The Radio Effect

This week, as always, I was in the very privileged position of being able to stand quietly in the corner of our radio studio with just a pair of headphones on and listen as our talented broadcasters presented a full 40 minute show completely on their own. What has really struck me recently has been the level of confidence, professionalism and ability that all of our broadcasters are showing, particularly when the microphone opens and they are live to the world.

This has been echoed by a professional in his field this week, as Ben Prater from BBC Wiltshire, who you will know joined us last week, was interviewed about his visit to us and features in a wonderful Wiltshire Times article about our radio station, stating “To be honest, they seemed less nervous than I am when I open the microphone every morning on BBC Wiltshire”

Praise indeed from a fantastic broadcaster and testament to the children’s hard work that they put in each and every week to making each show unique and entertaining.

You can read the full article online here: http://www.wiltshiretimes.co.uk/news/inyourtown/bradfordnews/15294935.Going_live__Westwood_primary_rules_the_airwaves/

Here also is our very latest broadcast from yesterday, which is just brilliant.

Ben Prater visits Westwood Radio!

Today’s show was incredibly exciting for us all as we were very  lucky  to be joined in the studio by Ben Prater, BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show presenter.

Ben took time out of his very busy schedule to visit our school and take part in the entire live show, giving us all a masterclass in microphone technique and joining in the fun and excitement of being on air to the community and the world. Ben also kindly agreed to be interviewed by Josh and Dan live on air and even presented the weekend weather for us, which the children loved watching and listening to and learnt a lot from.

Our huge thanks to Ben for making our afternoon so special – it was a wonderful experience for us all and so good to see how it’s done by the professionals. I know that some of our amazing children will be aspiring to presenting and broadcasting as they get older. Well done everyone, you were a credit to our school and so professional. Another superb show.

Here are some photos of our afternoon with Ben

Here is the show in full for you to listen again, plus Ben’s interview and his weather report live on Westwood Radio.

Another exciting show this week

As if every week isn’t exciting enough; broadcasting live to the community and the world with top class equipment, playing catchy jingles and surrounded by friends!

This week, however, we will have a BBC presenter in our studio to join us as we present our weekly show. You will notice a new  name on the running order for this week as Ben Prater from BBC Wiltshire will be joining us. Tune in from 1.30 pm on Friday  and share our experience!

With three fabulous songs to choose from, the chance to text or email Josh and get involved or if you just want a half hour of top quality school broadcasting, click the link on westwoodwithiford.org or visit the player on radio.westwoodwithiford.org to listen live.

running order 12.5.17

25 Shows Strong

It’s been a very exciting week for us here at Westwood Radio. On Friday we marked a significant date in our calendar with our 25th anniversary show. That’s 25 live shows this year, of course!

The wonderful thing about our radio station is that it is entirely run and organised by the children. Our equipment and the training the children received allows this to happen. Back in October we were lucky enough to be in a position to bring in the fantastic Russell Prue of Anderton Tiger Radio to work with us. Russell is a world renowned expert and trailblazer in his field, working with young people from around the globe to develop high quality broadcasting skills, resilience and confidence through the medium of school radio.

Russell tailored a bespoke, high spec and incredibly easy to use radio station using touch screen technology, professional jingle software and everything we needed to switch on, broadcast and record with ease. Thanks to his vast knowledge of school radio and top class training the children were quickly on their way to becoming independent broadcasters and it is these skills that they have been developing over the past 6 months and 25 shows. We are very grateful to Russell for his continuing support and huge expertise in helping us to get better and better.

From the very first planning meeting each week on a Monday, where the children discuss the features that we will cover in their show, who will be on jingles, microphones and email to the music that they choose for listeners to vote on, everything is meticulously planned and scripted by the children. This has given them tremendous ownership and confidence and watching them work is a joy. They really do deserve the success and recognition that they are gaining for their professionalism and top quality broadcasting and with 1000 listeners a month tuning in to our 24 hour online station, not to mention the hundreds listening again on https://soundcloud.com/westwoodradio, Westwood Radio is going from strength to strength.

So if you haven’t yet had the chance to listen, here is our 25th show and we are looking forward to many more this year, beginning with a special show with the brilliant Ben Prater of BBC Wiltshire’s Breakfast Show  next Friday, live online at 1.30pm. Ben has very kindly given up some of his time to join us in the studio to present the show and we just cannot wait! We are all immensely excited at having a BBC radio presenter join us and will be planning a super show to mark the occasion. You can listen by clicking the link on our website, westwoodwithiford.org, or by using the direct stream link http://stream.radio.co/sb4e04fd70/listen You can text or email the show, so please do interact with us, the children love connecting with their audience.

Coming up this week

After an extended and very enjoyable weekend, we are now into another week and looking forward to our 25th LIVE weekly broadcast!

It’s hard to believe that after only 6 months on air, the children have reached this stage already, with so many quality broadcasts recorded and still available to listen again on https://soundcloud.com/westwoodradio

Here is the running order for this week’s show, so email or text us now if you’d like a mention on air this Friday. Last week we had so much brilliant correspondence from our listeners, so thank you!

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Radio Club meet up

With a new term brings a whole new enthusiastic and excited group of children to Friday Radio Club, who are keen to learn the techniques and skills of broadcasting in our fabulous Westwood Radio studio. Once again we started at the very beginning by looking at our equipment, handling microphones and how to speak clearly and effectively into them, at the same time, listening to our own voices in our ears, which is a strange sensation!

The children were absolutely superb and listened so carefully to what we were discussing. The result? After just 45 minutes, we put our skills into practice and recorded our first sequence of features and handovers together, interspersed of course with a few jingles. The recording below is the outcome. With very minimal editing, this was outstanding for a first attempt!

A cracking live show

Today was our first live show after the Easter break and WHAT a show it was. From the very opening jingle to the end, everyone was on fine form with superb broadcast skills and fantastic expression, putting together a half hour of highly enjoyable radio.

We also had a world exclusive on the Westwood Scarecrow Trail as Lilly Webb and Bryony Green joined us in the studio earlier in the day for an interview to  give us the very latest on this year’s event, which is sure to be even bigger than last year! Here they are being interviewed behind the mic

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We also spiced things up a little today by including two, yes two songs instead of one and with a huge amount of audience interaction through email and Twitter we all had a super afternoon in the Westwood Radio studio.

If you missed today’s show, fear not as here it is for you to enjoy in full

New term, new show

Welcome back to another term and more to look forward to from Westwood Radio. Wasting no time at all, the children were back in the studio this lunchtime planning Friday’s show which will be live at 2.30pm. As you can see from the running order, it will be packed with top quality features and news from the community to the world.

With 1000 listeners a month now tuning into our  station online, we are certainly growing and we have now also had listeners in 15 different countries around the globe. Truly international!

Join us this Friday on westwoodwithiford.org and email radio@westwoodwithiford.org now for a shout out from Georgia live on air.

show order 28.4.17

Radio Club see the term out with style

This morning radio club broadcast their latest breakfast show with the usual professionalism and fluency that we are coming to expect of our fantastic young broadcasters.  Having planned their own scripts, including top news stories, community news, school events and the weather for the week, all of the children thoroughly enjoyed their time in the studio and showed tremendous resilience and confidence as they were live to the world for almost half an hour.

It makes me proud to see them at work and to think that our village school is making such an impact with its school radio. You can catch up with all of our broadcasts by visiting https://soundcloud.com/westwoodradio or you can download them to your preferred device as we are also on iTunes and also on TuneIn. In the meantime, please enjoy today’s show and we will be back again after Easter live at 2.30pm on Friday 28th April. Happy Listening!

A week of great school radio

This week we have had a tremendous amount of fun at Westwood Radio. Beginning with Mother’s Monday and a very special Breakfast Show – our current radio club’s first live show – as you will see from the previous post.

We have also welcomed back Emma Hodgkins of the Helen Hodgkins Trust to Westwood school to be interviewed for this week’s radio show about her work with providing clean water for families in Ghana through her charity. You can find out all about her brilliant work on http://www.helenhodgkinstrust.org/ Do please check out her blog and have a listen to her fascinating interview here:

On broadcast day, which as you will know is every Friday at 2.30pm, we welcomed Conservative MP for Chippenham and local area Michelle Donelan to our school. Michelle very kindly took time out of her busy schedule to  join us in the Westwood Radio studio to be interviewed by Oscar, Lily and Finn who had all prepared their own superb questions to gain an insight into the life and work of an MP. Michelle was brilliant and gave us a fantastic interview. Here is the full interview:

With so much fantastic pre-recorded content, as well as a raft of original, professionally scripted material by the children, this was a very special show to end our term. It also proved to be our longest, even with Take That’s Greatest Day removed for copyright purposes.

Radio Club will be broadcasting on Monday 3rd April at 8.30am, so please do join us and get in touch with the show whilst we are on air by emailing radio@westwoodwithiford.org or texting 078600 17404, which will also come through as an email. I am so proud of our achievements again this term, Westwood Radio is going from strength to strength!