|City of license||Carlisle|
|Broadcast area||Cumbria & South West Scotland|
|Slogan||Your Music, Your Life|
|Frequency||96.4, 102.2, 102.5 and 103.4 MHz, Online|
|First air date||14 April 1993|
|Format||80's, 90's and Noughties|
|Audience share||19.4% (December 2012, Quarterly Listening RAJAR)|
|Webcast||Radio Player (CFM Radio)|
CFM Radio is an Independent Local Radio station broadcasting to Cumbria and South West Scotland, with transmitters in Carlisle, Penrith and West Cumbria. Its musical output is popular hits of many genres, with the occasional selection of today's hits. The station is owned & operated by Bauer Radio and forms part of Bauer's Place Network of stations.
The station was launched by its original owners, Border Television at 8am on 14 April 1993 when Managing Director and Breakfast show host John Myers played "The Best" by Tina Turner as its first song.
Originally CFM only broadcast from their Caldbeck mast to Carlisle on 96.4 and Penrith, from the top of Beacon Hill, on 102.5. In September 1995 they also started transmitting to West Cumbria from their transmitters at Broughton Moor and Whitehaven. The frequencies for the West Coast are 102.2 (Workington and Cockermouth) and 103.4 (Whitehaven).
CFM is currently the market leader for commercial radio in Cumbria and Southern Scotland (according to Radio Authority joint audience research data in January 2008).
From its launch in 1993 until 7 April 2010, the station broadcast from premises adjacent to the ITV Border studios in Durranhill, Carlisle. Following the creation of ITV Tyne Tees & Border on 25 February 2009, both the CFM & ITV Border buildings have now been demolished. CFM is now based at studios at Atlantic House in Kingstown, Carlisle.
Previously, CFM has won numerous industry awards including the Radio Academy's North West Station of the Year 2005 and Emap Station of the Year 2006.
Unification of Bauer Place stations
As of 17 February 2014 the following changes were made to Bauer Place stations in England and Scotland:
- A single In:Demand syndicated programme with new presenter Stu Tolan.
- Neil Bentley's Old Skool & Anthems programme which was shared between Key 103 and 97.4 Rock FM was extended to 12 other Bauer Place stations.
- 16 Bauer Place stations now have a single audio identity and new strapline Your Music, Your Life.
Local presenters are based at CFM Radio in Carlisle. Networked presenters are based with sister stations Key 103 in Manchester and Metro Radio in Newcastle. The Vodafone Big Top 40 is syndicated from Global Radio at its Capital studios in London for broadcast on over 130 commercial radio stations across the UK.
- Rich Clarke (Heart Solent)
- Lucy Horobin (Heart and Heart London)
- John Myers
- Andy Wood (Now with BBC Cumbria)
- Jason King (Heart and Heart London)
- Joel Ross (Heart West Midlands)
- Tim Shaw
News & Sport
CFM Radio broadcasts local and national news on the hour, every hour from 6am to 6pm on weekdays and headlines on the half-hour during breakfast. Weekend local bulletins air from 8am to 12pm. National news bulletins from Sky News Radio are broadcast at all other times.
The RDS name is
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- CFM Radio
- History of local radio in Cumbria
- MDS975's coverage map
- Broughton Moor transmitter
- Caldbeck transmitter
- Penrith transmitter
- Whitehaven transmitter