iHeartMedia Replaces ‘Coast-to-Coast’ with Toronto Call-in Show

In the current COVID-19 emergency, iHeartmedia Canada and the Bell Talk Radio Network have made a change in their overnight programming.

Instead of the US-based ‘Coast-to Coast AM with George Noory’, listeners will now get a show originating with Toronto’s Newstalk 1010 (CFRB.)   ‘The Late Shift with Jason Agnew‘ (that’s him above) runs from 1 to 4 am EDT, and most stations, especially in the West, will rerun a part of the show as needed until the local morning programs kick in.

iHeart management obviously felt a Canadian perspective in the current unprecedented emergency was preferable for its Canadian listenership.

Following is the corporate News Release issued Tuesday:

TORONTO (March 24, 2020) – iHeartRadio Canada’s NEWSTALK 1010 keeps the conversation going with the launch of THE LATE SHIFT WITH JASON AGNEW, an overnight talk show where Canadians can connect on the topics that matter to them, broadcast live in Toronto on NEWSTALK 1010 from 1-4 a.m. ET, the show is now syndicated nationally, with participating stations listed on iHeartRadio.ca.

Hosted by radio personality and comedian Jason Agnew, the early morning show invites listeners to call in, share their stories, and stay informed during these unprecedented times. “It’s so important to stay connected as a country, now more then ever,” said Agnew. “I’m happy to stay up with Canadians and provide a platform where they can share their stories.”

“Jason is the perfect person to keep listeners entertained and informed during this time of global uncertainty,” said Mike Bendixen, Brand Director, NEWSTALK 1010. “Listeners will appreciate having a familiar voice and up-to-date content during this late-night time slot.”

In addition to THE LATE SHIFT WITH JASON AGNEW, Agnew also hosts NEWSTALK 1010’s SUNDAY MORNING TRIVIA SHOW and TSN Radio’s SUNDAY NIGHT’S MAIN EVENT, available on iHeartRadio.ca and on the iHeartRadio app.

Known as Canada’s “Game Show Guru,” Agnew previously hosted E!’s POPQ and Travel Channel’s DOOR TO DOOR.  Listeners across the country can call in to THE LATE SHIFT WITH JASON AGNEW by dialing 1.877.518.5151 or texting 7.10.10.

Listen anytime on the iHeartRadio app or visit iHeartRadio.ca for more information and local broadcast times. 

Published on March 25, 2020 at 8:19 am by Ron Robinson


March 26, 2020 - 7:08 am

Herb Bonspiel

You have lost a long time listener. Will use app to get Coast to Coast. Bye setbye…

March 28, 2020 - 9:31 am


“Listeners will appreciate having a familiar voice and up-to-date content during this late-night time slot.”

Which is why this program makes no sense for this market!

April 3, 2020 - 7:02 pm

Jack Morrow

You can still hear Coast-to-Coast on the Ottawa station CFRA.

April 10, 2020 - 2:29 am

Mike Farns

Your replacement program for Coast to Coast AM with George Noorey sucks. Socialist-Masonic-Globalist sucks in fact. Please bring back George Noorey and tell the ‘passover’ John Tory thought-police to f.ck-off.

May 19, 2020 - 11:00 am

Edith Cunningham

Please oh please bring back George Nooorey instead of the current drivel. At least, after COVID settles down. I have listened to Coast for some 18 years and it has had such a beneficial effect on my life, I am bereft without it and feel as tho there was a death in the family. There are intelligent folk in this world who need more than pap. Please!!

May 22, 2020 - 9:59 pm

Ian Matthews

I , as millions of others , are very intrigued with the content and guests that are only heard on Coast to Coast .
I used to listen to AM 640 for over a decade but they lost me to AM610 in St Catherines and now I will be purchasing XM Sirius and listening on 146 or looking to find via a stream.

Why do station producers believe that a proven program offers no more value.
Coast to Coast is an institution and you abandon it .. By doing so – you choose to abandon your listeners . I assume it had more to do with advertising revenue than content or concern for listeners .
When AM640 had the contract they played their own commercials . When AM610 had it , the commercials were American .

Its about the money , not the customer !!

thank you —- and let your new advertisers that the listenership is not as strong with the new programming . ( my assumption)

Time moves on I guess … and so do listeners

May 26, 2020 - 10:21 am


Please bring back George Norey!!! Nothing against Agnew. 🙏🙏🙏🙏please!!!!

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