CJWI

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CJWI
City of license Montreal, Quebec
Branding CPAM Radio Union
Frequency 1410 kHz (AM)
First air date 2002
Format multilingual
Power 10,000 watts
Class C
Transmitter coordinates 45°33′51.84″N 73°36′25.92″W / 45.5644000°N 73.6072000°W / 45.5644000; -73.6072000
Owner Jean-Ernest Pierre
Website CPAM Radio Union

CJWI is a French-language Canadian radio station located in Montreal, Quebec.

Owned and operated by Jean-Ernest Pierre, an Haitian-born lawyer and businessman who immigrated to Canada in the late 1970s, CJWI used to broadcast on 1610 kHz with a power of 1,000 watts as a class C station, using an omnidirectional antenna. Because of its location on a sparsely populated extended band frequency, its signal has been heard by DXers everywhere in North America since it opened during the summer of 2002. The station received CRTC approval to operate a new French-language ethnic AM radio station in Montréal on November 7, 2001.[1]

The station has a variety format targeting ethnic minorities, especially (but not exclusively) Haitian immigrants. For that reason, part of its programming is in Creole. It identifies itself as "CPAM Radio Union".

CJWI has the particularity of having its transmitter site on the top of a building, a rarity among AM stations. It uses a short Valcom fibreglass whip antenna mounted atop a warehouse located on Jarry Boulevard in Montreal, near Autoroute 40.

On May 20, 2009, CJWI applied to change its AM frequency from 1610 kHz to 1410 kHz and by increasing the transmitter power from 1,000 watts to 10,000 watts day and night. CJWI received CRTC approval to move from 1610 to 1410 kHz on October 26, 2009.[2]

On April 28 2013, CJWI is simulcasting on both 1610 and 1410, which ended on or before June 3rd.[3]

The 1410 transmitter site is at St-Constant close to the Autoroute 30 and uses a Nautel XR-12 solid state transmitter.

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