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Hub Radio is a student radio station that broadcasts from the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol. The station broadcasts locally to Frenchay Campus on AM and online.

Hub Radio
Hub Radio Logo.png
Broadcast areaUniversity of the West of England Frenchay Campus
SloganThe Sound of UWE
Frequency1449kHz AM


Hub Radio has its roots from a joint venture with Bristol University under the banner Fresh FM back in 1994.[1] This existed for a matter of weeks at a time under an FM Restricted Service Licence.

In 1998, media students at UWE decided to revamp Fresh FM and rebranded the station as Radio Base. The station was relaunched again later in 2002 with an online stream, a five-year AM licence and moved into a building in Rachay. The station was renamed 'The Hub' to reflect the station's desire to be the centre of the UWE Community.

In 2005, the station had to move out of Rachay due to rental costs and moved into a temporary home in Bower Ashton. After a fall in participation, the station was relaunched once again in 2006 into the current format. On the brink of closure in 2007, students Rob Green and Alex Bright volunteered to take the station over from union staff. Turning the station around, listenership raised from 100 per week to over 5000 per week (online only). The station found space in a small store room in the UWESU Media Centre (nickname "The Huboard"). In years to follow, budgets were increased to cover promotion, new equipment and wages for main team members. The studio moved to the gallery position next to the student union's main bar in 2011, before relocating with the rest of the union to the new U block in 2015. In 2016, Hub introduced a fresh new logo (shown) and brand to coincide with the expanding areas that Hub cover, including events and video productions.[1]

In April 2016 the station was included in a Small scale DAB trial in the bristol area that can be received in Central and South Bristol[2][3]


  1. ^ a b "History". Hub Radio. Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2013.
  2. ^ "Sixty small-scale radio stations take to the air in Ofcom trials". Ofcom. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Bristol coverage map" (PDF).