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Cfrn (am)

CFRN
City of license Edmonton, Alberta
Broadcast area Edmonton Capital Region
Branding TSN Radio 1260
Slogan The Evolution of Sports Radio
Frequency 1260 kHz (AM)
First air date April 17, 1927 as CHMA
Format Sports
Power 50,000 watts
Class A (Regional)
Transmitter coordinates
Callsign meaning Rice and Nielsen
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Fox Sports Radio/Premiere Radio Networks
TSN Radio
Westwood One
CBS Sports Radio[1]
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CFBR-FM, CFMG-FM, CFRN-DT
Website http://www.TSN1260.ca

CFRN is a Canadian Class A, 50,000 watt (directional at night) radio station in Edmonton, Alberta; CFRN is unusual in that it is a Class A (protected nighttime skywave) AM station on a regional frequency.[2] Owned by Bell Media and broadcasting on 1260 AM, the station airs an all-sports format, branded as TSN Radio 1260. The station's studios are located at 18520 Stony Plain Road in Edmonton, where it shares studio space with its sister station, CTV O&O CFRN-TV. Both stations continued to share space after the radio and TV operations were sold to different owners in the 1980s, but were united in 2013 by Bell's acquisition of Astral Media.

CKHJ in Fredericton, New Brunswick, is the only other commercial radio station in Canada which broadcasts on 1260 AM; it broadcasts 10,000 watts day and night, with a directional (three-tower) antenna. The other two Canadian stations on 1260 AM (CBPM & CBPU) are weather stations, which are owned by The Meteorological Service of Canada. Both of those weather stations broadcast with a power of 30 watts.

History

In 1927, the station originally launched as CHMA at 580 AM. In the 1930s, CHMA became CFTP.

During the 1930s, the station changed its calls from CFTP to its current call sign, CFRN. Later that decade, the station moved to its current frequency, 1260 AM.

In 1936, the station moved from 1260 to 960 AM. In 1941, CFRN moved back to 1260 AM.

On July 1, 1998, CFRN flipped from adult standards to oldies, debuting Standard Radio's new oldies network, with CISL in Vancouver, delivered via Anik satellite. The new oldies network replaced the former Satellite Radio Network service.

Switch to sports radio

The Team 1260 logo

In 2002, CFRN flipped to sports radio as The Team 1260, as an affiliate of CHUM Radio's The Team network. However, the network folded shortly afterwords. CFRN would maintain its branding as The Team as a locally-programmed format, while adding syndicated programs such as Prime Time Sports and The Jim Rome Show. In 2007, Standard Radio was acquired by Astral Media. In turn, Astral Media was acquired by Bell Media on July 5, 2013—the acquisition re-united CFRN with its sister television station, and with The Team's former owned-and-operated stations.[3][4]

On September 30, 2013, CFRN was re-branded as a part of Bell's TSN Radio network, as TSN Radio 1260, introducing a new lineup of local afternoon programming.[5]

Local programming

Daily

  • Nielson and Fraser in the Morning - featuring Dustin Nielson and Wil Fraser; Monday to Friday from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM.
  • The Lowdown with Lowetide - Hosted by Allan Mitchell Aka Lowetide, Weekdays from 10:00 AM to Noon
  • The Jason Gregor Show - Hosted by Jason Gregor, weekdays from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM (this show formerly had the 9 to Midnight time slot). Jason has regular weekly co-hosts including TSN reporter Ryan Rishaug, and "journalist" Robin Brownlee.
  • The Jason Strudwick Show - Hosted by former NHLer Jason Strudwick, weeknights from 9:00 PM to Midnight.

Weekly or bi-weekly

  • Krush Sports Performance Show - Hosted by Jeff Krushell, Craig Moonen; weekly
  • The Pipeline Show - Hockey program hosted by Global Edmonton's Dean Millard and columnist Guy Flaming; weekly

Former shows and games

Sports Talk host John Short in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics
  • The Mark Spector Show - Hosted by Mark Spector
  • Cracker-Cats Show - Hosted by Al Coates
  • Sports-Xtra - Hosted by Tony Fiorello and Ron Rimer
  • Edmonton Cracker-Cats live play-by-play - Games were carried on the Team 1260 during the first two years of the franchise. Al Coates handled the play by play
  • Total Sports - Hosted by Bob Stauffer; featuring the 'Total Sports Dream Team' of co-hosts
  • What's Going On - Hosted by Jason Jones, Corey Graham and Nadine Woudstra
  • Sports Talk - Hosted by John Short
  • More on Sports - featuring play-by-play veteran Bryn Griffiths and Jake Daniels (the "voice of the fan").
  • Way Offside - Hosted by Jake Daniels

Live sports

TSN Radio 1260 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:

The station will also air national programming from the TSN Radio network.

References

  1. ^ http://radio.cbssports.com/stations/
  2. ^ http://www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/am-broadcast-station-classes-clear-regional-and-local-channels
  3. ^ "CRTC approves Bell/Astral deal with conditions". Toronto Star. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger". CBC. Retrieved 5 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "TSN Radio hits the air in Ottawa and Edmonton". TSN.ca. Bell Media. Retrieved 30 September 2013. 

External links

  • Official website
  • CFRN history at Canadian Communications Foundation
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for CFRN
  • Radio-Locator Information on CFRN
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for CFRN
  • Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFRN
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