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City Bridgewater, Nova Scotia
Branding CKBW
Slogan The Sound of the South Shore!
Frequency 98.1 MHz (FM)
First air date December 27, 1947 (AM)
2001 (FM)
Format adult contemporary
ERP 32 kWs
HAAT 149.7 meters (491 ft)
Class B
Callsign meaning Canada Knows BridgeWater
Former frequencies 1000 kHz (AM) (1947-2001)
Owner Acadia Broadcasting
Sister stations CJHK-FM
Website CKBW-FM

CKBW-FM is a Canadian radio station broadcasting at 98.1 FM in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. The station also operates in Liverpool, Nova Scotia at 94.5 FM and in Shelburne, Nova Scotia at 93.1 FM. The station plays an adult contemporary format branded as "CKBW Radio" with the current slogan The Sound of the South Shore. CKBW is owned & operated by Acadia Broadcasting which also owns sister station CJHK-FM.


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