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February 1976: Launch of University Radio Falmer



Various URF logos

This Valentine's Day, Monday February 14th, University Radio Falmer celebrates its 35th birthday.  The campus radio station was the brainchild of successive elected Union officers, including Lindsay Thomas and Keith Yaxley, who persuaded the Union to provide funding for Sussex to join the select few unions with a campus radio station.  The proposal was put to a General Meeting of the Students' Union a year earlier, giving the officers a mandate to release funds to build the studio, purchase transmitting equipment, and apply for a licence from the Home Office.

Minutes of UGM 1974/75

Unionews report of URF 2nd birthdayFor the first few years the station broadcast on low power medium wave only to the Park Houses, by means of an induction loop laid around the residences.  And by URF's 2nd birthday, Unionews could publish the news that Park Village residents could join URF's listeners!

Initially URF transmitted on 312 metres (945 kHz) but later moved to 999kHz and more recently new technology was introduced along with a third frequency: 1431 kHz. 

URF studioURF and its presenters have regularly won media awards, see, for example this Bulletin article from 1997 and another from 2009.  In 1999 Sussex hosted the conference of the Student Radio Association. 


The 25th anniversary — ten years ago this month — was marked with the grant of a short-term FM licence and a new logo for the station.  Now the student-run station is searching for another logo to take URF forward. 

Various URF logos