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Cbc radio one calgary.svg
CityCalgary, Alberta
Broadcast areaSouthern Alberta
Frequency1010 kHz (AM)
BrandingCBC Radio One
OwnerCanadian Broadcasting Corporation
First air date
October 1, 1964
Call sign meaning
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CalgaRy
Technical information
ClassAM: A (clear-channel)
Power50,000 watts (AM)
ERP1870 watts (FM)
HAAT331 meters (1,086 ft) (FM)
Transmitter coordinates
50°56′17″N 113°57′42″W / 50.938056°N 113.961667°W / 50.938056; -113.961667
WebsiteCBC Calgary

CBR is a Canadian clear-channel radio station, broadcasting at 1010 kHz in Calgary, Alberta. It broadcasts the programming of the CBC Radio One network. CBR's studios are located in the Parkdale neighbourhood of northwest Calgary, while its transmitters are located in southeast Calgary.

CBR's daytime signal covers most of the southern two-thirds of Alberta. It can be heard at city-grade strength from Red Deer to Lethbridge, and provides secondary coverage as far as Edmonton to the north and several counties on the Montana-Alberta border to the south. At night, it covers most of western North America.

As of spring 2013, CBR was the second most listened-to radio station, the most listened-to AM radio station, in the Calgary market.[1]


Vancouver's CBC station was initially assigned the CBR callsign from 1936 to 1952.

The Calgary station was launched 12 years later in 1964. Before then, Calgary had been one of the last major markets in Canada without an owned-and-operated CBC radio station. Originally, Calgary's CBC outlet had been private affiliate CFAC. From 1948 to 1964, CBX in Edmonton doubled as Calgary's CBC station as well, serving the southern two-thirds of the province from its transmitter at Lacombe (halfway between the two cities). The new station took over CBX's old frequency at 1010 AM and its clear-channel designation, while CBX was reoriented to be Edmonton's CBC station. The call sign CBR was previously used by CBU in Vancouver from 1937 to 1951.

On March 16, 2006, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) approved an application by the station to implement a new, nested FM transmitter in Calgary itself to simulcast the AM programming, due to the AM signal's poor reception in some parts of the city.[2] This new FM signal, CBR-1-FM 99.1 was launched on November 28, 2006.[3] In recent years, the CBC has branded 99.1 as the main transmitter, even though 1010 is technically the main station.

CBR coverage map

Various other AM and FM rebroadcasters have been installed throughout southern Alberta.

On December 19, 2008, the licensee proposes to use a Subsidiary communications authority (SCA) channel to broadcast multi-cultural programs.[4]

On July 7, 2011, the CRTC approved an application by the CBC to relocate CBR's transmitter. All other technical parameters will remain unchanged.[5][6]

Local programming[edit]

CBR's local programs are Calgary Eyeopener in the morning, and The Homestretch in the afternoon.


Rebroadcasters of CBR
City of license Identifier Frequency Power Class RECNet CRTC Decision
Banff CBRB-FM 96.3 FM 1,180 watts A Query CRTC 2005-225
Blairmore CBXL 860 AM 40 watts LP Query
Calgary CBR-1-FM 99.1 FM 7,000 watts B1 Query
Coleman CBR-2-FM 102.3 FM 51 watts LP Query CRTC 2013-1
Coutts CBRA-FM 90.9 FM 720 watts A Query
Etzikom CBRI-FM 92.1 FM 1,114 watts A Query
Exshaw CBRE-FM 100.7 FM 138 watts A1 Query
Harvie Heights CBRC-FM 97.9 FM 420 watts A Query
Lethbridge CBRL-FM 100.1 FM 100,000 watts C Query
Medicine Hat CBRM-FM 98.3 FM 3,000 watts A Query
Pincher Creek CBRP-FM 97.5 FM 44 watts A1 Query
Red Deer CBRD-FM 102.5 FM 3,570 watts B Query
Lake Louise CBRQ-FM 103.9 FM 130 watts A1 Query CRTC 2015-310

On April 30, 2015, the CBC submitted an application to add a new FM transmitter in Lake Louise with the call sign CBRQ-FM. If approved, the new transmitter would operate at 103.9 MHz to rebroadcast CBR.[7] A transmitter currently listed at 103.9 MHz in Lake Louise. The transmitter was owned by the Lake Louise Community Association.[8] The CRTC approved the CBC's application to operate a CBC Radio One transmitter at Lake Louise on July 14, 2015.[9]


  1. ^ "PPM Top-line Radio Statistics: Calgary CTRL; February 25 - May 26, 2013" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2013-08-03.
  2. ^ CRTC Decision 2006-84
  3. ^ "Completely Calgary", CBC.ca.
  4. ^ Broadcasting Public Notice CRTC 2008-120
  5. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-413, CBR Calgary – Technical change, CRTC, July 7, 2011
  6. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2011-413-1, CBR Calgary – Technical change – Correction, CRTC, July 14, 2011
  7. ^ 2015-0372-2
  8. ^ VF2105 in the REC Canadian station database
  9. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2015-310, CBR Calgary - New transmitter in Lake Louise, CRTC, July 14, 2015

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