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Fancy being the next Greg James? Perhaps you just want to learn how to produce great content? Or maybe even just want to meet some like-minded creative people? Then Radio Sonar is THE place for you!

Having recently been announced to take over from Grimmy as the presenter of Radio 1’s Breakfast show, Greg James is the poster boy for any aspiring student radio presenter after he was discovered through the Student Radio Association (SRA). However, student radio doesn’t have to be all about presenting. We’re also looking for producers (content creators), tech assistants (we have a live lounge!), journalists (for our news team and/or to conduct artist interviews), as well as people to co-manage social media and social events. Whatever you can think of, we can accommodate. 

We have ties with local community station Voice FM, who offer 5 late-night slots per week (8-10pm) that YOU could end up presenting. As well as this, our links with the SRA and Renegade Music help to provide Radio Sonar with the latest music from the most exciting up-and-coming artists from across all genres. Last year alone we grabbed interviews with The Wombats, Rae Morris and Will Varley, just to name a few. These opportunities really could be yours if you join Radio Sonar!

Here is our welcome pack for the year - Members Pack

Last year in terms of number of members, we made up 1/6th of the societies at the university with around 100 members and we really showed the University and the student radio community what we were all about, winning 3 national student radio awards as well as 6 Union Awards. It's because of this we believe that it's a very exciting time to be part of Radio Sonar.


Membership fee is £15. 

This membership fee covers:

1.     The Running of the Studio

Previously, our licenses to run as a station were paid for as part of the 'Special Status' scheme. Unfortunately, we no longer have that status. This means that as a society we now have to pay over £1000 pounds a year in licenses. Whilst the money from the membership fees partly goes towards covering the costs of the licenses, the rest of the money going towards Radio Sonar having state of the art equipment. One of our most exciting bits of equipment, is having access to the playout system Zetta, which is used by the BBC and Virgin Radio. Over the summer holidays, we've also put some of this money towards completely redecorating the studio and bringing in brand new equipment. 

See pictures below for a before and after;




2.     Social Benefits

We are very fortunate at Radio Sonar to be part of the 'Revolution Society Scheme'. If you join, you will receive a Revs society card. This card will guarantee you cheaper food and drinks at Revolution Southampton as well as provide us the perfect location for frequent socials. As well as this, at the SRA events (as mentioned in the Members Pack), there will be many opportunites to network with industry professionals and members of other student stations.


3.     Opportunities

One of the best things about being part of Radio Sonar is the opportunities you will receive as part of the station. Whether being part of the on-air team, playlist team or any other role within Sonar, this station/society gives you multiple chances to make new friends and gain new skills. As well as this, as part of the SRA, we are able to provide great opportunities for our members for things like interviews, training days and the chance to win national awards. An example of this is SRACon, which is the biggest student radio conference in the UK. It’s full of guest talks, networking opportunities, and a fancy awards ceremony. Tickets for this are around £120 (including food). It is an amazing experience, and is a great way to celebrate the previous year of Radio Sonar.


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