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CBC Radio One
Type Radio network
Country Canada
Availability AM/FM: Canada
Satellite: Canada, United States
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Launch date 1936
Former names CBC Radio (1936-1944, 1962-1997)
Trans-Canada Network (1944-1962)
Official Website CBC Radio One

CBC Radio One is the English language news and information radio network of the publicly-owned Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It is commercial free and offers both local and national programming. It is available on either AM or FM to 98 per cent of Canadians, and is also available overseas through Radio Canada International and also over the Internet.

A modified version of CBC Radio One, with local content replaced by additional airings of national programming, is also available on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 137. It is downlinked to subscribers via both Sirius Canada and its U.S.-based counterpart, Sirius Satellite Radio.



A CBC Radio announcer, 1950

CBC Radio began in 1936, and is the oldest branch of the Corporation. In 1949, the facilities and staff of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland were transferred to CBC upon Newfoundland and Labrador's entry into Canadian Confederation.

Beginning in 1944, the CBC operated two English language radio services: the original network became the Trans-Canada Network, and a second network, the Dominion Network, was established with CJBC in Toronto as its flagship. With the exception of CJBC, all 35 stations on the CBC Dominion Network were privately owned affiliates. Its programming tended to be lighter than that of the Trans-Canada Network, carrying more American programming in its schedule. As well, the Dominion Network operated only in the evenings, freeing affiliates to air local programming during the day.

In 1962, the Dominion Network was dissolved and within a few years CJBC became a French-language station broadcasting the programming of Radio-Canada.

In 1960, the CBC began running distinct programming on its three existing FM English language stations, which were previously providing simulcasts of programming on its AM stations. The stations, located in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, broadcast a monoaural FM signal. Programming consisted mostly of classical music. The stations were linked by CN/CP Telecommunications via land-line and microwave. This service was discontinued in 1962, but resumed in 1964 in stereo. Eventually, a national satellite-distributed network of stereo FM stations was established. In 1975, the FM network was branded CBC Stereo, and the AM service was designated CBC Radio.

CBC Radio stopped running commercial advertising in 1974. Until 1995, the network signed off the air between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. daily — in that year, it launched an overnight program, CBC Radio Overnight, which airs international news and documentary programs from the World Radio Network.

Radio One logo, 1997-2007

In the 1990s, many of the CBC's AM stations moved to FM, meaning that the old distinction between the AM "Radio" network and the FM "Stereo" network was no longer accurate, even though many of the FM "Radio" stations broadcast in mono only. As a result, in 1997 the services were rebranded with CBC Radio becoming CBC Radio One and CBC Stereo becoming CBC Radio 2. Although several Radio One stations still broadcast on AM as of 2008, most also have FM rebroadcasters in major urban centres within their broadcast area, due to issues with urban reception of AM signals.

CBC Radio One today

Until early 2007, CBC Radio One promotional spots were announced by Canadian actress Shauna MacDonald, also known as "Promo Girl". Until fall 2005, promos ended with one of two slogans: either "Because sometimes a picture needs a thousand words" or "Hear the big picture".

Some CBC Radio One programs, such as As It Happens, airs in the United States on some stations associated with American Public Media. Definitely Not the Opera, Quirks and Quarks, and The Vinyl Cafe are heard on some public stations in the northern United States. Also, some CBC-SRC programs are relayed on Radio Canada International for listeners abroad.

CBC Radio One stations

Although each Radio One station broadcasts to a large geographic region through a network of rebroadcasting transmitters, only stations which are licenced as separate broadcast undertakings are listed here. Rebroadcasting frequencies are noted in each station's separate article. Most of these stations are primary production centres (that is, stations which directly produce at least one local program), while other stations' local programming simply consists of local news updates.


† Station has a "nested" FM rebroadcaster in home market


CBC Radio One schedule

Most schedules include hourly news readings that run from 6-12 minutes on the top of the hour except for major programming like the 6 p.m. news show and Cross Country Checkup. Some mid-day programs include only brief 90-second "information updates".

The Radio One feed on Sirius Satellite Radio has no local programming, and repeats other shows in time slots that would normally be occupied by local programming. It carries the first feed of The World at Six at 6 p.m. Atlantic Time (5 p.m. Eastern Time), and also carries The World at Six in its last airing at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

On statutory holidays, local programming is replaced by special provincial programming. In the summer months of July and August, some programming is temporarily shortened and/or replaced by special summer series. During the CBC's recent labour dispute, most of the schedule was temporarily replaced by a mix of repeat airings of recent CBC programs, BBC World news programming and music from the CBC service Galaxie.

Stations in the Canadian territories air a significantly different schedule with expanded local programming that includes a number of programs in local Aboriginal languages. They still air most, but not all, of the core CBC Radio One schedule, although some programs may air in abbreviated versions. See CBC North for further information.

On January 17, 2007, the CBC announced some changes to the network's schedule to begin in April. Among them, Freestyle and The Arts Tonight were merged into Q, an arts magazine show hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, Global Village was discontinued and some of its features were merged into Dispatches, and Between the Covers moved exclusively online as a podcast.[1] Reasons given for the schedule changes are said to be based on audience research, however some negative reaction has been seen.[2][3]

It was announced in March 2009 that The Inside Track, Outfront, The Point and In the Key of Charles would be cancelled, and that the noontime local shows would be reduced to one hour.[4]



The network's base schedule is noted here. Scheduling of weekend programs highlighted in red varies from station to station due to time zone differences created by the fact that Cross-Country Checkup airs live across Canada.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
6:00 Local morning programs
World Report at 5:00, 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00
Local weekend programs
World Report at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00
8:30 The Current
9:00 The House Sunday Edition
10:00 Q The Age of Persuasion
10:30 Go
11:30 The Age of Persuasion
(3:30 NT)
C'est la Vie
(3:30 NT)
The Debaters
(3:30 NT)
(3:30 NT)
Q cont'd except Newfoundland
12:00 Local noon-hour programs Quirks and Quarks The Vinyl Cafe
National Research Council Time Signal (1:00 ET)
1:00 The Next Chapter In the Field The Story from Here Dispatches Living Out Loud The Debaters Spark
1:30 WireTap
2:00 Ideas in the Afternoon Your DNTO Writers and Company Rewind Canada Live Definitely Not the Opera Tapestry
3:00 The Choice Spark Quirks and Quarks Tapestry And the Winner Is... Writers and Company
4:00 Local afternoon programs
The World This Hour at 4:00 and 5:00
The Next Chapter Cross Country Checkup
(Live at 4 p.m. ET)
5:00 Regional arts magazines
6:00 The World at Six The World This Weekend
6:30 As it Happens Laugh Out Loud C'est la Vie
7:00 Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap Dispatches
8:00 The Current: Review In the Field
9:00 Ideas Saturday Night Blues Inside the Music
10:00 Q Tonic
11:00 Quirks and Quarks The Vinyl Cafe The Story from Here Afghanada Randy Bachman's Vinyl Tap À Propos
11:30 WireTap
12:00 As it Happens: The Midnight Edition The House Sunday Edition: Round Midnight
1:00 The World The Strand Weekend Network Europe
2:00 The Link Bridges with Africa This Week in Africa
2:30 BBC Documentary
3:00 The State We're In
3:30 Assignment
4:00 Outlook The Australian Bite Living Planet
4:30 The Strand Innovations Science in Action
5:00 Witness
World Report at 5:00
Asia Pacific Heart and Soul World Business
World Report at 5:00
5:30 BBC World Service
Local morning programs begin in some large markets.
All in the Mind One Planet Health Check
Local morning programs begin in some large markets.

Other schedule notes

  • Weekdays: Some stations in major markets begin their local morning programs at 5:30 a.m., preempting the final half-hour of CBC Radio Overnight. Most of the same stations also begin their local afternoon programs at 3 p.m., preempting the strip of programs in the 3:00 hour.
  • Saturdays: Due to scheduling issues created by time zone differences, stations in Atlantic Canada air À Propos at 6:00 (all times Atlantic Time), The World This Weekend at 7:00, Laugh Out Loud at 7:30, Vinyl Tap at 8:00, and Saturday Night Blues at 10:00. The remainder of the Saturday schedule continues from 11:00 onward.
  • Sundays: Sunday afternoon scheduling varies from station to station, as Cross Country Checkup airs live across Canada at 4 p.m. Eastern time. Additional local arts programming is aired in Atlantic Canada during the 4:00 - 5:00 (AT) hour. The remainder of the day's schedule is pushed back by one hour, with the first hour of that night's edition of CBC Radio Overnight pre-empted.
  • In Newfoundland and Labrador, because Radio Noon starts immediately after Q, the final half-hour on Fridays does not air. Instead, an abbreviated localized version of Deep Roots airs at 3:30/3:00. Also, because On the Go starts at 4:00/3:30, the programs listed in the 3:30/3:00 hour are pre-empted. However, except for The Choice and And the Winner Is..., those pre-empted shows can be heard at other times throughout the week. And finally, the second edition of The World This Hour does not air at 5:30/5:00, instead going straight into The Fisheries Broadcast.

Shortwave relays of Radio One

Proposed CBC Radio One shortwave relay site at http://CBC.am/cbc-src.htm

Two CBC Radio One stations operate shortwave relay transmitters:

Reception issues

Both Radio One transmitters broadcast 1 kW ERP signals on a fixed frequency of 6160 kHz. Some DXers have been able to log both transmitters simultaneously, but this is a rare occurrence due to the distance between the transmitters.

  • Radio One shortwave relays can be quite difficult to receive due to increased terrestrial noise from modern electrical and electronic systems.

Notes and references

See also

External links

Live streams


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