Sounds of 2017

We submitted this demo in the 2017 Student Radio Awards.

  • 00:00 – Station Promo
  • 00:30 – Sophie Shapter on Despacito
  • 01:30 – Welcome To My Mind intro
  • 01:45 – Charity Marathons
  • 04:20 – Sophie’s Nestle
  • 05:30 – Molly Pearson live
  • 06:30 – Dawesy’s DnB
  • 07:45 – Charlotte Mason’s Campus Confessions
  • 08:40 – The Sunday Show
  • 10:50 – What A Week at the Big Debate

Sound of 2000s

This audio was recorded some time in 2008, around the time of our 10th birthday. It used clips from between 2001 and 2008.

Insanity’s first ever tagline, that we used back in 1998, “Radio’s Future Today”, makes a cameo in the clip.

2008: Max and Ivan: Exposed

Max & Ivan are a comedy duo, known for their Radio 4 series The Casebook of Max & Ivan and Channel 4 comedy The Reunion. They also appeared on the BBC series W1A.

But their beginnings were humble, and here at Insanity.

Max and Ivan: Exposed Digital News Archive is a comedy show, that aired between 2007 and 2008 on Insanity. Listen to one of the episodes here.

Warning: Strong Language.

You can find the full series on our retro MixCloud.



2008: News

Selected highlights of Insanity’s 2008 news, including elections

Demos of 2008s

Back in 2008, we made a CD showcasing (at the time) our best bits. We gave them out at Freshers Fair to get people interested in who we are and what we do.

Here’s what made the final cut.

2001: Best Student Station

In 2001, we entered the Student Radio Awards for Best Station. We didn’t win, but we came pretty darn close!

Have a listen to what we pulled out of the metaphorical hat (it’s radio) to give to the judges.

News from 2001

Insanity has always had a hard focus on news. Here’s some of what we reported on back in 2001.

  • NUS tuition fees march (back in the days before £9k, too)
  • Society promotions
  • Smoking in the Union Hall and the legalisation of cannabis


1998: From Humble Beginnings

Listen to our first and last broadcasts in 1998.

Back in 1998, Insanity Radio wasn’t broadcasting full time, as those licenses were hard to get and we hadn’t proven ourselves worthy yet. We broadcast on these things called RSLs, that allowed us to go on FM for 28 days at a time. They were quite expensive, hence why we didn’t do them for long and were keen to go permament.

We switched on our transmitter on the 18th of February 1998, and stayed on the air for 28 days straight. All the money we needed to do this was raised through marketing and sponsorship, and we finished with quite a good reserve to carry us forward to the next one.

The second time we launched, our team had a much better idea of what we were doing, and the production values were much closer to what we have today.

  • 00:00 – The transmitter is turned on for the very first time. We play Hand In Your Head by Money Mark, but cut off the introduction as the station manager flips the wrong switch.
  • 00:22 – We play our first full track: Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook Remix)!
  • 00:55 – The first live voice is broadcast.
  • 01:05 – One of the very first links (talky bits)
  • 01:10 – Rich Clarke signs off the first transmission.
  • 01:38 – The transmitter is turned off for the first time.
  • 02:09 – We turn on our transmitter for the second time at midnight.
  • 02:20 – Insanity 2 launches for real at midday!

Insanity on Founders' Field, 1998