About us

Blast 1386 is the radio station of Reading College, serving the campus on 1386am and the wider world on the internet both via the listen live button (found on the home page) or via a variety of mobile apps, including the Blast 1386 app found in your apple and android app stores. (Just search Blast 1386)

Blast 1386 believes in the importance of providing a practical means of developing all aspects of the student Media curriculum by being the radio station for the campus. Blast 1386 is one of the few live stations which allows students to gain experience running and working in a full-time radio environment as well as enabling them to showcase their talents while presenting student issues and interest to a substantial listening audience. 

Blast 1386 is proud to keep its description of 'Not your usual student station' as true as ever. With a combination of industry standard equipment, professional management and 24/7 broadcasting Blast 1386 is unlike any other student station. New members of the team can benefit from professional training not only from management but local community members who are professionals within the industry. 

Research shows that existing commercial radio stations are not able to provide focused local news, music and speech for students of all ages, together with review information, previews and gig guides; all of which are in great demand in the vibrant Reading area. We feel that Blast 1386 can fill this gap and strives to do so.

Our programming contains an exciting and varied blend of contemporary, specialist and ethnic music. We provide news and information which other stations don't have time to provide. You never know what is coming next. 

Blast 1386 can offer you an exclusive advertising package at very competitive rates. Please e-mail advertising@blast1386.com for more information. 

If you would like to get involved in any way with Blast 1386 then please email hazel@blast1386.com with a brief description of what you would like to do and any experience you have, don't worry if you don't have any we can give complete training