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!
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 email@example.com 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!
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
This afternoon the children of Westwood Radio put together another fantastic show for their listeners. Live once again from 2.30pm, everyone had chosen their own feature and scripts were well prepared and beautifully delivered as always.
With a perfect mix of jingles and an interview with the winner of the 2017 Bath Half Marathon Women’s Race, together with special features from our blogs and this week’s £1 challenge this is a show worthy of a listen again. Here are the team in action and the interview in full.
This morning the children of Westwood Radio had the privilege of taking part in a truly international and intercontinental live interview with Russell Prue who was broadcasting Live from Dubai on NetSupportRadio at the GESS 2017 Conference!
Broadcasting from the World Trade Centre at 3pm local time and 11am GMT, Russell linked up with us on Skype and we were able to have a fascinating conversation about our radio station, what we enjoy about school radio and how we put together our broadcasts each week. With their usual eloquence and enthusiasm, the children were superb, answering questions from Russell and also from some local students who took part in the broadcast, which was a great experience for everyone and an interesting cultural discussion.
Here are both sides of the microphone, with Russell in Dubai and us in our Westwood Radio studio. Listen again using the player below.