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|City of license||Ottawa, Ontario|
|Broadcast area||National Capital Region|
|Slogan||All News Radio|
|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 an all-news format, in this case branded as 1310News. The station broadcasts at 50,000 watts from a transmitter site located at McKenna Casey Drive and Highway 416.
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 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.
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]
- 1310 News
- CIWW Radio History from the Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CIWW