|Broadcast area||Winnipeg Capital Region|
|Frequency||1290 kHz (AM)|
|Branding||TSN 1290 Winnipeg|
|Slogan||Home of the Hockey Experts|
|Owner||Bell Media |
(Bell Media Regional Radio Partnership)
|CFWM-FM, CKMM-FM, CKY-DT|
First air date
|November 1, 1963|
Former call signs
|1470 kHz (1963-1976)|
Call sign meaning
|CF Radio Winnipeg|
CFRW (1290 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is owned by Bell Media and 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. Its transmitter is located near Oak Bluff along Road 54 off McGillivray Boulevard.
On weekdays, CFRW carries local sports shows as well as programming from the TSN Radio Network. Overnights and weekends, sports programming from ESPN Radio is heard. CFRW is the flagship station of the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League. CFRW is available nationally on Bell Satellite TV channel 984.
On November 1, 1963, the station first signed on as CJQM. At the same time, FM sister station CJQM-FM also came on the air. The two stations simulcast an easy listening format. CJQM-AM-FM were owned by Winnipeg Broadcast Associates Ltd. (a division of Vancouver Broadcast Associates, the original owners of CHQM and CHQM-FM in Vancouver). CJQM originally broadcast at 1470 kHz, powered at 5,000 watts.
Winnipeg Broadcast Associates sold both stations in 1965 to QM Winnipeg Ltd., which was later purchased by Radio Winnipeg Ltd. The call signs changed to CFRW and CFRW-FM in 1969. Jim Pattison's CJOR Ltd. (the owner of Vancouver station CJOR) bought CFRW-AM-FM from the bankrupt Radio Winnipeg in 1970.
CFRW-AM-FM were purchased by CHUM Ltd. in 1974. CHUM got CFRW's frequency changed in 1977 to 1290 AM. The move provided a better signal, doubling the power to 10,000 watts. CHUM management also had the studios and office relocated. The station moved from the Confederation Building at 457 Main Street to the same studio across the street previously used by AM 580 CKY. Meanwhile, CKY relocated to new studios in Polo Park. CFRW re-branded itself as "13 CFRW," airing a Top 40/CHR format.
Some notable personalities during the CHUM ownership years include: Ron Able, Gary Christian, 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 (formerly at CFTR Toronto), Tom Mark (formerly 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.
For several years in the early 1980s, CFRW broadcast Winnipeg Blue Bombers football, with play-by-play voice Ron Oakes and Robb Glazier.
CFRW played a contemporary music format until 1987, when it switched to soft rock, with a call sign and branding change to "1290 Fox" CIFX. The station changed formats several more times, including to talk radio on May 8, 1995, and to adult standards in 1999.
The CFRW call sign and oldies format returned in August 2002, competing with 580 CKY in the format before that station moved to the FM dial and changed to a soft adult contemporary format in 2004 as CKY-FM. 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 returned 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 syndicated Jim Rome Show. However, since the station's relaunch, the station has progressively added original programming, including shows that originated from other Canadian sports 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 a deal for broadcast rights with the Winnipeg Jets for both television and radio coverage of the NHL team. TSN became its television broadcaster and CFRW became the official flagship radio station of the Jets. Since 2015, CFRW has also been the radio and online broadcaster for the Manitoba Moose, the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate. Rights to both hockey teams moved to CJOB beginning in the 2020-21 season.
TSN Radio 1290 features live coverage of the following: