Junction 11 - Reading University


 Where is Junction 11?


Studio Email
Studio Phone
0118 378 4631
Studio Text
07766 40 41 42 (start with j11)
Office Phone
Office Email
University of Reading
PO Box 230

About Junction 11

Junction11 is Reading University's independent Radio Station. The station is run by students for students and is dedicated to the University of Reading student community, broadcasting the latest news in and around campus, whilst playing your favourite tunes. www.junction11radio.co.uk

Station History


Junction11 was created in the 1997-1998 academic year at the University of Reading and was the brainchild of Fransisco O Doregos. The station was named after the nearby M4 interchange into Reading. Junction11 originally operated out of two rooms at the Students' Union Bulmershe Campus office. It was initially broadcast by induction loop to Mojo's Bar and Café Mondial on the separate, but nearby Whiteknights Campus. Ironically broadcasting was later extended to Breeze Bar (then 'Kata Kiu' or 'Legends')., which was next door to the old studio. In 2000 permission was granted to install an AM transmitter on the Whiteknights Campus in the RUSU car park. 1287AM transmissions went live on Monday 21st May 2001. In 2002, the entire station was moved to the old NUS Southeast Area office in the Students' Union building on Whiteknights Campus, allowing students to take part without the 30 minute walk to Bulmershe Campus. Programme hours were extended from 12pm-12am to 9am-1am. Significant spending on IT equipment in 2002/2003 led to online streaming, and pioneering work was made to make previous shows available online. This development is particularly significant to this date, as Junction11 now broadcasts solely online. Later that year, in October, the station won two Student Radio Awards (SRA) - 'Best Male' for Joff Hopkins, and 'Technical Innovation' for the IT Team headed up by Oliver Stirling. In 2004, Junction11 brought their overnight sustaining service in-house, taking over from national network SBN. 'Jukebox Junction' played tracks from the Junction11 Playlist and, since 2006, accepted requests via SMS text message. After the 2007 Easter Break, Junction11 settled in its new home in the RUSU building. The studio was incorporated into the 'Media Office' section of the new 'Hub' building. The new location bought Junction11 to the heart of activity within the students union. At the start of the 2007 academic year, the decision was taken by the Junction11 exec to abandon the use of the existing AM transmitter due to a technical issue and licensing costs. It was decided that Junction11 would broadcast solely online to guarantee listeners a high broadcast quality. In 2008, Junction11 held its tenth anniversary celebrations to commemorate ten years of broadcasting. The event was held in a packed Café Mondial with local live band Ok Tokyo playing for the party goers. DJ's from past and present also entertained all those attending including former stations managers and creator Fransisco O Doregos. The 2008 academic year will mark an iconic eleven years for Junction11. To mark the occasion the station will see the arrival of a new website, new equipment and new software to help improve the overall quality of the stations broadcast output. The station will also resume regular play throughout the union building during the flagship shows Monday to Friday, between 2pm-4pm.