CFNY "102.1 The Edge" 102.1 FM
Toronto, ON
Owner: Corus Entertainment

Year-End Countdowns available:
1990, 1991, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006

Other Countdowns
Top 1002 of All-Time (Nov. 1999)

ADDRESS: One Dundas St West, Ste 1600 Toronto, ON M5G 1Z3, Canada

PHONE: (416) 408-3343


Beginning with the arrival of David Marsden as programming director in 1978, CFNY became one of the first commercial radio stations to play alternative music.

In 1985, after years of ownership changes, the station was sold to Selkirk Communications. By this time, the station had become internationally famous and was briefly available in North America via satellite.

Despite higher ratings, in 1988 Selkirk switched to a Top 40 format and left its alternative format to weekends and late nights. Many longtime listeners were left unhappy; and eventually, much of the staff either resigned or were fired.

In 1989, Selkirk was acquired by MacLean-Hunter, who shifted the format to that of a more conventional modern rock station. MacLean-Hunter was sold Off to Rogers Communications in 1994, which then spun its radio holdings to Corus Entertainment in 1999.

The CFNY Spirit of Radio Fan Page is devoted to CFNY, particularly its 1980's incarnation.

 

Top Artists

1. Nirvana
2. Green Day
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers
4. Beastie Boys
5. Radiohead
6. The Smashing Pumpkins
7. The Ramones
8. Beck
9. The Clash
10. Nine Inch Nails
11. Sublime
12. Pearl Jam
13. Linkin Park
14. The Smiths
15. Foo Fighters
16. Rage Against the Machine
17. Stone Temple Pilots
18. The Cure
19. Weezer
20. U2
21. Depeche Mode
22. Jane's Addiction
23. White Stripes
24. Offspring
25. AFI
26. The Pixies
27. Soundgarden
28. Social Distortion
29. The Killers
30. The Strokes
31. Incubus
32. Alice in Chains
33. New Order
34. Oasis
35. Tool
36. Bad Religion
37. Bob Marley
38. Queens of the Stone Age
39. Coldplay
40. System of a Down
41. Modest Mouse
42. blink-182
43. Morrissey
44. No Doubt
45. Rancid
46. Cake
47. Death Cab For Cutie
48. 311
49. Jimmy Eat World
50. Fall Out Boy
51. The Shins
52. Blur
53. Garbage
54. Bush
55. My Chemical Romance
56. Korn
57. The Police
58. Arcade Fire
59. Papa Roach
60. Gorillaz
61. Live
62. Sonic Youth
63. Cypress Hill
64. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
65. The Sex Pistols
66. Violent Femmes
67. R.E.M
68. Staind
69. Postal Service
70. Evanesence
71. Hole
72. Iggy Pop
73. Chemical Brothers
74. Muse
75. Bloc Party
76. David Bowie
77. Interpol
78. Prodigy
79. The Breeders
80. Fatboy Slim
81. Panic! at the Disco
82. Metallica
83. Franz Ferdinand
84. INXS
85. Audioslave
86. Bjork
87. Everclear
88. Talking Heads
89. A Perfect Circle
90. Moby
91. Elvis Costello
92. Pennywise
93. PJ Harvey
94. Lenny Kravitz
95. The Verve
96. Flaming Lips
97. Faith No More
98. Echo and the Bunnymen
99. Daft Punk
100. Wolfmother
101. Stone Roses
102. Velvet Revolver
103. The Cult
104. Filter
105. Deftones
106. Silversun Pickups