21st April 1999

RADIO STATION GOES LIVE

 

Students at a city university are busy preparing for the launch of a radio station which goes live around Lincoln on 1st May.

 

State-of-the-art equipment at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside will be used to broadcast the 24-hour commercial station SIREN FM which will feature news, reviews and music designed to entertain young people in the city and surrounding villages.

 

Anyone within a 15-mile radius of Lincoln will be able to tune in, and station manager Simon Green is hoping the month-long broadcast on 87.9 FM will lead to a permanent spot on medium wave.

 

“This is a real coup for the university,” said Simon who is also vice-president of the students’ union. “We want to fill a gap in the market that exists locally for 15 to 25 year-olds, but we’re also going out live on the world-wide web so our students in Hull won’t miss out.”

 

After months of negotiations the SIREN (Scholars in Radio Entertainment) team has secured a temporary licence from the Radio Authority and May’s broadcast will be a test-bed for the future.

 

“We need to prove that there is a real need for a local radio station among students and other young people,” said Simon. “We believe there is a strong case for this kind of entertainment and as long as they know we’re out there we think they’ll tune in.”

 

Simon has volunteered himself for the so-called ‘graveyard shift’ between 2am and 6am which he says will be popular especially on weekends as students return from the nightclubs.

 

Every evening will feature a show devoted to different kinds of music from drum ‘n’ bass to more classic tunes, and the audience can get involved by phoning in requests and entering on-air competitions.

 

Student Andy Maclarty will present Brayford on Toast, the 6am to 9am breakfast show which should get students up in time for those early lectures.

 

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For further information contact Simon Green on 01522 886142 or university press officer Sam Hendley on 01522 886042.