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CHSRfm logo color.png
City Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Branding CHSR 97.9 FM
Slogan Your Access to the Airwaves
Frequency 97.9 MHz (FM)
First air date January 22, 1961[1]
Format campus radio/community radio
ERP 250 W
Callsign meaning College Hill Student Radio
Owner CHSR Broadcasting Inc.

CHSR-FM is a community radio station in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. The station has an effective radiated power of 250 watts. The broadcast signal is also streamed live on the internet.

Most of its members are students at the University of New Brunswick and St. Thomas University, however, it is a community station with many non-student volunteers. Its broadcast studio and record library are located in the Student Union Building (the SUB) which is shared by the two institutions.


The organization now known as CHSR was founded in the late 1950s, and officially went on-air January 22, 1961 as Radio UNB. It is one of the oldest community radio stations in Atlantic Canada and boasts the largest music library east of Montreal, although Fredericton is much smaller than other communities in the Atlantic Region. The library holds a large variety of musical genres, on a variety of formats (vinyl, cassettes, compact discs, etc.) from the past six decades.

Like many student media organizations, the relationship with various university, student and community leaders were occasionally strained. One of the more persistent sources of disputes was largely resolved with an agreement signed in 1999, which stabilized CHSR's largest source of funding: undergraduate students at the University of New Brunswick. The new agreement requires a signed petition and a referendum to change or remove the media fee, whereas previously funding could be (and once was) removed by a simple motion of Student Union Council.

As a community radio station housed on a university campus, CHSR makes an extra effort to reach out to the off-campus community, playing local content and providing on-site training for new DJs who later are able to host their own show.

A founding member of the national community broadcasters collective, the National Campus and Community Radio Association, CHSR remains an active member of the alternative media, including participation in the NCRA's Dig Your Roots project. CHSR is also a voting member of the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters and the Grassroots Radio Coalition.

Notable shows[edit]

  • "The Crazy Train" was Atlantic Canada's longest running Heavy Metal radio program. It won CHSR's "Barry Award" for Best Specialty Music program in 1994, during the 5-year span when it was hosted by Jason Shipley.
  • According with Carmen was a long-running show featuring "the best in old Country, Pop, Bajan, Cajun, Irish, Newfoundland and other Island music." Host Carmen Kilburn, 2006 inductee to the New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame[2] welcomed live guests and special requests.
  • Diversions is a long-running show of classical and opera music. Hosted by Dr. Adrian Park,[3] this program celebrated its 20th anniversary in April 2010.
  • Strictly HipHop is a long-running show, 90 minutes of funky beat mix, hosted by DJ STV . This program celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2013.


Former CHSR Logo


  1. ^ "January 22: the Big Switch-On!". CHSR-FM 97.9. 
  2. ^ "inductees2". 
  3. ^ "Faculty of Science - Departments - Earth Sciences - UNB". 

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Coordinates: 45°56′42.78″N 66°38′29.43″W / 45.9452167°N 66.6415083°W / 45.9452167; -66.6415083