What is it?
Bridport FM is a 10-month community radio project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It offers free training in programme making, interview technique, presenting and broadcasting skills so project volunteers can learn to make and present radio programmes. The project will culminate in a temporary radio station, Bridport FM which will run for one week from 15 – 21 September 2014.
The radio station will be based in a cabin on the forecourt of the Arts Centre and will broadcast on FM (wavelength to be announced closer to the date once we are notified by OFCOM) and online via the Arts Centre website. All the programmes made by project volunteers will be broadcast and then be available as downloadable podcasts on the BAC website.
What will happen and when?
Free training to volunteers will be offered between November 2013 – May 2014 in all aspects of making radio programmes; research, interview technique, recording / editing skills.
Further training for volunteers wishing to be part of the broadcast week will be available between June – August 2014. Roles available include: presenters, interviewers, studio assistants, broadcast assistants, technicians, publicity / marketing assistants, runners.
No previous experience in radio is required, although we welcome those who already have skills in any of the above areas.
The Heritage part
The project is primarily funded by HLF so there is a strong heritage focus to some of the work. We plan to make 3 series of programmes mapping the cultural heritage of Bridport. These will be themed as:
· Our cultural venues
· . Local arts heroes
· . Local arts groups and societies
The programmes will all aim to show how creative people from the past are still inspiring and influencing the creative life of Bridport today.
All the heritage programmes will be made first and completed by the end of March.
The project will launch with a series of “Story Sharing” events held at the historical arts venues in Bridport – the Arts Centre, the Lyric Theatre and the Electric Palace
At these sessions, people will be invited to share first-hand experiences, memories or stories associated with the venues with the project volunteers. We are seeking a wide range of experiences that will be of interest to local people and that have the potential to make compelling radio.
Alongside the heritage radio programmes, we will be seeking a wide range of other programmes with a local interest. Ideally, the majority of these will be live shows or have a large live component. (This is to save on time-consuming and expensive editing costs.)
We would like music, special interest programmes, interviews, discussions panels, chat shows, radio drama, comedy, local news and views. We are keen to hear from local musicians, bands, writers, representatives of local groups, clubs and societies – anybody with an interesting story to tell, message to get across or event to share.
This is radio by and for the people of Bridport and surrounding area and the content is up to you!
Dates for your diary:
Monday 20 January from 3 to 7pm – Third Story Sharing Session at the Lyric Theatre, Barrack Street, Bridport. Members of the public are invited to the Lyric to share their memories of the venue with project volunteers. Some of the stories will be recorded on the day and others will be developed to create further programme content. Volunteers need not attend the whole session.
Monday 27 January from 3 to 7pm – Fourth Story Sharing Session at Bridport Arts Centre. Members of the public are invited to the Lyric to share their memories of the venue with project volunteers. Some of the stories will be recorded on the day and others will be developed to create further programme content. Volunteers need not attend the whole session.
Monday 24 March at 7pm – Presenters’ Evening for anyone interested in presenting a live show on the radio or keen to find out more about what this would entail.