York’s oldest radio station celebrates major achievement


Many people think the first local radio station in York was provided by the BBC almost 40 years ago, but there was a ‘new kid on the block’ long before that.

Today, URY, the student-run station at the University of York, which turns 54 this year, reached an important milestone.

Founded in 1968, URY was the first legal independent radio station in the UK.

URY is an open student society at York University.

He obtained a license to broadcast on a low-power FM frequency at York University for the next five years.

URY was the only student radio station to take part in Ofcom’s year-long trial for limited-coverage FM broadcasting, which took place last year.

Not only does the station entertain and inform students, but it provides the next generation of journalists and presenters with a great place to develop their skills. YorkMix often works with them on certain stories as well.

After the trial and another application process, the station has now received confirmation that its license will be extended until August 31, 2027.

Station manager William King said:

“Bringing URY to 88.3 FM was a milestone in the station’s history.

“Now being able to reach the York University community on FM for the next five years is fantastic for our members and our listeners.

“It shows that even in its 54th year, URY continues to grow. Thank you to everyone who helped us write applications, to the University Students’ Union, YUSU and Ofcom for their cooperation.


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