Insanity Radio - SURHUL
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About Insanity Radio
Insanity Radio is a community FM station based at Royal Holloway, University of London. Starting out as a Radio Society back in 1997 it soon managed to establish a permanent studio and operate on 1287AM. In March 2012 Insanity moved onto 103.2FM and now serves not just the students of Royal Holloway but the entire local community. Covering towns such as Windsor, Chertsey and Staines, Insanity Radio now offers opportunities for both young and old who want to get involved with radio broadcasting as well as the students of Royal Holloway. Make sure to tune in to hear the latest music from around the world and our little corner of Surrey!
The station began as the Radio Society in Spring 1997, after Ed Harry had sent four delegates (Richard Clarke, Ian Joliet, Simon Delany and Karen Williams) to the annual Student Radio Conference in Edinburgh. Insanity was formed a year later, taking its name loosely from the fact that Royal Holloway's founder Thomas Holloway also opened the Holloway Sanatorium, a hospital for the treatment of the mentally ill, a short distance away. It started broadcasting under Restricted Service Licences in 1998, meaning that these broadcasts could only be for 28 days at a time, twice a year, and was forced to operate from a studio in Royal Holloway’s historic Founders building with a satellite dish positioned out of ground view on to the building’s roof. However, in 1999 the station was forced to move out of the Founders' Building and find a new home. Matt Deegan and Richard Clarke started making lists of rooms in the University that they felt were acceptable to base the radio station. All these ideas were dismissed, except for a seminar room in the Queens Annexe. After getting the budget cleared by the Students' Union it was constructed into a broadcasting studio, a meeting room and a production studio, which still operates to the present day. Late in September 2000 the station was granted a low power AM licence (LPAM) which permitted continuous broadcast all year round on 1287 kHz AM frequency. This license is still held by the station. Joe Friel served as Station Manager from 2007 to 2008 and was instrumental in applying for a Community Radio licence, which was awarded by radio regulator Ofcom to the station in early 2010. This license allows Insanity Radio to broadcast on an FM frequency at an increased power of 25 watts. The 103.2 MHz frequency was allocated by Ofcom in late 2011 and installation and testing of the transmission system begun in February 2012 for a March 2012 launch of the new FM service. As part of a week of events to celebrate Insanity Radio's new status as a community radio station, the FM transmitter was officially switched on at midnight on March 8, 2012 as part of a space-themed ‘launch’ event. The current Station Manager is Philip Nutter and the Assistant Manager is Angus Wyatt.