CIWW 1310 Ottawa

CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby Dan Sys » Sat Oct 28, 2023 7:05 am

Another Canadian heritage AM station signed off the air for good this past week. After 101 years of serving Ottawa CIWW (ex-CKCO & CKOY) 1310 went dark when Rogers deemed the station as an "underperformer". 2023 has been a bad year for many heritage AM stations across the country with CKMX (ex-CFCN) 1060 Calgary, CFRN 1260 Edmonton, CKST 1040 Vancouver, CFTE (ex-CFUN) 1410 Vancouver, CFRW 1290 Winnipeg, CKPC 1380 Brantford, CJBK 1290 London, and now CIWW joining the ranks of AM stations permanently leaving the air.

Even with the CRTC relaxing the Common Ownership regulations there is no available space on the FM band in major markets for these underperforming AM stations to flip to. so the corporate broadcasters are just shutting them down. Sad for us "radio lovers", but the general public probably does not even notice, This sticker is from the late 1980's when CIWW ran an Oldies format.

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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby beddows » Sat Oct 28, 2023 4:56 pm

It is sad. It does offer an opportunity for ethnic and foreign language stations to operate by taking over the frequencies, much as happened with the old CJOR. It could also be an opportunity for Fm stations stuck with kow power in major markets to simulcast on those frequencies to expand their listenership. The wave in vancouver comes to mind. Mind you I suspect operating an AM station is not cheap on power.
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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby don'tpanic » Sun Oct 29, 2023 6:47 am

Perhaps low power community FM stations could take over those AM frequencies, although the upkeep of an AM transmitter site might be a bit too costly. Maybe somebody in Ottawa could make a pitch for this, eh? And while I'm at it, given coverage limits of FM, it could be necessary to preserve high power AM signals in the interest of public safety. Should there be 50 KW stations in rural areas, strategically located to lay a signal over our vast expanses, dotted with small communities? That was the idea behind CBK.

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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby Dan Sys » Sun Oct 29, 2023 4:41 pm

AM Stations that have been shut down in 2023 are listed below (not including those which have flipped to FM)

CKMX 1060 Calgary, AB 50,000 1923 ex-CFCN
CFRN 1260 Edmonton, AB 50,000 1927
CKST 1040 Vancouver, BC 50,000 1985 ex-CIOF, CKXY, CIMA
CFTE 1410 Vancouver, BC 50,000 1922 ex-CKMO, CFUN, CKVN
CFRW 1290 Winnipeg, MB 10,000 1963 ex-CJQM, CIFX
CKPC 1380 Brantford, ON 25,000 1923
CJBK 1290 London, ON 10,000 1967 ex-CJOE
CIWW 1310 Ottawa, ON 50,000 1922 ex-CKCO, CKOY

Sad situation. I can only dread what 2024 will bring.
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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby jon » Sun Oct 29, 2023 6:22 pm

Every broadcast history source I checked lists CIWW signing on in 1922 as CKCO. But I checked the Ottawa Citizen and found a 1924 article that explains the confusion.

CKCO was granted to the Ottawa Radio Association in early 1924, and first signed on later that same year. They had previously been broadcasting programming on a station owned by the federal Department of Marine and Fisheries, known simply as "Radio Station OA", which other sources somehow confused as being owned by the Ottawa Radio Association rather than them simply providing programming for it. "OA" signed off in early 1924 and CKCH signed on a few days later, owned by CN Rail, which quickly changed the call letters to CNRO, presumably waiting to get permission from Morocco, which was assigned all CNxx call letters.
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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby albertaboy4life » Mon Oct 30, 2023 7:05 am

May 1922, not 1923, for CKMX/CFCN -

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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby tuned » Mon Oct 30, 2023 9:28 am

Whenever a propaganda outlet is shut down it's good news for Canadians. Bell is controlled by Canada's wealthiest individual and he got that way by inheriting a media empire started by his grandfather.
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Re: CIWW 1310 Ottawa

Postby the-real-deal » Wed Nov 01, 2023 7:31 am

tuned wrote:Whenever a propaganda outlet is shut down it's good news for Canadians. Bell is controlled by Canada's wealthiest individual and he got that way by inheriting a media empire started by his grandfather.


What's better news for Canadians is when "Canadians" can actually listen to AM or FM radio on their car stereos or cell phones and without excuses. AM radio is still a viable medium, in my informed opinion, (well, the CRTC still thinks it is!) and manufacturers of car stereos should not be getting rid of access to AM radio.

It seems like these manufacturers can do whatever the hell they want. For example, halogen headlights installed in trucks and SUV's are made so bright that they literally blind other motorists and are a safety hazard. Is there no government intervention with that ? We know that the government likes to control every other aspect of our lives.

Meanwhile, I purchased a new, high end Motorola smart phone, recently, and I am pleased as punch to find out that the phone comes with a built in FM radio app and I can actually tune into (and listen to) any FM station in my hometown.
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