Rare FM

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A square black box with red concentric circles and the text rare FM overlaid in a white font
Current Rare FM logo
Branding Student Radio
Slogan Your soundtrack to London
Repeater(s) Central London: 9 months a year on 87.7 FM
Format Music (various genres) and talk
Owner UCL Union
Webcast 24/7 live stream and Listen Again podcasts
Podcasts with subscription options
Website rarefm.co.uk

Rare FM is the student radio station of University College London.


Rare FM was set up in 1998 as an affiliated society of UCL Union. Rare FM broadcasts continuously over the Internet with approximately 15 hours of live original programming, starting at 9.00 a.m. and finishing at 12.00 midnight from http://www.rarefm.co.uk/.

Rare FM has started to provide some content via podcast. RareFM now broadcasts a published schedule of shows from November to June between the hours of 09:00 to 00:00. When not broadcasting set shows, the station plays a playlist.

FM Broadcast History:

Year Date
1998 27 September - 24 October (4 weeks), from BBC Swain's Lane
2000 2 November - 29 November (4 weeks)
2004 1 February - 28 February (4 weeks)
2005 23 September - 5 October (UCL Fresher's Week)
2006 No FM broadcast
2007 6 March - 19 March
2008 4 March - 18 March
2009 No FM broadcast due to lack of available frequencies
2010 1 November - End of the academic year
2011 1 November - End of the academic year
2012 1 November - End of the academic year
2013 1 November - End of the academic year
2014 1 November - End of the academic year
2015 1 November - End of the academic year
2016 1 November - End of the academic year
2017 1 November - End of the academic year

Rare FM DJs also broadcast live at UCL and UCL Union events, such as the Freshers' Fayre and the Summer Arts Festival.


Rare FM is primarily a music station, which in past tended to focus on indie/alternative music. However, in recent years this focus has dwindled and a diversity of genres and interests is now widely catered to. Shows specialising in Funk, Soul, Disco, Jazz, Blues, House, Electro, Hip hop, DnB, Dubstep, Grime, Psytrance, Dancehall and Reggae all now feature on a schedule that of 2008 amasses over 130 DJs with a vast variety of tastes. Rare FM also broadcasts the weekly Student Radio Association chart show each Sunday.



Rare FM has hosted over 117 shows since its emergence at UCL. As of 2018, broadcast content features breakfast shows including Serendipity, Hot Chocolate with Aliza Ayaz, Mornings with Faz and Pink Matter starting at 9 a.m with other slots playing live until 11 p.m daily. Guest segments, live music, song requests, music discussions and updates are a recurring theme across the many shows available exclusively via the RARE FM podcasts.

Station Alumni

Alex Zane [2] - DJ in 1999-2000 (with weekly show It's Alex Zane!), went on to be a presenter for XFM, MTV and Channel 4 where he hosted Popworld.

Nick Godwin - DJ in 2000-2001 worked as a DJ on London Live.

Karyn Miller - Head of Spoken Word 1999-2000 went on to be a successful journalist for Vogue and The Mail on Sunday.

DJ Dadbod - One of the mighty Big Beat Manifesto duo who specialise in Reggae, Dub and Dubstep

See also


  1. ^ http://rarefm.co.uk/schedule-google/
  2. ^ "Alex Zane". PFD. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2007-08-15.

External links

  • Official Rare FM website
  • UCL Union's Rare FM page
  • The Student Radio Association's list of members
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