Infobox_Radio_station | name = CFRA
city = Ottawa, Ontario
area = National Capital Region

branding = 580 CFRA
slogan = News Talk Radio
airdate = 3 May 1947
frequency = 580 AM
format = talk radio
erp = 50 kW day, 10 kW night
class = B
callsign_meaning = C Frank RyAn
owner = CTVglobemedia
licensee = CHUM Radio
website = [ 580 CFRA]

:"See also CFRA (disambiguation)"

CFRA is a talk radio station in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, owned by CTVglobemedia. It broadcasts at 580 kHz on the AM band. Notable personalities include Michael Harris, Steve Madely, Lowell Green, John Counsell and 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 Auditorium on 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.

CFRA is Ottawa's only CNN radio affiliate.

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

External links

* [ 580 CFRA]
* [ CFRA's 60th Anniversary website] 1947-2007
* [ History of 580 CFRA] from the Canadian Communications Foundation.
* [ Conservative headquarters scripting calls to radio shows]

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