Jam 1575 University of Hull

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Jam 1575 University of Hull

Jam 1575 University of Hull


JamRadio (formerly Jam 1575) is Hull University Union’s student campus radio station. As of 2012, the station broadcasts twelve hours per day throughout the year.  It was originally broadcast on 1575 medium wave (MW), but now airs solely on the Internet. The station is overseen by a subcommittee of Hull University Union’s Media and Marketing Committee. All presenters, DJs and executive committee members are students of the university and JamRadio is a member of the Student Radio Association.

In September 2013, the station was rebranded and relaunched as Hullfire Radio.


The radio station, then known as “URH” (which stood for “University Radio Hull”), began in 1979. It originally broadcast on an induction loop system around Hull University’s residence halls and through speakers within the University Union.

Induction loop system

The original induction loop system was installed in the Lawns (a hall of residence at Hull University) as a third year project by engineering students. By 1983 the system was fully operational. To cut costs, the students used Coca-Cola bottles as insulation.  As a result, by 1993, the loop induction system was no longer functional. In 1994, the engineering team carried out a comprehensive survey of the system and were able to partially restore it to several of the Lawns halls, as well as fitting a new transmitter to Ferens Hall. The induction loop system was abandoned in 1997 after the award of the LPAM licence.

The radio station broadcasts events around the university such as Student Question Time, a student version of the BBC series and club nights from the union. The radio station’s programming consists of mainstream music by day, tailored for students and specialist programming by night.

AM license

In the summer of 1997, Paula Giles successfully applied for the Low Power AM (LPAM) license from the Radio Authority and P Squared installed the extra audio equipment and transmission infrastructure prior to the on-air launch in September.