CFM (radio station)

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CFM logo 2015.png
Broadcast areaCumbria & South West Scotland
SloganAll The Biggest Hits
FrequencyFM: 96.4, 102.2, 102.5, 103.4 MHz
First air date14 April 1993
FormatContemporary hit radio
OwnerBauer Radio
WebcastRadio 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.


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).

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.

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

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.

All networked programming originates via the Hits Radio Network in Manchester.

The station's local presenters are Robbie Dee (weekday breakfast), Pete Moss (weekday daytimes) and Andy Gregory (Home Run).[1]


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.

National bulletins from Sky News Radio are carried overnight with bespoke networked bulletins on weekend afternoons, usually originating from Radio Aire's Leeds newsroom.

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