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Fuse FM

Fuse FM
FuseFM logo
City of license UK - National Internet
Manchester FM
Broadcast area Manchester
Slogan Your Student Radio Station
Frequency Online at
First air date 15 February 2001 at 06:00
Format Alternative/Student
Affiliations Student Radio Association
Owner UMSU
(University of Manchester Students' Union)

Fuse FM is a student radio station covering the campuses of the University of Manchester, England, UK, broadcasting throughout the university term online via the station's website from the University of Manchester Students' Union.[1]

Like most student radio stations, it is run entirely by volunteers, mainly from the students studying at the university. The current Station Manager is Joe Kearney.[2] For the 2013/14 year, there will be two joint Station Managers of Fuse FM in a first for the station. The role will be shared by Simon Rodin and Rohan Chaturvedi. The station is a member of The Student Radio Association.[3]


  • History 1
  • Awards 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Student Union Executive accepted a proposal to create the station in July 2000 and work began on creating a base for the station, which was originally called Mint FM. The name was changed to Fuse FM in October 2000. Space in the Union basement was converted into a fully functioning broadcast studio and production suite. Fuse FM went on air for the first time on 15 February 2001 at 06:00, broadcasting on 106.2 FM as well as via internet streaming.[4]

Alex James Atkinson was elected as the first Station Manager for the station. Atkinson is now a presenter on the Sony Award nominated show In:Demand, which is broadcast from Key 103 and networked on ten stations across the country.[5]

The first song played was REM - The Great Beyond, and traditionally each broadcast ends with Green Day - Good Riddance (Time of Your Life).[6]

On Monday 9 November 2009, Fuse FM welcomed comedian Jack Whitehall as a one-off presenter.[7] He was welcomed back once again on Wednesday 10 March 2010, taking the place of the station's regular premier show Craig & Jake's Afternoon Delight.

From 2003 to 2011, Fuse FM was broadcast for four weeks in each academic semester (September to October and February to March). However, since September 2011, the station has moved to broadcasting throughout the academic year, from September to June. The station also dispensed with FM broadcasting, with only online streaming via the website now available.[8]

On 29 April 2012, Fuse FM began broadcasting from new state of the art studios on the first floor of the Steve Biko building. With support from the BBC, the Your Manchester Fund and the University of Manchester Students' Union, Fuse FM now has some of the best student radio facilities in the country, including two sets of Studer OnAir 1500 digital sound desks.

On 26 April 2013, Fuse took part in the first ever Manchester Student Media Awards, which was organised by Station Manager Joe Kearney and the then Media Intern. The awards took place in Academy 2 in the Students' Union. Also awarded were the University's student paper, The Mancunion, and the student TV station, Fuse TV.[9] The radio categories were judged by industry professionals, including Ben Newby from Capital FM Manchester. The evening was hosted by Adam Brown, host of weekend breakfast on Capital FM Manchester.[10] After all the awards were presented, there was a sound clash featuring DJs from both Fuse FM and The Hits Radio.


Fuse FM has a history of high quality student broadcasting, with its DJs having won many awards at the National Student Radio Awards. In 2012, Hattie Pearson won Best Female for her work on Fuse.[11] As part of her prize, Hattie covered an early morning breakfast slot on BBC Radio 1 on Friday 29 March 2013.[12] In 2011, James Robinson received a nomination in the Best Male category. In 2010, Chelsea Dickenson won Best Newcomer, in 2007 Becca Day-Preston won the Bronze Prize for Female Presenter of the Year, Andrew Jackson won Male Presenter of the Year in 2006, while Minnie Stephenson claimed the Female Presenter of the Year award in 2005.

See also


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ "The Student Radio Association - Members". 15 February 2001. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ [3]
  5. ^ "In:Demand". Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  6. ^ [4]
  7. ^ "Jack Whitehall on Fuse FM". YouTube. 9 February 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  8. ^ [5]
  9. ^ "University of Manchester Students' Union". Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Breakfast - Weekends". Capital FM. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Awards 2014". The Student Radio Awards. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  12. ^ "BBC Radio 1 - Dev, Hattie Pearson sits in for Dev". 29 March 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 

External links

  • Fuse's Presenter wiki
  • Fuse FM on Twitter

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