is an award winning campus radio station for the University of Exeter
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. Formerly known as URE (University Radio Exeter)
, the station has been broadcasting since 1976 and is entirely run by students from the university.
Initiated by post-graduates, University Radio Exeter began broadcasting from Devonshire House
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on low power AM
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. Hours of broadcast were originally 5pm until 10pm with BBC Radio One carrying as a sustaining service. In the late 1990s it was deemed that, due to remote location, URE was allowed to use a low-power FM
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system. URE also became part of the Student Broadcast Network
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. The station was renamed "Xpression FM 87.7" at the start of 2001.
University Radio Exeter was founded in 1976, under the stairs of Devonshire House on the campus of the University of Exeter. At that time, of course, the only means of broadcasting was very low power, using induction loop aerials to broadcast to Halls of residence. Initially the transmitter was installed in the studio. This meant feeding a coaxial cable, carrying the RF signal, just below ground level from Devonshire House to Lafrowda halls of residence. This probably only covered 500 people maximum but seemed to work adequately for around 6 months, until 6 months of gardeners' spade abuse had reduced the transmitter cable to shreds. A rethink resulted in the transmitters being moved to the halls of residence, with the feed from the studio to the halls using cables leased from British Telecom.
In the late 1990s the rules were changed and certain parts of the country were permitted to use a low-power FM system. As an indirect result of joining the Student Broadcast Network (SBN), money became available to convert to low-power FM. Thus, at the start of 2001, the posters for "URE 963" were taken down, and replaced with brand spanking new ones, emblazoned with the logo "Xpression FM 87.7".
At the 2011 Student Radio Awards
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, Xpression FM won the gold award for Best Student Radio Chart Show.
Xpression FM News
Xpression FM has its very own in-house news team. They produce student-focused news in the daily bulletins which are broadcast 10am-6pm, 7 days a week on the station. Fortnightly they have their specialist news show 'The Scoop' expanding on stories covered in the bulletins, as well as featuring exclusive interviews. The Xpression FM news team have had many successful broadcast journalists as part of their team. These include the BBC's Ruth Lovell and Dan O'Brien.
Xpression broadcasts live from Devonshire House utilising three studios for simultaneous presentation, production and training. In early 2009 the station stopped using XFM
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as an overnight sustaining service and now broadcasts from the Exeter studio 24 hours a day.
The studio is link to two transmitters (situated on top of Lafrowda and Moberley) using a band 1 radio link. The station can be heard via a webcast
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(provided by Xmedia Online) and through iTunes
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| Position || Member(s)
| Station Manager
|| Olli 'Little' Whittle
| Programmes Controller
|| Lindsey Harris
| Studio Administrator
|| Hannah Law
| Heads of Music
|| Jack D'Arcy & Georgie Smith
| Heads of Events
|| Jack Franklin & Charlie Wheeler
| Head of News
|| Robin Chu
| Heads of Production
|| Sam Hollis-Pack & Chris Morris
| Head of Marketing
|| Gemma Astbury
| Training Manager
|| Leonie Thomas
| Head of Scripted
|| Vicky Galvin
The redevelopment of Devonshire House led to a studio move for Xpression FM. Instead of broadcasting from underneath Devonshire House the studios are situated at the back of the building. The new studios include two live-to-air studios, a third (larger) studio for recording live sessions and group projects, a newsroom, a technology hub and a CD wall.
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frontman Thom Yorke
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, is one of many famous alumni of URE and Xpression, a list that also includes the BBC's Jon Kay, James Pearce, Matthew Sydney and motorsport presenter Ted Kravitz
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