University of British Columbia. Radio Society

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University of British Columbia. Radio Society

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The Radio Society at the University of British Columbia was initiated in 1937 due to the Student Publicity Campaign. Founding members began working on "Varsity Time," an information variety show broadcast on CJOR that promoted the activities and goals of the University. In 1938, UBC Radio officially became a Literary and Scientific Executive club. During the 1940s and 1950s, the Radio Society (as it became known in 1942) worked with local radio stations to produce and broadcast programs highlighting University news and events. In 1950, the Radio Society began its first independent closed-circuit broadcasts to the University residences. By 1968, the Radio Society, then alternately known as CYVR, was broadcasting to a wider area using carrier current. Due to a new regulation by the CRTC requiring the licensing of carrier current stations, CYVR was closed down for six months in 1974 for operating without a license. The station resumed broadcasting later that year as CiTR. In 1980, CiTR changed its status from a club to a service organization to recognize its role in campus life. CiTR received a low power FM license in 1982 and a standard high power license in 1988. In 1983, the Radio Society began to publish DiSCORDER, a newspaper highlighting Canadian independent music. The Radio Society promotes campus events and the local music scene through its programming on CiTR and its publications.


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