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City of license Winnipeg, Manitoba
Broadcast area Southern Manitoba
Branding CBC Radio One
Frequency 990 kHz (AM)
First air date 1923
Format public broadcasting
ERP 50,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Winnipeg
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Website CBC Manitoba

CBW is the callsign of the CBC Radio One station in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The station broadcasts at AM 990, and this frequency functions as a Class A clear channel under former North American Radio Broadcasting Agreement allocations.



CBC Winnipeg Building, 541 Portage Ave.

The station first aired in 1923 as CKY, owned and operated by the Manitoba Telephone System. It became a partial affiliate of the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission in 1933, and was purchased outright by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in 1948. The station adopted its current callsign a few months after the CBC purchase, and the CKY callsign was reassigned to a new commercial radio station.

It was part of the Trans-Canada Network, which was the main CBC radio network, while CKRC carried programming from the Dominion Network between January 1, 1944 and 1962.

The transmitter was located in Carman, Manitoba, although it was moved to the Starbuck Communications Tower in 1964. On 15 October 1993, CBW begins broadcasting from a transmitter site in Springstein, Manitoba, while the 98.3 FM signal transmits from the Starbuck tower. On 3 February 1952, a small plane with 3 passengers struck the Carman tower due to heavy fog. None of the passengers survived.[1]

CBW moved from the 3rd floor of the Telephone Building on Portage Avenue East to their current location at 541 Portage Ave, activating their new equipment on July 5, 1953,[2] and officially opening on September 25, 1953. Over the next week the station held Open House tours of the station. The building cost $1 million to construct and was state of the art at the time.[3]

In November 1964, CBC opened a centralized antenna, and transferred the CBW-AM signal to Starbuck, Manitoba.

On March 16, 2006, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application by the station to implement a new FM transmitter in Winnipeg itself to simulcast the AM programming due to poor AM coverage in parts of the city. CBW-1-FM 89.3 operates from a transmitter atop the Richardson Building. Its effective radiated power is 2,800 watts.

The call sign CBW was previously used by the CBC Radio station in Windsor, Ontario in 1937-38 until it was shutdown.

Local programming

CBW's local programs are Information Radio in the mornings, Radio Noon and Up to Speed in the afternoons. and the weekend morning show on Saturdays and Sundays and the arts and culture show shaken not stirred at 5:00 PM on Saturdays An ongoing series, Urban Myths and Urban Myths: The Workplace Edition, features Winnipeg neighbourhoods and local organizations.

CBWK-FM Thompson and its rebroadcasters also air programming from the CBC Manitoba studio in Winnipeg.


CBW has the following rebroadcasters:

  • CBWV-FM - Brandon - 97.9
  • CBWW-FM - Dauphin-Baldy Mountain - 105.3
  • CBWX-FM - Fisher Branch - 95.7 - and its rebroadcasters
    • CBWA-FM - Manigotagan - 101.3
    • CBWY-FM - Jackhead - 92.7 - and its rebroadcaster
      • CBWZ-FM - Fairford - 104.3

Current CBW personalities

  • Julie Bell City Hall Reporter
  • Julie Dupre - News Anchor Weekend Afternoons
  • Cynthia Kent - News Anchor
  • Meaghan Ketcheson, CBW's roving reporter, was former traffic reporter
  • Terry MacLeod, co-hosts Information Radio
  • Marcy Markusa, co-hosts Information Radio
  • Leslie McLaren, Reporter
  • Marilyn Maki, hosts Radio Noon
  • Margaux Watt, Host Up To Speed
  • Heather Wells - News Anchor Weekday mornings
  • Jason TurnbleWeekday afternoons Moved to Sudbury
  • Beverly Watson
  • Sarah Penton News Achor Weekend Mornings

Former CBW personalities

  • Donald Benham - hosted Questionnaire in the (1990s)
  • Garth Dawley - co-hosted Information Radio (1960s)
  • Eric Friesen - co-hosted Radio Noon, Up to Now (1970s)
  • Lesley Hughes - co-hosted Information Radio (1980s)
  • Tom McCulloch - Information Radio news anchor (1970s)
  • Doug McIlraith - co-hosted Radio Noon (1970s)
  • Gren Marsh - co-hosted Up to Now (1970s)
  • Agatha Moir - Information Radio (1980s)fill in host Weekend Morning Show
  • Lionel Moore - co-hosted Radio Noon (1970s)
  • Maureen Pendergast - co-hosted Information Radio (1990s)
  • Jim Rae - co-hosted Radio Noon (1970s)
  • Jack Turnbull - Information Radio news anchor (1970s)
  • Bob Willson - co-hosted 1950 flood coverage
  • Roger Currie
  • Peter Duck moving to Windsor

CRTC licensing

See also


  1. ^ "Small Plane Hits CBW Tower in Carman, Manitoba". Winnipeg Free Press. February 4, 1952. p. 1.  
  2. ^ "New CBC Nerve Centre Springs to Life Sunday". Winnipeg Free Press. July 1, 1953. p. 3.  
  3. ^ "Official Opening CBC Building". Winnipeg Free Press. September 24, 1953. p. 14.  

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