Source Radio

Infobox Radio station
name = Source Radio

city = Coventry, England
area = Coventry University
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slogan = It's All About The Music
frequency = 1431 kHzcite web |url=|title=UK Radio Licensees - Long Term RSLs |publisher=Ofcom|accessdate=2007-12-22]
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format = Hot CHR
power = 1 watt
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class = LPAMcite web|url=|title=LPAM - Low Power AM|publisher=DX Radio|accessdate=2007-12-06]
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former_callsigns = Phoenix Radio, Source FM
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owner = Coventry University Students' Union
licensee = Coventry University Students' Union
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Source Radio is a radio station operating from Coventry, England. It is a division of the Coventry University Students' Unioncite web |url= |title=Coventry University's Sport and Societies |accessdate=2007-12-22 |format=HTML |work=Coventry University Students Union ] , and broadcasts to the Campus and surrounding area on 1431AM. It has in the past operated for short periods on FM, but currently offers a near CD-quality version of the output via the Internet.cite web |url= |title=Source Radio Online Streaming |accessdate=2007-12-22]

Known as "Source FM" from 2001 to 2005cite web |url= |title=Source Radio's "Legacy" Site About Page |accessdate=2007-12-22] , and "Phoenix Radio"cite web |url= |title=OnCampusUK - Source Radio |accessdate=2007-12-22] before that, the station changed its name as part of a rebrand to eliminate confusion over the fact that it does not broadcast on FM for the majority of the year, and was moving to a permanent AM license.

The station opened on Monday January 9 2006 at 8am with "Dan & James at Breakfast", the station's morning-show of that era.


The station provides a unique blend of music to the city, uncatered for by the other stations in Coventry. Current "youth" favourites and upfront music are complemented by the best tracks of the past four years, and the biggest songs of the 1990s. The breaking of new acts forms an important part of the music policy.

Notable alumni

The station has many talented presenters, a number of whom have gone on to enjoy success in the professional arena.

Its alumni includes the likes of Nick Arkell (Trafficlink), Roopa Rajani (BBC Radio Leeds and BBC television), Chris Nash, who regularly freelances throughout the CN Group's Touch Radio network, ex-Virgin Radio presenter Kelly-Anne Smith, [cite news|title=Phoenix rises from the flames |url=|work=Coventry Evening Telegraph|date=2001-03-02|accessdate=2007-12-22] James Martin who has worked at a number of stations but is now heard throughout the Lincs FM Group, (namely Oak FM and Rutland Radio), Bill Bennett (who went on to work at BBC Somerset until late 2007), and Dan Doubleday, who left radio to pursue a career at Alton Towers. Some of the other stations they have collectively worked for include BBC Coventry & Warwickshire, as well as the now-defunct stations Kix 96.2 FM, Passion 107.9, Centre FM, The Bear, Oak 107 FM and Fosseway Radio.

Current Presenters

The station currently has many talented presenters keeping the airways full of great music and talented talking. The present-day lineup can be seen at The station members meet weekly on Tuesdays at 6pm in The Junction of CUSU's Priory Street building, and remains open to any new members who are at the University.

Production values

Source Radio's current jingle package was produced by ex-Station Manager Chris Nash, and the station voices are the late Dave Barker (Mercury FM, KM-FM, 107.1 Rugby FM) and Anna Harding (107.1 Rugby FM, Fly FM)

Becoming Source Radio and going to AM

The rebrand came about as the station rarely broadcast on FM, and with the (later-fulfilled) possibility of an AM license on the way it was felt it was time to strengthen the brand.

Around the same time the CN Group controversially closed down its youth station in the city, Kix 96.2,cite web |url= |title=Ofcom statement about Kix 96's change of format |accessdate=2007-12-22] and flipped it into an adult contemporary station, Touch FM,cite web |url= |title=Kix 96.2 renamed on Ofcom |accessdate=2007-12-22] which made it part of a network of six stations in the Midlands - however both Source Radio, and indeed many of Kix's competitors, felt that the audience simply wasn't there for an adult-contemporary station; unusually, Radio 1 is the number one station in the city (in most areas of the UK, this accolade goes to Radio 2.)

The new-sounding Source Radio intended to remedy this, as due to the loss of Kix 96.2, the replacing Touch FM did not offer a particularly strong crossover musically with Source Radio (Touch targeting the over-30s, Source targeting those under.) As a result, its placing in the market is far more distinctive.

The station launched to the city on 1431AM on Monday, March 5 2007cite web |url= |title=Source Radio AM Launch in Coventry University's FOCUS newsletter |accessdate=2007-12-22] [cite news |author=Lucy Lynch |title=Student radio will reach more ears |url= |work=Coventry Evening Telegraph |date=2007-03-07|accessdate=2007-12-22] under the management of Kat Page, with a special programme presented live from the Student's Union nightclub, FiftyFour.


The station has one studio, with a 12-channel Soundcraft sound desk. The playout system has historically been BC Software's [ Sound Box] , with music scheduled by RCS Selector & Linker. From September 2008 the station will be using P-Squared's Myriad playout system.

In addition to this, the DJ can play music from 2 CD decks, 2 turntables or a PC, as well as any device they may choose to connect via 3.5 mm cable input such as an iPod.

Source Radio actively develops bespoke software for its own use, releasing some as opensource.cite web |url= |title=Source Radio Development |accessdate=2008-01-04]

Flirt! and Source Radio

Students Unions across the country participate in a national event called "Flirt!", a franchise for an evening entertainment eventcite web |url= |title=Flirt! Official Site |accessdate=2007-12-22] . CUSU became the first union in the country to have its radio station simulcast the event live on its radio station throughout the 2004-5 academic year.

Achievements of note

*For the first time ever, September 2006's Fresher's week saw Source Radio's entire daytime broadcasting come live from the Fresher's Fayre.
*Source Radio now provide indepth coverage of the university's Varsity Day, with 2006 being a major milestone in which 12 hours of programming was given over to covering the sporting events of Coventry University as they took on local rivals Warwick University.
*In January 2005, the then Source FM, were recognised with an honorary Sony Award for their participation in Tsunami Relief radio telethon UK Radio Aid. [cite news |title=Student radio stations support tsunami appeal day |url= |work=The Rundown |date=2005-01-14 |archiveurl= |archivedate=2005-02-18 |accessdate=2007-12-23] [cite web|url= |title=Radiowaves News |date=January 2005 |accessdate=2007-12-23] [cite web |url= |title=The Special Award |publisher=Sony Radio Academy Awards |year=2005 |accessdate=2007-12-23]
*On the back of Radio Aid, Source FM (as was!) helped out a team doing a Tsunami Relief 24-hour sponsored stay-awake by doing a "24 Hour Takeover." During this unprecedented 24 hours of live broadcasting (including 6 hours live from the university's nightclub) students were encouraged to donate, in return they could have absoloutely anything played. Other highlights included a special programme from James Martin and Bill Bennett, the Wind Up Call Masterclass, broadcast between 2am and 4am. James had been at Flirt! in the Student's Union, which was broadcast live as part of the takeover. Upon returning to the studio James was evidently not sober, meanwhile Bill managed to drag down the then Kix 96.2 presenter (and now Nuts TV frontman) OJ Borg for a live interview - during which time they wound up a large number of shopping centres and radio stations in the United States! A gallery of photos from the event cite web |url= |title=24 Hour Takeover Photo Gallery |accessdate=2008-06-05] is available online.


External links

*cite web |url= |title=Article about the 1431AM launch |accessdate=2007-12-22
* [ Official site]
* [ Coventry University's Student Union Source Radio mini-site]

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