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Motown Roots

A snippet of a CKLW broadcast from 1969

Founded in the 1930s, CKLW grew over the decades from a small variety station to a large player on the radio scene with their rebranding as "The Big 8" in 1967.

As The Big 8, CKLW had a Top-40 format, popularizing Motown music that American stations wouldn't allow on the air.

CKLW was one of the most influential radio stations of the 1960s and 70s, with top rating not only in the Windsor area, but in places as far away as Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio.

Though the increase in radio density has kept CKLW from its former glory, it is still arguably the most important radio station based in Windsor.