Siren FM

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Siren FM
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Broadcast area Lincoln, Lincolnshire
Frequency FM 107.3 MHz
First air date 13 July 2007
Format Community
Owner University of Lincoln
Website [1]

Siren FM, sometimes known simply as Siren, is a community radio station based at the University of Lincoln in the United Kingdom. It broadcasts to the city of Lincoln on 107.3 FM and at its website, Siren Online.

History[edit]

Launched in August 2007, Siren FM won its licence after a series of annual student RSLs (Restricted Service Licences) at the campus in Lincoln (UK) and previously at the university's Hull campus from 1996, when the institution was known as the University of Lincolnshire and Humberside. Siren moved to Lincoln in 1998 during the first stages of the gradual move of the university to the city. After operating its annual RSLs on FM each April or May[1] it began to augment its output by broadcasting online for much of each academic year.

The university was awarded its community radio licence by Ofcom in 2006,[2] and began test transmissions for the new station at midday on 14 July 2007. The primary aim of the station is to serve the young people and communities of the greater Lincoln area, meaning that Siren is catering for a younger audience than its mainstream neighbours BBC Lincolnshire and Lincs FM. As a result the station is more involved with diverse communities outside of the university since it began broadcasting programmes on 11 August 2007 under the leadership of Managing Editor Andrew David, a former BBC television and radio broadcaster.[3][4] The station fitted a new antenna with a co-linear stacked dipole aerial on 20 August 2008 to improve reception in the north of the city.

Its situation on a university campus offers opportunities for students to showcase their work and in some cases undertake assessments live on air[5] with Journalism students producing weekly news and current affairs programmes.[6] Catering for a younger audience than the mainstream stations heard in Lincoln, once a year schoolchildren are invited to produce and present their own programmes.[7] There have also been projects aimed at communicating language and science education to a wider audience[8] and funds granted to support the development of community journalism.[9]

Siren has supported a number of organisations in the Lincoln area to facilitate young people's access to the media. From November 2008 it has been involved with the Lincolnshire Young Journalist Academy (LYJA)[10] and from Sept 2009 to June 2010 was working with c1Media, the Lincolnshire Employment Accommodation Project (LEAP), Lincoln College and others in a Media Box funded project.[11]

The station has been keen to raise funds for a range of charities including the Haiti earthquake in 2010[12] and the BBC's Children in Need.[13]

Young people on Siren have been recognised with a number of broadcasting and journalism prizes. One of the contributors won 2 International Edward R Murrow Awards in 2010 for documentary and factual programming,[14] the station was nominated in the same year for a BBC Partnership Achievement Award for its journalism and community outreach work[15] and in 2009 a volunteer on the station was short-listed in the same category.[16] The University's School of Journalism won the Broadcast Journalism Training Council's (BJTC's) Award for Innovation in Broadcast Journalism Training in part for their work with Siren.[17]

It is currently East Midlands Station of the Year and has won its 6th Edward R. Murrow RTDNA award for News Documentary.

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