I took a year out to manage Edinburgh's independent student radio station while at Uni. The station's finances had been mismanaged and I have to stand before its 200 members and announce that I was taking the station off air until we could put them right. Persuading the majority to stay and help raise the money we needed was definitely the toughest pitch of my life. it worked though. We raised over £35,000, went back on air and a year later won Best Student Station at the Radio 1 Awards.
Student radio at Bournemouth University has been recognised with a number of nominations for the Student Radio Awards (SRAs). Online radio station BIRSt, which is run by BU MA Radio Production students, has been shortlisted in the Student Station of the Year category, while MA Production student Aoife Allen has been nominated for Newcomer of the Year.
The issue introduces students to the Golden Age of Radio, a time when people across the country would gather around their radios and listen to comedy, drama, music, and news—a time when they gained a stronger sense that they were part of the same community.