CFM (radio)

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CFM logo 2015.png
City of license Carlisle
Broadcast area Cumbria & South West Scotland
Slogan Your Music, Your Life
Frequency FM: 96.4, 102.2, 102.5, 103.4 MHz
First air date 14 April 1993
Format 80's, 90's and Noughties
Audience share 21.1% (December 2013, RAJAR)
Owner Bauer Radio
Webcast Radio Player (CFM)

CFM 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 City 1 network of stations.


CFM logo used from 2008 until 2015.

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).

In 2005 media giant Emap bought CFM and branded it as one of its Big City Network of stations. In 2008 Emap was bought by Bauer, who have retained ownership of the station.

In May 2013, CFM became the first radio station to broadcast from a nuclear reprocessing site, Sellafield, West Cumbria.


CFM is currently the market leader for commercial radio in Cumbria and Southern Scotland (according to RAJAR 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. The station now broadcasts from 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[edit]

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.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 16 Bauer Place stations now have a single audio identity and new strapline Your Music, Your Life.[3]


Alongside local output from its Carlisle studios, CFM also airs networked programming from sister stations Key 103 in Manchester, Metro Radio in Newcastle and Forth One in Edinburgh.

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.

Local presenters[edit]

Networked presenters[edit]

Syndicated presenters[edit]

Past presenters[edit]

News & Sport[edit]

CFM 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 9am to 12pm on Saturdays and from 9am to 1pm on Sundays. National news bulletins from Sky News Radio are broadcast at all other times.

The RDS name is C F M.


  1. ^ In:Demand returns with new host Bauer Media, 17 January 2014
  2. ^ Daytime sharing arrives at Bauer stations Radio Today, 31 January 2014
  3. ^ Wise Buddah rebrands 16 Bauer stations Radio Today, 13 February 2014

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Coordinates: 54°55′47″N 2°57′17″W / 54.9297°N 2.9547°W / 54.9297; -2.9547