|City of license||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan|
|First air date||September 7, 1991|
|Owner||Community Radio Society of Saskatoon|
CFCR-FM, is the community radio station in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan which broadcasts at 90.5 FM. The station also streams live from their web site and airs on SaskTel Max, channel 820. CFCR-FM is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA).
When the University of Saskatchewan’s campus radio station CHSK-FM (formerly CJUS) signed off the air in September of 1985, a small group of concerned individuals decided to form a community radio station in Saskatoon.
Following the incorporation of the Community Radio Society of Saskatoon (CRSS) the following year, the founding members set out to convince the city that a non-profit community-run station was a feasible concept.
After attracting an impressive number of members, many of whom were former CJUS/CHSK on-air hosts, work was begun in earnest on creating a program schedule, training volunteers and arranging fundraising events.
It was at this time that a “White Knight” appeared in the form of Saskatoon Telecable, who offered the CRSS the opportunity to immediately begin broadcasting out of the Telecable studios on cable FM and the audio portion of channel 10, at no charge. This arrangement allowed the fledgling radio station to fine-tune its program schedule and provide on-air training to volunteers while preparing its license application with the CRTC. The CRSS then moved it its new home in the lower level of 103 3rd Avenue North in downtown Saskatoon. In 1991, the CRTC granted CFCR its first license to broadcast. On July 14, 1991 at 5:30pm, CFCR made its first test broadcast. The first album spun was A Proud Canadian by Stompin' Tom Connors, followed shortly by the first complaint that there was too much Stompin’ Tom Connors being played. September 7, 1991 at 3:19pm marked the official sign-on of CFCR as a full-powered FM radio station, broadcasting at 90.5FM. The first official program to air was Sounds of Scotland.
On March 22, 2006, CFCR increased its output power to 1630 watts, greatly improving the signal and coverage for Saskatoon’s outer-lying areas.
In 2007, CFCR moved to its present location on the 3rd Floor of the beautiful heritage building at 267, 3rd Avenue South. Then in 2008, CFCR began broadcasting their live content online at CFCR.ca in addition to the FM broadcast.
Today, CFCR boasts a membership of over 500, with approximately one-fifth of the members volunteering as on-air hosts. Programming continues to include an eclectic mix of non-commercial music of all genres, 100% locally-produced spoken word shows like "Collective Voice" produced by grade 9 students at Aden Bowman, multicultural programs and specialty programming such as the “Fringe Fest Flyer,” “Around The World in 800 Watts” (Folkfest coverage), and the Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan “Bardcast.” CFCR often records live music performances on their interviews show The Buzz, and posts them to their website. They also produce video content of local and touring musicians which can be found either on their website or their YouTube channel.
Key Dates & Milestones
1986 – Community Radio Society of Saskatoon (CRSS) is formed.
September 20, 1987 – Official sign-on to cable FM, broadcasting out of a Saskatoon Telecable studio, evenings and weekends only.
1989 – CFCR moves out on its own, relocating to the lower level of 103 3rd Avenue North.
Summer 1991 – CRTC grants CFCR radio broadcasting privileges.
September 7, 1991 – Community Radio’s official sign-on as an FM radio station.
1994 – CFCR receives a National Campus & Community Radio (NCRA) award for Community Development.
2000 – CFCR is nominated for media outlet of the year at the Prairie Music Awards.
March 22, 2006 – CFCR increases power to 1630 watts.
Fall/Winter 2007 – CFCR moves its offices out of the basement into the 3rd floor of 267 3rd Avenue South.
January 2008 – CFCR begins broadcasting its live content online at CFCR.ca.
September 2011 – CFCR celebrates its 20th year with their “20 Years Between Your Ears” FM-Phasis funding drive campaign. The funding drive proves to be CFCR’s best ever, earning over $70,000 in pledges for the first time in its history.
November 4, 2011 – CRSS celebrates its 25th year. The day is deemed “Community Radio Day” in Saskatoon by Mayor Don Atchison.
November 7, 2011 – CFCR unveils its “New Afternoon” lineup, which revamps the programming schedule from noon until 6pm. All shows are kept intact, but their airtimes are shifted.
September 2012 – CFCR is awarded “Best Radio Station of Saskatoon” by the readers of Saskatoon city magazine Planet S for the 10th consecutive year.
CFCR received a National Campus & Community Radio (NCRA) award for Community Development in 1994.
In 2000, CFCR was nominated for media outlet of the year at the Prairie Music Awards
CFCR was voted "Saskatoon's Best Radio Station" in Planet S magazine's 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 reader polls. CFCR is the only station to receive this distinction in the 10-year history of Planet S.
- CFCR-FM history at Canadian Communications Foundation
- Query the REC's Canadian station database for CFCR-FM