Toronto’s G98.7-FM in Financial Peril, according to Court Records

Sportscaster Jason Portuondo (left) and producer George Kalogiros talk about the Raptors’ win during a broadcast of World Beat Sports at the G98.7-FM studios in Toronto, on June 15.

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A beloved independent radio station serving Toronto’s black and Caribbean community is on the brink of financial disaster, according to court filings by a shareholder who moved to take over control of the business after the recent death of its founder and figurehead.

The parent company of G98.7-FM was placed under investigative receivership earlier this month after Delford Blythe, the station’s former chief financial officer and a minority shareholder, told a judge for the Commercial List of Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice that the station is unable to pay its liabilities and is at risk of losing its broadcasting licence. He alleged that the station’s troubles stem from the financial mismanagement of Fitzroy Gordon, the station’s founder and president, who died on April 30.

Gordon was a charismatic leader of Toronto’s black community whose contributions drew praise from politicians after his death.

Behind the scenes, however, Blythe alleges Gordon misdirected startup funds to himself during the station’s creation, and later diverted advertising revenue from the station’s website to himself. He further alleges that Gordon “arranged a scheme” of “self-dealing” to purchase shares of Intercity Broadcasting Network, the company that operates G98.7.

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Published on June 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm by mikedup

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June 18, 2019 - 1:34 pm

Donovan

As a fan of R&B music, I’ve tuned in to G98.7 over the years. While I’m very surprised they’ve stayed with their current niche format since their November 2011 launch, I’m not as familiar with Toronto’s black and Caribbean community, so can’t really speak to the extent of the station’s following. That being said, I had a premonition that change was on the horizon when I heard that founder Fitzroy Gordon had passed away. I didn’t figure it was a moneymaker, but the fact that Mr. Gordon was allegedly misappropriating funds is a real shame.


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