Welcome to URY!

Who is URY?

University Radio York (URY) is the student radio station for the University of York, broadcasting 24 hours a day during term time on 1350AM and 88.3FM across campus, and worldwide via this website.

The station is run by students for students, meaning the people behind the station understand what the listenership want to hear.

Our presenters cover a wide range of content. This includes a mixture of different genres and shows, which are tailor-made to different demographics. Our aim to inform and entertain the students of the University of York.

Where is URY?

URY's studios lie at the very heart of the campus in our own building at Vanbrugh College.

But URY is not confined to the four walls of the station, we are always around the campus at major University and Student Union events, whether we're covering live music, recruiting new Freshers or reporting on major news events.

Find us on a map!

Our Teams

Behind the scenes, the main activities involved in running the station are broken down in teams, which contain officers who are responsible for specific areas of station activity.

URY is proud to have a large active membership, and encourages people to get involved, no matter what they want to do or how much time they can commit.

Find out more about our teams!

How To Listen?

There are many ways you can listen to URY, whether you’re a Uni of York student, friends and family of our presenters, or you’re just interested in what our student radio has to offer.

On Air

AM Radio

We are of course a legal radio station and we broadcast on AM radio all across campus on 1350KHz Medium Wave.

So what are you waiting for? Ask your parents if you can have their old boom box, and get it tuned into URY like it’s 1989.

FM Radio

We're also broadcasting across campus on 88.3MHz FM.

Did your parents get rid of the boom box at a car boot sale? Pick us up on that radio you got yourself because you're at uni and you're an "adult" now.

In Your Ears

URY can occasionally be heard out and about on campus, we regularly attend campus events such as move-in days, Freshers’ Fairs, and Elections Result Night! If you hear us… come along and say hi!

Online

Left your boom box at home? Don’t worry we are online too.

URY Website

You can listen to us live through radioplayer (recommended), or via one of our streams:

Smart Speakers

We are also on TuneIn which means you can listen to us via most smart speakers, simply say “Play University Radio York”.

iTunes Internet Radio

We are available on iTunes Radio:
Internet Radio -> College/University -> ((URY)) - University Radio York

On Tap

URY On Tap - Refreshing content when you need it the most.

At URY we understand that you have very busy lives and can’t always tune into your favourite show live, that’s why the majority of our shows are automatically uploaded to Mixcloud, simply find the show on our schedule and listen back. Our schedule.

Believe it or not but radio is also a visual medium, check out our YouTube content to see all of our latest sessions and interviews. Our YouTube content.

If all of that wasn’t enough for you, we still produce the occasional podcast too! View all podcasts!

Our History

URY has a rich history of pioneering broadcasting, commencing under a test licence as Radio Heslington in 1967, becoming Radio York in 1968 and culminating in 1969 as the first fully-licensed legal independent radio station in the UK with an inaugural broadcast by John Peel.

Over the years, we have been fortunate enough to receive numerous awards, including BBC Radio 1 Student Station of the Year in 2005, and many awards from the Student Radio Association.

At URY we cover a large range of campus events including Student Union Elections, but we also host our own charity events, such as the 40-hour broadcast in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support back in March 2013, where we raised over £1,800. In June 2016, we went a step further and hosted URY’s longest ever show “URY 101”, live from Greg’s Place for 101 hours, all in aid of Yorkshire Cancer Research raising a massive £1,700.

We pride ourselves at URY for running all the technical aspects of the radio station ourselves. In summer 2015, the internal audio routing was completely overhauled and converted to audio over IP by the engineering team in a project known as “Beat the Buzz”.

In 2018 we were awarded a grant by the University of York of £40,000 to upgrade our studios and upgrade them we did. Brand new audio equipment, a total interior re-design, and fancy red/blue colour schemes to match, the 40K project, completed Christmas 2019 and fronted by some of URY's most dedicated members, allowed us to produce highly polished material while also giving the broader community in the University a place to create their own audio content.

Over the decades we've enjoyed ourselves doing all manner of ridiculous things on and off-air. We pride ourselves on our innovative approach to radio that you will struggle to find in the industry. Luckily these ideas are recognised by industry professionals by a plethora of awards. In 2020, nearly 15 years since our last win for gold in the category - we won the gold award for Best Student Radio Station in the country at the Student Radio Awards. The judges praised the attention we gave to our audience and the novel ideas we pushed to the forefront of our content.

In 2021, we were given a license to broadcast on FM at the same time as AM, getting us onto both 1350AM and 88.3FM.

Our Awards

We are really pleased with everything we have achieved at URY, and it is really great to be recognised for this.

2020

  • Gold Best Student Radio Station 2020
  • Gold Best Student Chart Show (URY's Entry)
  • Gold Best Technical Achievement (WebStudio Remote Broadcasting)
  • Silver Best Music Presenters (Alex West and Numi Gildert)
  • Silver Best Technical Achievement (Dearie-Me and Silencio Dead Air Detection)
  • Silver Best Newcomer (Marks Polakovs)
  • Bronze Best Journalistic Programming (Candidate Interview Night)

2019

2018

  • Gold Multiplatform Initiative (URSpy)
  • Gold Best Technical Achievement (URSpy)
  • Silver Kevin Greening Award (URSpy)
  • Silver Best Male (Joel Mitchell)

2017

2016

  • Gold Best Technical Achievement (Beat the Buzz)
  • Bronze Best Station Branding
  • Bronze Kevin Greening Award (URY: Biscuit News)

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • Silver Best Journalistic Programming (York 90)
  • Silver Best Female Presenter (Rachael Cole)

2009

2008

2005

  • Best Station

1987

  • Best News Programme for the 1987 General Election - National Association of Student Broadcasting/BBC Radio 1