Welcome to the November Newsletter!

November has been a month faced with challenges as we’ve settled into a second national lockdown, but, fear not! BA1 Radio has been keeping busy. Our weekday and evening shows have been running as per, so don’t forget to tune in! We’ve also still been able to train volunteers remotely. Ian and Luke have been a comforting presence for the Bath community in these trying times, with their shows, Feel Good and Morning Mixtape. Not to mention, the importance of the continuing support of local organisations by Our City.

This November BA1 Radio reminds you that we’re all in this together, so let’s all support each other.

The New Breakfast Show Presented by Bath Residents

This month we have some exciting news, the arrival of a new breakfast show! Playing on weekdays from 6-10 am live on www.BA1Radio.live. What makes it even more special is that it’s presented by local residents.

Don’t miss a chance to get involved, BA1 Radio wants to showcase your voices, your music, your city, your community.

All you need to do is send a clear recording of yourself saying your name, what area of Bath you’re from, your feel good song and why to [email protected]

What better way to start your day than to tune in to the breakfast show for some feel good music and your local voices. For more information visit www.BA1Radio.org

Work Experience
BA1 Radio is welcoming a Bath College student this month enrolled in completing 30 hours of work experience in graphic design. Since there’s no I in team, their first job will be creating promotional material for the new breakfast show!

Halloween Show

BA1 Radio is happy to report on the spooktacular success of the Halloween special! Sadly this year there wasn’t a possibility of trick or treating, so we had a short story competition and a chilling interview with Bath Ghost Tours. For the competition there were four different age categories from 5-8, 9-11, 12-15, 16 and over. Their task was to write a spooky story of a maximum of 500 words, for the chance to get their story produced and featured on the radio.

Drum roll please…. Our four winners were…

Tessa Coulson aged 8 with her story Pumpkin Invasion, Ben Renton aged 11 with The Plaque, Caity Walton aged 13 with Five Pieces of the Jigsaw, and Bill Adams with Trick or Treat! A big congratulations to you four from BA1 Radio.

As the two overall winners, Tessa won a book and Caity won a book token. Another congrats!

Here’s a big thank you to Mr B’s Emporium who donated the book and sold the token!

As the producer of the show, Helen Ward said she was blown away by all the talented writers who entered and is proud and amazed by the end results of this wonderful achievement. Also, here’s a big shout out to Moskow Stiles and Francesca Halligan who both did fantastic jobs recording the stories. Plenty of ideas brewing in the cauldron for next year!

Also huge congrats to our pumpkin carving competition winners George and Alfred with their Avengers and 3 eyed pumpkin designs! They won some wax melt courtesy of Waxtastic Creations by Kirby.

Interviews

Over the course of the month we’ve had a number of interviews. One of our Volunteers, Leenton Chinyanga, recorded interviews with Bath City Farm n celebration of their twenty-fifth birthday. We also had an interview with Bex Fox on the Dream Space Bath; a project launched to vocalise the stories heard in Bath from the climate crisis, to racism and the inequalities of Covid-19. Lastly, we had an interview at our studio location with Tracey Pike and Sam Plummer from Youth Connect South West. To hear some of these interviews, click here.

atest We Get It Podcast

Launched on World Cancer day, Laura and Sarah talk about their good, bad, and ugly cancer experiences on episode four of the We Get it podcast, produced by BA1 Radio. The We Get It podcast has the real cancer conversation with all its ups and downs.


The We Get It podcast is dedicated to a beautiful friend Amy Buller, she is dearly missed.

  To catch up on previous episodes, click here.

Passing of Kondwani Mwale

It is with the greatest sadness that we share news of the passing of Kondwani Mwale. Kondwani became a volunteer for BA1 Radio back in February before lockdown: “We had the privilege of working with Kondwani at the start of the year. I’ve never met anyone as passionate about music as him.” said Station Manager, Luke Nix.

Kondwani’s family are currently looking for support in raising money to honour and give Kondwani the ceremony he deserves. If you are able to donate, please do by clicking here.

Until next time…

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