CamFM - Anglia Ruskin University & Cambridge University
Where is CamFM?
Radio for Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin Universities. We have been operating on FM with a Community license since October 2010.
In early 1979, the student-run Cambridge University Broadcasting Society founded a radio station which was granted permission to install induction loops around the Cambridge colleges of Churchill and later New Hall, allowing residents to listen to Cambridge University Radio (as it was then known) over a short-range, mono, medium wave broadcast. The station subsequently became CUR945. Despite successfully applying for a number of short-term FM licenses, CUR lacked a way of continuously broadcasting to the University's students, and so struggled to achieve widespread popularity. The explosive growth of the Internet, along with many colleges installing high-speed Ethernet connections in student rooms, prompted the station to launch a simultaneous webcast in 1998. This allowed students from throughout the University to listen whenever they were near a computer. In 2004, the internet audio webcasts were upgraded, and in 2005 an enhanced online player was launched. Additionally, in 2002 the station successfully applied for a long-term, low-powered AM license Broadcasting on 1350 kHz, the station was then known as CUR1350. In 2006, CUR1350 launched a project to install a cable service to multiple sites across the University of Cambridge and ARU. Dubbed 'CURintheBAR' the station is distributed via the universities' LAN network to receiving units positioned in student bars and cafes where it is relayed over loudspeakers. In March 2009, the station was granted an FM Community Radio Licence by the UK regulator OFCOM, to become the only FM radio station targeting members of Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University. Regular programmes from the rebranded Cam FM began on the new frequency of 97.2 FM in October 2010. Cam FM is financially self-sufficient via on-air and on-line advertising and sponsorship. Profits are invested back into the station to improve the service for listeners and the experience for station members. The station receives no funding from either university or any student union.