04/01/2013 05:37 EDT | Updated 06/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Metro Morning marks 40 years on the airwaves

CBC Radio's Metro Morning is celebrating four decades of bringing current affairs and engaging topics to the citizens of Canada’s most populous city.

Long-time listener Sherry Makhan can still remember the exact moment nearly two decades ago when she first turned the radio dial to CBC Radio 99.1 FM.

"I was driving along Winston Churchill to get the GO Train, listening to another station, and I just managed to flick the dial and that was it," said Makhan who is originally from Trinidad.

Now, she says, "they're down in the basement, they're in the kitchen, they're in my car."

Getting to know Toronto

From Regent Park and public housing, to transit and city council, Metro Morning has delivered the stories that matter most to Toronto’s budding and diverse communities. In turn, CBC listeners have made waking up to the show a part of their weekday morning routine.

Initially hosted by Bruce Rogers, the show hit the airwaves on April 2, 1973 under its original title Tomorrow is Here.

Over the past 40 years the show has seen six host changes and a transformation from a broadcast that was DJ driven, to being a diverse source for Toronto's news.

Matt Galloway, a veteran of CBC Radio, now sits behind the mic and says Metro Morning's inspiration comes from getting out of the studio and meeting Torontonians.

"I spend a lot of time in the middle of the day when I get off the air out and about in the city," Galloway said. "Going into different neighbourhoods, waiting in line in strange fast-food restaurants in Scarborough, going to a barbershop in Etobicoke, talking to people about what is going on in their community."

Metro Morning will host a special live broadcastfrom the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio at 250 Front Street West on Wednesday between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET to mark the anniversary.

Joining Galloway will be a variety of guests, including live performances by Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo, Eliana Cuevas, Kobo Town, and Divine Brown.

A reception will follow where guests will be able to meet members of the Metro Morning team.