|City of license||Calgary, Alberta|
|Branding||The Fan 960|
|Slogan||Calgary's Sports Radio|
|Frequency||960 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||May 2, 1922|
|Webcast||Listen Live to The Fan 960|
|Website||The Fan 960's Website|
CFAC is a Canadian radio station, which broadcasts @ AM 960 in Calgary, Alberta. The station, owned by Rogers Communications, broadcasts sports programming with the brand name The Fan 960.
CFAC was launched on May 2, 1922 by the Calgary Herald with the call sign CQCA. It changed it's callsign to CHCQ a week later & to the current CFAC in August of that year. Taylor, Pearson & Carson, a company which would eventually become Selkirk Communications, became a minority partner in the station in 1934. The station was a private affiliate of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission, which became the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 1936.
Like most early radio stations, CFAC changed frequencies a number of times & settled @ 960 in 1941.
The station dropped it's CBC affiliation in 1964, when CBR was launched. Selkirk became the station's sole owner in 1972 & was acquired by Maclean-Hunter in 1989. Maclean-Hunter, in turn, was bought out by Rogers Communications in 1994.
In 1983, CFAC launched CFHC in Canmore to re-broadcast programs from CFAC, up until 1992.
In 2001, CFAC dropped the country music format which had been the station's staple for decades & adopted it's current sports format as an affiliate of CHUM Limited's The Team sports network. It retained sports programming, but was rebranded as The Fan, when the Team network was discontinued in 2002.
Mike Richards in the Morning is a morning show that runs from 6-10 AM local time weekdays. It's 1 of the most popular morning shows on Calgary radio & often features fake phone calls, skits & songs (all performed by Richards) from or about local & international sports celebrities.
As of August 2008, The Fan was ranked 15th among Calgary radio stations with only a %1.9 share of the audience, arguably due to the niche market of the all-sports AM format.
On March 17 2009, it was announced on "The Big Show" that The Fan 960 would be dropping the ESPN Radio Syndicate & picking up the FOX Sports Radio Syndicate. The change will happen the week of March 23, 2009.
Live sports Edit
The Fan 960 is the flagship station for the following teams' radio broadcasts:
- Calgary Flames (NHL hockey), voiced by Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Peter Maher.
- Calgary Hitmen (WHL hockey)
The Fan 960 also features live coverage of the following:
- Toronto Blue Jays (MLB baseball)
- NFL Football (select games)