Lots of student radio stations supported the BBC’s Children in Need campaign last Friday, but we look at five stations who went above and beyond the call of conventional radio to raise money for a great cause. 

As you were gently nodding off after a night out last Thursday or Friday, student stations around the country were trying desperately to keep themselves awake as many attempted 24 hour (or longer!) broadcast marathons, doing silly tasks and generally having a lot of fun – all in order to raise money for Children in Need. Here we take a closer look at five student radio stations, as we see what they got up to. To see the photos, make sure to check out our ‘Student Radio Association Yearbook’.


Tequila Radio

Tequila Radio from the University of Glamorgan managed to raise over £300 – this was through a combination of bake sales (got to love a good cake) and dressing up their assistant manager in various costumes throughout the week including Jack Skellington, a smurf and Batman (see photos). Nice work!

OMG Radio

The friendly student station from Staffordshire University did their own version of Gangnam Style in front of the Students’ Union, as well as doing live performances of comedy favourites ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and ‘Would I Lie To You?’ on-air. OMG also did a bake sale (what is it with all these bake sales and not inviting me along?) and managed to raise over £500 for Children in Need – a great achievement guys!

Xpression FM

The Exeter-based radio station decided to put on an extra-long Big Broadcast to raise as much money for charity as possible, raising over £1000 for Children in Need in the process. Blimey. Presenters George Graham and Gareth Jones presented for 24 hours straight, featuring different host DJs every hour, live games, charity waxing (ouch…) auctions and live music. In the yearbook, you can see the two presenters having a ‘tender moment’ as they finish the broadcast. Bless.

The Cat Radio

The Cat Radio from the University of Chester did a 24 hour broadcast to raise money for charity, featuring five main presenters, Elspeth, Jess, Rich, Kat and Sian (also with help from Comedy Dave and Fred the Weatherman). The student radio station did Mario Kart races, soundclashes and Rich even ate a raw onion in order to do their bit for Children in Need. (I think I’d rather have cake…) All in all, they raised over a whopping £350 for charity, Lovely.

Cam FM

I don’t really know where to start with Cam FM. I was contacted by station manager, Ben, to say they were going to do a 76 hour broadcast for charity… which they managed to do! Although they’re currently getting Guiness to confirm, it looks like a new record is on the cards. Congratulations! Challenges throughout the show involved waxing (another theme outing itself here…), rowing in mankinis (yes, you read that right), more waxing, being visited by their local MP, Twitter battles and even more waxing. The mega broadcast raised over £2800 for Children in Need, which is amazing.

Student Radio even managed to come together during these big broadcasts, with Xpression, The Cat Radio and Cam FM linking up over Skype to share tips as to how to stay awake and complete their charity shows. Student radio collaboration. Great stuff!

Congratulations again to everyone who took part in these events, you did an awful lot of good for a really worthy cause.