CiTR 101.9 FM is the broadcasting voice of the University of British Columbia, beginning as a student club in 1937, and gaining not-for-profit status and a place on the FM dial in 1982. Run by the Student Radio Society of UBC, CiTR offers students and community members broadcast training and access to the airwaves, broadcasting 100+ locally-focused radio programs in seven different languages, streamed online and available as podcasts.
Since 1983, CiTR has also published Discorder Magazine, providing Vancouver’s best monthly coverage of the local music and arts scene. Discorder is distributed for free throughout Vancouver, with a circulation of 8,000 copies.
CiTR exists to:
- Create alternative and locally-based programming
- Empower UBC students and community members through training and participation in the media
- Provide community access to media and space for under-represented voices
Learn more by reading our Constitution and Bylaws.
Learn more about we’re doing each year in our Annual Reports!
Read about CiTR in the news.
1886 – Vancouver burns down. Good thing UBC Radio doesn’t exist yet.
1937 – And then it does! Sort of. Bored students play records on a gramophone in the cafeteria over lunch. “Varsity Time” becomes a regular feature on CJOR. There is a great disturbance in the force.
1938 – UBC Radio becomes an official student club!
1940 – Pierre Berton assumes role of Radio Society’s Chief Announcer.
1950 – Closed-circuit broadcasts begin in residence. UBC Radio Club and CKWX (BC Association of Broadcasters) start a 22-week commercial radio school.
1969 – A new Student Union Building arrives with cutting-edge, professionally-designed studios! Also, we officially become CYVR.
1974 January – CYVR is shut down for neglecting to keep up their license.
1974 July – CRTC Decision 74-260 reinstates UBC Radio as Thunderbird Radio: CiTR
1975 – CiTR backpacks Europe trying to find itself, experimenting with 89.5, 95.9, 88.9, 100.0, and 101.9 MHz.
1982 – CiTR finally meets FM and they fall madly in love, broadcasting sweet 49-mono-watts together at 101.9FM.
1983 – Wild-child Discorder is born.
1985 – Seattle’s Rocket Magazine picks Discorder as one of the “Top 20 Publications in the World” for 1985, the only Canadian magazine on the list.
1988 – Discorder a finalist for “Magazine of the Year (circulation < 20,000)” and “Cover of the Year” (50th issue cover, March ’87) at the Western Canada Music Awards
1989 – CiTR pumps up the jam to 1800 megakilowatts with a giant balloon release. First song? “Have Not Been the Same” by Slow.
1997 – Nardwuar The Human Serviette sneaks into APEC and asks Jean Chretien what he thinks of pepper spray. The answer? “I put pepper on my plate.”
2007 – CiTR becomes one of the first campus/community radio stations to offer podcasting, proudly moving into the internet age.
2015 – CiTR has a banner year! After 46 years in the Student Union Building, CiTR moves into the atrium of the brand new UBC Nest! We also launch a new Website bringing together Discorder and CiTR online, and organize our first ever Summer Radio Camp!