City 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 53°27′8.3″N 113°40′52.6″W / 53.452306°N 113.681278°W / 53.452306; -113.681278Coordinates: 53°32′30.5″N 113°38′29″W / 53.541806°N 113.64139°W / 53.541806; -113.64139 (The Team 1260)
Callsign meaning Rice and Nielsen
Affiliations TSN Radio
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CFBR-FM, CFMG-FM, CFRN-DT

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.[1] 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.


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.

Notable Broadcasters

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.[2][3]

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.[4]

Local programming


Weekly or bi-weekly

Former shows and games

Sports Talk host John Short in Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Olympics

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.


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
  2. "CRTC approves Bell/Astral deal with conditions". Toronto Star. 27 June 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  3. "CRTC approves Bell-Astral merger". CBC. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  4. "TSN Radio hits the air in Ottawa and Edmonton". Bell Media. Retrieved 30 September 2013.

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