|Broadcast area||Winnipeg, Manitoba|
|Branding||TSN 1290 Winnipeg|
|Slogan||Home of the Hockey Experts|
|Frequency||1290 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||November 1, 1963|
|Callsign meaning||Coming FRom Winnipeg|
|Former frequencies||1470 kHz (1963-1976)|
Bell Media |
(Bell Media Canada Radio 2013 Partnership)
|Sister stations||CFWM-FM, CKMM-FM, CKY-DT|
|Website||TSN 1290 Winnipeg|
CFRW is an AM radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Broadcasting on 1290 kHz and owned by Bell Media, it carries a sports radio format branded as TSN Radio 1290. CFRW is co-located with its sister stations CKMM-FM and CFWM-FM on 1445 Pembina Highway, while its transmitter is located near Oak Bluff. CFRW is the flagship station of the Winnipeg Jets of the National Hockey League.
CFRW first went on the air as CJQM, an easy listening station owned by Winnipeg Broadcast Associates Ltd. (a division of Vancouver Broadcast Associates, the original owners of CHQM and CHQM-FM in Vancouver) at 1470 kHz, on November 1, 1963. Shortly afterward, CJQM-FM signed on to simulcast its AM sister's programming. Winnipeg Broadcast Associates sold both stations in 1965 to QM Winnipeg Ltd., which was later purchased by Radio Winnipeg Ltd. The callsign changed to CFRW in 1969. Jim Pattison's CJOR Ltd. (the owner of Vancouver station CJOR) bought CFRW from the bankrupt Radio Winnipeg in 1970.
Purchased by CHUM in 1974, the station's frequency changed in 1977 to 1290 Khz which provided a better signal coverage. The studios and office relocated in 1973. The station moved from the Confederation Building at 457 Main Street to the same studio across the street previously used by CKY 580. CKY relocated to new studios in Polo Park, CFRW then branded itself as "13 CFRW". Some notable personalities on-air during the CHUM ownership include: Ron Able, Gary Christian[verification needed], Dick Reeves, Tim "Trucker" Bradley, KC Foxxe, Ralph "Racoon" Carney, Franc Cappozolo, Lee Marshall, Stu Ferguson, Pat Cardinal and Steve Jackson. Al Gibson was News Director with notables such as Byron Scott (George Gordon - recently retired from 680 News in Toronto), Tom Mark (recently, morning news anchor at CKNW Vancouver) and Jeff Murray (Feldman) as Sports Director. Bob Laine (popular disc jockey in CHUM'S hey day, now deceased) was transferred to CFRW from CHUM to be station manager. CFRW played a contemporary music format until 1987, when it switched to soft rock, with a callsign and branding change to CIFX ("1290 Fox"). The station changed formats several more times, including to talk radio on May 8, 1995, pop standards in 1999 and sports (as part of CHUM's now-defunct "The Team" network) in 2001. The CFRW callsign and oldies format returned in August 2002, competing with KY-58 in the format before that station moved to the FM dial and changed to an adult contemporary format in 2004. For several years in the early 1980s it broadcast Winnipeg Blue Bombers football, with play-by-play voice Ron Oakes and Robb Glazier. CFRW aired all games of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team from 2005 to 2013.
In 2007, CFRW, along with the other CHUM stations, were sold to CTVglobemedia.
CFRW reverted to an all-sports format as Sports Radio 1290 on September 27, 2010; much of its programming at the outset was provided by ESPN Radio, though it also carried The Jim Rome Show. However, since the station's relaunch, the station has progressively added original programming, including shows that originated from other local radio stations, such as the Illegal Curve Hockey Show and Hustler & Lawless.
On July 21, 2011, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that Bell Media had reached broadcast rights deals with the Winnipeg Jets for both television and radio coverage of the returning NHL team—with TSN becoming its television broadcaster, and CFRW becoming the official radio broadcaster of the Jets. Since 2015, CFRW has also been the radio and online broadcaster for the Manitoba Moose, the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate.
TSN Radio 1290 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:
TSN Radio 1290 also features live coverage of the following:
- Premier League soccer (select games)
- National Football League (select Sunday games, Monday & Thursday Night Football)
- Toronto Blue Jays (MLB)
- "Station switches to all-sports radio". Winnipeg Free Press. September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- "All-sports radio set to hit airwaves next week". Winnipeg Sun. September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
- Bell Media Launches TSN RADIO in Montreal and Winnipeg
- TSN Radio 1290
- CFRW AM history – Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFRW
- Radio Locator information on CFRW