GU2 from the University of Surrey celebrate their 40th Birthday this week with new equipment and an extended after-hours schedule in an exciting station relaunch.
At the end of the last academic year, Station Manager James Bales and assistant station manager Sarah Cooper decided that something should be done to mark the 40 years since Surrey’s first student radio station began broadcasting. They decided that a new digital desk would be a great way to do this and would also help to further modernise the station.
With help from the university’s alumni fund and thanks to the advice of GU2’s Head of Technical James Hall, it was decided that the system should also be updated and they are now using Zetta.
Over the summer, the GU2 studio underwent a big refurbishment. The overhaul has involved a lot of work, particularly from the above mentioned members of GU2, but many others have also been involved with the improvements.
Current station manager Andy Smith described some of the effects that the new system has already begun to have on GU2: ‘Both new and continuing members of GU2 have been motivated to produce better radio and it’s great to see GU2 continuing to move forward’.
Meanwhile GU2’s playlists have also been updated, thanks to Head of Music Adam Read, to ensure that the music GU2 is playing is as up to scratch as the station’s new equipment.
This week sees the conclusion of GU2’s official ‘Launch’, which not only involved the unveiling of the new desk but also featured various other exciting events, including a competition in conjunction with Aer Lingus. A host of new shows have also been added to the schedule this week, with shows between 19:00 and 01:00 each night, based around a different genre of music.
From all of us at the SRA, we’d like to wish GU2 a Happy 40th Birthday and we hope everything goes well this week. And remember, you’re only as old as you feel. 40 is the new 30 after all.