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.
Now URY, the University of York student run station, which is 54 years old this year, has achieved a major milestone.
Founded in 1968, URY was the first legal independent radio station in the United Kingdom.
URY is a student society open to all at the University of York.
It has been awarded a licence to broadcast on a low powered FM frequency to the University of York for the next five years.
URY was the only student radio station to take part in Ofcom’s one year trial for limited coverage FM broadcasting, which took place over the last year.
Not only does the station entertain and inform the students, it offers a great place for the next generation of journalists and presenters to develop their skills. YorkMix often works with them on certain stories too.
Following the trial, and another application process, the station has now received confirmation its licence will be extended until 31 August 2027.
Station Manager William King said:
“Getting URY onto 88.3 FM was a real milestone in the station’s history.
“Now, being able to reach the University of York community on FM for the next five years is fantastic for our members and listeners alike.
“This shows that even in its 54th year, URY continues to develop. Thank you to everybody who’s helped us draft applications, the University’s Students’ Union, YUSU, and Ofcom for their cooperation.”