19th April 2004




The Mayor of Lincoln will be guest of honour at a special event to launch the city’s student radio station this weekend.


SIREN FM, which is staffed entirely by student volunteers, is set to hit the airwaves for three weeks from Monday (26th April).


Supported by Lincoln City Centre Partnership, the launch event will take place on Saturday 24th April in Lincoln’s City Square.  The Mayor of Lincoln will open the event at 10.30am.


Shoppers will get the chance to meet presenters from the student radio station, including Rob ‘K’ at Breakfast, the Poptarts and Him & Me.  Six local bands will also perform live throughout the day. 


“This event is designed to make the general public aware of SIREN FM and its connections with the community,” said Nikki Dillon, programme controller for SIREN FM.


For the third year SIREN FM has linked up with local schools to allow pupils to experience the excitement of live radio broadcasting.


Nine schools from Lincoln will be producing and presenting their own shows on Fridays and Saturdays during the three weeks. 


Schools taking part are Christ’s Hospital School, Usher Junior, City of Lincoln Community College, St Faith’s and St Martin’s Junior School, St Mary’s School, Yarborough High School, St Peter and St Paul Catholic High School, the Priory LSST and Joseph Ruston Technology College.


Lincolnshire County Council Press Relations Manager Steve Jackson, Regional Magistrate Nev Jackson and BBC Radio Lincolnshire Managing Editor Charlie Partridge will also produce and present their own live shows.


SIREN FM first broadcast at Humberside University in Hull in 1996 and moved to new facilities at Brayford Pool in 1998.


Tune in to SIREN FM on 87.7FM from 26th April until 16th May 2003 or listen via the web at www.sirenonline.co.uk



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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk


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