CIWW

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Coordinates: 45°15′27.1″N 75°47′03.2″W / 45.257528°N 75.784222°W / 45.257528; -75.784222 (CIWW's transmitter location)

CIWW
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City of license Ottawa, Ontario
Broadcast area National Capital Region
Branding 1310News
Slogan News. Talk. Sports.
Frequency 1310 kHz (AM)
First air date 1922
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 50 kW
Class B (Regional)
Facility ID 104808
Transmitter coordinates 45°15′27.1″N 75°47′03.2″W / 45.257528°N 75.784222°W / 45.257528; -75.784222 (CIWW)
Former callsigns CKCO, CKOY
Affiliations Toronto Blue Jays Radio Network
CBS Sports Radio[1]
Owner Rogers Media, a division of Rogers Communications
(Rogers Radio)
Sister stations CHEZ-FM, CISS-FM, CJET-FM, CKBY-FM
Website 1310News

CIWW is a Canadian radio station, broadcasting at 1310 kHz on the AM dial in Ottawa, Ontario. Owned by Rogers Communications, CIWW is one of several Rogers-owned stations with a news/talk/sports format, in this case branded as 1310News. The station broadcasts with 50,000 watts from a transmitter site located at McKenna Casey Drive and Highway 416. CIWW is not a clear-channel station, but is the only station in Canada broadcasting on 1310 AM; it uses a daytime 2-tower directional antenna, and a nighttime 5-tower directional antenna. The nighttime signal is beamed mainly into Canada.[2]

History[edit]

The station was launched in 1922 by Dr. George Geldert, with the call sign CKCO. After changing frequencies a number of times (as most early AM radio stations in North America did), the station permanently adopted its current 1310 AM frequency in 1941. In 1945, CKCO became Ottawa's affiliate of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Dominion Network.

In 1949, the station was purchased by Southam, and changed its callsign to CKOY. The use of the CKCO call sign was in no way related to CKCO-TV in Kitchener, which signed on five years later.

Logo as "Oldies 1310", c. 1992-2010

In 1972, FM sister station CKBY-FM was launched. In 1978, after two failed attempts to sell the stations to Moffat Communications, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved their sale to Maclean-Hunter. The station adopted its current call sign (CIWW) in 1985, along with an Oldies format (at the time mostly music of the late 1950s to early 1970s.) The name used over the air was W1310, followed by Sunny 1310. In 1992 the station changed to the branding of Oldies 1310. In 1994 the stations became part of Rogers Radio when Rogers acquired Maclean-Hunter.

On October 12, 2010, the station announced it would be adopting an all-news radio format, to be branded 1310News, taking effect the following Monday, October 18, at 6:00 a.m.[3] CIWW is the fourth Rogers station to adopt a 24-hour all-news format after CFTR Toronto, CKWX Vancouver, and CFFR Calgary; the company also owns four other stations that combine the all-news format (during morning and afternoon drive) with talk programming.

The final song played on the station in its oldies format, at 5:55 a.m. on October 18, 2010, was "Life Is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me)", a song which rapidly recounts radio from the 1950s, '60s & '70s. This was followed at 5:58 a.m. by an announcement that the format change was taking effect. This now officially leaves Ottawa as the largest Canadian market with no AM music stations.

Rogers announced on November 5, 2013 that CIWW would begin carrying Sportsnet Radio programing from Toronto sister station CJCL for the bulk of its schedule. The station continues its all-news format during drive time hours; it also introduced a local late-morning general-interest talk show, Talk to the Hand, hosted by Ed Hand. The move was concurrent with layoffs at Rogers.[4][5]

On November 24th, 2014 CIWW made a slight change to their schedule, which included morning news beginning a half hour earlier at 5:00 AM, Talk to the Hand was renamed to The Ed Hand Show and is now 3 hours instead of 2, from 10 - 1 PM. Afternoon news now begins an hour earlier at 2PM but ends an hour earlier at 7PM.

1310News is the National Capital Region's home for radio broadcasts of the Toronto Blue Jays, which like the station is owned by Rogers Communications.

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