Update: 28th October 2020 – BCB Autumn Update- Creating Community over the airwaves
As we’re all aware, the Covid pandemic has changed how we are able to live our lives. Following current government guidelines we know that for the next few months at least, and maybe a lot longer, we’re facing minimal face to face social interaction. With this is mind we’ve halted our plans around re-opening the BCB studios in any meaningful way and instead we’re focusing on developing different ways of working over the winter months.
It’s really good to see how many BCB volunteers have been able to continue broadcasting, recording their programmes from home. But, as we’ve said before, that is not everybody. The digital divide has never been more apparent – or more important to highlight. The Covid pandemic has shown that we don’t all have access to the technology, resources or the skills needed to participate in this digital world. We are now exploring how we can support volunteers who currently don’t have resources or skills and get them active again in the BCB community. This might be through providing resources, ‘buddying up’ people to support each other, specific training sessions to develop skills etc. Please do let us know if there are specific things that you need, or could offer to others, to help with this..
We also know that the winter is going to be tough for us all, and for some more than others. With this in mind we want to develop and broadcast radio programming to ensure that people in Bradford stay connected. Radio is the perfect medium to keep in touch with each other and reduce the sense of isolation. So if we can’t get together as a community, BCB can ensure that we use radio to create community over the airwaves,
BCB’s Youth Music project aims to showcase music created by young people from around the district. So each week we’re featuring a track by a local artist on our About Bradford shows.
w/c November 23rd 2020
This week’s track comes from Kemmi Gill. The track was made for the ‘Kindness, Compassion and Understanding’ campaign, commissioned by the Bradford Health and Care Partnership for World Kindness Day a couple of weeks ago.
The aim of the campaign is to encourage acts of kindness and compassion and conversations that promote better mental health.
The track is called KCU.
See our Track of the Week page, to see all featured tracks and for details on how to get your track played on air.
Listen again to a full day of broadcasting with over 60 women, reflecting on Bradford and the wonderful world we live in to celebrate International Women’s Day.
BCB will be supporting young people to develop more opportunities for young musicians to perform live in Bradford, in venues appropriate for young people from diverse communities and backgrounds. Find our more about our Youth Music project.
As a part of a recent exhibition at the Science and Media Museum, our BCB volunteers were invited to talk about their lives and the various ways BCB has played a part in them.
This is Shamim’s story:
To hear more stories visit our Above the Noise project page.
BCB106.6FM broadcasts a wide range of radio programmes, reflecting the cultural diversity in the city. We particularly encourage the participation of those communities and individuals who are encountering disadvantage and exclusion, using community radio to bring people together across cultures, neighbourhoods and generations.Find out more about our People
BCB106.6FM offers training and broadcasting opportunities for local people, giving a voice to those individuals and groups who don’t usually have access to the media. We encourage volunteers to gain the skills they need to make their own radio programmes, providing the resources and support for them to do so.Get involved