News Talk 980 CKNW


News Talk 980 CKNW is a Class A radio station based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It provides News and Talk format on AM 980 frequency. Its slogan, Vancouver’s News Vancouver’s Talk, clearly reflects its format. Its branding name is Global News Talk 980 CKNW. It is the News-Leader of New Westminster, British Columbia. Being an owner, Corus Entertainment operates the station. CHMJ, CFOX-FM, and CFMI-FM are the sister stations of the channel.

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The station consumes 50,000-watt power to run the programming. The studios of the channel are set at TD Tower in downtown Vancouver, Canada. It has the affiliation of Corus Radio Network. It commenced its transmission on August 15, 1944.

History of News Talk 980 CKNW:

On August 15, 1944, CKNW began airing its transmission from BC. Its original frequency in the start was 1230 AM. Bill Rea’s International Broadcasting Company established it and became its owner. Later on January 2, 1949, the channel shifted its frequencies from 1230 to 1320. In the same year, from 250 watts to 1,000, it also raised its power. On November 5, 1954, its power further increased from 1,000 to 5,000 watts.

News Talk 980 CKNW
Because of health issues faced by Bill Rea, he couldn’t pay attention to the network. He sold it to Frank Griffiths and the Allard family in February 1956. Soon Frank Griffiths and the Allard family formed Western Broadcasting Company. WBC soon became WIC (Western International Communications). In 2000, Corus Entertainment bought both radio networks CKNW and CFMI.

Major Programming:

CKNW airs programming on News, Talk, Weather and Traffic format. The talk shows feature discussions on current events, social matters of the city, and call-in shows. The programming at the station starts at 8:30 AM. The major programs include The Jon McComb Show, The Simi Sara Show, and Get Connected. The other most listened shows are Steele and Drex and Global News Hour at 6. Nowadays, The Jill Bennett Show is also getting high viewers.

Famous Presenters:

Famous presenters of the station include Jon McComb, Simi Sara, Charles Adler, and Bruce Allen. Michael Campbell and Roy Gree have also got a significant number of fans.


The following are the competitor broadcasting networks of the station: CBC Radio One Vancouver, HIT MIX, CKYE Red FM, CBC Radio One Victoria, CICS KICX, CJVB AM Fairchild 1470, CHMB AM 1320 and The Source-Smooth Jazz Radio.

Contact Details:

Physical Address: 980 CKNW Suite 2100 700 West Georgia St. Vancouver, British Columbia Canada V7Y 1K9
Official Website:
Contact Number: +1 604-331-2711