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|City of license||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region|
|Slogan||News. Sports. Talk.|
|Frequency||1310 kHz (AM)|
|First air date||1922|
|Former callsigns||CKCO, CKOY|
|Affiliations||Toronto Blue Jays Radio Network
CBS Sports Radio
(Rogers Broadcasting Ltd.)
|Sister stations||CHEZ-FM, CISS-FM, CJET-FM, CKBY-FM|
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.
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 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. 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.
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.
- Tony Lofaro (2010-10-12). "No more Oldies 1310 as station switches to all-news format". ottawacitizen.com. Retrieved 2010-10-12.[dead link]
- Pilieci, Vito (November 5, 2013). "Ottawa’s 1310 News revamps programming in wake of Rogers layoffs". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- Black, Alex (November 6, 2013). "Veteran broadcaster Ed Hand tackles local issues on ‘Talk to the Hand’". 1310News. Retrieved November 6, 2013.
- 1310 News
- CIWW Radio History from the Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CIWW