Purple Radio - Durham University

 Where is Purple Radio?


Purple Radio is Durham University's student radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day during term time.

Studio Phone
0191 645 5100
Studio Text
Text studio via website
Office Phone
0191 334 1808
Office Email
Durham Students' Union
Dunelm House

About Purple Radio

Purple Radio is Durham University's student radio station that broadcasts 24 hours a day during term time.
We provide daytime entertainment shows, speech shows, hourly daytime news bulletins and specialist music shows in the evening. Purple Radio now boasts a very comprehensive and diversified schedule with shows to suit all tastes from the best presenters Durham has to offer. Take a look at the schedule for this term to see what's on offer or listen now.

Station History


Purple Radio was previously known as Purple FM and later Purple 107. The station is believed to have launched in the 1990s and has been located variously within Dunelm House; in the College of St Hild and St Bede (1997–1999) and a small studio at Van Mildert College (1999–2002). Traditionally during this time the station aimed to run for two four week RSL FM broadcasts per academic year. The station initially broadcasted on frequencies around 105.4 FM, though later a frequency of 107 FM was retained. During the November 1999 broadcast pioneering use was made of outside broadcast equipment that utilised the University's internal telephone network to send transmissions from remote locations to the studio. During 2000 Purple FM was simulcast over the internet for the first time; however this service was only available from 7am to 11pm as the equipment required to run the service was sited in a student's bedroom. In the summer of 2002 the station moved into Dunelm House, the home of Durham Students Union. This move was made to the make the station more accessible and open to students from all parts of the university. The first broadcast to be made from the new studio was another four week FM broadcast in October of that year on the same frequency as previous licences. A further such FM broadcast followed in November to December 2003. Ironically the suite of rooms used by Purple Radio were the same originally used by the station prior to its move to Hild Bede college in the 1990s. The station re-branded itself as Purple Radio in late 2004 in order to launch a 24-hour internet service via its website; this decision was taken due to the increasing popularity of the internet as a broadcast medium for student radio, the very high costs of broadcasting on FM, and the infeasibility of broadcasting on AM in Durham. In addition the award of a local FM licence to the new Durham FM that was preparing to launch in 2005 made it difficult for the station to successfully apply for RSL licences. The first internet-based broadcast began on the first day of Epiphany term 2005, but was forced off air in late February after heavy snow storms leaked into the studio and damaged much of the station's equipment. After a studio re-build and a change of executive, the station was re-launched a year later on January 16, 2006 and successfully completed its longest period of continuous broadcasting on Friday 23 June. Since this time, Purple Radio has been broadcasting 24 hours a day during term time, except in exceptional circumstances.