Fantastic Noise

25 Years Of Radio LaB 97.1FM

August 16, 2022

In this episode we reflect on the 25th birthday of the University Of Bedfordshire's community radio station, Radio LaB 97.1FM. 

In May 2022 we were celebrating. Our beloved radio station, Radio LaB, marked 25 years since it’s first incarnation as Luton FM in May 1997. Back then, the station was live for just 28 days at a time – on a Restricted Service Licence, or RSL.

Two students, who have now just graduated, led on Radio LaB’s 25 year celebrations, by hosting a 25 hour marathon programme. Each hour featured music and alumni voices from a different year, starting with 1997 going on to the present day. It was a lot of work for Nathan Randle and Toby Crabb - but they did a great job. So great, with so much quality material, we thought we’d use some of the interviews they conducted with successful Radio LaB alumni for a Fantastic Noise episode.

With thanks to:

  • Melvin Odoom
  • Sam Darlaston
  • Becky Jago
  • Dan Prior
  • Megan Murphy
  • Kelly Betts
  • Sid Cole
  • Toby Friedner
  • Nathan Randle
  • and Toby Crabb

for their contributions to this podcast.

Fantastic Noise is a podcast about audio production. Recorded in the Radio LaB 97.1FM studios at the University of Bedfordshire. Produced and presented by Terry Lee.

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Our art work was produced by Stoo Elvin (, and our theme music is by Liam Ayton, remixed by Daniel Potter.

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