Cfur 88.7 FM
CFUR-FM is a Canadian Campus FM radio station, broadcasting at FM 88.7; based at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, British Columbia. The “FUR” (as it is known colloquially) is governed by the CFUR Radio Society, a non-profit corporation consisting of students and other community members who promote CFUR via membership drives, fundraisers, and on-air broadcasting.
CFUR’s mission is to support the cultural, artistic, and political evolution of northern British Columbia.
CFUR does this by:
- Providing space to share and discover new music and ideas;
- Searching for and championing local talent;
- Aiming to be as inclusive and diverse as the communities we serve; and
- Approaching our work with a spirit of adventure, open-mindedness and good humour
The station was originally licensed by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on September 12, 2001 as a developmental campus/community station, a license process created by the CRTC to encourage and streamline the creation of campus and community radio stations. The station was subsequently granted a full Class A license in 2007.
Blackfoot’s “Highway Song” was the first song broadcasted on September 12th, 2001.
CFUR-FM is a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association
You can find a copy of our 2016 AGM Minutes here
You can find a copy of our 2017 AGM Minutes here
You can find a copy of our 2017 AGM Financial Report here
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Our programming centrally focuses on regional talent, but strives to represent artists of many genres who are not represented in the mainstream media. We have a rich variety of local spoken word programming associated with several UNBC Clubs. Our station motto is “For You, By You ” due to our inclusive and exploratory nature. We have developed a live performance studio which has seen great success while CFUR has become a hub for local music and performance.
CFUR is mainly composed of 80 volunteer contributors, with four paid staff members. Three part time and one full time.
The organizational structure is illustrated as such:
Members and listeners represent the public who support what we do through the purchase of memberships, or simply listening. ⤵
DJs & Programmers are, of course, the people who work in the studio to program and present a quality on-air radio show. ⤵
The Directors are the Music Director (our music industry contact in charge of the music library and NBCAA), the Program Director (who assists and monitors the quality of CFUR programming and decides what shows are going to be aired in the future), the NewsRoom Director (who provides training and oversees journalistic integrity and content quality in the News Dept.), the Community Outreach Coordinator (who recognizes and arranges opportunities where the station can connect with the community it serves), and any future department head or coordinator (spoken word coordinator, etc). ↔ Station Manager (who oversees the general day-to-day operation of the station) ↔ Board of Directors
The arrows between the levels represent the flow of information. The desires of each level make their way from one level to the next.
The board then converts the accumulated desires into a vision of what CFUR should be. Though the governing body, in this case the CFUR Radio Society Board, is usually at the top of this sort of structure, we have put the listeners at the top because they are the most important. The Board is primarily held accountable by society members, who are mostly Undergraduate Students of UNBC.
The Bulk of our funding comes from the undergraduates of UNBC who pay a levy, included in their student fees, to the station. This capital currently keeps the lights on at CFUR, pays for general maintenance, and funds the majority of the Station Manager’s position. We maintain a small office in UNBC’s Student Centre. This is our base of operations and overall HQ. Within it we have a functional live studio, and a sound dampened performance studio. Content from these studios send to a broadcast tower located on campus. We have a healthy mish-mash of microphones, stands, consoles, and cables that allow us to represent and connect with our community.
Making use of our facilities, this community represents itself in a number of ways we are proud to be a part of. Northern towns haven’t been completely mined of vintage vinyl yet, as a result we air two programs that feature up to 100% of their content in that format. A called Aboriginal Outlook takes a look at current events from an indigenous perspective, while a Metis elder on Ab-Original stirs up controversy by offering people to think about alternative ways to see the world and tradition. These are in addition to a weekday local news program, Due North. It is a platform where aspiring journalists can jump in to gain broadcast and podcast media experience, all while providing independent alternative media. Much of our feedback comes to us from our initiative in making space for regional festival content during our festive retrospection programming. It promotes grassroots festivals, and local artists plus travelling artists by association, connecting the community to the south of the province, the rest of country, and vice versa. Featuring excellent quality music and interviews that can experienced locally has reinforced our relevance in Prince George.
Voices of youth at our station draw in an audience who are befuddled and confused by the motivations of millennials. Whether it’s the satiation of wanderlust provided by a 20 year old on AudioMap, or why gaming should be considered an olympic sport, from the perspective of a 14 year old, on TechnOlogy, CFUR offers our community a slice of the millennial panorama.