CHSR-FM, Campus, Fredericton

University of New Brunswick

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On July 18, the University of New Brunswick Student Union was given permission to operate a closed circuit radio station at the University. Carrier current CHSR began operations later in the year. 

CHSR had operated in various capacities at the University since the 1950’s and became known as “Radio UNB” on January 22, 1961.


On November 4, the University of New Brunswick Student Union Inc. (on behalf of a company to be incorporated) was granted a licence for an over the air FM station, operating on 97.9 MHz with effective radiated power of 50 watts. It would replace the AM carrier-current station.


CHSR-FM signed on the air on January 24, at 6:15p.m.


On January 11, the CRTC renewed CHSR’s licence until September 30, 1985.


CHSR-FM’s licence was renewed and in the following term it proposed to broadcast 8 hours of ethnic programming, directed to the Chinese, African, East Indian and Malaysian groups in the area.


The University of New Brunswick station offered a blend of programming representing the varied political, artistic and cultural interests of the university and the local community, and provided media access to groups and individuals which were under-represented by conventional radio stations. In the next licence term, the station proposed to broadcast 12 hours and 15 minutes of ethnic programming each week. The CRTC noted at the time that 55% of the broadcast week would be devoted to specialized block programs that showcase particular types of music or programs targeted to identifiable groups within the community.


When CHSR had its licence renewed it proposed to offer in the next licence term, 
6 hours and 30 minutes per week of French-language programming. It also proposed to devote 8 hours and 30 minutes per week to third-language programming (directed to 4 ethnic groups in 4 different languages). The licensee was CHSR Broadcasting Inc. and the station operated as a community-based campus radio station. 


On April 23,  CHSR was authorized to increase effective radiated power from 50 watts to 250 watts, and increase antenna height from 28.5 metres to 48 metres. 

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