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City of license Ottawa, Ontario
Broadcast area National Capital Region
Branding TSN Radio 1200
Slogan The Evolution of Sports Radio
Home of the Hockey Experts
Frequency 1200 kHz (AM)
First air date 1964
Format Sports
Power 50 kW
Class B (Regional)
Callsign meaning CF Greater Ottawa
Former callsigns CKPM (1964-1972)
CJBZ (1997-1999)
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Fox Sports Radio/Premiere Radio Networks
TSN Radio
Westwood One
CBS Sports Radio[1]
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Website TSN Radio 1200

CFGO is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts at 1200 on the AM dial in Ottawa. The station broadcasts sports programming, using the brand name TSN Radio 1200.


  • History 1
    • Music format 1.1
    • All-sports format 1.2
  • Live sports 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Music format

The station was launched in 1964 by Confederation Broadcasting, with the call letters CKPM at 1440 AM. CKPM aired an MOR music format.

In 1970, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission revoked Confederation's licence, alleging that the company had failed to live up to its financial and management obligations. Confederation appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, who ruled in April 1971 that Confederation had not had a fair hearing before the CRTC.

In 1972, majority interest in the station was sold to Baton Broadcasting. The station also adopted its current CFGO callsign that year and moved to a Top 40 music format to compete with top-rated CFRA. The station moved to its current frequency (with a better signal, from 1440 AM to 1200 AM) on January 5, 1986, and was sold to Rawlco Communications the following year.[2][3] Playing Starship's "We Built This City" as the inaugural song on the new 1200 kHz (1200 AM) signal, Rawlco transitioned the station from Top 40 to adult contemporary as "Go-AM 12, Adult Rock" at the same time as the frequency switch. On March 8, 1988, Rawlco converted the station back to a CHR format, using the brand name Energy 1200. The station subsequently changed its callsign to CJBZ and its brand name to The Buzz in late 1997, with a focus on more alternative and underground rock.

All-sports format

The Team 1200 logo

On September 9, 1998, at 7:30 AM, the station switched to its current all-sports format, using the brand name OSR1200 - Ottawa Sports Radio. It was acquired the following year by CHUM Limited, reverting to its CFGO callsign. In 1999, the station adopted the Team 1200 brand name.

On May 7, 2001, the station formed the basis for CHUM's short-lived national sports radio network The Team, which adopted the Ottawa station's brand identity. The station retained its format and brand when CHUM subsequently folded the network.

On June 22, 2007, CFGO along with the other CHUM stations were sold to CTVglobemedia.

On September 30, 2013, CFGO re-branded as "TSN Radio 1200."

TSN 1200 broadcasts a wide variety of sports programming, as well as news and weather, and the station streams Fox Sports Radio at night. As the official radio station of the Ottawa Senators, it broadcasts every Ottawa Senators game live. The station also broadcasts Ottawa 67's games, Ottawa Redblacks games, and formerly broadcast Ottawa Lynx games.

Notable programs include 3 Guys on the Radio (TGOR), In the Box, The Drive, Offside, RedBlacks Radio, The Buzz on Junior Hockey, i-Run, Corner Kicks Soccer Show, among several others.

Live sports

TSN Radio 1200 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:

TSN Radio 1200 also features live coverage of the following:


  1. ^
  2. ^ Decision CRTC 84-955
  3. ^ Decision CRTC 87-589

External links

  • TSN Radio 1200
  • CFGO history at Canadian Communications Foundation
  • Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFGO
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for CFGO
  • Radio-Locator Information on CFGO
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for CFGO
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