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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).

For more details, visit:  www.bradleystokeradio.org.uk

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Residents invited to help design community video game

Posted on Wednesday 12th December 2012 at 10:29 am by SH (Editor)

VGM-a-thon community video game making event in Bradley Stoke.

Bradley Stoke residents of all ages are being invited to help design the town’s own fully-playable community video game during a 48-hour ‘game-jam’ at the Willow Brook Centre this weekend.

The ‘VGM-a-thon’ is being organised by the team behind Bradley Stoke Radio’s VGM Awesome show, broadcast weekly on Monday nights between 8pm and 10pm, which focuses on the music tracks used in commercial video games.

Anyone having an interest in video games or wishing to contribute ideas for the music, storyline or ‘level’ design of the Bradley Stoke community video game is invited to join in the fun anytime from 5pm on Friday 14th December until 5pm on Sunday 16th December.

Those unable to attend in person can still contribute ideas via the VGM Awesome Facebook page or by emailing vgmawesome@gmail.com.

Ideas submitted so far have included pets, local environments, original story lines, Samurais and even the Pope! The content submitted by the community can be as varied and as random as possible, which the organisers say is part of the charm of the community video game concept.

A pilot ‘VGM-a-thon’ event in 2011 designed a game that used the Willow Brook Centre as a game backdrop and featured a pet hamster in a storyline submitted by a 7-year-old Bradley Stoke school pupil.

Bradley Stoke Town Council is supporting the event with a community development grant of £300, which will be used for publicity and printing, food and refreshments for the project team and community volunteers, and legacy t-shirts, lanyards, posters and car stickers.

Matthew Walker, one of the presenters of the VGM Awesome show, said:

“We are very grateful to the Willow Brook Centre for supporting this community event. We will be based opposite Tesco and look forward to meeting many video game enthusiasts over the weekend.”

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