7th May 2002




Former Blue Peter presenter Tim Vincent will be the special guest on the breakfast show when university radio station Siren FM hits the airwaves tomorrow morning (Wednesday 8th May).


Siren FM, which is staffed entirely by student volunteers, will broadcast from the Media Production Centre at the University of Lincoln for three weeks on 87.9FM.


The station aims to provide output with a difference, including R&B and dance music as well as documentaries, plays, features and a regular soap ‘On The Edge’.


Schoolchildren and community groups will get the opportunity to have their say on air thanks to two pioneering schemes launched this year.


On Saturday mornings (10am) pupils from the Usher School, City of Lincoln Community College and Ancaster High School will broadcast programmes which they have written and produced themselves.


Community groups including SOVA (a volunteer mentoring organisation) and Imp-Art will get to broadcast their programmes on Sundays at 1pm.


The student broadcasters are also doing their bit to help save Lincoln City Football Club by raising funds throughout their three-week stint on air. Their first fund-raiser will be a pub crawl on Thursday (9th May) with live broadcasts from each pub.


Siren FM first broadcast at Humberside University in Hull in 1996 and moved to new facilities at the new university campus in Lincoln in 1998.


“Siren FM is quite simply Lincoln’s best choice because it offers something that other radio stations don’t,” said marketing manager James McCracken. “We aim to be Lincoln’s number one radio station.”


For more about Siren FM, or to listen via the web, click on www.sirenfm.com


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

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk


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