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TSN 1290 Goes Off the Air, Will Switch from Sports to Comedy

February 9, 2021 12:55 PM | Sports

TSN 1290 WinnipegWINNIPEG — TSN 1290 in Winnipeg is no more.

The sports radio station went off the air on Tuesday before playing Green Day’s “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).”

The TSN 1290 brand had launched in the Winnipeg market in October 2011, prior to the start of the Winnipeg Jets’ first season after returning to the NHL. Before that time, the station was known as Sports Radio 1290.

The CFRW 1290 airwaves will transition to a stand-up comedy format on Friday called Funny 1290. Similar stations in Hamilton, Ont. (TSN 1150) and Vancouver, B.C. (TSN 1040) will convert to BNN Bloomberg Radio and focus on business reporting.

Tuesday’s news comes one week after TSN 1290’s parent company, Bell Media, laid off more than 200 people, including high-profile sports hosts Dan O’Toole, Natasha Staniszewski and Brent Wallace.

In an email to ChrisD.ca, Bell’s director of communications, Marc Choma, said the transition is “based on our successful approach in other markets.”

Last October, TSN 1290 saw its exclusive radio broadcast rights for the Winnipeg Jets dealt to 680 CJOB under Corus Entertainment.

It’s unclear how many staff in Winnipeg were affected by the move. Many on-air personalities tweeted out messages shortly after learning of the decision.

On its website, TSN 1290 posted the following statement:

TSN 1290 Statement