Bradley Stoke Radio grows during Lockdown!

Bradley Stoke Radio 103.5fm closed its studio doors, quite suddenly towards the end of March 2020, as the country went into lockdown. The closure, at that time, was not anticipated to be for this length of time and no one really imagined the speed and the effect that Covid-19 and the ongoing situation would have.   

However, it is testament to the volunteers that we have continued to broadcast our programmes through remote access. The technical team stepped in and produced instructions and advice to those that needed it and the resilience and commitment of the presenters and admin support has shone through and our membership has grown as people have joined us to make radio programmes from home, for our community.

While our pre-booked summer events have all been cancelled, we worked with the Carnival committee to have VE day at home on the radio – 5 hours of themed broadcasting was produced with messages of hope from Metro Mayor Tim Bowles, Cllr Toby Savage, Cllr Toni Scott and Cllr. Franklin Owusu-Antwi. All broadcast on May 8th on 103.4fm – smart speaker – online

Our members took part in a national social media campaign #radiofromhome

We had an interview with MP Jack Lopresti early on in the lockdown phase 1 and continue to invite him for interviews and comments.

We shared events with community radio stations across Bristol and BBC Radio Bristol  – The grand Iftar celebrating across our communities was broadcast on 23rd May.

We have worked with local churches and continue to broadcast a regular Sunday service from Bradley Stoke Evangelical Church or St Michaels, Stoke Gifford giving residents the opportunity to listen to a local church service from home. 

And we continue to broadcast current Public Health England advice and Government announcements relating to Covid-19 and locally where people can get help and advice including Southern Brooks for Patchway, Face for Filton and Stokes Covid 19 for Bradley Stoke and surrounding areas. 

Our programme output has developed, including new local history, community trivia quiz, specialist music programming, interviews and more, as we continue to support our local communities and businesses with updates and relevant news.

While it looks like public events and gatherings are a way off yet, you can join with local people, sharing local voices and more on 103.4fm, online or smart speaker asking to play Bradley Stoke Radio, from Almondsbury to Filton, Patchway to Frampton Cottrell and of course, across all the Stokes. We are your local radio station. You can check out our website for more information and a daily schedule update on facebook. 

Report from Catherine Ayers, published in our July/August edition of Bradley Stoke Matters

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