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.[1]

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CityWinnipeg, Manitoba
Broadcast areaWinnipeg Capital Region
Frequency1290 kHz (AM)
BrandingTSN 1290 Winnipeg
SloganHome of the Hockey Experts
AffiliationsTSN Radio
ESPN Radio
OwnerBell Media
(Bell Media Regional Radio Partnership)
First air date
November 1, 1963
Former call signs
CJQM (1963-1969)
CIFX (1987-2000)
CFST (2000-2003)
Former frequencies
1470 kHz (1963-1976)
Call sign meaning
CF Radio Winnipeg
Technical information
Power10,000 watts
WebcastListen Live

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 available nationally on Bell Satellite TV channel 984.[2]


Early yearsEdit

On November 1, 1963, the station first signed on as CJQM.[3] 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.

Top 40 CFRWEdit

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 CKY. Meanwhile, CKY relocated to new studios in Polo Park. CFRW re-branded itself as "13 CFRW," airing a Top 40/CHR format.[4]

Some notable personalities during the CHUM ownership years include: Ron Able, Gary Christian,[5][6] 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.

1980s and 90sEdit

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.

On May 7, 2001, the station flipped to an all-sports format. It was one of several CHUM Ltd. stations in the now-defunct network known as "The Team”, which only lasted a year.


The CFRW call sign and oldies format returned in August 2002, competing with 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.

Return to sportsEdit

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.[7][8] 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.

Three months later, CTVglobemedia relaunched the oldies/classic hits format on co-owned CHIQ-FM. CTVglobemedia was merged into Bell Media in 2011, which put CFRW under Bell Media ownership.

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.[9] Since 2015, CFRW has also been the radio and online broadcaster for the Manitoba Moose, the Jets' American Hockey League affiliate.[10] Rights to both hockey teams moved to CJOB beginning in the 2020-21 season.

On October 5, 2011, CFRW was re-branded as part of the TSN Radio network, becoming TSN Radio 1290.[11]

Live sportsEdit

TSN Radio 1290 features live coverage of the following:


2002–2010 2010–2011


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  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1966 page B-174
  4. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1975 page C-221
  5. ^ "CFRW-AM | History of Canadian Broadcasting". Retrieved 2020-10-12.
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (1972-11-04). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc.
  7. ^ "Station switches to all-sports radio". Winnipeg Free Press. September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  8. ^ "All-sports radio set to hit airwaves next week". Winnipeg Sun. September 21, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2010.
  9. ^ Tait, Ed (2011-07-21). "Jets reach broadcast agreement with TSN". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved 2020-10-06.
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  11. ^ Bell Media Launches TSN RADIO in Montreal and Winnipeg

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Coordinates: 49°47′58″N 97°16′30″W / 49.7994°N 97.2750°W / 49.7994; -97.2750