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About Radio Cumbria

What is BBC Radio Cumbria?

BBC Radio Cumbria is the BBC’s local radio station covering the county of Cumbria. It broadcasts a mix of news and information, conversation and entertainment (including specialist music), and reflects life in the area.

What is the remit of BBC Radio Cumbria?

The station offers a range of news and information about the editorial area along with national and international news, plus regular weather and travel updates. Also on offer are music and entertainment shows including a wide range of programmes for those with specialist music tastes.

BBC Radio Cumbria reflects local sport with football commentaries on every Carlisle United and Barrow AFC game, plus a range of coverage of other sporting activities.

Although most listeners are over 50, the station aims to appeal to anyone who is interested in Cumbria.

There is more information on the remit of Local Radio here.

If you wish to comment further on the remit of BBC Local Radio, you can contact BBC Feedback or BBC Complaints.

History of BBC Radio Cumbria

BBC Radio Cumbria started out as BBC Radio Carlisle on 24 November 1973, and has developed a large and loyal following which it maintains to this day.

We have, of course, been at the heart of the county providing vital information during big local stories such as Foot and Mouth and various serious flooding incidents, but throughout we’ve provided friendship and companionship for thousands of people across the county.

How to Listen

FM frequencies

North, East and West 95.6 FM

South 96.1 FM

Whitehaven and Keswick 104.1 FM

Kendal 95.2 FM

Windermere 104.2 FM

AM frequencies

North 756 AM

South 837 AM

West 1458 AM

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Contact Us

Breaking news, story ideas or general enquiries:

Main switchboard: 01228 592444



Twitter: @BBC_Cumbria

To submit a “What’s On” to be read out on air, e-mail: (please give as much notice as possible and include a contact number)

WhatsApp: You can message us on 08000 321 333 starting your message with “Cumbria".

To contact the on-air team:

Phone: 0800 111 4950

Text: 81333 (start the message with the word CUMBRIA – you’ll be charged at your standard message rate)


Travel line: 0345 305 3939

To contact BBC Radio Cumbria by post:

BBC Radio Cumbria

Annetwell Street