CFWM-FM

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CFWM-FM
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Broadcast area Winnipeg, Manitoba
Branding 99.9 BOB FM
Slogan 80's...90's...& Whatever!
Frequency 99.9 MHz
First air date 1928
Format Adult Hits
Audience share Decrease 6.4% - Rank: 7[1]
ERP 100,000 watts
Callsign meaning Canada F Winnipeg Manitoba
Former callsigns CJRW (1928-1940)
CKRC (1940-1996)
Owner Bell Media
(Bell Media Radio)
Sister stations CFRW, CKMM-FM, CKY-DT
Webcast Listen Live
Website 99.9 BOB FM

CFWM-FM is an adult hits radio station branded as 99.9 BOB FM. The station broadcasts from 1445 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg, Manitoba with sister stations Virgin Radio 103.1 and TSN Radio 1290.

History[edit]

The station was originally launched in 1928 as AM 800 CJRC. As with most early AM radio stations, it changed frequencies several times (see NARBA), permanently settling at 630 AM in 1935 and adopting the callsign CKRC in 1943.

In 1996, the station moved to the FM band and adopted its current callsign, CFWM-FM. It was branded as Magic 99.9 with an adult contemporary format and was owned by Standard Radio. Due to Standard Radio later acquiring CKMM-FM and CFQX-FM from Craig Media (CKMM is now owned by Bell Media, while CFQX is now owned by the Jim Pattison Group), CFWM had to be sold as the CRTC would not let each market own more than two AM or FM stations. CFWM was sold to CHUM Limited in 2001 in exchange for CHOM-FM/Montreal. CFWM became the first in Canada ever to adopt an adult hits format and gave birth to the BOB FM brand (which has been credited as one of the inspirations behind the more famous Jack FM branding).

In 2007, the station, along with the other CHUM stations, were sold to CTVglobemedia (now Bell Media) and longtime morning show hosts Beau & Tom (since 1989) moved from CHIQ-FM to CFWM. On August 31, 2009, Frazier, who previously hosted the morning show on CHIQ with Beau & Tom from 1995 to 2000, rejoined Beau & Tom on CFWM.[2]

On January 4, 2011, CFWM's morning show and CHIQ-FM's past morning show switched stations, putting Beau, Tom and Frazier back on CHIQ.[3]

Alumni[edit]

Bob Washington, a personality on the station during the CKRC era, was well-known outside of Winnipeg as the "voice of K-tel", a Winnipeg-based "as seen on TV" company.[4] Other notable personalities from the CKRC era include Doc Steen, Boyd Kozak, Jim Paulson, Bernie Pascal, Billy Gorrie, and Buster Bodean.

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Coordinates: 49°47′58″N 97°16′30″W / 49.7994°N 97.2750°W / 49.7994; -97.2750