|Broadcast area||University of Bath - Local AM & Online (URB Online)|
|Frequency||1449 KHz (Univ. of Bath)
Internet (Rest of World)
|First air date||1973|
|Owner||Bath University Students' Union|
URB (University Radio Bath), previously URB 963, and currently 1449AM URB launched on 16 May 1973 and is a student-run radio station at the University of Bath and was one of the first University Radion stations built in the UK to Broadcast on the Medium Wave on an induction Loop system across the Campus. It was launched by BBC Radio 1's Annie Nightingale and Pete Bradey. The station was built and designed by students Jonathon White (Electrical Engineering) and Stephen Ainger (Physics). The first year anniversary was hosted by the BBC Radio 1 Roadshow with Alan Freeman (DJ) in the Students' Union. In 1994 and 2003, URB also broadcast under short-term Restricted Service Licences across the city of Bath on the FM band. In 1995, Torch FM 106.2 used URB studios and presenters to provide a city-wide radio service for the European Youth Olympics in Bath.
The station was originally broadcast from a landing in the Electrical Engineering Department and carried by induction loops in all of the campus residences. A year after launch the station moved the current studios in Norwood house but still retained the induction loop transmitters, which were updated and expanded as new residences were built on campus. Over the years loudspeakers playing URB were added to the campus laundrettes and the students' union coffee shop. In summer 1994 renovations to the Westwood blocks severed the wires to the loops there and after that URB 963 could only be heard in Eastwood, Wessex and Norwood. On 8 February 2001 at 14:49 1449AM URB launched as a low powered AM service covering the whole campus and the remaining induction loops on 963 were switched off. The addition of internet streaming has also given the station a significant boost.
In 1987 three URB presenters (Graham Hutkins, Ben Ramsden & Andrew Wiseman) broadcast a special 24-hour show, raising money for local charities. In March 2008 presenters broadcast 60 hours of continuous live shows to raise money for the charity Hearing Aid.
In March 2008 URB hosted the National Student Radio Conference on behalf of the Student Radio Association the conference between 17 and 19 March featured talks from a variety of speakers from the world of radio including Radio 1's Greg James.
URB has a set of 3 studios in the heart of the newly built Student Centre and an office; Studio 1 - the main broadcast studio, Studio 2 - a DJ studio, and finally Studio 3 - a production studio and news room.
The station broadcasts live shows from 9 am into the night, with shows ranging from daytime entertainment shows to specialist music. When there's not a live presenter in the studio, an interactive "non-stop" service fills in the gaps. URB also informs the campus with hourly news bulletins and "Campus Minute"; a brief run-down of local and student-related news. Additionally, every evening URB programmes a talk based or specialist show, this has varied from Culture Shows and Sports Shows through to Faith and News Shows, with URB's Flagship news programme, Buzz, traditionally airing every Wednesday from 6PM.
Student Radio Association Awards
- 2013 - Best Student Radio Chart Show Gold award, Best Technical Achievement Gold award for UK Radioplayer Console and Unified Station Management Application and Jamie Lee nominated for Best Newcomer
- 2011 – 4 nominations including Best Marketing and Station Sound, Best Journalistic Programming Bronze award for coverage of the 2010 National Student Fees Demo, Best Student Radio Chart Show Bronze award and Best Student Radio Station Bronze award (the first Best Station award since 2002),
- 2010 – Best Student Radio Chart Show Gold award and Best Specialist Music Programming Gold award 
- 2009 – Best Marketing & Branding Bronze award (along with 4 other nominations; Best station, Best Entertainment Programming, Best Live Event or Outside Broadcast and Best Journalistic Programming)
- 2008 – Best Marketing & Branding Bronze award, and Best Technical Achievement Bronze award for URB non-stop: the continuous-play computer system used during non-personal playout.
- 2007 – Best Marketing & Branding for the second consecutive time.
- 2006 – Best Marketing & Branding – judge Mark Goodier commented "there was something about the winning entry [URB] that really stood out."
- 2005 – URB received six nominations (the most nominations they'd received so far) including Student Station of the Year; which they failed to win. They won two silver awards for Station Sound and Best Male Presenter (Chris Day) and one bronze award for Best Entertainment Programming (Paul Kiernan and David Boddington).
- 2004 – Gareth Gwynn won Gold for the Best Comedy and Drama for his one-off comedy show Component Parts.
- 2003 – The comedy Because Fish Are Funny won second place for Best Speech Based Non-Factual category.
- 2002 – Station Manager Ben Vane won Best Male Presenter, URB came second in the Best Marketing category, and URB also came third in Best Station.
URB has sister stations at other universities in the area:
40th Anniversary Celebrations
In 2013, URB celebrated its 40th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the current committee, in association with the University of Bath Alumni Office and the Students' Union organised a reunion event for 2 February 2013 with many alumni reviving their old shows.
In addition to a reunion dinner, the URB schedule for the weekend will reflect 40 years of broadcasting as former members will be encouraged to revive their old shows on-air.
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