Surge (radio station)
|City of license||Southampton|
|Broadcast area||Worldwide (online)
Southampton (FM, limited)
|Slogan||"Your student soundtrack"|
|Frequency||87.7 FM (limited)|
|First air date||1976|
|Format||Student radio, internet radio|
|Callsign meaning||Acronym for "Southampton University Radio from Glen Eyre"|
|Former callsigns||Radio Heffalump (1976–1977)
Radio Glen (1977–2000)
|Former frequencies||1287 AM (1999–2010)|
|Affiliations||UK Student Radio Association|
|Owner||Southampton University Students' Union|
Surge (also known as Surge Radio) is an English student radio station based at the University of Southampton. Founded in 1976 as Radio Heffalump, the station was renamed Radio Glen the following year and originally broadcast from the university's Glen Eyre Halls complex.
Surge Radio began broadcasting in the autumn term of 1976 as a pirate station, before it was agreed in March 1977 to form a legal radio station at Glen Eyre. The station was founded as Radio Glen and initially broadcast from a studio in Glen Eyre "F-Block", transmitting on AM by means of induction-loop systems installed on building rooftops on 963, and later on 1602, kHz. The early 1980s brought major developments, including the station's first regular service of student news, a consistent programme schedule, the construction of a second studio and new music library, refurbishment of the main studio with cartridge machines and a new student-built mixer, and a sung jingle package. The station relocated to larger premises in New Terrace in 1998.In 2000 the station began broadcasting on 1287AM, having before only reached Glen Eyre tenants, and in 2001 it commenced FM transmissions for one week per year. Also in 2001, Radio Glen was renamed Surge, which initially stood for "Southampton University Radio from Glen Eyre".
In 2003 the station won its first Student Radio Award, awarded by the UK Student Radio Association: station Webmaster Nicholas Humfrey picked up the Technical Innovation Award for his "Total Request" system, while the website was awarded silver in the Website of the Year category. Surge News was founded in February 2004 by James Laidler, and in 2005 won first place in the SRA News & Talk category, with Nick Bevan picking up Surge's third award, for Newcomer of the Year. In June 2005, Surge successfully received funding of £25,000 from SUSU for construction of a new studio, which was completed and launched in October. In April 2006 the station hosted the Student Radio Conference, and in June hosted the BBC 6 Music Breakfast Show with Phill Jupitus. Surge picked up an award for Best Entertainment Show in November 2006, when Nick Bevan, Thomas Morgan and Zander Bell won with "The Nick & Mogs Show".
In the 2011 Student Radio Awards Surge's Technical Manager Ben Morton received two nominations for the station, both in the category of Best Technical Achievement; he won the silver award at the ceremony for his work on the Surge Facebook application.
Surge is run on a day to day basis by the committee of fourteen members elected at the AGM. They are all students at the university. The committee is also joined in the running of the station by the Student Union's Vice President for Democracy and Creative Industries, currently David Martin, who oversees their work.
Student Radio Awards
|2003||Total Request System||Technical Innovation Award||Gold||Awarded to Nicholas Humfrey|||
|surgeradio.co.uk||Website of the Year||Silver||Awarded to Sven Latham and Nicholas Humfrey|
|Matty in the Morning||Best Entertainment Show||Nominated||Matt Treacy and Charlotte Scarbourgh|||
|2004||Nicholas Humfrey||Best Technical Achievement||Silver|||
|University Swap||Best News and Talk||Nominated||Matt Treacy and Val Mellon|
|Matt Treacy||Best Male||Nominated|
|Surge||Station of the Year||Nominated|
|2005||Nick Bevan||Newcomer of the Year||Gold|||
|Surge News||News & Talk||Gold|
|Alex Duffy||Best Male||Nominated|||
|Surge Mobile Phone Request System||Best Technical Achievement||Nominated||Nicholas Humfrey|
|Surge||Best Off-air Promotion and Imaging||Nominated|
|2006||The Nick & Mogs Show||Best Entertainment Show||Gold||Awarded to Nick Bevan, Thomas Morgan and Zander Bell|||
|Elections Night Live||Best Live Event/Outside Broadcast||Bronze|
|Surge Newsweek||Best Journalistic Programme||Bronze||Awarded to James Laidler and Kate Jowett|
|Surge||Best Technical Innovation||Nominated|||
|2007||Surge Newsweek||Best Journalistic Programming||Silver|||
|surgeradio.co.uk||Best Technical Innovation||Silver|
|Surge||Best Marketing & Branding||Silver||Joint award|
|2008||The Student Soundtrack||Best Entertainment||Nominated|||
|2009||SurgeCart and Podcast Generator||Best Technical Achievement||Bronze||Awarded to Jason Allen|||
|Kate Harrington and Jason Allen||Best Student Radio Chart Show||Nominated|||
|Surge Newsweek||Best Journalistic Programming||Nominated|
|2010||Surge Newsweek||Best Journalistic Programming||Nominated|||
|2011||Total Request Facebook Application||Best Technical Achievement||Silver||Awarded to Ben Morton|||
|Outside Broadcast System||Best Technical Achievement||Nominated|
|2012||Emma Real-Davies||Best Female||Nominated|||
|2013||Emma Real-Davies||Best Female||Bronze|||
- "Radio Heffalump". Station History. Surge. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
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- "Who won what!". Student Radio Awards. UK Student Radio Association. 24 November 2003. Archived from the original on 23 December 2003. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2003-2004 Year Book". Station History. Surge. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2005 Winners". Student Radio Awards. UK Student Radio Association. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2005-2006 Year Book". Station History. Surge. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2006-2007 Year Book". Station History. Surge. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2006 Winners". Student Radio Awards. UK Student Radio Association. Archived from the original on 28 September 2007. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- "2011 Student Radio Awards: Nominations Announced". UK Student Radio Association. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
- "SURGE-ing ahead!". Wessex Scene. 25 November 2003. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- "Award winning radio station". Surge. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
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- Hornsby, Liam (7 December 2007). "Success for Surge". Wessex Scene. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Mark Farrington (25 November 2009). "Student Radio Awards Winners Announced". UK Student Radio Association. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
- Bradman, Carla (17 November 2009). "Diary". Wessex Scene. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Palser, Thom (11 October 2011). "2011 Student Radio Awards: Nominations Announced". Student Radio Association. Retrieved 16 August 2013.
- Bradshaw, Emma (8 October 2012). "And the nominations are...". Student Radio Association. Retrieved 8 October 2012.