BA1 Radio Newsletter October 2020

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Welcome to the October newsletter!

Over the past month we’ve been busy recruiting new volunteers, recorded new shows, developed new relationships and did our first outside broadcast since lockdown began. All our volunteers have been working really hard to keep on bringing the residents of B&NES fresh and exciting content. Over the next month we have some exciting things coming up too including the Halloween Spooktacular!

Studio Open to Volunteers

Our studio closed its doors in March and we worked hard to get our volunteers set up to record radio from home. We went from 12 hours of live shows on a Saturday, to 12 hours of shows every weekday.

We’re pleased to announce that the studio is back open to volunteers and we have ensured that COVID safety measures are in place with the safety of our volunteers being a top priority. Station Manager Luke Nix is pleased to see the studio back in action; “It’s been six months since we’ve seen volunteers back in the studio and it’s great to see them experiencing once again, life in a professional radio studio.”

New Volunteers

In September we recruited another five volunteers and appointed a Volunteer Coordinator. Liam Macauley has stepped into the position and is really looking forward to working with us.

We’re always looking for new volunteers so if you or someone you know wants to get involved make sure to visit our website to see some of the roles we are looking for.


Hours of work have been put into our Music Rotation system to create a new “Feel Good” morning show with Retro Rewind tracks throughout.

Teaming up with BANES Council, we are now broadcasting public service announcements on BA1 Radio, the first about social distancing and safety during the pandemic. The announcement follows concern that social distancing rules are not being adhered to correctly and with case numbers rising, the council are keen to remind the public of these rules. 

We have also been working hard on Our City – the show all about Bath. We have been highlighting the fantastic businesses, charities and venues that are available to residents and visitors as it is currently more important than ever to support local. 

Our volunteer presenter Leenon Chinyanga has also recorded interviews with Mentoring Plus, Julian House, Reading is Magic Festival, First Steps Nursery, Bath Marches and 44AD to name but a few! These segments and interviews have been a great way to engage with the local community and spread the word about all the amazing places and events Bath has to offer. To hear some of these interviews, click here.

We also continue to advocate national awareness days, to help connect listeners with help and support and we took part in #LocalRadioDay with a special show highlight some of our recent interviews.

Latest We Get It Podcast

We’ve recorded the latest We Get It podcast with Sarah Baker and Laura Phillips. This one is a tear jerker so make sure you have your tissues at the ready. It will be released very soon so check out social media to make sure you don’t miss it!  To catch up on previous episodes, click here.

Julian House Circuit of Bath Walk 

We supported Julian House for their annual Circuit of Bath walk and broadcast live from across Bath about the walk as it happened, speaking with those who were taking part. Julian House is one of Bath’s most well-known charities providing life changing support to 1,400 vulnerable and at-risk individuals across the South West every year. As well as helping to raise money for an important cause this was a great opportunity for our volunteers to gain experience in outside broadcasting and how to do so in a Covid safe way. You can re-listen to the show here.

New Relationships

We’re pleased to announce that the Rotary Club and Youth Connect Southwest have teamed up with BA1 Radio to deliver the “Rotary Radio Scholarship”. The aim of the scheme is to offer training to ten young people over the next twelve months in core radio skills to help them develop their communication, employability skills and boost confidence.

We’ve also met with other local radio stations, Bath Radio and Radio Bath, to continue to build relationships and support each other in delivering local radio.

We’re looking forward to working with the Bath and Wiltshire Parent Magazine in producing monthly re-listenable content for their readers about all thing’s family oriented in the City.

Halloween Special – Spooky Story Competition

Coming up this month on the 31st October we will be broadcasting a very special Halloween Spooktacular show LIVE on BA1 Radio. With Covid-19 preventing Halloween parties and trick or treating, BA1 Radio will be bringing you a jam-packed show to keep you in the spooky spirit. With scary segments and some exciting competitions including a spooky story writing competition – which is now open for applications, you’ll have the time of your life (or is that death?). Click here for full details of the competition.

Until next time…

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