CSR 97.4FM

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CSR 97.4FM
Broadcast area Canterbury (FM)
Online (Web Stream)
Frequency 97.4 FM (Canterbury)
Internet (Rest of World)
First air date 15 January 2007
Format Contemporary Student
Owner University of Kent
Canterbury Christ Church University
Kent Union
Canterbury Christ Church Students' Union
Website www.csrfm.com

CSR 97.4FM is a community radio station based in Canterbury, England. It is funded by the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church University, as well as their associated Student Unions. The radio station broadcasts from studios at both universities 24 hours a day,[1] with live broadcasting from 0700 to 23:59. Despite being primarily aimed at students, it is not purely a student radio station. CSRfm was the first student-led community radio station in the country to acquire a licence.


Student Radio has existed in Canterbury since 1966,[2] initially on an unlicensed basis. In 1967, UKC Radio started broadcasting legally on an AM licence which covered the University of Kent campus only. Canterbury Christ Church University also had a student radio station, C4 Radio, broadcasting on AM on a similar strictly contained basis.

When Restricted Service Licences (RSLs) became available both stations periodically took advantage of the scheme to gain citywide coverage on FM, albeit only for short periods. Each station allowed the other some airtime during their RSLs.

Canterbury Christ Church University's first RSL broadcast occurred in 2002, under the then Station Manager, Jim Cohen. Test broadcasts established that most of the city could pick up the radio station as well as certain parts of the surrounding countryside. The RSL broadcast lasted 2 weeks and was generally considered to be a great success.

The two student unions, which operated these radio stations, decided to make a single combined bid for the Canterbury community radio licence and were successful.[3] In order to apply for the licence Canterbury Youth Student Media (CYSM) Ltd. was set up which has directors compromising of members of both universities and their unions and also the executive committee members, as well as external directors. The station launched on 15 January 2007[1]

On 22 July 2011 the station announced that it had been successful with its first licence extension application, allowing it to broadcast for another 5 years until 2017. Furthermore, on 19 August 2016, the station again announced a second licence extension application had been successful, allowing it to broadcast for a further 5 years until 2022.


Management of the station is on three levels. The project is overseen by a board of directors whose members include representatives from CSRfm's funding bodies and a democratically elected committee are responsible for the day-to-day running of the station, including five executive positions (Station Manager, Deputy Station Manager, Programming Manager, Communications Manager, Technical Manager) who represent the point of contact for their corresponding departments. The remaining committee positions are each associated to one of the departments. The committee consists mostly of students from the two universities but is also formed by members of the local community. The committee is assisted by two full-time members of staff, both under contract to the station's holding company CYSM.


Membership to CSRfm is available to people who fall within any of following bands:[4]

  1. Students enrolled at Canterbury Christ Church University
  2. Students enrolled at the University of Kent
  3. Members of the local community who are aged 18 or over


CSRfm is funded by donations from four funding bodies:[5]

  1. The University of Kent
  2. Canterbury Christ Church University
  3. Kent Union
  4. Christ Church Students Union


Since CSRfm launched in 2007, both the station and its presenters, have been honoured with many national Student Radio Awards.

SRA Awards

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2016 - - Best Speech Programming
2015 - Best Female Best Marketing and Station Sound
2014 - Best Male -
2010 Best Live or Outside Broadcast - Best Technical Achievement
2009 - Best Live or Outside Broadcast -
2007 Best Specialist Show - -


The station has also been honoured with a number of awards at the I LOVE STUDENT RADIO ceremony, which takes place each year at the National Student Radio Association Conference. In 2015 and 2016 CSR was also the most nominated station at the awards.

Year ILOVEStudentRadio Awards
2016 Best Outreach Project
2015 Best Outreach Project & Outstanding Contribution (Aaron Cross)
2014 Best Outreach Project (Highly Commended)
2013 Charity Champion
2012 Community Spirit


In 2016 the Community Media Association launched the Community Radio Awards, the first ceremony was held at Birmingham City University.

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2016 - Best Marketing and Station Sound -

CSRfm also hosts its own awards evenings in collaboration with InQuire Media and Kent Television - both being the other arms of Student Media at the University of Kent. These awards are judged by experts and professionals from across the media industry including established radio DJs, producers, journalists, filmmakers, directors and so on.


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Coordinates: 51°17′46.8″N 1°04′08.2″E / 51.296333°N 1.068944°E / 51.296333; 1.068944