The Edmonton Elks are honouring the closure of a local sports radio station with a special ticket promotion.
On Wednesday, Bell Media announced that TSN 1260, their Edmonton station, would be immediately taken off the air as part of the closure or sale of six AM radio stations across the country, citing changes to the broadcast media landscape. CFRN 1260 was one of the oldest radio signals in Canada, dating back 89 years, and has covered local sports for more than two decades.
On Thursday, the Elks announced a special TSN 1260 section for their Week 3 game against the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday, June 25. Fans can purchase tickets for lower bowl section 00 for just $12.60 with the promotional code THANKS1260 and will be joined by TSN 1260 hosts to honour their contribution to local radio.
The move is especially noteworthy given that the Elks’ official radio broadcast partner is rival station 630 CHED.
It is unclear which TSN 1260 hosts will be in attendance. Popular local radio voices affected by the move include Jason Gregor, former Edmonton Oiler Jason Strudwick, Dave Jamieson, Allan Mitchell, Matthew Iwanyk, Tom Gazzola, CFL on TSN play-by-play voice Dustin Nielsen, and many others.
Bell Media previously axed three of its sports radio station in February 2021, including TSN 1040 in Vancouver, TSN 1150 in Hamilton, and TSN 1290 in Winnipeg. The company now has just three sports radio stations remaining in operation: TSN 690 in Montreal, TSN 1200 in Ottawa, and TSN 1050 in Toronto.