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Casualty extra ‘Oscar’ opens BSR’s new studio

Posted on Wednesday 19th December 2018 at 8:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Paul Anderson (a.k.a ‘Oscar’) cutting a ribbon to officially open the new facilities.

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) welcomed a special guest to its Brook Way premises on Saturday 17th November to officially open its reconfigured studio space.

Casualty extra Paul Anderson, nicknamed ‘Oscar’ after the porter role he has played in the BBC hospital drama for over 30 years, cut a ribbon in the reconfigured ‘studio 1’ (broadcast studio) to declare the new facilities officially open.

Interviewed live on air by BSR’s Charles Brickley immediately after the opening, Paul explained how he first found success as a disco dancer in the 1970s, making the top six in the world championships. This led to him acquiring an Equity card and a role as a junior doctor in the very first episode of Casualty. Since then he has appeared as an extra in nearly every episode, latterly almost always as the trolley-pushing porter ‘Oscar’.

The reconfigured space at BSR also includes two other studios, the ‘Green Room’, where shows are put together from recordings on memory sticks, and a disabled-friendly training room, complete with overhead projector, which can also be used for live band performances.

The consolidated space now also has proper soundproofing between the individual studios and more solid doors.

Much of the work has been carried out at low cost using recycled materials with some of the necessary expenditure being funded by a recent Tesco Bags of Help grant.

The event, which also celebrated the recent renewal of the station’s Ofsted broadcasting licence, was rounded off with an evening of live music and food.

Photo: Paul Anderson (a.k.a ‘Oscar’) cuts a ribbon to officially open the new facilities.

Related link: Spotlight On… Casualty Supporting Artist, Paul Anderson AKA Oscar (Entertainment Views)

This article originally appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 22). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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Community radio station celebrates five years of broadcasting on FM

Posted on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at 8:32 pm by SH (Editor)

 Becky Ward launches Bradley Stoke Radio's FM service.By Andy Ward, chair of board of directors, BSR.

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) has been operating in one form or another since 2011 and broadcasting as a full-time FM station since September 2013 when we were awarded a five-year licence on 103.4FM. The station is a not-for-profit community group which operates on an entirely voluntary basis and is open to anyone who would like to get involved with community broadcasting.

From the initial concept that was discussed back in 2010, it was always important that the station was something for the community and not just for those people involved in the day-to-day operations. Our ethos has always been, and always will be, to provide a service to community groups, charities, local organisations and residents, bringing a sense of belonging and pride to our community, known for its diverse population and cultures.

The radio station is run by around sixty volunteers who give freely of their time in order to keep what is a very complex operation running 24/7. Some of our volunteers work behind the scenes and some you may well have heard on air or seen at one of the many community events we attend throughout the year.

On 13th September 2018, our original FM licence came to an end and that means that we’ve now been on air as a full-time FM station for the last five years, something that we all considered to be a very daunting task to complete when were first awarded our licence. It’s been an amazing five years; we have worked with and helped out some wonderful people, community groups and organisations and, hopefully, long will we continue to do so. It’s been a real privilege to be part of our community on a regular basis.

The good news is that the broadcast regulator Ofcom has seen fit to award Bradley Stoke Radio another five-year licence, so I guess they were happy with the way things turned out! We’re now licensed to continue bringing community radio to the town and surrounding areas until 2023!

I’d like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all our members, both past and present, because quite frankly it would never have happened without all their hard work, their determination and, without doubt, more than their fair share of blood, sweat and tears over the years!

The station has been incredibly fortunate to have been supported by many external funding organisations who have contributed to the our not inconsiderable operating costs. Without their faith in us, and their kind support, we would not have managed to achieve all that we have.

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Competition launched to find local musical talent

Posted on Friday 24th July 2015 at 9:22 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke's Got Music talent competition.

Local musicians and bands are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents during August, thanks to the Willow Brook Centre and Bradley Stoke Radio.

Willow Brook has joined forces with the community radio station to launch Bradley Stoke’s Got Music. The competition is open to singers, musicians or bands with members over 14 years of age who live in the BS32, BS33 or BS34 postcodes.

The winning act will get a ‘Live Lounge’ session on BSR 103.4FM Drive Time and the chance to perform at the Bradley Stoke Carnival on Saturday 29th August, as well as at Willow Brook’s Christmas lights switch-on event in November.

Musicians are asked to download an entry form from the Willow Brook Centre website and email the completed form to Bradley Stoke Radio, with a clip of them performing, by Sunday 2nd August.

Shortlisted musicians will be asked to perform live in heats on Saturday 15th August in the town square at Willow Brook in front of a panel of three judges. The final will take place on Saturday 22nd August at the Willow Brook Centre.

Willow Brook centre manager Andy Wynn said:

“We are looking for talented performers of any musical genre whether it be pop, jazz, classical or heavy metal – everyone is welcome to apply.  We know there is a wealth of talent in Bradley Stoke so we are looking forward to showcasing their work.”

Bradley Stoke Radio chairman Andy Ward said:

“We are really excited to have joined forces with Willow Brook to search for the hottest local musical talent. This will be a big event for our community in Bradley Stoke and a fantastic opportunity for local acts to reach a much bigger audience. So if you know anyone who you think should enter please tell them about the competition.”

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Bradley Stoke Radio launches FM service

Posted on Saturday 14th September 2013 at 10:59 pm by SH (Editor)

Becky Ward launches Bradley Stoke Radio's FM service.

Bradley Stoke Radio (BSR) has begun broadcasting on FM, nearly two years after being offered a full-time licence by Ofcom.

The community radio station previously broadcast on FM for two short periods in June and December 2011, under a Restricted Service Licence (RSL), and since then has been streaming programmes over the internet.

Based at the Brook Way Activity Centre, in accommodation provided at a peppercorn rent by Bradley Stoke Town Council, the station says its new FM channel can be received loud and clear in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke, Stoke Lodge, Stoke Gifford, Frampton Cotterell, Patchway and Winterbourne.

The first official programme on the new FM frequency of 103.4 MHz went out just after 6pm on Friday (13th September), presented by Becky Ward (pictured).

Programmes broadcast on Friday included the Pick and Mix Show, the Rock Show and Metal to Midnight.

Community-focussed programmes in the station’s weekly schedule include the Sport Show (Sundays at 6pm) and the School Show (Mondays at 6pm).

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