Community radio station finds its voice

Paul Burling is interviewed by Bradley Stoke Community Radio

The embryonic Bradley Stoke Community Radio has published its first material, in the form of a podcast recorded at the recent Community Festival.

Reporters from the organisation, which describes itself as “an exciting new community radio station run entirely by volunteers living in and around the Bradley Stoke area”, were at a number of festival events and even managed to grab an interview with Britain’s Got Talent finalist and local resident Paul Burling (photo above) at the Community Fair.

The station has been promising to publish some of the festival interviews on its new website and the first of these, a short conversation with Mayor Ben Walker, has now appeared on the Podcasts page [QuickTime plugin required].

The interview with Paul Burling is said to be “coming soon”.

Julian Okoye, Vice Chair of the Bradley Stoke Community Radio Association (BSCRA) told The Journal that some of the interviews may also be aired on BCfm (Community Radio for Bristol).

BSCRA held a set of radio workshops at the end of February and is understood to be currently applying for a licence to broadcast on air for a seven-day period in October.

Anyone who would like to get involved, become a sponsor, share ideas or be kept informed of future developments is invited to get in touch with the group through its website.

The station faces competition from the well-established GLOSS FM (formerly Thornbury FM), which recently extended it broadcast area to include Bradley Stoke by re-siting its transmitter.

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  1. “The station faces competition from the well-established GLOSS FM (formerly Thornbury FM)”

    I would like to think not. GLOSS FM would be keen to cooperate with this exciting new venture, to compete would be counter-productive. We’ve learnt a lot about community radio in the last 5 years of broadcasts, so please get in touch if you want the benefit of our experiences. Wishing you well and looking forward to hearing you on-air soon.
    Glyn Roylance, Director, GLOSS FM

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