The membership fee goes towards:
The Running of the Studio
Previously, our licenses to run as a station were paid for as part of the ‘Special Status’ scheme. Unfortunately, we no longer have that status. This means that as a society we now have to pay over £1000 pounds a year in licenses. Whilst the money from the membership fees partly goes towards covering the costs of the licenses, the rest of the money going towards Radio Sonar having state of the art equipment. One of our most exciting bits of equipment, is having access to the playout system Zetta, which is used by the BBC and Virgin Radio. Over the summer holidays, we’ve also put some of this money towards completely redecorating the studio and bringing in brand new equipment.
We are very fortunate at Radio Sonar to be part of the ‘Revolution Society Scheme’. If you join, you will receive a Revs society card. This card will guarantee you cheaper food and drinks at Revolution Southampton as well as provide us the perfect location for frequent socials. As well as this, at the SRA events (as mentioned in the Members Pack), there will be many opportunities to network with industry professionals and members of other student stations. We have a packed social calendar for the year, with Thursdays being our social night. We’ve made sure to include drinking and non-drinking socials to accommodate as many people as possible.
One of the best things about being part of Radio Sonar is the opportunities you will receive as part of the station. Whether being part of the on-air team, playlist team or any other role within Sonar, this station/society gives you multiple chances to make new friends and gain new skills. As well as this, as part of the SRA, we are able to provide great opportunities for our members for things like interviews, training days and the chance to win national awards. An example of this is SRACon, which is the biggest student radio conference in the UK. It’s full of guest talks, networking opportunities, and a fancy awards ceremony. Tickets for this are expected to be around £170 (including accommodation & food). It is an amazing experience, and is a great way to celebrate the previous year of Radio Sonar.