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City of license Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Branding CKBW
Slogan South Shore's best variety
Frequency 98.1 MHz (FM)
First air date December 27, 1947 (AM)
2001 (FM)
Format adult contemporary
Callsign meaning Canada Knows BridgeWater
Owner Acadia Broadcasting
Sister stations CJHK-FM
Website CKBW-FM

CKBW-FM is a Canadian radio station at 98.1 MHz on the FM dial in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The station also operates relays in Liverpool, Nova Scotia at 94.5 MHz and Shelburne, Nova Scotia at 93.1 MHz. The station plays an adult contemporary format and brands itself as the South Shore's Best Variety. CKBW is owned by Acadia Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Ocean Capital Investments.


CKBW's first broadcast was at AM 1000 on December 24, 1947, under local ownership. In 1949, Acadia Broadcasting hired Jamie Macleod an announcer from CHNS, who had returned to announcing duties after serving in the RCAF as a Spitfire pilot. His assignment was Program Director and Operations Manager. In 1952, eventual star actor, Donald Sutherland, finished high school in Bridgewater and his part-time announce duties at CKBW. He was headed to university in Toronto to study drama, thus began his acting career. In 1967, the station moved from King Street to new studios and offices specially constructed on the second floor of the Bridgewater Shopping Plaza. In 1996, Bob MacLaren, former station general manager was inducted in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame. In 1999, Jamie MacLeod was inducted in the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame.

In 2001, CKBW flipped to the FM band at 98.1 MHz.[1] The station changed formats numerous times. For much of the 1990s, CKBW played primarily country music until an official format change in 2001 to adopt the current adult contemporary format.


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Coordinates: 44°23′17″N 64°40′44″W / 44.38806°N 64.67889°W / 44.38806; -64.67889