Most Repetitive Toronto Radio Stations

Most Repetitive Toronto Radio StationsThe Grid "surveyed 12 commercial FM-radio stations in the GTA over a 12-hour programming block last week to determine the musical diversity (or lack thereof) on the city’s airwaves".

According to their data, these are Toronto's most repetitive radio stations:

  1. Kiss 92.5
  2. Flow 93.5
  3. Virgin 99.1
  4. 102.1 the Edge
  5. 104.5 CHUM-FM
  6. Indie 88.1
  7. Y108
  8. 97.7 HTZ-FM
  9. CHFI 98.1

There's little surprise in the top three, but it's interesting that 102.1 the Edge finished fourth. Boom 97.3, Q107 and G98.7 didn't repeat at all during this period.

When you click on over to the Grid article you'll see some fun graphics that reveal Lorde to be the artist heard on the most stations (7) and her song "Team" to be the most played song in the city (29 plays!).

And for the record, 37 different artists were played on both 102.1 the Edge and Indie 88.1 during this 12-hour period. But, and this is key for those of you who find 88.1 to be too repetitive, no station played more unique songs during this time. Indie 88.1 played the most music overall, and the most non-repeated music.

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No one will be Hits 1 on Sirius XM. They often play the same song within a half-hour period.

February 28, 2014 @ 3:58 PM


At least with 97.7 they are the only ones repeating the headstones, tea party and alice in chains. no one else does that. no one

February 28, 2014 @ 4:06 PM


You are kidding me with Q107 as that's the only station available on my radio at work as others are difficult to receive with their signals.

I love 60's, 70's & early 80's music but Q107 constantly plays the same songs from same artists everyday. They must be on a 24 hr. loop for songs.

February 28, 2014 @ 5:55 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Funny I use to listen to Q but can't believe they didn't make the most repetitive list LOL

February 28, 2014 @ 10:01 PM


Radio is a lot less exciting than it used to be. Radio is plain old boring. I don't bother with it. I would rather just listen to a mixture of my CDs and MP3s.

March 1, 2014 @ 7:00 AM


AMD - check out 94.9 The Rock in Toronto, better than 97.7

March 1, 2014 @ 8:18 AM

Jason from Sudbury

I still like 97.7 but I find they've even gone downhill over the years.

March 1, 2014 @ 10:29 AM

glenn storey

once again, i have to say that there is only one radio station in the world.

March 1, 2014 @ 12:21 PM


Biggie size them current year playlists.
Very Easy to do; especially if same artist songs are accepted ;)

March 1, 2014 @ 2:02 PM


@Dale Agreed. Q107 may not repeat the same songs in a day but they certainly have a limited catalog with the same songs repeated over and over throughout the week.

March 1, 2014 @ 11:09 PM


Being slightly less repetitive and predictable than the worst offenders is hardly an endorsement for quality broadcasting.
So Indie is good because it isn't the ultimate or penultimate example of mediocrity.
The problem is that Indie got the last broadcast license in the city, had to opportunity to be something different, and chose to be pretty much the same old story.

March 2, 2014 @ 12:06 PM


@ Anon&on

BINGO! Could not have summed it any better than what you wrote.


March 2, 2014 @ 3:55 PM


Repetition is a way of life due to the 15 second rule. Terra radio is so afraid of losing that non-core listener who doesn't recognize a song that quickly. Anyone who wonders why you hear a lot of the same songs over and over again, it is mainly for that reason. If your non-core listener was much more curious (didn't change the station so quickly) stations could be a lot more diverse with their playlists and less repetitious. Stations are also somewhat trying to appease the label and or artist with enough spins. Just be glad The Spirit of Radio ever existed in Toronto circa 1978 - 1987 because you will NEVER experience that again in the Terra radio world.

March 2, 2014 @ 7:46 PM

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