Rare FM - University College London


 Where is Rare FM?


Rare FM - University College London's Student Radio Station. Your Soundtrack to London!

Studio Email
Studio Text
Text RARE then your message to 60300
Office Email
Rare FM
25 Gordon Street

About Rare FM

Rare FM has just celebrated its 10th Birthday.What we lack in money we make up in style and talent.Rare FM boasts one of the most packed Student Radio Schedules in the country with over 100 DJs presenting shows in 2008/2009. We have broadcast on 88.7 FM for a couple of weeks at a time over the years in central London, but low funding means this isn't always possible.Due to the many DJs, there are many tastes and a lot of different music - You are bound to find something you like.

Station History


September 28th - October 26th 1998 RSL (Restricted Service Licence)
Rare FM broadcasts on 87.7 for 28 days.
Either it, or another London radio station with the same name, gets mentioned in a letter written to the now defunct Melody Maker.
It is the first radio station to have played a Coldplay track.

October 17 - November 13 1999 RSL
Rare FM broadcasts on 87.7 for 28 days.

The station wins UCL Union Society of the Year.
Rare launches internet broadcasting as RSLs have been temporarily suspended due to the launch of a new commerical station.

2002 - 2003
Rare FM broadcasts on shared license with Shalom FM, Rare takes the weekends.

February 2004 RSL
Rare FM broadcasts on 87.7 for the entire month. 

September 2004 - June 2005
Thanks to Richard Jacob's revamping of the internet streaming, Rare FM broadcasts near continuously online, with over forty hours of programming a week during the autumn and spring terms. Fundraising for an RSL is unsuccessful. 

September 2005
Rare FM is featured in both The Independent and the Time Out Student Guide
23rd of September to the 2nd of October 2005
Rare FM broadcasts on 87.7 for ten days.

2005 - 2006
i like it rare launched at Asylum, Soho. Bjork turns up but doesn't stay very long. Over the year the club night moves to Thirst (Soho) and finally the Salmon & Compass (Angel).
Rare FM is named UCLU Arts Society of the Year.
FM broadcast in March 2008 on 87.7 FM for 2 weeksRare FM celebrates its 10th Birthday!New studio space allocated within the Union building and lots of new equipment purchased.Studio wall is painted with a mental design, but extremely eye catching!

Station Alumni of Note
Karyn Miller - Head of Spoken Word 1999-2000 went on to be a successful journalist at Vogue and the Mail on Sunday.
Alex Zane - DJ in 1999-2000 (with weekly show "It's Alex Zane" went on to be a presenter for XFM and MTV.
Nick Godwin - DJ in 2000-2001 is working as a DJ on London Live.