Canterbury’s community and student radio station, CSR, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
CSR is celebrating its 10th Anniversary on the 14th of January 2017 at Westgate Hall, where the radio station was officially launched and started its journey as a local community radio station. Since then, CSR has come a long way.
Student Radio has existed in Canterbury since 1966, 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.
In November 2004 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, being finally granted the licence in March 2006.
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.
CSR has also been consistently rewarded for the quality of its various broadcasts, radio shows, and presenters. More recently, Anna Louise Walter, came second at the Student Radio Awards in 2015 for Best Female and also racked Best Radio Personality at a Student Radio Station for the New York Festival Award in the summer of 2016.
CSR as a station has additionally received a wide variety of nominations and awards ranging from their 2016 Community Media Award from for the Community Media Association, to their 2015 and 2016 Best Outreach Project from the I Love Student Radio Awards.
James Love, current Station Manager of the station, is a second year student at Canterbury Christ Church University. He says: “Without a shadow of a doubt, CSR is the best thing I have taken part of in a long time, and it’s not necessarily the radio element that makes it so enjoyable. It’s the community that comes together to make a plan possible. You can step into CSR as a member, you don’t have to be in management, and you can get ideas pushed through exec. All it takes is the inspiration and the drive to do it.”
Although the station has a lot in mind for the future, they are still influenced by the legacy of their past—their focus on serving the community and developing others is still alive today.
You can continue to listen to CSR live online at www.csrfm.com and in the local area on 97.4FM.