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All-sports TSN Radio lands in Hamilton, new Ticats broadcaster

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are moving up the AM dial and onto the new, all-sports TSN Radio, taking over CKOC 1150 in Hamilton.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats broadcasts move over to 1150 from CHML 900

Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros prepares to throw the ball during the 102nd Grey Cup against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver, B.C. last November. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are moving up the AM dial and onto the new, all-sports TSN Radio, as Bell and TSN take over CKOC 1150 in Hamilton.

The former oldies radio station will play all Ticats game leading up to the format shifts from "classic hits" to become Hamilton's first all-sports talk radio in the fall. Leading up to the official rebranding, CKOC will carry Ticats game broadcasts, including preseason beginning June 8.

"This partnership of three great brands, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bell and TSN, will provide an unprecedented radio and multiple media platform that will further strengthen the strong Ticats presence in markets throughout the region," Scott Mitchell, Hamilton Tiger-Cats CEO, said in a press release. "TSN Radio 1150 Hamilton will be the voice of our team as well as of our fans. This is game-changing news for everybody in TigerTown."

Ticats games were previously aired on CHML 900, owned by Corus Entertainment and Shaw Communications. Ticats spokesperson Josh Lashway confirmed the news of TSN Radio ended the team's relationship with CHML.

Hamilton will be the seventh Canadian city for TSN Radio, joining Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Edmonton.

Live broadcasts of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors will also be aired on the new station.

In 2013, the Canadian Football League signed a TV, radio and digital deal with TSN worth a reported $40-million a year, one that extends until the end of the 2018 season.

TSN Radio national program director Robert Gray said in a release: "We are thrilled to announce this new expansion of TSN Radio, which now allows us to deliver the trusted news and analysis that fans have come to expect from TSN."

TSN Radio now has coverage of five CFL teams on their own all-sports stations, including the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Toronto Argonauts, Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Redblacks and B.C. Lions.

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