> UWESU’s radio listenership stats leap in 2010/11

UWE radio station Hub Radio’s listenership has risen by 40% compared with last year.

The figures are calculated through Google Analytic Stats Software, which is used to track activity on the Hub Radio Website.

The data only gives a partial picture of statistics as it is only recording the computer connections to the Hub Radio website. Therefore the data does not take into account computers with more than one listener.

One computer connection can equal many listeners.  For example if the bar at Bower Ashton campus or St Matthias campus tunes into Hub, this would create one connection but there could be 20 people in the bar. These statistics also do not show any activity for the AM wavelength transmitter (Hub transmits on 1449AM), or take into account the effect of the external speakers around the Hub studio. Meaning more people are hearing the broadcast if only in passing.

“I’m incredibly proud of the station’s growth and presence within UWE”, said station manager Pete Johnson. When asked what he believes the increase can be attributed to, second year student Pete told WesternEye, “It’s down to the hard work, enthusiasm of all Hub Radio’s staff members”.

Hub Radio will have a presence at the 2010 Student Radio Association Awards, with two shows up for accolades. “You’re Nicked!” with Nick East & Alex Wyatt have been nominated for Best Game Show, while “The Boggs” With Peter Johnson & Alex Zeal is up for Best Alternative.

Hub Radio was founded in 1994 by a UWE Technical Instructor who is now Chief Engineer for the Studio. The station is now located on the ground floor of the Student Media block on Frenchay Campus.

“There is a real positive atmosphere around the station at the moment, everyone is so enthusiastic on their shows”, commented Cecil Chan, 21, presenter of The Cecsions show. “Many factors have helped the station get where it is today. The passion and enthusiasm of our presenters, as well as the diversity of what is on offer. From chat shows, to pop, to rock, to electronic. There’s a something for everyone at Hub Radio”.

Second year student and presenter of The Film Show, Robert Ayling said: “I think it’s awesome that more people are listening to the Hub Radio, I feel, as a presenter, that my hard work is paying off. I love being a presenter on the Hub Radio and hope to continue being one until I graduate”.

If you’re a current or future UWE Student and would like to get involved with Hub Radio in anyway, be it presenting a show, helping with marketing and promotion, being a student representative, helping out with music, or dealing with press enquiries, email: hub.info@live.uwe.ac.uk