BURST - Bristol Univeristy

Burst Radio

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Bristol University's 24/7 student radio station and the definitive sound of Bristol's students ♫ ♪

Studio Email
Studio Phone
0117 954 5777
Studio Text
07512 105 666
Office Phone
0117 954 5857
Office Email
University of Bristol Students' Union
Queens Road



Bristol University Radio Station (BURST) is the self-funded radio station run by students of the University of Bristol, England. Its studios are located within the University of Bristol Union building, and it broadcasts online, on the Bristol Portal and in cafes throughout campus. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day and is available on android and iPhone.

Station History


In 1995, students from Bristol University and the University of the West of England (UWE) co-operated to run Fresh FM. After Fresh FM ceased to exist, BURST FM was conceived by Bristol University students in 1997. When sufficient funds had been raised, a one month licence to broadcast on 106.6 FM was awarded for March 1998. Housed in St Paul's Church in Clifton. However, the unavailability of further FM licences due to the launch of a new full time station (The Eagle, now renamed Star) prevented further broadcasts. In early 2000 speakers were installed within the Union building, and broadcasts mounted for during Fresh (Bristol University's freshers' week) 2000. At the same time, a grant from the Alumni foundation and fundraising through advertising and sponsorship allowed BURST to build new studios inside the Union and stream programming onto the internet around campus. While all this was happening an application was made for a further FM licence for Autumn 2000, the subsequent award of this meant that BURST was back on 106.6 FM with a Restricted Service Licence. An application was made for another one-month licence in Summer 2001. This licence was also awarded, as well as a subsequent one in November 2001. In 2003, BURST began broadcasting via the internet permanently. In 2005, a move was made to start broadcasting on AM. After preparation, broadcasting on 1134 AM began for the first time in October 2007, with a transmitter in Stoke Bishop. The start of AM broadcast coincided with new management and re-branding of the station. BURST went from an orange/ blue logo to a new orange/red/white colour scheme. This has now been replaced. In September 7, the station made moved to update its studios and computer systems in advance of the new academic year and in preparation for the launch on AM. Under the flag of Project Excalibur, the on-air studio was refurbished and new IT equipment was installed. This culminated in a live broadcast with BBC 6 music. Over Christmas 2007, the technical team revamped BURST's production studio, bringing it fully up to date with advances in technology since the station was founded, and in line with the changes in the next door on-air studio. In 2008, the team launched the first ever student radio soap, The Arches, in collaboration with the student newspaper. A new union show was also launched. This was however cut short after a multiple computer meltdown in 2008 left BURST with no working equipment or software. The 2009/2010 academic year brought with it various studio-related technical problems, meaning that BURST Radio did not start airing again until January 2010.