Category Archives: Broadcasts

Quality Education Broadcasting

We always look forward to Fridays as it is our opportunity to broadcast live to the community and the world once again. During the week our children are constantly refining their scripts and skills in preparation to present the best show possible and this week they excelled themselves once again.

After our inspirational and informative training day with Russell last week, we changed the format of our show slightly to incorporate two central hosts who took control of the tech and guided the show beautifully.  This will be a role that we rotate throughout the year and it proved to be incredibly successful. Our children were so confident and everyone in the studio was very relaxed, resulting in lovely discussion and cross-desk exchanges between our presenters.

As always, there was the usual mix of top quality school and community news along with a fabulous interview with Jules Howard, top zoologist and BBC presenter who joined us on Wednesday to give us an incredible day’s learning about fossils. With some excellent song choices from the children and audience participation through email and text, it made for a fantastic show which almost topped 30 minutes, even after editing and song removal. Well done everyone, it was a pleasure to be in the studio watching.

We even had a retweet from Richard Allinson, famous Magic FM radio DJ on Twitter last night!
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Here is the show in full for you to listen again:

Training day with Russell Prue

What a wonderful day we have all had today. We were delighted and thrilled to be joined by the inspirational Russell Prue who, almost a year ago, installed our radio station and set us on this incredible and skill building journey.

With our new group of committed and enthusiastic broadcasters now established for the year, Russell spent the day working with them all, honing their skills and developing their professional broadcasting technique. All of our children came prepared with a script, which enabled us to maximise the time we had with Russell to progress our skills, confidence and resilience even further. I was so proud of the children as they listened so wonderfully well and were all so keen to learn as much as possible and I do feel that every single member of our broadcasting team thoroughly enjoyed themselves and has really progressed through what they have learnt today.

From a personal point of view, it is always good to continue one’s own learning journey and I feel energised this evening, having gained even more knowledge about the wonderful world of education radio, the strategies with which to approach it successfully and, most importantly, the benefits it has for our children.

Having spent some considerable and productive time shaping the show, we were then all ready to go live once again in our usual slot of 2.30pm. Our listeners have been growing week on week and today was no exception with almost 40 listeners tuning in live. With the delight of having Russell join us in the studio for the entire show, we were treated to a broadcasting masterclass as he took over the weekend weather for us, engaging both listeners and presenters with his humour and wit.

Our huge thanks to Russell for his hard work, enthusiasm and skill in delivering a first class training day and for his wonderful contribution to our show. Here are some photos of our day and also a recording of today’s show, in case you weren’t able to tune in.

West of England ICT Conference 2017

What a day we had today with our first outside broadcast live from the West of England ICT Conference in Bristol! Our talented young broadcasters had all been invited  by the conference organisers to collaborate with Russell Prue, of Anderton Tiger Radio for a joint radio show focusing on online safety.  This was to provide a seminar for conference delegates to attend and see how radio can be used as a broadcasting medium and how confidently our children are at hosting and running their own radio show packed with quality content and important online safety messages.

The children were also lucky to be the first broadcasters to ever use Russell’s brand new product, the HUB Reporter, a portable and incredibly powerful radio station in a box! With time during the morning to hone their skills and get used to working the faders, fine tuning their handovers and time checks, by 1.30 everyone was more than ready to open the mic and go live.

As always, the children had scripted their own material and hosted superbly for a full 70 minute show which included a live interview  with one of the delegates and was packed with content, all raising awareness of the importance of online safety.

We are all incredibly proud of our entire team for their brilliance behind the microphone and for fielding questions from the delegates so politely and eloquently. Our thanks to Russell for giving the children a wonderful opportunity to broaden their experiences and grow even further in confidence. It was certainly a day for us all to remember and if you missed it live, you can listen again here and see how much we all enjoyed ourselves from the photos on the day!

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.

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.

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

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!

Mother’s Monday Radio Club Breakfast Show

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming some of our mums to join our latest radio club group in their very first live broadcast.

The children had planned some excellent features and written professional scripts. Everyone was also very professional and showed how well they had developed their skills in microphone technique and using time checks and handovers to put together a very slick show!

Our thanks to Mrs Batten, Mrs Caston and Mrs Mavridis for the superb delivery of the week’s weather and for joining in so early in the morning. A big well done to the children as well for being so confident in their first live show.

Here are some photos of us in action and our broadcast

Friday Fun

After a week of completely independent planning, organisation and preparation, the children delivered another fantastic broadcast this afternoon all live, of course from 2.30pm. With another perfect blend of school, community and world news, as well as topical features and even a feature on the hugely successful £1 challenge for the Helen Hodgkin’s Trust that Orchid class took part in last week, this was another show not to be missed.

With a Breakfast Show to look forward to on Monday, live from 8.30am and starting our Mother’s Monday off in the best way possible, there is so much happening at Westwood Radio! Enjoy the listen again and our brand new podcast intro!