The Request Show with Will & Em

Start your Monday on the right note with Will & Em. Get in touch, we’ll play the songs to boost your mood, discuss your stories and provide you with a mix of light discussion, studio guests and topical stories.



Sportsfeed Purple Radio's flagship sports show featuring all of the past week's college, university, national and international sport. The sport team will provide interviews, commentary from matches from across the city as well as supplying in depth analysis of the comings and goings in the sporting world over the previous 7 days.

Look out for the weekly podcast on Mixcloud. If you would like to get involved or be interviewed on the show then contact the team through


Jess Dunning

I’m a first year combined honours student who loves music and I’m back again with a jam packed rock/alternative show! Expect to hear my 5 minute rant of the week, song of the show and hear all my awful banter! So if you want a pick me up on a Monday then this show is for you!


It's Good For The Soul

It's Good For The Soul is just that - a carefree jaunt through all things groovy to distract you from the daily grind.

Hosted by Toby Taylor, music writer and self-proclaimed disco fanatic, It's Good For The Soul features soothing disco selections from across the world - if it makes you feel good, chances are you’ll hear it here.


Don't Panic

An alternative music show that plays great music from artists known and unknown. Listen in to hear music from the likes Elliott Smith, David Bowie, James Blake, Massive Attack and other similarly amazing artists.



Chips and Gravy

An entertainment show featuring our favourite music of the week as well as light conversation / discussions. Will is from Manchester and Jack is from Brighton, so we epitomise the 'North / South divide', but are united by a mutual love for chips and gravy (hence the show name)!



Whether you're looking to discover a new genre, relive your emo phase or find out who played Glastonbury '94, ModernLifeIsRubbish has got you covered!

Join Ler and Grace for another round of themed-playlists from the past, featuring interactive debates and games, ending on a new release from 2018!



Join Lindsey and Anna for an hour of new and old indie rock, hip hop and rap tracks late every Tuesday evening. The two second year anthropology students can promise something to suit everyone! Listen in for a show full of tasty tunes, funny stories, and the odd interesting fact...



The NEW Dillon Show

It's back! And with an all new Join Dillon & Hector for electrifying chatter and niche japes from their giant blue marrow-like heads.
This term, be prepared for the return of the menacingly obscure 'LIGHTNING ROUND' in which one of our hosts or special guests will be asked a series of impossible questions. Cower in fear at 'Blind Charades', the devilish goatee protuberant from our villainous faces, and the much-loved 'Trolley Problem'. Message in to our show (if you dare), and be struck by the dehydration gun that is 'Can I Compare thee...?'. If our Mega-minded description has enthralled you, switch on and be serenaded.


The Cait & Lou Show

Probably THE iconic duo in student radio. Tune in to find out why.


Connie and Kate


The Bridge

The Bridge is a music show hosted by Ed Bridge,a second year Biologist with an interest in science, nature, film and music (obviously).The show aims to play a mixture of new and classic indie music as well as art rock, with a particular emphasis on psychedelic sounds. Also expect a fair amount of conversational ping pong between Ed, his co-host Joseph Battuello (an American) and a few guests.


Manhole Hour

Fin is a second year English student living in the dark and murky sewers beneath the Durham Student Union, Charlie, a second year chemist, is his reluctant friend and visitor. Each week they meet to delve deep into a specific genre of music, unearthing rare gems and underrated tracks that only the *real* underground lifestyle offers up. They play games too >;-)


The Periphery

Join Ler and Ted for The Periphery - a show dedicated to discovering new tracks by emerging indie artists and alternative superstars

Beginning and ending with tracks from their chosen artist of the week, the show guarantees an unforgettable hour of gals with guitars, cosmic keyboard melodies, DIY heroes and in depth discussion of music news and trivia



T Time- Tanya & Tess

Yo yo waddup, it's your girls Tess & Tanya comin' back at u with some bare sick beatz fresh off the streetz. Welcome to da jungle (jungle is massif). Stick around and listen to good tunes, random special features and VERY poor chat from some silly, silly freshers.


Song & Three Cygnets

Need something to perk you up after a Wednesday night out? Three fresh Hild Beders, Milo, Amana and Inès promise to get you through your Thursday morning with an eclectic mix of groovy tunes, cracking jokes and questionable chat. We'll also have some guest interviews and special features to keep you on your toes.

Meet the presenters: Milo (Dizzee Dundas) - not to be confused with the chocolate powder, mixed lax legend, budding theologian and general sesh gremlin. Amana (Yung Marnz) - everyone's favourite pink puffa gal, liberal artist, once given the title of "best hair in Hild Bede", DU netball minus the DU. Loves Jesus. Inès (DJ Nez) - INEZ not enis, from “London” but actually Sevenoaks, never said no to a night out, a jokes gal through n through tbh with v strong eyebrow game.

Too easy.


Rock Hour

An hour filled with iconic rock music!


Manic Sunday

Join Joseph and Ed as they take you on a weekly journey through the music of the 1980s! You'll hear the bodacious mega-hits and the lesser-known gems, as well as the tracks that succeeded in recapturing the decade's magic after it ended. Expect all sorts of genres, from the glam metal of Twisted Sister to the pioneering hip hop of Grandmaster Flash to whatever it is you call Prince. So kick off the Sunday shoes and join us for a most triumphant return to the neon years of Rubik's Cubes, big hair, and DeLoreans!


Folk Hour

Folk and Americana music. From Woody Guthrie and Dave Van Ronk to Bob Dylan, Billy Bragg and Elliot Smith. Will include sections on the history and meaning behind certain songs. Certain shows may be dedicated to a particular artist, e.g. songs written and influenced by Hank Williams.



The Grime Show

Presented By Hefin Rees Edwards , The Grime Show does what it says on the tin. Bringing you no frills 140bpm riddims from across the globe aswell as the best MC's in the genre.


Dirty Purple

Join Luke Maskell and Steph Sarratt for Friday night filth with Dirty Purple, featuring the phattest bassline, garage, house and drum ‘n’ bass tunes in circulation, with some safe chat to match.



The Soundtracks Show

As you return from the season of Christmas films galore, Henry Bird is back to bring you another series of The Soundtracks Show! In a new extended segment, he’ll be taking you on a voyage around the very best film, television and theatre soundtracks out there today, from Hamilton to House, James Bond to Jumanji, Black Mirror to Beauty and the Beast, guiding you through the great and glorious in the world of the performing arts! There’ll be musings around the latest viral videos, a look at the latest on the Durham drama scene, and whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, the weekly Thought for the Day is something, however momentary or enduring it might be to you, that just allows a little moment for reflection, before getting back to the business of unwrapping the musical delights that the stage and screen has to offer!


The Big Lie In

The award winning DJ Matt Calvert and co-host Jess Lord return with another series of The Big Lie In! Join our dynamic duo as they provide the soundtrack to your lazy weekend morning! They’ll be bringing you an anarchic magazine style show every Saturday morning, held together by popular music from across the decades and genres. Expect a silly news review with 'And Finally', a new game involving a Kazoo, a critical look at the funnier side of internet comments sections and special guest interviews!



Prepare yourselves for another term of your favourite weekend fiesta. My name Helen Paton and I’m a politics and history student from Mary’s. Move your hips to the beat of Shakira or cry to Adele’s lovesongs. Don’t forget to send in all your love stories so Dr. Heart can cure your broken heart!


Drive-By FM

Nick and Anastasia bring you Drive-By FM! We present to you great music from a different genre each week and comedy anecdotes involving ourselves, our housemate 'Chuian' and guest stars. Broadcasting from the mean streets of Durham, tune in to keep it real.


London Sounds

London Sounds is show that will focus on bringing you the best recent tunes coming from the capital, be it Drum and Bass, UK Hip Hop or Grime. The chat will be centred around the music and hopefully some guests can be brought in to talk about some of their favourite London tunes.


In Phase

When you're In Phase with your host Uche Edozie you know that your Saturday evening is set. One hour of tunes, talk and the occasional special guest we don't take ourselves too seriously and neither should you so sit back, tune in and whatever you're doing stay In Phase.


Back to the Future

Back to the Future returns for a second term, with the very best music the 80s and 90s had to offer. New for 2018, we'll be expanding to the 70s too! Tune in for cheese, reminiscence, regular features (including spotlights on movie soundtracks from the era), and a healthy dose of nostalgia.


Georgie, Aly & Sohela

From the success of last term's hit radio-show of our discussions ranging from the moon to playing our favourite tracks, Aly, Georgie and Sohela are back! Tune in this term to our riveting conversation from Sohela, our resident astrologist, Georgie, the psychologist of the group, and Aly (who knows what she studies)!




Loose Men

Durham's loosest trio return for another term of intellectual discussion to power you through Sunday morning's hangover. The weekly check in on the boys' wild lives returns along with 'Would Huw Rather' and the Unofficial Chart. Injecting new spiciness into the mix to keep it fresh and hip this term are Drunk Film Reviews and T-shirt and Pie Combination where we sample the vilest food combos you can suggest for us.


The President's Men

A show about culture (mostly films, series or student plays) and current affairs with Ábel Bede and his guests.


The Jack Henry Show

Join Jack as he goes through the weirdest and wackiest stories you may have missed from the past week, all with music from today and yesteryear. Plus, find out who has the 'honour' of being crowned 'Dipwit of the Week'!


The Purple Chart Show

Each week Purple Radio bring you their exclusive chart show. Listen in to hear the hottest tunes around right now.


Behind the Counter

Join Hef and Ed as they take their place behind the counter of their theoretical record shop, recommending the best new releases and reissues. They’ll also take you on a tour of music from around the globe and introduce you to records that will soon become new favourites. Tune in and listen to them digging around in the crates to see what hidden gems they may find, playing music all over the spectrum from Jazz to Psych-Rock
and chatting through their newest discoveries.


Battle of the Boyfs

Back by unpopular demand, tune in to hear Calum and George battle it out each week to decide which half of Durham’s most competitive couple has the superior musical palette. With ‘Battle of the Boyfs’ you can expect a diverse range of tunes, questionable chat and shade-throwing, which come together to form your weekly dose of #gaydio.

“A triumph for student radio. The highlight of my week.” – Beyonce

“It’s made losing the election so much more bearable. Thanks guys!” – Hillary Clinton

“Two radio superstars in the making.” – Calum’s Mum


The Upbeat

Back for a second term the upbeat will be playing a variety of upbeat happy tunes to get you in weekend mood. Featuring occasional guests with their own playlists, in the style of desert island disks


Purple Welfare Show