Air your opinions on internet radio station

Media student Michael Pearson in the uni radio studio
Media student Michael Pearson in the uni radio studio

How would you like to be a radio star?

A new initiative from the University of Buckingham could help make your dreams come true.

The university is in the process of setting up its own local radio station, due to begin broadcasting within the next month.

And it’s keen for local people to get involved.

The radio station, called Bucks 101, will broadcast worldwide on YouTube.

It is the brainchild of journalism lecturer Roger Perkins, who had the idea of giving his students the experience of presenting or putting together a show in the university’s sound studio.

It is a spin-off from the university’s weekly news broadcast, giving news about the university and the town, which is put together by media degree students and streamed live from YouTube every Friday.

Mr Perkins said: “We’ve set up the web radio station to be the voice of the university around the world.

“As we roll our service out, we’ll be looking to get the wider community in Buckingham involved in the production of compelling content for a local and worldwide audience.”

The station will initially broadcast for just two hours a day, with mainly music content, run by students.

But the university then hopes =to extend the hours and expand the content.

Mr Perkins said: “We will be going to community groups within the town, offering them air time, and see how it develops from there.

“It’s a web station so in theory you can hear about Buckingham all round the world.

“Individuals who are interested in hosting a programme should get in touch.

“We’ve got our licence, we’ve got the ability to record programmes. It hasn’t necessaryily got to be done live.

“It gives the students experience in both broadcasting and producing.

“And we plan to have students working with community groups as mentors. It’s true community learning.

“It’s a virtuous circle – we’re all teaching each other.

“It could be great.

“We’re hoping it will build the university’s profile and the town’s profile too.”

The nature of the content will depend to some extent on the community’s involvement in the project.

In addition to the ability to hear talks from some of Britain’s leading academics and music from real enthusiasts, there could be the option to host your own gardening or cookery radio show or have a programme dedicated to a particular music genre.