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About Hornby Free Radio

The Hornby Community Radio Society formed in 2001 to develop and manage a 100% local radio station. On December 5, 2009, after nearly a decade of hard work, CHFR 96.5FM Hornby Free Radio began broadcasting from the Bob Kungl Studio at Joe King Ballpark in the heart of Hornby Island on the West Coast of BC.

The Radio Society Board and CHFR DJs are all hard-working dedicated volunteers that provide Hornby Island with a diverse selection of programming. CHFR operates on a daily basis, sixteen hours a day, seven days a week. In accordance with our Community Radio Low Power FM license, we ensure that 25% of CHFR content is community news, announcements, commentary and other spoken word. The balance of the airtime is music (at least 30% Canadian content). Island DJs bring a full spectrum of musical tastes to the airwaves – from classical, jazz and blues, to classic rock, dub reggae and Latin beats. CHFR is proud to be as diverse as our wonderful community.

Many people are involved in the Radio Station. Seven Board Members form the structure of Hornby Community Radio Society, supported by a part-time Administrator. Fifty island DJs produce our eclectic range of shows. Much of the equipment and energy originally put into the Studio was donated. The Radio Society has been able to purchase specialized technical equipment thanks to grants from HICEEC, Hornby Community Fund, CVRD, and from local fundraiser events, as well as individual donations. Currently all CHFR operating funds are raised from annual memberships and sponsorships from local organizations, businesses and generous individuals.

We are continuing to evolve and adapt to ever-changing circumstances, thanks to all our supporters and to the listeners for tuning in!


By mail:

Hornby Community Radio Society
3875 B Central Road
Hornby Island, BC V0R 1Z0


Studio phone:

(250) 335-0902