The Team was a Canadian sports radio network, which broadcast from 2001-2002. It was O&O by CHUM Limited, based on the existing format of their Ottawa station The Team 1200 & incorporated virtually all of the company's AM radio stations across Canada.
The network launched on May 7 2001, but struggled to build an audience in many cities. In Toronto, for example, the network had to compete against Rogers Media's The Fan 590 & found that much of their potential audience had already built a strong sense of loyalty to the more established station. The switch of 1050 CHUM, the network's flagship station, away from it's popular former oldies format was also controversial.
The network aired both original programming — it's marquee Canadian sportscaster was Jim Van Horne — & syndicated sports programming from the United States, such as The Jim Rome Show.
In August 2002, after just over a year on the air, CHUM pulled the plug and most of the network's stations reverted to their old pre-Team formats. However, the sports format & the Team branding were retained in Ottawa, where it had already been the station's established format before the network was launched & in Montreal & Vancouver, where it was also successful in the ratings. These stations, as well as 1 in Edmonton which had licensed the brand name but was owned by a different company, continue to use the Team branding as of 2008, but are no longer considered a network.
The Team stationsEdit
|Location||Station||Previous format||Subsequent format||Current format|
|Halifax, Nova Scotia||CJCH||Talk radio||Oldies with some talk programming||Now on FM; contemporary hit radio as "101.3 The Bounce"|
|Kingston, Ontario||CKLC||Oldies||Now on FM; modern rock as "98.9 The Drive"|
|Kitchener, Ontario||CKKW-FM||Oldies||Now on FM; oldies as "KFUN 99.5"|
|Montreal, Quebec||CKGM||Oldies||Retained The Team|
|Ottawa, Ontario||CFGO||The Team (1998-present)|
|Peterborough, Ontario||CKPT||Oldies||Now on FM; hot AC as "Energy 99.7"|
|Toronto, Ontario||CHUM||Oldies as "1050 CHUM"||All-news Radio as "CP24 Radio 1050"|
|Vancouver, British Columbia||CKST||"Nostalgia music"||Retained The Team|
CFAC in Calgary & CFRN in Edmonton were also affiliates of The Team, although the stations were not CHUM-owned — CFAC was owned by Rogers & CFRN by Standard Broadcasting. After the Team network folded, both stations retained the sports format, although CFAC adopted the name "The Fan 960", the branding used on Rogers' The Fan 590 in Toronto. CFRN, now owned by Astral Media, continues to use the Team branding.