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Birmingham City University invests £15k in student radio station revamp

Scratch Radio

By Emma Jane Boyle

Birmingham City University is investing £15,000 in renovating its in-house student radio station, which is to officially re-launch in January.

The shiny new Parkside building adjacent to the costly Millennium Point campus has been kitted out with five state of the art television and seven radio studios.

The university has provided thousands of pounds worth of industry quality software and equipment to ensure that Scratch Radio can compete with local competition.

The nearby University of Birmingham has its own rival station, Burn FM, which Scratch Radio has previously struggled to compete with.

Former Aston student Charles Booney flitted between the two opposing stations during his four years of study.

He said: ‘’Burn FM used to be the station we all listened to, as Aston didn’t have its own student radio.

“This Scratch re-launch has definitely got people talking and I know a lot of students across Birmingham are already tuning in’’.

Third year BA Media and Communication students at Birmingham City University are working hard to propel the station to new heights, following various technical difficulties and online streaming issues.

Current station manager Stefan Doyle is confident that the re-launch will result in the best ever audience figures.

‘’It’s all hands on deck with staff and students at the university spearheading the publicising of the re-launch,” he said.

“We are in the process of having a new logo and website designed and we are collaborating with exceptional graffiti artists to execute the new ‘feel’ of the station’’.

Hopes are also running high that the newly improved station will be successful in the annual Student Radio Association awards which are supported by BBC Radio 1 and Global Radio.

The volunteer run station, which is one of the very few student stations which is also regarded as a community station, currently has over 30 members of staff working on a daily basis.

The venture is expected to attract more students looking to pursue a degree in media studies and the initial launch party will be held at the end of the month.

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