CFMU started out as McMaster Radio in 1963 and was run by the BSB (Board of Student Broadcasting.) The studios were in the basement of Wentworth House and as Bruce Beghamer ’67 recalls, ’We originally piped broadcasting to the residences. It was quite the adventure back then. We had a very small budget from the MSU, but we had huge heart and enthusiasm from our radio members.’
In January 1978, CFMU began to broadcast to Hamilton and the surrounding community on the FM band. Since then, we have been voice of the campus and the community, a breeding ground for new talent, and a vital medium for relating ideas, news and views. CFMU 93.3 is “Redefining Radio In Your Community.” We use that phrase because it re-enforces our broad relevance and reflects a revitalized commitment to our mandate. We are a public meeting place for many voiceless dimensions in our society – local cutting-edge artists and musicians, marginalized groups, multicultural families, and people with a keen social conscience. Our broadcasts stand independent of corporations, sponsors, advertisers, and political agendas. CFMU is comfortable with risky subjects that need attention – leadership in today’s issues and tomorrow’s art is our job. CFMU is listener-supported radio – supported by those who recognize that diversity and local programming are more crucial than ever. Yet we are more; we are also supported by those who utilize us and their community voice. Without the support of the community we serve, we will not be able to provide that community with a voice, truly the only open and independent voice in the city. A stronger CFMU is a stronger voice for all of us.
CFMU is a separately incorporated entity owned and operated by the McMaster Students Union. The MSU strives to make connections beyond McMaster’s campus and CFMU is a key component in this effort.