Surge - Southampton University

Surge Radio

 Where is Surge?


Live from @union_soton, we are the University of Southampton's Surge Radio, broadcasting 24/7 at

Studio Email
Studio Phone
023 8059 1287
Studio Text
07547 006 005
Office Phone
023 8059 5855
Office Email
Southampton University Students' Union
University Road
SO17 1BJ

About Surge

Surge is the award-winning student radio station of the University of Southampton. Surge used to broadcast as Radio Glen and has been in existence for 38 years. The change of station name to SURGE was due to us taking on annual FM RSLs in association with the Students' Union. More recently we have lost the acronym ('Southampton University Radio from Glen Eyre') and simply refer to ourselves as Southampton University Radio Station, although we have retained the Surge call sign and branding. At Surge we have a policy of total inclusion. No matter what sort of specialist music you want to play you're more that welcome to undertake the basic training and have a slot on our schedule. If you're not too keen on presenting on-air, that's fine, as we have a massive range of other jobs on our various teams such as the news team and the music team.

We currently have a wide variety of shows ranging from talk and debate shows to specialist dance shows, and there is a lot of scope depending on where your interests lie. We can also air pre-recorded shows and we currently have a range of comedy sketch shows and radio plays in production

Station History


The Southampton University radio station is currently known a Surge, however this is only a recent development. Until Christmas 2000 the station was called Radio Glen. This was changed due to the increased involvement of the station with the rest of the university and not just the Glen Eyre halls of residence, where the AM transmitter was sited.   Henry Walmsley was Chief Engineer for Radio Glen a number of years ago and although he has since left, evidence of his hard work still remains all over the station. He built much of the equipment that is still used everyday by our DJs, although much of it has been heavily modified by subsequent station technicians. Even today Henry keeps in touch with the station, and is never far away when a member of our technical team have a question about how something works! In its previous incarnation as Radio Glen the station was legal for about 20 years and existed in some form even before then known as Radio Heffalump. The station used to be broadcast by a series of antenna in every block in Glen connected by bits of coaxial cable which were draped all over the place, this is know an an induction loop system, and is now used by very limited number of radio stations. The station originally broadcast from a studio in F block in Glen, and on the photos page, there are a selection of shots showing this studio. In 1998 everything moved to a new specially designed room in New Terrace which provided us with a good technical cupboard and a room to use as an office. In 2004 Surge became a Union department of the University of Southampton's Student's Union.