|City||Vancouver, British Columbia|
|Broadcast area||Metro Vancouver|
|Frequency||1410 kHz (AM)|
|Branding||BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410|
Fox Sports Radio
|Owner||Bell Media |
(Bell Media British Columbia Radio Partnership)
|CKST, CFBT-FM, CHQM-FM, CIVT-DT|
First air date
|April 10, 1922|
Former call signs
CFUN (1955-1969, 1973-2009)
|450 metres (1922-1925)|
730 kHz (1925-1933)
Call sign meaning
|CF TEam (former branding)|
CFTE (1410 AM) is a radio station located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. On 1410 AM, it is owned by Bell Media and currently carries a business news format as BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410, which primarily simulcasts programming from the television channel BNN Bloomberg, as well as programs from the U.S. Bloomberg Radio network.
CFTE's studios are located on Robson and Burrard Street in Downtown Vancouver; however the station's local programming is currently limited to weekend specialty programming, and traffic and weather updates. Its transmitters are located near Delta.
CFUN first signed on the air on April 10, 1922 as CJCE at 750 AM, co-owned by Sprott-Shaw Schools of Commerce & Wireless Telegraphy and Radio Specialties Ltd., and operated on 5 watts of power. Radio Specialties opened CFCQ ten days later, on 450 meters with transmission power of 40 watts; the two stations were merged by Sprott-Shaw in 1924, with the unified operation assuming the CFCQ calls and increasing its power to 50 watts. CFCQ increased power again to 1,000 watts in 1925 and moved to 730 AM to share time with CKCD and Nanaimo station CFDC before cutting power back to 50 watts the following year.
CFCQ changed its call letters to CKMO in 1928 and moved to the Bekins Building, 815 West Hastings Street, in 1929, then switched frequencies to its present 1410 AM and moved to 812 Robson Street in 1933 before power returned to 1000 watts in 1941.
CKMO underwent major changes in 1955 when it was sold to Radio C-FUN Ltd., which changed the station's calls to CFUN on February 14 of that year (the CKMO calls are now used by Orangeville, Ontario station CKMO-FM). In 1959, CFUN increased power to 10,000 watts and moved their studios to 1900 West 4th Avenue, then introduced a Top 40 music format in 1960 to challenge the supremacy of Vancouver rock-n-roll powerhouse CKWX (the former CFDC).
During much of the 1960s, CFUN's disc jockey crew, known on-air as the "Good Guys", became well known to Vancouver radio listeners. These were some of them during the station's Top 40 heyday:
CFUN's first Top 40 era ended on September 18, 1967, when the format was dropped for easy listening music. On May 28, 1968, the station was sold to Montreal-based Radio Futura Ltd., and on July 1, 1969, the station changed its call letters to CKVN, adopted a primarily all-news format (with music overnight) and increased transmission power to 50,000 watts.
CKVN dropped its news format and returned to a Top 40 format in March 1970. The station was sold to CHUM Western Ltd. (a division of CHUM Limited) on January 1, 1973, and regained the CFUN calls on September 30. In 1984, CHUM Western was merged into CHUM Limited, and CFUN dropped Top 40 again for an adult contemporary format on December 19 of that year.
CFUN had two successful promotions in the 70s. One was called "Don't say Hello" - *When the phone rang and you answered "I listen To CFUN" - you won a thousand dollars. The other contest that CFUN used to raise its profile was "The CFUN Sticker" where people placed stickers on their rear window and if they were spotted they won prizes.
The deejay line-up during the 70s included radio personalities such as Fred Latremouille with "Latri-Mornings", Bob Magee, Russ Tyson, Peter Benson, J. Lee Smith, Jim Hault, Tom Lucas, Daryl Burlingham, Terry Russell (Roger Kelly), Tom Jeffries, Jack Casey, Russ "Too Loud" McLoud, and "Raccoon" Carney.
The later CFUN-FM at 104.9 FM bore no relation to the original CFUN-AM outside of having the same call letters and also a contemporary hits format. (That station has since changed call letters to CKKS-FM.)
CFUN gained an FM sister station in 1990 when parent CHUM Limited bought CHQM-FM, whose format was changed from easy listening to adult contemporary ("Favourites of Yesterday and Today") in 1992. Both stations moved to their present studios at 380 West 2nd Avenue early in 1993, and on March 27, 1996, CFUN switched to talk radio. More stations joined CFUN and CHQM-FM under the CHUM banner when CKVU-TV was purchased in November 2001, followed by CKST (TEAM 1040) in 2003.
On July 12, 2006, it was announced that CHUM Limited would be purchased by CTVglobemedia, owner of CTV. The purchase includes CHUM's Vancouver radio stations (including CFUN) and all of its Victoria stations, while CKVU is to be sold to Rogers Media (as part of the sale of the Citytv system, which was a condition of the CRTC's approval of the CTVglobemedia purchase of CHUM Limited). CTVglobemedia officially became the owner of CFUN and most other CHUM properties on June 22, 2007.
On August 14, 2008, CTVglobemedia applied to move the station's transmitter to a new site, approximately 8 kilometres (5 mi) southeast of its existing transmitter.
As a talk station, CFUN's on-air personalities included Simi Sara, Dave Brindle, Nikki Renshaw and Joe Leary, as well as the syndicated Laura Schlesinger, Joy Browne and Coast to Coast AM. Weekend programming included a variety of specialty lifestyle programs hosted by local personalities, including a wine show hosted by Terry David Mulligan.
On November 5, 2009, station management announced the immediate termination of CFUN's talk format, and its replacement with sports radio. CFUN, rebranded "Team 1410", started a tenure as CTVglobemedia's secondary sports radio station for the city, primarily featuring ESPN Radio and other syndicated sports talk shows, BC Lions football coverage, replays of Vancouver Canucks games, and coverage of various American or overseas sports events not previously available on Vancouver radio. Sister station CKST (Team 1040) continued to air its current locally focused sports format, although the announcement suggested that Lions games which were previously aired on that station would air exclusively on 1410.
The station officially retired the CFUN call letters in late November 2009 and changed call letters to CFTE. The CFUN call signs were acquired by Rogers' classic hits radio station CKCL-FM Chilliwack/Vancouver.
With the loss of Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Blue Jays rights to CKST/CFTE's new rival, Rogers-owned CISL, Bell's need for a secondary sports station in the area diminished. Bell Media announced on April 18, 2018 that CFTE would re-launch as BNN Bloomberg Radio on April 30, 2018. The format is in conjunction with Bell Media's partnership with Bloomberg L.P., and its re-branding of its specialty channel Business News Network (BNN) as BNN Bloomberg on the same day; it features programming simulcast from the BNN Bloomberg television channel, as well the U.S. Bloomberg Radio network. The format does not feature any Vancouver-specific business news content, as it is targeting a national streaming audience via iHeartRadio Canada. Much of CFTE's overflow programming was relocated to CKST.
Outside of the business day, the station airs The Evan Solomon Show from Ottawa sister station CFRA on weeknights, and syndicated and brokered programs on weekends, including the TED Radio Hour and evening blocks of Fox Sports Radio programming.