CJSR-FM is a Canadian campus-based community radio station, broadcasting at 88.5 FM in Edmonton, Alberta. The CJSR studios are located in the Students' Union Building of the University of Alberta, while its transmitter is located atop the building.

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CityEdmonton, Alberta
Frequency88.5 MHz FM
Formatcampus radio
OwnerFirst Alberta Campus Radio Association
First air date
January 7, 1984
Technical information
ERP900 watts
HAAT52 meters (171 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
53°31′39.9″N 113°31′21.0″W / 53.527750°N 113.522500°W / 53.527750; -113.522500Coordinates: 53°31′30.5″N 113°31′39.2″W / 53.525139°N 113.527556°W / 53.525139; -113.527556
WebcastStreaming Audio
Websitewww.cjsr.com Edit this at Wikidata

CJSR is a volunteer-run campus and community radio station with a stated mission, "to enlighten and entertain our audience through high quality and diverse programming that constantly challenges the status quo."


CJSR plays a diverse range of musical genres and spoken-word programming. The station is home to nationally syndicated shows like Terra Informa, and was the home of the early version of Science for the People (podcast). It is subject to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission's requirements for community-based campus stations which means, among other things, that:

  • 25% of its programming must be spoken-word programming,
  • no more than 10% of the music it broadcasts can be "hit" music (as defined by the CRTC),
  • 35% of the music it broadcasts must be "Canadian content" (as defined by the CRTC).[1]

CJSR operates a 900 watt transmitter, broadcasting throughout Edmonton, Alberta and the surrounding area. Since 2000 the station's broadcasts have also been available via streaming audio.


CJSR's broadcast license is held by the First Alberta Campus Radio Association (FACRA), which is funded by a mix of fees assessed to students at the University of Alberta (under the auspices of the taxation powers of the University of Alberta Students' Union and the Graduate Students' Association), donations from listeners, and limited advertising revenue. In 2005, FACRA became a registered charity.

The station is also a member of the National Campus and Community Radio Association.


CKUA, CJSR's earlier incarnation, was the first campus radio broadcast in Western Canada.[citation needed] CJSR has its roots in the Alberta Student Radio Directorate (later known as the Radio Society) which started in 1946 when CKUA left the campus. By 1967, closed circuit Radio Society broadcasts were heard at various buildings on the U of A campus. In 1970, CKSR was born: a "seat of the pants" radio station that broadcast a weak FM signal to the U of A and anyone else who could pick it up. CKSR eventually became CJSR in 1978.

FACRA was formed as a partnership between the University of Alberta Students' Union (which collected a levy from students on the station's behalf) and the Friends of CJSR Society (which solicited listener donations and which held the station's capital assets). In 2002 the latter entity was disbanded over concerns of overlapping jurisdiction and because a legal opinion stated that having the station's capital assets held by an entity other than the one holding the broadcast license and employing staff would be unlikely to protect those assets in the event of a lawsuit, and its assets transferred to FACRA.

CJSR became a full broadcast station in 1984.


In 2014, CJSR was recognized at the Edmonton Mayor's Celebration for the Arts with the John Poole Award for Promotion of the Arts.[2] CJSR programming has also received awards from the National Campus and Community Radio Association for Current Affairs or Magazine Show,[3] Documentary,[3] News,[4] Syndicated Show or Podcast,[5] Creative Production,[6] Special Programming,[7] and Sports Talk Show Programming.[7]


  1. ^ (CRTC), Government of Canada, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (22 July 2010). "Campus and community radio policy - CRTC's 2010 revised policy for campus and community radio stations". www.crtc.gc.ca.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b "2010/11 Awards - NCRA". ncra.ca.
  4. ^ "2011/12 Awards - NCRA". ncra.ca.
  5. ^ "2012/13 Awards - NCRA". ncra.ca.
  6. ^ "2013/14 Awards - NCRA". www.ncra.ca.
  7. ^ a b "CJSR Picks Up National Awards". 14 June 2016.

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