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City of license St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Broadcast area Southeastern Newfoundland
Branding CBC Radio One St. John's
Frequency 640 kHz (AM)
First air date November 14, 1932
Format News/Talk
ERP 10,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning CB for CBC, N for Newfoundland
Former callsigns VONF (1932-1949)
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations CBN-FM, CBNT
Website CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

CBN is a radio station broadcasting at 640 kHz (AM) from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and is the local Radio One station of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.



The station was founded in 1932 as VONF, broadcasting on 1195 kHz in the AM band, and was owned and operated by the Dominion Broadcasting Company, a subsidiary of the Avalon Telephone Company (now part of Aliant). In 1934, it merged with a former competitor, VOGY 840, which had also launched in 1932. The VONF call sign was retained.

On March 13, 1939, the Dominion Broadcasting Company was absorbed by the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, the pre-Confederation public broadcaster as its first radio station. The frequency was eventually changed to its current position at 640 AM.

BCN was absorbed by the CBC on March 31, 1949 when Newfoundland joined Canada. The call sign was then changed to CBN.

CBN used to operate a 10,000 watt rebroadcaster CBNM in Marystown on AM 740 (and previously on 570), but this station was converted to FM in the 1980s.

Until April 27, 2007, CBC Radio's operations in St. John's were located on 342 Duckworth Street. Those operations are currently located on 95 University Avenue, where the television operations are also based.

Shortwave relay

By 1940, VONF operated a shortwave relay for remote areas of Newfoundland using the call sign VONG and operating on a frequency of 9470 kHz (and later 9480, both in the 31m band). A second frequency of 5980 kHz (and later 5970, both in the 49m band) was launched using the call sign VONH. Eventually, VONG left the air and only VONH 5970 remained. The call sign changed to CBNX in 1949 when the AM station became CBN. The frequency was changed to 6160 kHz in 1963.

In 1965, the call sign was changed to CKZN, recognizing the fact that technically, the CB call sign prefix was assigned to Chile on an international basis.

In 1989, the shortwave relay began to rebroadcast CFGB-FM Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador part-time as well as CBN. Eventually in 1994, the station no longer relayed CBN, and became a full-time rebroadcaster of CFGB. Most of Newfoundland had reliable AM or FM reception by this time, so the relay's main use was now limited to the remote areas of Labrador.

Local programming

Local programming currently includes

  • The (St. John's) Morning Show with Jeff Gilhooly – weekdays, 6:00 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Radio Noon with Ramona Dearing – weekdays, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Deep Roots with Tom Power – Fridays, 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. (from 2009 onwards)
  • On the Go with Ted Blades – weekdays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. and 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. (the final half-hour is pre-empted on certain Thursdays; see next program below)
  • The Fisheries Broadcast with John Furlong – weekdays, 5:30 - 6:00 p.m.; to 6:30 p.m. on certain Thursdays when there is a phone-in; claims to be the longest continuously-running radio program in North America
  • Weekend Arts Magazine (abbreviated Weekend AM or WAM) with Angela Antle – weekends, 6:00 - 9:30 a.m.
  • The Performance Hour with Jamie Fitzpatrick – Saturday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Musicraft with Francesca Swann – Sunday, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Most of CBN's local programming, other than the morning show on weekdays, is rebroadcast on Radio One stations throughout the province.

One of the station's most popular shows in the 1930s and 1940s was The Barrelman hosted by Joey Smallwood.


CBN has the following rebroadcasters:

Rebroadcasters of CBN
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet
Clarenville [1] CBNL-FM 93.7 Query
Marystown CBNM-FM 90.3 Query
Swift Current CBNO-FM 104.3 Query
Ramea CBNR-FM 95.5 Query
St. Alban's CBNS-FM 99.1 Query
Trepassey CBNQ-FM 95.3 Query
Fermeuse [2] CBNU-FM 104.3 Query
Placentia [3] CBNV-FM 94.1 Query
St. Vincent's [4] CBNX-FM 92.1 Query
Burgeo1 CIBB-FM 89.3 Query

CIBB-FM Burgeo rebroadcasts programming of CBC Radio One, although it is owned by the Burgeo Broadcasting System. [5]


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