29th January 2002




Lincoln’s university radio station is reaching out to the community as it prepares to go on air for the eighth time this spring.


Staff and students at Siren FM are to run two pilot projects to encourage community groups in the city to learn how to make their own radio programmes.


The project, which will benefit from a £1,000 grant from the Single Regeneration Budget (SRB) and support from Lincoln City Council, will allow community groups to broadcast their own programmes live on air in May.


The station, based at the University of Lincoln, has just been given permission by the Radio Authority to broadcast for three weeks from 8th May until 28th May.


The project to take student radio out into the community will give local people the chance to complete a university Media Production module worth 12 CATS (Credit Accumulation Transfer System) points.


“We’re committed to involving the community in Siren FM,” said station manager Emma Carrick, herself a graduate of the university. “We’ll be bringing local people into the university and into Siren FM and they’ll benefit immensely from the experience of producing their own radio programmes.


“The more people get involved with the station, the more people will listen to it, and word will spread about what Siren FM has to offer to listeners across the city.”


Participants will learn radio production skills over a three-month period before producing three half-hour programmes which will be broadcast in May.


The £1,000 SRB grant will help pay for extra equipment which the station will use to take its expertise out into the community.


Siren FM first broadcast at Humberside University in 1996 and moved to new facilities at the university campus in Lincoln in 1998. The scheme is being run in conjunction with the university’s Faculty of Media and Communications.


Note: The university will announce in February which community groups are to take part in the project.

For more information contact: Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincoln (tel: 01522 886042)

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk