CFTE

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CFTE
BNN Bloomberg.svg
City Vancouver, British Columbia
Broadcast area Metro Vancouver
Branding BNN Bloomberg Radio 1410
Frequency 1410 kHz (AM)
Repeater(s) 103.5 MHz-HD3
First air date April 10, 1922
Format Business news radio
Power 50,000 watts
Class B (regional)
Callsign meaning CF TEam (former branding)
Former callsigns CJCE (1922)
CFCQ (1922-1928)
CKMO (1928-1955)
CFUN (1955-1969, 1973-2009)
CKVN (1969-1973)
Former frequencies 450 metres (1922-1925)
730 kHz (1925-1933)
Affiliations Bloomberg Radio
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media British Columbia Radio Partnership)
Sister stations CKST, CFBT-FM, CHQM-FM, CIVT-DT
Webcast Listen Live

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.

History[edit]

CFUN first signed on the air on April 10, 1922 as CJCE[1] 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 a Victoria college campus station known as Village 900). 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).

Early personalities[edit]

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:

1960s, 1970s and 1980s[edit]

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, and Russ "Too Loud" McLoud.

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.)

1990s and 2000s[edit]

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.

CFUN's late-2000s logo as "Talk 1410"

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.[2]

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.

Flip to sports radio[edit]

The Team 1410 logo from 2009-2014
TSN 1410 logo from 2014-2018

On November 5, 2009, station management announced the immediate termination of CFUN's talk format, and its replacement with sports radio.[3] CFUN, rebranded "TEAM 1410," will henceforth serve 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) continues to air its current locally focused sports format, although the announcement suggested that Lions games which were previously aired on that station will henceforth 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 Corus Radio's CINW (Canada's oldest radio station, which has been on the air since 1919) in Montreal signing off the air on January 29, 2010, CFTE will be Canada's oldest radio station.

On February 10, 2011, it was announced that Team 1410 would become the official broadcaster of the Vancouver Whitecaps, after signing a 2-year deal with the team.[4]

On August 28, 2014, it was announced that both Team stations in Vancouver would rebrand as TSN Radio stations on September 8, 2014.[5]

Flip to business news[edit]

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 the same day; it will feature programming simulcast from the BNN Bloomberg television channel, as well as programming from the U.S. Bloomberg Radio network. The format will not initially feature any Vancouver-specific business news content, as it is also targeting a national streaming audience via iHeartRadio Canada. Much of CFTE's overflow programming was relocated to CKST.[6]

Bell will also use CFTE as an additional outlet for several of its other talk radio shows, including The Evan Solomon Show from CFRA Ottawa airing weeknights, and condensed versions of various other shows (primarily originating from CFRB Toronto) on weekends. Also on weekends, the rebranded station airs a handful of B.C.-based specialty brokered programs, the TED Radio Hour, and evening blocks of Fox Sports Radio programming.[7]

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Coordinates: 49°05′33″N 122°55′57″W / 49.09250°N 122.93250°W / 49.09250; -122.93250