25th April 2000




BBC anchorman Harry Gration will be in Lincoln in early May to launch the student radio station at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Siren FM has again been granted a 28-day restricted service licence to broadcast 24 hours a day on 87.9 FM to Lincoln and the surrounding area.


The station is to be launched on Tuesday 2nd May when Harry Gration - well known as a presenter on BBC Look North and on the BBC sports flagship ‘Grandstand’ - will meet students and conduct an on-air interview with Siren’s news editor, student journalist Emma Carrick.


“This is a great opportunity for Siren FM and it is an honour that Harry Gration has agreed to launch the station for us this year,” said Emma.


The student radio station started life at the Hull campus but last year found a new home in the Media Production Centre at Lincoln.


The students will broadcast a mix of music, news and comment 24 hours a day, seven days a week from 2nd May until 30th May.


Two unique outside broadcasts have been planned for the station’s first week: history will be made on Thursday 4th May when Siren FM will become the first university radio station to broadcast a live OB from the Millennium Dome in Greenwich.


And the students will also broadcast live from Lincoln’s Waterside Centre on Monday 8th May.


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The time of the launch has yet to be arranged. To interview members of Siren FM please contact Lindsay Burnham (press officer) on 0771 4025614  or Emma Carrick (news editor) on 07769 586496.


For more information on this press release contact:


Jez Ashberry

Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)