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City of license Windsor, Ontario
Broadcast area Windsor-Chatham-Sarnia
Branding CBC Radio One
Frequency 1550 kHz (AM)
97.5 MHz (FM) coming soon
First air date September 1935 as CRCW. Relaunched July 1, 1950
Format public broadcasting
ERP 10,000 watts (CBE-AM)
1,450 watts (CBEE-FM)
1,800 watts (CBEG-FM)
Class A
Callsign meaning C B C Essex County
Former callsigns CRCW (1935-1937)
CBW (1937-1938)
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations CBE-FM, CBEF, CBET, CBEFT
Website CBE

CBE is the callsign of the CBC Radio One station in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

CBE broadcasts at 1550 on the AM dial, and also reaches parts of Western Ontario via two relay transmitters located at Sarnia and Chatham. Following a license amendment in 2009, the station will be moving to 97.5 FM, with the new call sign CBEW-FM, in late 2009 or early 2010.[1]



The station first aired in 1935 as Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission station CRCW 600, which broadcast until 1938 (changing its call sign to CBW in 1937 after the CRBC became the CBC). Between 1938 and 1950, CBC Radio programming was aired on private affiliate CKLW 1030, later 800. A CBC-owned station was subsequently relaunched in 1950 using its present call sign and frequency. Regional FM rebroadcasters were added in 1977.

Local programming

CBE's local programs are The Early Shift, hosted by Tony Doucette, in the morning, and The Bridge, hosted by Bob Steele, in the afternoon.


Rebroadcasters of CBE
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Chatham CBEE-FM 88.1 FM 1,430 watts A Query 86-192
Sarnia CBEG-FM 90.3 FM 1,800 watts A Query 86-193
Leamington CBEW-FM-1 91.9 FM 10,450 watts Query
Windsor CBE-1-FM 102.3 FM 690 watts A Query 2008-102

On November 13, 2008, the CBC applied to the CRTC to convert CBE from the AM band to the FM band at 97.5 FM, and to include a new FM rebroadcaster at Leamington on 91.9 FM, with a request to revoke its previous request of using 102.3 FM. The new main signal will broadcast with a directional antenna to the southeast, to avoid interference with London's CIQM-FM and Lansing's WJIM-FM. [2] [3] The Leamington repeater was originally planned to be at 91.5 FM, but was relocated to 91.9, due to conflict with Windsor station CJAM-FM which, until October 2009, was also on 91.5.[4]

On June 16, 2009, CBE received CRTC approval to convert from the AM band to the FM band with an addition of a FM transmitter at Leamington. [1] No time frame has been given for the transition, though after the new FM signal signs on, the AM signal will go silent after three months of simulcasting, and the repeater signal at 102.3 FM will also close within thirty days of the start-up of the 97.5 FM signal. This comes following the CRTC approval for CJAM to relocate to 99.1 FM in March 2009. [5]

The new callsigns of the new Windsor FM transmitter and the Leamington rebroadcaster will be:

  • CBEW-FM 97.5 FM Windsor
    • CBEW-FM-1 91.9 FM Leamington [6]

CBEW was a former callsign of a defunct CBC radio transmitter in Fraserdale, Ontario.


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