Insanity Radio is a community radio station based at Royal Holloway, University of London. We broadcast on FM and online, 24/7, with presenters in the studio from 8AM till 2AM every day in term time (with a reduced schedule during holiday periods, typically 2PM till 6PM).
We’re not a commercial station, so we don’t exist to make money – we curate great radio and help promote new and budding presenters and artists. We support local enterprises, ventures and events, and provide local listeners with great local information and content. We broadcast from the Royal Holloway Students’ Union.
Insanity first hit the airwaves in early 1998 with Brimful of Asha (the Norman Cook mix, of course!), broadcasting on FM under a Restricted Service License. The original studio was a spare room in the famous Founder’s Building on the Royal Holloway campus. However, even the close proximity to Campus Security didn’t stop several items going missing throughout the year. In 1999, the station was forced to move and set up home in the Queen’s Annexe, a then-temporary building on campus, which ironically remained home for over a decade and a half.
Late in 2000, the station was granted a Low Power AM license and purchased equipment for broadcast through a partnership with a student radio news provider. This heralded the start of continuous broadcasting by the station, now known as 1287 INSANITY. In 2007, the station applied for a Community Radio license, which was approved by Ofcom in 2010, with the frequency decision made in late 2011.
Insanity officially switched on the FM transmitter at midnight on the 8th of March 2012, after a few weeks of test transmissions. The first song to air on 103.2FM was Earthquake by Labrinth. It now broadcasts continuously to the surrounding area, and is one of just 5 student stations in the UK to hold this type of license. The AM transmitter was switched off a few weeks later after a record breaking marathon.
In December 2014, Insanity moved into the new complex located on the first floor of the Students’ Union Building. A new studio was built from the ground up in just 7 days. Insanity shares this space with two other media outlets: the Orbital (the student magazine) and rhubarbTV (student TV/production).
The original Queen’s Annexe studio and offices were demolished at the start of 2016, with the famous “monkey” painting salvaged and presented to the team.
In October 2016, Insanity successfully renewed its community license and will grace the airwaves with music and good stuff until at least 2022.
Management – The Board 2016/17
The Station is run by the Production Board, headed by the Station Manager and Assistant Station Manager, and operation is closely tied with the Students’ Union. For a full list of board members, visit this page.
The station’s existence and operation is outlined in the Insanity Radio constitution, parented by the constitution of the Students’ Union from which we operate. The latest version was ratified in January 2017, and can be found here.
Awards and Recognition
Over the years, Insanity has been recognised for our achievements by the Student Radio Association.
- 2016 – Nominated – Best Technical Achievement (Cortex Account System)
- 2016 – Highly Commended – Most Improved Station
- 2016 – Highly Commended – Best Outreach Project – (Insanity Radiothons)
- 2012 – Silver – Best Technical Achievement (OpenOB: Low Latency Audio Over IP)
- 2011 – Gold – Best Technical Achievement (IRIS – Interchangeable Radio Ingest System)
- 2008 – Silver – Best Marketing and Promotions
- 2006 – Silver – Best Male Presenter
- 2005 – Silver – Best Student Radio Station
- 2004 – Bronze – Off-Air Promotions and Imaging
- 2002 – Winner – Best Marketing and Promotions
- 2001 – Winner – Best Female (Natasha Sims)
- 2001 – Winner – Best Marketing and Promotions
- 2000 – Winner – Best Marketing and Promotions
- 1999 – Winner – Best Marketing and Promotions