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CFWE 98.5 logo.jpg
City Edmonton, Alberta
Branding CFWE-FM Radio Network
Slogan Alberta's Best Country Variety
Frequency 98.5 MHz (FM)
First air date 1987
Format Country music
ERP 100.0 kW
HAAT 153.7 meters (504 ft)
Class C1
Transmitter coordinates 53°38′44″N 114°0′16″W / 53.64556°N 114.00444°W / 53.64556; -114.00444Coordinates: 53°35′34.8″N 113°34′18″W / 53.593000°N 113.57167°W / 53.593000; -113.57167
Owner Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
Website CFWE-FM

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.[1]


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.[2] 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.

In 2008, AMMSA received approval from the CRTC to add new transmitters at Edmonton and Fort McMurray.[3]


The station has an extensive network of rebroadcasters throughout the province.

Call sign Frequency City of License
CFWE-FM-1 0091.7 FM Joussard
CFWE-FM-2 0089.3 FM Peigan Reserve
CFWE-FM-3 0096.7 FM Moose Hills
CFWE-FM-4 0098.5 FM Spruce Grove (Edmonton)
CFWE-FM-5 0094.5 FM Fort McMurray
VF2084 0089.9 FM Cadotte Lake [4]
VF2085 0089.9 FM Conklin
VF2087 0089.9 FM Fort Chipewyan
VF2090 0089.9 FM John D'Or Prairie
VF2091 0090.5 FM Little Buffalo
VF2092 0089.9 FM Loon Lake
VF2176 0089.9 FM Boyer River [5]
VF2177 0089.9 FM Bushe River
VF2178 0089.9 FM Janvier
VF2179 0089.9 FM Child Lake
VF2180 0089.9 FM Wabasca-Desmarais
VF2182 0089.9 FM Fort McKay
VF2183 0089.9 FM Goodfish Lake
VF2186 0089.9 FM Tall Cree North
VF2187 0089.9 FM Paddle Prairie
VF2188 0089.9 FM Peavine
VF2190 0088.7 FM Slave Lake
VF2191 0089.9 FM Tall Cree South
VF2192 0089.9 FM Sturgeon Lake
VF2241 0089.9 FM Anzac [6]
VF2242 0089.9 FM Beaver Lake
VF2243 0089.9 FM Duncan's
VF2244 0089.9 FM Buffalo Lake
VF2251 0089.9 FM Heart Lake
VF2252 0089.9 FM Horse Lake
VF2254 0089.9 FM Kikino
VF2255 0089.9 FM Peerless Lake
VF2256 0089.9 FM Sandy Lake
VF2257 0089.9 FM Trout Lake
VF2258 0089.9 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.[7] 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.


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