22nd June 2006




Staff, students and local residents are being invited to the new EMMTEC building on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus, for the launch of the city’s newest radio station.


The launch celebrates SIREN FM’s full-time radio licence which was recently awarded by Ofcom (the independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries) and comes into effect in February 2007. The University of Lincoln is the first English university to have been awarded a community radio licence.


The new licence will provide opportunities for school children, students and community groups to undertake training with the station and deliver live or pre-recorded programmes. It also presents an outlet for local drama and information about current events taking place in and around the city.


The launch signifies over ten years of dedication from students to SIREN, from its creation at Humberside University in Hull in 1996, through to the relocation to the Lincoln campus in 1998.


Bryan Rudd, a lecturer in Radio Production at the university and a patron of SIREN FM said: “This new venture is an exciting prospect for future students, as well as the local community; SIREN is about bringing the university into the community and the community into the university.”


Community radio is a new third tier of UK radio which complements the mix of services already provided by the BBC and commercial radio sectors.


The characteristics of community radio are distinct from commercial radio in that the services cover a small geographical area and are provided on a not-for-profit basis, focusing on the delivery of specific social benefits to enrich a particular geographical community or community interest.


If you are interested in finding out more, come to the launch event on the Brayford Pool campus on Tuesday 27th June from 2pm until 4pm.


Refreshments will be available and there will be a chance to tour the facilities, as well as a talk from Bryan Rudd and Professor Brian Winston.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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