CHSR alumni will gather to celebrate 50 years of broadcasting.
Reunion dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2010, during UNB Homecoming 225
Are you one of our alumni? Click here for reunion information!
It hardly seems possible that it’s been over 50 years since a group of students gathered to talk about setting up a campus radio station at UNB. In the fall of 1959, Barry Yoell, a member of the UNB SRC, put an ad in The Brunswickan inviting anyone interested to attend a meeting about radio broadcasting. An enthusiastic group of students showed up, and the UNB Radio Society was formed.
Barry Yoell’s co-conspirators included Fredericton businessman Bill Stanley, then an engineering student, who became the UNB Radio Society’s first Chief Engineer. Broadcasting officially began from quarters in the basement of Memorial Hall over a closed-circuit system to Jones House and the Student Centre.
With the arrival of St. Thomas University and its School of Journalism on campus in the 1960s, the station changed its name officially to CHSR Broadcasting. STU Students became an important part of the broadcasting legacy of public radio in Fredericton.
Today we broadcast 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with programming in at least six languages, to the Fredericton–Oromocto area on FM and to the world over the Internet. More than 3,000 students, faculty, staff and community volunteers have been involved with the station since it began.
If you have photos, stories, memories or recordings of old broadcasts, we’d love to hear from you. We plan to publish a 50-year retrospective booklet as well as produce special programming for our first broadcast anniversary day: January 22, 2011.
We look forward to having you here to help us celebrate! If you can’t attend in person, send us your greetings from [wherever you are] as an audio file … email it to dab AT unb.ca!