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We are Cam FM, one of the most successful student radio stations, streaming online on camfm.co.uk and on 97.2FM to the whole city of Cambridge.

And we do it all - almost every genre of music, broadcast journalism, stand-up comedy, live sports coverage, radio drama and other light entertainment, broadcasting from two studios; one at ARU, the other at Fitzwilliam College.

If you're a student, staff member or alumnus at either the University of Cambridge or ARU, we'd love you to get involved!

Why would this be for me?

  • You get to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences. As the only student station, we run legendary socials and live music events where you can meet amazing people. Plus we’ve done landmark outside broadcasts, from the ski trip to the skies..!
  • You can develop (buzzword alert!) transferable skills which look great on CVs. Radio considerably improves your people skills and you’ll gain valuable experience using high-tech production equipment. It’s a must for any budding journalist.
  • You never know what’s next. Alumni have gone on to some awesome jobs in the radio world, including Matt Fincham (Nick Grimshaw’s producer) and Chris Mason (BBC News political correspondent). In the last twelve months, our weekly programmes have won both Student Radio and national Radio Academy awards.

 

Do I need any prior experience?

Absolutely totally no - we give free training to all new members. We’ll invite you to join two established live shows and let you take part in two hands-on labs  during which you’ll learn how to structure a radio show, fill it with great content, and how to make the most of your personality on air. Our recently revamped training programme has been developed with guidance from presenters of BBC Radio services. To our knowledge, no  other student radio station in the world offers similarly endorsed training.

If one-of-a-kind experiences, cool DJ skills and awesome career opportunities sound like your thing, then consider getting involved in Cam FM!



Our training programme takes just five hours to complete, so there’s minimal time commitment involved. Once you’re trained and ready to go, you’ll be able to get involved in any of the strands of Cam FM - doing as much or as little as you wish.

 

Presenting

“The best thing I’ve ever done. I’m doing my dream job because of Cam FM.”
(Chris Berrow, Cam FM member 2008-11, now a producer at BBC Radio 2)

We’re always looking for new members to present and produce exciting new programmes. These broadly fall into three categories:

  • Entertainment shows. Mainly broadcast during the daytime, these shows contain a mixture of popular music and fun ‘banter’. You could set up your own programme, or join one of the teams on weekday breakfast or lunchbreak shows.
  • Specialist music shows. Cam FM’s specialist music coverage ranges from Classical to Urban and Musicals to Rock. Whether you want to cover a nîche genre or wide-ranging musical interests, we’d love to hear from you.
  • Speech shows. Academic discussion, radio drama and documentaries all feature regularly on Cam FM. We also have a strong sport presence; all members are invited to take part in our award-winning live rowing coverage.

In short: if you want to be the next Greg James, Chris Evans or John Humphrys, we would love to offer you the chance to broadcast on FM across Cambridge.

 

Production

We understand that radio would not exist without a strong behind-the-scenes production team. At Cam FM, we produce all our jingles and promos ourselves.
If you’re a whizz at making audio or just have an awesome voice-over sound, make sure you get in touch with Isaac Squires: production@camfm.co.uk

 

Journalism

“Erudite and straightforward serious discussion of weighty subjects which would not be out of place on Radio 4.”
(Student Radio Association on 'In The Know', Cam FM's flagship news show)

At Cam FM, our news team collectively produce the weekly news show 'In The Know'. Our aim is to report student, local, national and international news stories and current affairs, whilst making sure the voices and perspectives of the students of Cambridge are included in our coverage.

You can produce (research, interview, write and record) your own news report on an individual basis, either choosing a topic of your own choice or choosing a topic from a list provided by our Head of News. These reports are usually pre-recorded and will be aired during the weekly news show.

The Cam FM news team have also been behind a series of hard-hitting documentaries. One of these, ‘Don’t Say Gay’, a documentary looking into the LGBT politics issue of when to introduce children to the idea of alternative sexualities, won bronze at the New York Festival's International Radio Programs & Promos Awards last year.

 

Radio Workshops

All members are invited to off-air workshops on a number of aspects of radio. These generally run on a termly basis, with last year’s workshops including:

  • Websites, Blogs and Radio - Tim Davies (Cam FM)
  • An Introduction to Broadcast Journalism - Ben Weisz (BBC Radio 4)
  • Scripted Content from Pitch to Broadcast - Zoë Tomalin (Avalon Television)

Workshops always end with a Q&A session, so you can pitch your interesting radio questions to industry experts. (And then we usually go for a beer.)

Get Involved

As you can probably tell, Cam FM really is the most exciting thing for you (and your friends) to get involved in during your time at Cambridge. If you want to promote local bands, commentate May Bumps, interview VIPs (like Rowan Williams, the Dalai Lama or that guy who plays guitar inside a dustbin), then:

 

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If you have any questions about Cam FM, please email Caroline Camm: training@camfm.co.uk

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