Since its founding in 1993, KUBE Radio (or Keele University Broadcasting Enterprise, to give it its full title) has grown from being a cupboard-based transmitting club to an internationally recognised and listened to Internet radio station.
The original KUBE studio was a former student flat, and the station broadcast on 107.9FM on 10 restricted service licenses between 1998 and 2004. An intranet service to all on campus students was launched in March 2003, and in September 2004 KUBE moved to full Internet broadcasting and is fully accessible via the internet anywhere in the world.
In May of 2006 the Students’ Union General Meeting passed a motion to allow spending on refurbishment to the K2 and KUBE area, and over the summer months the old toilet area was transformed into KUBE’s new purpose built home.
In 2007 KUBE won the gold award for “Best Online Radio Station” at the New York Festivals International Radio Broadcasting Awards and ‘Best Internet Only Radio Station’ at the NAB European radio Awards in Barcelona. In both competitions KUBE was up against industry giants such as the BBC, Emap, Gcap Media and many other national and commercial radio stations from across Europe.
In 2010 funding was secured from Keele Key Fund to completely overhaul the studio and technical equipment including a new custom-made desk, new chairs, headphones, studio PCs and a new website. This studio overhaul was officially re-opened by Zane Lowe on his DJ Rocks tour.
2011 saw the reintroduction of KUBE being played on the ground floor of the Students’ Union meaning KUBE can reach the wider Keele audience.
Since the major renovation of the Keele Students’ Union in the summer of 2012, KUBE Radio has been playing downstairs throughout the union building on a daily basis. 2012-13 has been an academic year of firsts for the station, with the acquisition of outside broadcasting equipment, and the subsequent live coverage of major events including the Keele Students’ Union elections, Keele vs Staffs Varsity.
Since 2008, KUBE has raised over £4000 for various challenges during the annual 24 hour charity broadcast (abbreviated to KUBE 24). The 24 hour broadcast aims to raise as much money as possible during that time, also signalling the end of the KUBE year.
In 2013, this challenge was taken to a new level as we doubled our target to 48 hours. Alongside the big broadcast, KUBE also took over what once was ‘Pigfest’ at the Pig and Rat (the student bar by Barnes Halls), and turned it into an outdoor festival with LIVE music and entertainment throughout the day. Find out more here.
For more information about the station’s history, click here!