CFCW (AM)

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CFCW
CFCW 840am mainlogo.png
City Camrose, Alberta
Branding 840 CFCW
Slogan Alberta's Country Legend
Frequency 840 KHz (AM)
First air date November 2, 1954
Format Country music
Power 50,000 watts (day)
40,000 watts (night)[1]
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 52°57′40″N 112°57′36″W / 52.96111°N 112.96000°W / 52.96111; -112.96000Coordinates: 53°31′21″N 113°37′40″W / 53.52250°N 113.62778°W / 53.52250; -113.62778 (CFCW)
Callsign meaning Canada's Finest Country and Western
Owner Newcap Radio
Sister stations CFCW-FM, CIRK-FM, CKRA-FM
Website www.cfcw.com
For CFCW's FM sister station, see CFCW-FM.

CFCW is a Canadian radio station in Camrose, Alberta broadcasting at 840 AM. The station is owned and operated by Newcap Radio. CFCW also has studios in the NewCap Broadcast Centre in West Edmonton Mall. CFCW airs a "traditional country music" format with a mix of classic and current country hits.

CFCW is currently ranked #6 and the 3rd most listened-to AM station in the market according to the Fall 2014 Numeris data report.[2] Most of the stations listeners live in rural areas outside Edmonton.

History[edit]

Former logo
  • CFCW started on November 2, 1954 on 1230 kHz, with 250 watts power.
  • In 1958, the station increased transmitter power up to 1,000 watts.
  • In 1961, the station changed frequencies to 790 kHz, with 10,000 watts power.
  • In 1976, the station increased transmitter power again to 50,000 watts, serving the Edmonton area as well.
  • In 2005, CFCW-FM signed on.
  • On August 1, 2015, CFCW moved from 790 AM to 840 AM.

On July 28, 2008, Newcap applied to amend the licence by changing its frequency from 790 kHz to 840 kHz.[3] The application was approved;[4] however, the move was essentially voided when the station then at 830 kHz in Wainwright, Alberta was denied permission to move to FM.[5] The Wainwright station ultimately re-applied for—and got—permission to move to FM;[6] as a result, in spring 2015, CFCW began advertising a pending move to the 840 frequency. On August 1, 2015, CFCW officially moved from 790 AM to 840 AM with nighttime power reduced to 40,000 watts to protect the cross-continent clear-channel service of WHAS, in Louisville, KY.

Former logo of CFCW at 790 kHz

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