Radio Sonar is delighted to announce that the station has been awarded Restricted Service Licence (RSL) for Southampton Solent’s Freshers fortnight later this summer.
The licence, which will see Radio Sonar broadcast on 87.7 FM throughout the city of Southampton, will run from Saturday September 24th to Sunday October 9th.
It is the first time that the student run station will broadcast on the FM frequency, having won the ILoveSR Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Student Radio’ for two consecutive years.
“After much deliberation we decided to apply for the RSL licence as it was felt that the station had grown substantially enough in the last two years to make the move to the FM licence,” said Station Manager Tom Jackson.
“The RSL is going give us a great opportunity to showcase to the city of Southampton the talent and creative ability that can be found on Radio Sonar. I am extremely excited for the whole station.”
As well as broadcasting on 87.7 FM for Freshers fortnight, the station will broadcast live across the internet from www.radiosonar.co.uk throughout the 2011-12 academic year.
In addition to the awarding of an RSL Licence the station’s committee is also planning on hosting a series of Outside Broadcasts throughout Freshers Fortnight to increase the profile of student radio.
Fred Bradley, Chair of the SRA says “RSLs have long been a slightly more affordable way for Student Radio to gain further experience in radio, and offer their members the chance to be on FM/AM license, albeit for a short while.
An incredible amount of hard work is required to firstly put together the application and then impress their brand to a new or changed audience. Radio Sonar have in the last 2 years built new studios from scratch, rebranded, and since won many awards including ‘Outstanding Contribution’ at the I Love Student Radio Awards supported by Absolute Radio last April.
I wish the station all the best for their short term license and look forward to hearing them on 87.7FM in Southampton at the beginning of term. ”