The station was launched by Border Television at 8am on 14 April 1993 when Managing Director and Breakfast show host John Myers played “The Best” by Tina Turner as its first song.

Border TV Lookaround
The station launch also featured on Border TV’s Lookaround news programme, which you can see here.


From its launch, the station broadcast from premises adjacent to the ITV Border studios in Durranhill, Carlisle. In April 2010, CFM moved to a new base at Atlantic House in Kingstown, Carlisle.

In 2005, EMAP bought CFM and branded it as one of its Big City Network of stations. Three years later, EMAP was bought by Bauer, who have retained ownership of the station.

Previously, CFM has won numerous industry awards including the Radio Academy’s North West Station of the Year 2005 and EMAP Station of the Year 2006. In May 2013, CFM became the first radio station to broadcast from a nuclear reprocessing site at Sellafield, West Cumbria.

CFM Jingle Montage

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