CFM (radio station)
|Broadcast area||Cumbria & South West Scotland|
|Slogan||All The Biggest Hits|
|Frequency||FM: 96.4, 102.2, 102.5, 103.4 MHz|
|First air date||14 April 1993|
|Format||Contemporary hit 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 the Hits Radio 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).
From its launch, the station broadcast from premises adjacent to the ITV Border studios in Durranhill, Carlisle. In April 2010, CFM moved to a new base 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. In May 2013, CFM became the first radio station to broadcast from a nuclear reprocessing site at Sellafield, West Cumbria.
Local programming is produced and broadcast from CFM's Carlisle studios from 0600–1900 on weekdays and 1200–1600 on weekends.
The station's local presenters are Robbie Dee (weekday breakfast), Pete Moss (weekday daytimes) and Andy Gregory (Home Run).
CFM broadcasts local news bulletins hourly from 6am to 7pm on weekdays, from 7am to 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Headlines are broadcast on the half hour during weekday breakfast and drivetime shows, alongside sport and traffic bulletins.
Notable past presenters
- Official website
- History of local radio in Cumbria
- MDS975's coverage map
- Broughton Moor transmitter
- Caldbeck transmitter
- Penrith transmitter
- Whitehaven transmitter