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Last week was the first week of broadcast for Leeds Student Radio, so we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the station and the people who make it all happen.

This week I caught up with Joe Mason, the Head of The Beat, so he could tell us what to expect from LSR this year.


So, for those who don’t know, what does your role at LSR entail?

I’m head of The Beat, which means I’m effectively the head of Drive Time. I’m in charge of putting it all together and running the team. The show broadcasts from 5pm-6pm and used to be the ‘Hometime’ show, but we completely revamped it, now we want it to be the heart of student life here at Leeds.

How has the first week of broadcast been?

Manic, but fantastic. There have been so many keen people wanting to take part, the Freshers this year are keener than they were when I was in first year, there is just so must interest. It’s difficult to organise, but great to have as many people as possible turning up and wanting to give it a go.

You were involved in the Leadership Race coverage which was recently nominated for Best Event/Outside Broadcast at the Student Radio Awards, will you be taking part in outside broadcasts this year?

The Beat is going to be the central hub of outside broadcasts this year. We’ll be organising many live events, culminating in the Leadership Race towards the beginning of March. I was a co-exec producer of the Leadership Race coverage with Amos last year, and I really want to develop it. This is why I want more people involved, so that they can say that they were part of such a major event.

What do you have to say to anybody who wants to get involved in The Beat?

If they can come in and ‘speak with a smile’, and be enthusiastic, then that’s great. We want people with broad interests who are not just involved with one aspect of university life. If you want to promote another club or event, then this is the place to do that too.

Stay tuned to the Leeds Student Radio blog for more behind the scenes interviews and features.

Words: Eleanor Healing

It’s finally here. The biggest day for university sport in Leeds. Varsity 2013 is here.

Leeds University’s media societies will be bringing you as close to the action right throughout the day. LS are live blogging throughout the day with the latest scores, photos, interviews and match reports. It’s the place to be to find out what’s happening first! Leeds Student Radio will be compiling match reports from LSR, LS & LSTV on our Varsity Audioboo Channel throughout the day and LSTV are filming as many sports as possible throughout the day and are broadcasting live from 2-3pm with all the best bits.

From 6:30pm Leeds Student Radio will be broadcasting live from Headingley Stadium bringing you the best bits of the day and building up to the finale – the Mens 1st XV Rugby Union match. From kick-off at 7pm we’ll bring you live commentary of the match. It’s the only place to get the action live if you’re not in the stadium. As well as LSR commentators we also have special guest Jacob Rowan, captain of Leeds Carnegie, offering his expert opinion on what’s happening on the pitch. Simply hit listen live‘ from 6:30pm to listen!

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Intro meeting done and show proposals are now open! You have until 5pm on Thursday 3rd of October to submit your proposal

Top tips:

  • Take your time – don’t leave it to the last minute, the best proposals are the ones that have been thought through
  • Be creative – try to think of something original
  • Think about your audience – the majority of your listeners will be students so think about what students listen to, talk about and like
  • Never use the word ‘banter’

Click here to access the form – if you’d rather use pen and paper you can pick one up from the office and submit there too

Don’t forget to also pay your membership on the Leeds University Union website here

Good luck!

Freshers 2013 is finally here! One week of long nights and bleary eyed days, buying a healthy mix of posters, pot plants and eating a lifetimes worth of free pizza from the Union – it’s the best week of your life.

In amongst all the partying, don’t forget to explore campus, make new friends and (most importantly) sign up for a few societies! If you’re at all interested in joining Leeds Student Radio then this week is the time to find out about us! We’re DJing around the union in some of the bars and clubs plus broadcasting from the balcony of the union around lunchtime so you’ll be sure to hear us around. Whenever you see our logo come up and have a chat!

On Tuesday we’ll be in the Riley Smith Hall in the Union as part of the media freshers fair – if you want to chat to anybody from the society about what we do then this is your opportunity! We’ll have loads of information and winning smiles to tell you everything you need to know about joining LSR

We’re also running a few competitions this week with some awesome fresher giveaways – keep an eye on the facebook and twitter to find out more

It’s now only a a handful of sleeps until Freshers Week at Leeds University kicks off for 2013-14 and we’re getting pretty excited. Whether it’s your first freshers week or you’re coming back to university after a long summer, it’s always one of the best weeks of the year!

Leeds Student Radio have got plenty to be excited about – but you’ll hear about that soon. Before we dive into the craziness of freshers we’re taking the opportunity to look back at all of the best bits of last year. We interviewed some top bands and artists, produced mammoth broadcasts for particular events and created some of the most weird and wonderful radio you could ever expect to hear – to name just a few!

Over on our facebook page we’re posting some of our favourite bits of last year as the freshers madness starts – head over to Leeds Student Radio, give us a like and have a listen. Or you can see all the clips as they get put up on our brand new Audioboo channel here.

If you like what you hear, just think – that could be you on the other side of the microphone this year…

Congratulations to everybody who has received their results today! Hopefully you got what you want and hopefully you’re one of the lucky ones who gets to come and spend the next few years in Leeds!

If you’ve never heard of Leeds Student Radio before then we are an award winning student station and one of the largest in the UK. Any student in Leeds can join us with absolutely no experience needed! Why not come and see us during Freshers Week!

To find out more about us, click here or say hello on twitter!

To give you an idea of what we do, here’s a podcast of some of the highlights of the last year – Click below to give it a listen!

Stuck in the library? Sick of listening to the same old playlist on loop? Fear not!

Whilst we are no longer broadcasting live, we’ve put together a revision podcast full of the newest music to help you through get through this last push into summer. Let us be your library soundtrack!



Jose Cuervo Tequila

LSR is taking part in a competition hosted by Spotify and Jose Cuervo Tequlia to find the best University playlist across all Universities in the UK.  The playlist with the most votes will win the ultimate night out on campus on Thursday 16th May 2013.

With DJ sets by Alexis Taylor from Hot Chip and Orlando Weeks from The Macabees it promises to be a legendary night out.

We’ve compiled the ultimate Leeds Uni playlist here at LSR, and we need YOUR votes to win us a massive night out, and no small amount of Tequila. Rally your mates to vote for our Spotify playlist at  It’s our chance to win that big campus night.

You can also be in with a chance to win prizes for yourself just by voting including Microsoft Surface tablets, ASOS vouchers , festival tickets and ice cold Jose Cuervo Tequila

Your University needs you!


After weeks of campaigning, we have our results! With a UK record of 11,383 votes cast, 6 officers and 1 editor were elected for the 2013-2014 LUU Student Executive. You can get a breakdown of results by checking out the Leeds Student liveblog, but if you want to re-live the excitement as presented to you by Leeds Student Radio, you can listen to the each result as it happened, after the break.


Our RPM specialist music shows run across 6 nights a week from 9-10pm with each one dedicated to a different style of music. Tuesday night is Rock and Punk night with Max Bower and friends present the very best in Rock and Punk music with some Blues thrown in for good measure. They often get in local bands  for live interviews as well as reviewing the best new music out there and gigs going on in Leeds.

RPM Rock

On last week’s show, Max was joined by Ian Tozer and Dan Bennett for a live session special where they exclusively play live tracks for an hour. With music from bands such as The Who, Bruce Springsteen and Them Crooked Vultures. You can listen again on their show page here and don’t forget to listen to the show, every Tuesday night at 9pm.

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