is a Canadian radio station
, broadcasting at 530 AM
. The station, owned by Evanov Communications
, broadcasts a multilingual
The station was launched in 1953 as AM 1290 CFJB
, a daytimer
owned by broadcaster Fen Job. Job was killed in a car crash in 1956, and the station was sold by his estate to CHIC Ltd. in 1959, adopting the new callsign CHIC
the following year. In 1961, the owners also launched CHIC-FM
In 1964, CHIC became a full-time broadcaster, moving to AM 790. In 1977, CHIC-FM adopted the new callsign CFNY.
In 1979, the stations' owner went into receivership
. The stations were subsequently acquired by Civitas Corp., the owner of CJMS
. Civitas became Mutual Communications in 1980, and CHIC adopted the new callsign CKMW
. Mutual subsequently sold CKMW to Patrick Hurley, who incorporated as CKMW Radio Ltd., in 1983; CFNY was sold to Selkirk Communications
As CKMW, the AM station adopted its current multilingual format, and ownership of CKMW Radio was transferred to Evanov in 1985.
The station adopted its current callsign in 1987, and moved to its current frequency in 1991 after CJFT
in Fort Erie
converted to the FM band. CIAO is currently the only radio station in North America
broadcasting on 530 kHz.
CIAO's programming is primarily South Asian (Hindi
) with some Bulgarian