Fans of CBC Radio's Metro Morning got up early on Wednesday to come downtown and help celebrate the show's first four decades of broadcasting in Toronto.
A special broadcast in the Glenn Gould Studio in downtown Toronto marked the occasion, which host Matt Galloway told listeners was worthy of a special celebration.
"This is the 40th anniversary of this program and so we thought we'd throw a party and so to do that we've thrown our door open," he said.
Wednesday’s show was broadcast in front a live audience and followed by a special meet-and-greet with Metro Morning listeners.
The show first went to air on April 2, 1973, under the name Tomorrow is Here.
Forty years later, it has undergone many changes — including its name — and built a loyal audience among Torontonians who tune in each weekday morning to hear stories about their city and issues that matter.
"We are going to hear some of the folks who define this town and helped shape this town and talking about things that matter to people including our aging population, transit and how we’re going to pay for it and more," said Galloway.
Premier Kathleen Wynne was a guest on Wednesday's program, admitting that she has been listening to Metro Morning for many of the years that it has been in existence.
"I think this show is such an integral part of how we see ourselves and I've been listening for 36 years," she said.
The premier said there are many ways to map out one's life and she can think back to the many hosts she has listened to while waking up over the years.
The show received numerous shout-outs on Twitter from guests, fans and fellow broadcasters and journalists:
Sweet line up! Congrats MM for 40 gr8 yrs!! “@metromorning: Coming up on our 40th anniversary show, Jim Cuddy, ON Premier Kathleen Wynne.”— Sarah Slean (@sarahslean) April 3, 2013
Happy 40th @metromorning! You know you are part of our family when our 4 year old asks why Matt is not at breakfast!— Amanda Martinez (@amandamartinezm) April 3, 2013
Listening to @metromorning every day is like starting your morning in a townhall. This is part of what democracy looks like! Happy 40th!— Roger Keil (@rkeil) April 3, 2013
Happy anniversary @metromorning! A Toronto breakfast staple for 40 years... congratulations!— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) April 3, 2013