Infobox_Radio_station | name = CFRA
area = National Capital Region
branding = 580 CFRA
slogan = News Talk Radio
3 May 1947
frequency = 580 AM
erp = 50 kW day, 10 kW night
class = B
callsign_meaning = C Frank RyAn
website = [http://www.cfra.com 580 CFRA]
CFRA is a
talk radiostation in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, owned by CTVglobemedia. It broadcasts at 580 kHzon the AM band. Notable personalities include Michael Harris, Steve Madely, Lowell Green, John Counselland Reuven Bulka.
Frank Ryan founded the station which began broadcasting with a 1000 watt transmitter at 560 kHz on
3 May 1947. The first studios were located at the Ottawa Auditoriumon O'Connor Street, where the station spent its first ten years. In 1962, the station moved to its present frequency (580 kHz) and increased its daytime power to 50 kW, and nighttime power to 10 kW. The current studios have been located at CHUM's downtown Market Media Mall since 2000.
CFRA played pop music until the mid 1980s. In 1986, they changed the format to "Favourites of Yesterday and Today". In 1991, CFRA changed the format again to an all-oldies station, before changing to the current news-talk format in 1993. In 2002, CFRA's slogan became "left on the dial, right on the issues", as a tribute to its conservative political leanings.
Ottawa's only CNNradio affiliate.
In 2007 CFRA along with the other CHUM stations were sold to
* [http://www.cfra.com 580 CFRA]
* [http://cfra.com/60th/home/index.php CFRA's 60th Anniversary website] 1947-2007
* [http://www.broadcasting-history.ca/listings_and_histories/radio/histories.php?id=456&historyID=229 History of 580 CFRA] from the Canadian Communications Foundation.
* [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080325.wtorytalk0325/BNStory/National/?id=RTGAM.20080325.wtorytalk0325 Conservative headquarters scripting calls to radio shows]
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