|Branding||CFWE-FM Radio Network|
|Slogan||Alberta's Best Country Variety|
|Frequency||98.5 MHz (FM)|
|First air date||1987|
|HAAT||153.7 meters (504 ft)|
|Owner||Aboriginal Multi-Media Society|
CFWE-FM is a Canadian radio station, airing a country format for First Nations throughout the province of Alberta. The station's programming airs from studios in Edmonton, although prior to 2009 the station did not broadcast in the city and its primary transmitter was licensed to Lac La Biche, where it broadcasts on 89.9 MHz at 10 watts.
Following a license amendment in late 2008, the station launched a new primary transmitter at the Edmonton-area community of Spruce Grove in 2009, operating on 98.5 FM. In May 2016, CFWE-FM technicians began installation of new transmitter equipment and antennas in Spruce Grove. The effective radiated power will increase power from 9.3 kW to 100 kW.
Owned by the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society, the station received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in 1987 to launch on 89.9 FM in Lac La Biche. Transmitters were later added at many other communities in northern Alberta.
CFWE-FM is a founding member of the Western Association of Aboriginal Broadcasters (WAAB). WAAB Members include Northern Native Broadcasting (BC), Northern Native Broadcasting (Yukon), Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation (Saskatchewan) and Native Communications Incorporated (Manitoba). WAAB members meet regularly to develop program ideas, share resources and work to promote Aboriginal broadcasting throughout western and northern Canada.
The station has an extensive network of rebroadcasters throughout the province.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of License|
|CFWE-FM-2||89.3 FM||Peigan Reserve|
|CFWE-FM-3||96.7 FM||Moose Hills|
|CFWE-FM-4||98.5 FM||Spruce Grove (Edmonton)|
|CFWE-FM-5||94.5 FM||Fort McMurray|
|VF2084||89.9 FM||Cadotte Lake |
|VF2087||89.9 FM||Fort Chipewyan|
|VF2090||89.9 FM||John D'Or Prairie|
|VF2091||90.5 FM||Little Buffalo|
|VF2092||89.9 FM||Loon Lake|
|VF2176||89.9 FM||Boyer River |
|VF2177||89.9 FM||Bushe River|
|VF2179||89.9 FM||Child Lake|
|VF2182||89.9 FM||Fort McKay|
|VF2183||89.9 FM||Goodfish Lake|
|VF2186||89.9 FM||Tall Cree North|
|VF2187||89.9 FM||Paddle Prairie|
|VF2190||88.7 FM||Slave Lake|
|VF2191||89.9 FM||Tall Cree South|
|VF2192||89.9 FM||Sturgeon Lake|
|VF2241||89.9 FM||Anzac |
|VF2242||89.9 FM||Beaver Lake|
|VF2244||89.9 FM||Buffalo Lake|
|VF2251||89.9 FM||Heart Lake|
|VF2252||89.9 FM||Horse Lake|
|VF2255||89.9 FM||Peerless Lake|
|VF2256||89.9 FM||Sandy Lake|
|VF2257||89.9 FM||Trout Lake|
|VF2258||89.9 FM||White Fish Lake|
On November 7, 2012, the Aboriginal Multi-Media Society of Alberta received approval from the CRTC to operate a new FM transmitter at Lac La Biche, Alberta, which will operate at 90.5 FM. The new FM transmitter at Lac La Biche will rebroadcast the programming of CFWE-FM-4 Edmonton including the following low-power transmitters:
- CFWE-FM Lac La Biche
- VF2244 Buffalo Lake Settlement
- VF2242 Beaver Lake Reserve
- VF2254 Kikino Settlement
- VF2183 Goodfish Lake Settlement
Upon commencement of operations of the new FM transmitter, the licensee will cease operations of its transmitters CFWE-FM, VF2244, VF2242, VF2254 and VF2183.