8th April 2005





The popular University of Lincoln radio station Siren will commence its FM broadcast next week after gaining a three-week broadcasting licence.


The usual selection of features will be available to listeners on the station’s 87.7 FM waveband, including more competitions, quizzes, interviews and live bands. Siren’s news team will also provide news coverage from Lincoln and its surrounding areas.


Siren will also be allowing 11 local schools to participate in the broadcast, with children aged between eight and 15 going live on air for 20 to 30 minutes per slot.


The 11 schools participating include St Faith and St Martin's Primary School, St Mary's Preparatory School, St Peter and Paul RC High School, Lincoln Christ's Hospital School, Yarborough High School, Joseph Ruston College, City Community College, The Priory School, Usher Junior School, The Holt Primary School and Monk's Dyke College.


“Siren is very different to many other local stations, offering our listeners a selection of specialist themed shows including jazz, rock, rap and even current affairs and folk music shows,” said Lawrence McNab, programme controller for Siren’s FM broadcast.


The station will broadcast from 7am on Monday 11th April until Sunday 1st May, with usual manned broadcasting hours being between 7am and 2am seven days a week.


The station will be holding a collective awards night and launch party to celebrate the end of its previous Internet broadcast which started in October last year, and will be held at the university’s Delph Bar on Friday 8th April.


“The party will be a small gesture to demonstrate how much we appreciate the contributions of the Siren team both on air and behind the scenes,” said Nikki Dillon, station manager for Siren.


“It will show the team that their efforts are not ignored and will also help those attending to put faces to the popular and recognisable voices they heard on the radio.”



Matt Cross, Assistant Press Officer

(01522) 886625                       mcross@lincoln.ac.uk