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City of license Sydney, Nova Scotia
Broadcast area Cape Breton Island
Branding CBC Radio One
Frequency 1140 kHz (AM)
First air date November 1, 1948
Format public broadcasting
Power 10,000 watts
Class B
Callsign meaning Cape Breton Island
Owner Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Sister stations CBI-FM
Website CBC Nova Scotia

CBI is a Canadian radio station. It is the CBC Radio One affiliate in Sydney, Nova Scotia, broadcasting at 1140 kHz on the AM dial. The station serves all of Cape Breton Island by operating a network of FM rebroadcasters.


CBI was launched on November 1, 1948, at AM 1570. Prior to its launch, CBC Radio programming was aired by private affiliate CJCB 1270 and its shortwave relay CJCX-SW 6010 kHz (in the 49 m band). In 1954, CBI moved to AM 1140.

On July 9, 2007, CBI was given approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to convert the station to the FM band at 97.1 MHz under the calls of CBIT-FM and shut down the AM transmitter.[1] In a license renewal submission to the CRTC in June 2011, CBC stated that it did not have the resources to implement the transmitter before the authorization lapsed.

Local programming[edit]

The station's local programs are Information Morning in the mornings and Main Street in the afternoons. Although both programs have the same name as mainland counterpart CBHA-FM in Halifax, they are distinct programs produced in Sydney.


CBI has the following rebroadcasters:

Rebroadcasters of CBI
City of license Identifier Frequency RECNet CRTC Decision
Bay St. Lawrence CBIB-FM 90.1 FM Query
Cheticamp CBIC-FM 107.1 FM Query
Northeast Margaree CBHF-FM 93.9 FM Query Decision CRTC 85-1276
Inverness CBHI-FM 94.3 FM Query Decision CRTC 85-994

Station Coordinates[edit]


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Coordinates: 46°5′39.9″N 60°8′51.9″W / 46.094417°N 60.147750°W / 46.094417; -60.147750