University Radio Nottingham

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University Radio Nottingham
Urn logo.png
Broadcast area University of Nottingham
Frequency 1350AM
First air date November 1979
Format Contemporary
Owner University of Nottingham Students' Union
Website URN

University Radio Nottingham is the multi-award–winning university radio station of the University of Nottingham, England, where it is part of the Students' Union. During term-time it broadcasts locally on University Park Campus on 1350 AM and worldwide via its website.


URN was established from the University's Radio Broadcasting Club, who, in the late 1970s had an hour's slot on BBC Radio Nottingham. The station set up its first studio in the Cherry Tree buildings in 1978 and "University Radio Nottingham" started broadcasting to Hugh Stewart Hall and Cripps Hall of residence on 963 kHz (312m) in November 1979. Additional induction loops were set up over the next few years in other halls on campus. A fifth induction loop was installed on Sutton Bonington Campus in 1990, financed by their Guild.

The current Station Editor is Will Leney and the Deputy Station Editor is Ben Malone.

Internet broadcasting[edit]

In 1997, URN became one of the first radio stations to broadcast on the internet using the MP3 format. The station started broadcasting in the Ogg Vorbis format in 2002.[citation needed]


The station was one of the first to broadcast using an LPAM long-term restricted service licence to the whole of University Park on 1350AM in 2001.[citation needed]

New buildings[edit]

In 2004, URN moved into new purpose build studios located in the University's Portland Building. This was due to the demolition of the Cherry Tree buildings in 2003.[citation needed]

URN Studio Two
URN Studio Two after its 2010 refit

Digital Refit[edit]

During the summer of 2012 the whole station was refitted to use a Studer digital system for audio routing and mixing.

Studio 1 after digital refit


URN's programming includes news-show The Pulse,[1] feature-based speech programming, daytime personality-based programming and evening specialist music shows. URN has a strong focus on Nottingham University students in all areas of its programming.


URN once held the world record for the longest continuous broadcast by a single presenter at 42 hours. More recently, Steve Doran accomplished a 40 hour continuous broadcast in November 2005 for Children in Need.

Famous alumni[edit]

The former head of music for URN presented BBC 6 Music's weekly chart show. Philippa Treverton-Jones graduated in 2007.[2]


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