopped to broadcast a Leafs game because the Fan couldn’t do it.

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  1. I wonder if maybe that’s not too dissimilar from how the recent switch by formerly Oldies 1310 up here sounded. I should probably go dig that up.

    1. I was hoping I could find it on formatchange.com, but the only listing for Ottawa seems to be you guys getting an EZ Rock station back in 2010.

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