Who are we?

Northumberland 89.7 FM is a not-for- profit community-based volunteer radio
station, providing news, views, events coverage and music to the residents of
Northumberland County on the FM dial at 89.7, call sign CFWN. We also provide
internet access to our programming.

We at Northumberland 89.7 FM believed that there was a need for a local
community-based radio station – volunteer-operated and largely financed by the
community – that would cover local events, news, and information of interest to the
residents of Northumberland County. There are a number of these stations in Ontario being operated successfully and creating a positive impact on the communities they serve. With the idea formulated in 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved our broadcasting license in November of 2011.

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Our internet stream began in 2012 followed by our official on-air launch in December of 2013.

In 2018 the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved our broadcasting license renewal for the maximum time of 7 years.

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We support local artists and not-for- profit organizations, providing them with
communications opportunities at little or no cost.

Northumberland 89.7 FM strives to be the heartbeat of our community through:

~Air time for local artists
~Concerts by local performers
~Coverage of events at local venues, including fairs, exhibitions, auctions,
concerts, plays, Canada Day and Christmas activities and junior sports events;
~News and information of interest to the local community, including weather,  community announcements, on-air buy-and- sell, and interviews on issues of local concern;
~Coverage of local council and other community meetings;
~Programs created by local community groups; and
~Programs and advertising policies that support local commerce



Northumberland 89.7 FM continues to be a vital part of Northumberland County that reflects on and provides engaging commentary concerning important local issues. We also offer an unrivalled variety of music programming. We endeavour to showcase local entertainers. Our programming is by the people, for the people and about the people of Northumberland County. We are a not-for-profit station run by caring local volunteers who have commitment and character and who give it all back to their community.


Northumberland 89.7 exists to provide a medium that serves our listeners by sharing contrasting views and opinions expressed in our community. We continue to encourage and support the creativity of Northumberland County’s community members. We strive always to report fairly and accurately on events that transpire within our community. We also commit ourselves to partnering with local community services that we are able to support. We serve to uphold the vision of those who pursued the dream of establishing a community radio station in Northumberland County.


Station Name: Northumberland 89.7 FM – SmallTownRadio
Frequency: 89.7 FM
Call Letters: CFWN­FM
Station location: 1000 Elgin Street West, Cobourg, Ontario
Effective radiated power: 700 watts
Estimated population coverage: 40,000

Station Manager - Kevin Stuart

Program Director - Jim Glover

Office Manager - Lynda LeBlanc