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1449AM URB
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Broadcast area University of Bath - Local AM & Online (URB Online)
Frequency 1449 KHz (Univ. of Bath)
Internet (Rest of World)
First air date 1973
Format Contemporary Student
Owner Bath University Students' Union
Website URB Online

URB is the student radio station for the University of Bath, England - It is also currently the only radio station broadcasting from Studios in Bath itself. Bath FM is currently co-located with Brunel FM in Swindon & Heart FM Bath has always been broadcast from their Bristol Studios in Passage Street.



URB (University Radio Bath), previously URB 963, or currently 1449AM URB launched on May 16, 1973 and is a student-run radio station at the University of Bath. It was launched by Annie Nightingale & Pete Murray from Radio 1.

In 1987 three URB presenters (Graham Hutkins, Ben Ramsden & Andrew Wiseman) broadcast a special 24-hour show, raising money for local charities. In March 2008 presenters broadcast 60 hours of continuous live shows to raise money for the charity Hearing Aid.

The station used to be carried by induction loops which were placed strategically around campus and reached all of the campus residences until about 1995, when renovations to the road by Westwood severed the wires leading to the Westwood Block. This meant that URB could only broadcast to Eastwood and Norwood. On 8 February 2001 at 14:49 1449AM URB launched live from the Plug Bar on campus.

Neil Fox - better known as Dr Fox - and Richard Evans of Radio 1 Newsbeat both started their careers at URB.

In March 2008 URB Hosted the National Student Radio Conference on behalf of the Student Radio Association the conference between the 17th and 19th of March featured talks from a variety of speakers from the world of radio including Radio 1's Greg James.

Information from URB Online - official website

URB Today

The URB Studio - Norwood House, University of Bath

The station originally broadcast from a cupboard in the Electrical Engineering Department for a year, before moving to their current location in Norwood House. There are three studios in the Norwood complex; Studio 1 - the main broadcast studio, Studio 2 - a DJ studio, and finally Studio 3 - a production studio and news room.

The station broadcasts live shows from 9AM in the morning into the night, with shows ranging from daytime entertainment shows to specialist music. When there's not a live presenter in the studio, an interactive "non-stop" service fills in the gaps. URB also informs the campus with hourly news bulletins and “Campus Minute”; a brief run-down of local and student-related news

Student Radio Awards

2002 - Station Manager Ben Vane won Best Male Presenter, URB came second in the Best Marketing category, and URB also came third in Best Station.

2003 the comedy Because Fish Are Funny won second place for Best Speech Based Non-Factual category.

2004 Gareth Gwynn won Gold for the Best Speech-Based Non-Factual for his one-off comedy show Component Parts.

2005 - URB received six nominations (the most nominations they'd received so far) including Student Station of the Year; which they failed to win. They won two silver awards for Station Sound and Best Male Presenter (Chris Day) and one bronze award for Best Entertainment Programming (Paul Kiernan and David Boddington).

2006 - Best Marketing & Branding - judge Mark Goodier commented "there was something about the winning entry [URB] that really stood out."

2007 - Best Marketing & Branding for the second consecutive time. The judges described this year's winning entry as "slick and professional", and "an example of how an already successful station can effectively build upon its own past achievements. An effective written submission detailed how the various initiatives had been conceived and executed, and the accompanying audio was well-produced and gave a clear sense of the station's mission - to serve its audience".

2008 - Best Marketing & Branding Bronze award, and Best Technical Achievement Bronze award for URB non-stop: the continuous-play computer system used during non-personal playout.

2009 - Best Marketing & Branding Bronze award (along with 4 other nominations; Best station, Best Entertainment Programming, Best Live Event or Outside Broadcast and Best Journalistic Programming)

U Talk Marketing, 2007 Marketing Entry, http://www.utalkmarketing.com/Pages/Article.aspx?ArticleID=3585&Title=URB_1149_am_winning_marketing_campaign, retrieved 2007-11-20  

Student Radio Association, Awards Website, http://www.studentradio.org.uk/awards, retrieved 2009-12-07  


URB has sister stations at other universities in the area:

Burst Radio - University of Bristol
Xpress Radio - Cardiff University

Current Committee

The 2009/10 Committee is:

  • Station Manager: Lewis Brimblecombe
  • Programme Controller: Cedric Sureshkumar
  • Chief Engineer: Stephen Briscoe
  • Head of Roadshow: Iain MacCormick
  • Head of Online Media: Adam Milne-Smith
  • Head of Station Sound: Liam Matthews
  • Head of Music: Sam Hurley
  • Lead Producer: Peter Farrar
  • Head of IT: Tom Gregory
  • Head of Training: Lewis Taylor
  • Head of Advertising & Marketing: Holly Jay-Szoke
  • Treasurer: Holly Peters

Previous Committees


  • Station Manager: Tim Ayres
  • Programme Controller: Steve Ash
  • Chief Engineer: James Berry
  • Head of Roadshow: David Board
  • Head of Online Media: Peter Walker
  • Head of Production: Steve Briscoe
  • Head of Music: Lorna Greenwood
  • Head of IT: Tom Gregory
  • Head of Training: Simon Budden
  • Head of Catering: Craig Stranger
  • Head of Advertising & Marketing: Katie Brown
  • Treasurer: Cedric Sureshkumar


  • Station Manager: Tim Dye
  • Program Controller: Tim Ayres
  • Chief Engineer / Head of IT: Craig Stranger & Mark Farrington
  • Head of Production: David Board
  • Head of Roadshow: Oliver Whittall
  • Head of Music: Oliver Billenness


  • Station Manager: Mark Farrington
  • Program Controller: Dani Tynan
  • Chief Engineer / Head of IT: Simon Field & William Larque
  • Head of Production: David Board
  • Head of Roadshow: Oliver Whittall & Oliver King
  • Head of Music: Stuart Johnson


  • Station Manager: Seb Mullins
  • Program Controller: Colin Chesterman
  • Chief Engineer: Simon Field
  • Head of Production: Mark Farrington
  • Head of Music: Jenny Marsh


  • Station Manager: Chris Day
  • Program Controller: Chris Lucas
  • Chief Engineer: Tom Natt
  • Head of Production: David Houghton
  • Head of Music: Jenny Marsh


  • Station Manager: James Palmer
  • Program Controller: Chris Day
  • Chief Engineer: Mark Chappell
  • Head of Music: Joe Fyrth
  • Head of Advertising: Tom Natt
  • Head of Marketing: Gareth Gwynn


  • Station Manager/PC: David Mayo
  • Head of Production: Ben Vane
  • Chief Engineer: Cliff Davey
  • Head of Music: David Houghton
  • Head of Marketing: James Palmer
  • Head of Training: Chris Day
  • Head of Online: Thierry Draper


  • Station Manager: Ben Vane
  • Programme Controller: Rishi Jassal
  • Head of Online: David Mayo


  • Station Manager: Andy Savin
  • Programme Controller: David Mayo


  • Station Manager: Pete Srodzinski
  • Deputy Station Manager: Cliff Davey

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