CJRS

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CJRS
City of license Montreal, Quebec
Branding Radio Shalom Montreal
Slogan North America's ONLY all Jewish Radio Station
Frequency 1650 kHz (AM)
First air date 2006
Format News, Talk, Israeli music, Judaism, french gospel
Power 1,000 watts
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 45°29′15.00″N 73°40′6.96″W / 45.4875000°N 73.6686000°W / 45.4875000; -73.6686000
Owner Robert Levy
Website Radio Shalom

CJRS, branded as Radio Shalom Montreal, is a 24-hour non-profit radio station based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It is Canada’s first and only trilingual Jewish radio station. Radio Shalom is also the only all Jewish radio station in North America. It broadcasts in French, English and Hebrew. The station broadcasts at 1650 AM. Its current president is Robert Levy.

Radio Shalom is the only radio station in Canada that broadcasts mizrahi, Yiddish, ladino, klezmer, hassidic and Israeli music. It also has news and talk shows such as the weekly Sunday evening program, 'The Howie Silbiger Show', which includes a live call-in segment. Other shows include those produced by Alexandre Fredeau, and long-time 'Montreal Jewish Magazine' host Stanley Asher.

Call sign[edit]

The station's call letters of CJRS are said to represent the station's branding of Radio Shalom. A common interpretation is that they actually stand for "Canadian Jewish Radio Station" or "Radio Shalom," and station executives have suggested that they, in fact, may. The fact that CJRS and Radio Shalom share similar initials of RS is purely coincidental.

The CJRS call sign was previously used by Radiomutuel's Sherbrooke outlet, at 1510 AM on the dial. This station went off the air along with a host of other AM stations in 1994.

Radio CMM / CKZW / Le son Gospel du Québec[edit]

In accordance with Halakha (Jewish law), Jewish programming on Radio Shalom is suspended on Shabbat and on Jewish holidays. During these periods, the station brands itself simply as CJRS 1650 AM, and also as Radio CMM (Communications Michel Mathieu). French gospel music (and at times English language gospel) is featured during these times.

When CJRS plays French gospel music, they identify themselves as CKZW 1650, Le son Gospel du Québec. The CKZW call letters have not been registered with the CRTC or with Industry Canada.

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