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Student FM radio station launches city-centre studio

16 January 2012

The first student-led station in the country to hold a permanent FM licence will open a second studio in Canterbury this month.

CSR FM, run by students from Canterbury Christ Church University and The University of Kent, will launch a second studio.

Studio Blue is a state-of-the-art radio studio at Canterbury Christ Church University’s North Holmes Road Campus and compliments the original studio based at the University of Kent.

The community station, which broadcasts on 97.4 FM across the whole of Canterbury, will unveil the new studio at an event on Friday 20 January from 6pm. The event will be attended by members of the radio station’s board, as well as the student volunteer team who made the station a reality.  

Margaret Andrews, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) at Canterbury Christ Church University, said: “We have a fantastic team of hard-working and dedicated students producing a fantastic schedule on the station, and I am delighted that their hard work over the last few years has resulted in the addition of this new facility on the North Holmes Road Campus. 

“Opening a second studio will give even more of our students the opportunity to undertake volunteering work, whilst learning about radio production in a real life setting, helping them to gain hands on experience.”

The station recently secured a new five-year Ofcom Licence to broadcast until 2017 on 97.4FM and remains one of the only student-led stations to hold the permanent licence. The first shows will be broadcast from the studio on Monday 23 January 2012.

Station Manager Ryan Bartrop, a student at Canterbury Christ Church University, said:   "I am really pleased to be the Station Manager of CSR when we launch our new studio on the Christ Church campus.  I am particularly pleased being a Christ Church student - as this new studio creates ample opportunities for innovative speech programming and increased involvement from students and community members. Credit to our tech team for working tirelessly over the summer to make sure this all happened."

The event will celebrate the official opening of the studio and follow with CSR ‘taking over’ Christ Church’s Student’s Union from 8pm with a number of DJ sets and live band performances to celebrate the student’s achievements.

The new studio has already attracted BBC Radio 4 producer, Colin Anderson, who will visit Studio Blue to undertake a workshop with students later this month. 

This workshop coincides with a visit from ‘The Pappy’s’, a team of past students who produce ‘Bangers and Mash’, an award winning comedy podcast. Recording and editing of a podcast episode will take place in Studio Blue for current students to observe the production process first hand.    

Anyone wishing to be involved in the radio station should visit, www.csrfm.com for more information, or contact the station on 01227 258258.

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Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • We are the third highest university in England for student employability, with 94.3% of our recent graduates in employment or further study six months after graduating*.
  • Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
  • We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
  • In 2012 we will celebrate our Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

*2009/10 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey

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