It’s already been an incredibly exciting academic year for the ever-prosperous Newcastle Student Radio (NSR) with record interest, more diverse shows than ever, some impeccable live coverage and a return to the SU speakers! This year also marks the radio station’s 20th birthday and this week all your favourite presenters are coming together for six days of anniversary celebrations.
Station Manager, Meg Long, is heading up the week’s events and spoke to The Courier about how much this week means to the station:
“It's so brilliant to have such a full week of celebrations to celebrate 20 years as a station.
“The station has so much history and, as I’ve realised talking to current members and alumni, it means a lot to every generation of students who are and were a part of it.
“We have decided to celebrate that by looking into NSRs history, looking at the music that shaped the years NSR has been broadcasting and setting ourselves challenges.”
Meg herself will be taking on a 20-hour radio show, accompanied by fellow committee member Olivia Cowle (along with guests throughout the show!), in what looks to be a highlight of the week. The duo will be on air from 4pm on Monday and will be at it until midday on Tuesday with donations being taken for Radio Lollipop (donate here).
Before that, Dermot O’Hare and the NSR News Team will be delving into the history books to brief you on all that the station has achieved in the past two decades at 1pm on Monday. Deputy Station Manager, Harry Parsons, will take the reigns from Meg and Olivia after their radio marathon with a special two-hour slot.
Thursday and Friday will see an array of presenters in the studio with every year from 1997 to 2017 covered with an hour of the music that made that year. 1997-2007 will be playing between 12 and 11pm on Thursday with the remaining years on 12-11pm on Friday.
Elsewhere, Caleb Carver will bring a smooth end to your Tuesday night with a retrospective look back at the past 20 years in the format of his famed The Ketlab at 9pm, whilst Gab Yeboah and The Entertainment Team will be on from 3-5pm the same day. Head of Music, Meg Smith, will be playing a special SRA Live recording with the hugely talented Rae Morris at 1pm on Wednesday before The Courier’s very own, Alex Hendley, leads the Row Z team in at 3pm.
NSR provides a unique experience and volunteering opportunity for hundreds of students each week.
James Sproston, Editor of The Courier, works closely with NSR each day and had the following to say: "NSR turning 20 is something that's definitely worth celebrating for all of us involved in student media.
“Not only should we all be proud of having a full schedule every week and delivering fantastic live coverage of several events, but it provides a unique experience and volunteering opportunity for hundreds of students each year."
The week culminates with a Newcastle University Student Union Celebration, hosted in the Venue on Saturday, to celebrate NSR’s 20 years, as well as NUTV’s 10 and The Courier’s 50. More information can be found on the public Facebook event if you’d like to come and support your student media!