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Broadcast area Winnipeg, Manitoba
Branding 1290 CFRW
Slogan The Greatest Oldies of All Time
Frequency 1290 kHz (AM)
First air date November 1, 1963
Format oldies
ERP 50 kW
Callsign meaning Coming FRom Winnipeg
Former callsigns CJQM (1963-1969)
CFRW (1969-1987)
CIFX (1987-2000)
CFST (2000-2003)
Owner CTVglobemedia
(CHUM Radio Network)
Sister stations CFWM-FM, CHIQ-FM, CKY-TV
Webcast Listen Live
Website 1290 CFRW

CFRW is an AM radio station in Winnipeg, Manitoba, broadcasting at a frequency of 1290 kHz. The station plays an oldies format and is owned by CTVglobemedia.

CFRW has sister stations, CURVE 94.3 and 99.9 BOB FM in Winnipeg, which share some of the radio personalities, Andrea Collins and Beau.


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 1976 to the more accessible 1290 kHz, although the station branded itself as "13 CFRW". 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 in 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.

CFRW airs all games of the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team. For several years in the early 1980s it broadcast Winnipeg Blue Bombers football, with play-by-play voice Ron Oakes and Robb Glazier.

In 2007 CFRW along with the other CHUM stations were sold to CTVglobemedia.

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