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.

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 will stimulate the livelihood of the residents of Port Hope, Cobourg, and Hamilton Township. It will provide information and commentary on aspects of daily life in Northumberland County. It will showcase local entertainment. It will be about the people, by the people, for the people. It will be not-­for-­profit. It will be run by volunteers who care, dare and have flair. It will fill the void.


To provide a medium that serves our listeners by expressing the divergent views and opinions expressed in our community, encouraging and supporting creativity of community members and reporting fairly and accurately on those events that transpire within our community. We serve to uphold the values of the visionaries 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