CKMW-FM

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CKMW-FM
CKMW Country88.9 logo.png
City Winkler, Manitoba
Broadcast area Pembina Valley
Branding Country 88.9
Frequency 88.9 MHz (FM)
Format Country
ERP 67,000 watts (vertical polarization)
100,000 watts (horizontal polarization)
HAAT 55.5 meters (182 ft)
Class C1
Callsign meaning CK Morden Winkler
Former callsigns CISV (1980-1987)
Former frequencies 1530 kHz (1980-1987)
1570 kHz (1987-2013)
Owner Golden West Broadcasting
Sister stations CFAM, CJEL
Website pembinavalleyonline.com

CKMW-FM is a Canadian radio station licensed to Morden, Manitoba, serving the Pembina Valley region of Manitoba broadcasting at 88.9 FM with a country format branded as Country 88.9. The station is currently owned & operated by Golden West Broadcasting.

CKMW shares its location with sister stations CJEL-FM and CFAM.

It first began broadcasting on August 1, 1980 at 1530 kHz with the call sign CISV, before moving to 1570 kHz and adopting its current call sign in 1987.[1]

Move to FM[edit]

On July 16, 2012, Golden West received approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to convert CKMW from the AM band to the FM band. The new frequency previously assigned was 103.7 MHz. [2] On January 8, 2013, the CRTC granted permission for CKMW to broadcast instead on 88.9 MHz, as well as increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 61,000 to 100,000 watts (maximum ERP remains at 100,000 watts) and changing from a directional to a non-directional antenna. [3] The station relaunched as Country 88.9 at 88.9 FM on June 12, 2013.[4] Following its move to FM, CKMW was permitted to simulcast on both AM and FM for a transition period of three months, ending in September;[2] the station ceased broadcasting on AM 1570 on August 30, 2013.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Decision CRTC 87-46
  2. ^ a b Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2012-383, CKMW Winkler – Conversion to the FM band, CRTC, July 16, 2012
  3. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2013-5, CKMW-FM Winkler – Technical change, CRTC, January 8, 2013
  4. ^ Launch Day is Coming!, 88.9 FM - Pembinavalleyonline.com, June 3, 2013
  5. ^ YouTube: "1570AM Transmitter Shut Down - Friday, August 30th 2013"

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°07′16″N 98°04′03″W / 49.12111°N 98.06750°W / 49.12111; -98.06750