Radio Venus 2019

BCB Women’s Radio Workshop for IWD, Friday 8th March

A diverse group of women huddled around a large table with a bowl of fruits

8th March is International Women’s Day and on BCB we broadcast Radio Venus – a full day of women’s broadcasting on BCB.

A very big thank you for taking part in the BCB International Women’s Day Broadcast. We are continuing with the radio workshops so do come along!

Ongoing Workshop Dates
Every Thursday at 2pm – 4pm

Listen again to Radio Venus 2019!

7 – 8am : IWD Wake Up with Kirsty and Sonia
Wake up with Kirsty and Sonia and start the day in style!

8 – 9 : Venus Breakfast with Maria Spadafora & Furaha Mussanzi
Join Maria and Furaha and a host of guests to hear about all things IWD!

9 – 10 : One to One with Carole Moss
Carole Moss talks to Saliha Rubani, programmer of the WOW festival and currently a producer at Commonwealth Theatre. One woman, her life and her music!

10 – 10.30 : Free to be Me! with Wendy Lewis and guests
Women of Colour join Wendy to talk about their varied lives and experiences.
10.30 – 11 : Live from the Women’s Health Network IWD event with Julie Longden
Julie Longden speaks to women at the Women’s Health Network event.

11 – 12 : Women About Bradford with Shamim & Mercy
A host of guests join Shamim and Mercy plus a live link to the ‘People Like Me’ event at the NSMM.

12 – 1 : Women’s Round table with Maureen Grant
Women’s news review of the year – with guests Sasha Bhat, Rachel Mc Mahon, Yemi Fagbouron & Kafayat Adegoke.

1 – 1:30 : Ladies in Waiting with Shi Blank
An exploration of creative women and their works featuring The Shuttle by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Like the Lily by Frances White, My Dark Heart by Elizabeth Maconchy and El Colapso by Angelica Negron.
1.30 – 2 : Survivor Sisters with Fiona Broadfoot
Fiona and other survivors of the sex trade discuss the need for the complete abolition of the sex trade.

2 – 4 : Afternoon Stretch with Pam & Debbie
Live guests, music and more with Pam and Debbie.

4 – 6 : Venus Drive with Lorna & Chingai
Lorna and Chingai are joined by some of Bradford’s sassiest women – Live in the studio!

6 – 6.30 : Hear We Are – the Reunion! with Shamim Akhtar
5 years on! The Hear We are group reflect on the last 5 years since the group formed with Shamim, Shazia and Asma.
6.30 – 7 : Real Talk with Rahbia, Tia and Kira
Bradford’s finest Young women speak out! Rahbia with Khera and Tia tell us how it is.

7 – 8pm : Bradford Spice with Lubna
Bollywood Bhangra and more.

8 – 9 : What Women Don’t Talk About with Ingrid
Ingrid Dzerins hosts a lively discussion of just some of the things women don’t talk about.

9 – 10 : Women wi’ Words! with Kirsty Taylor
Kirsty invites local women poets and wordsmiths to perform their work.

10 – 11 : Sisters of Soul with Maureen & Sandra Rowe
The very best in music with the BCB’s Rowe Sisters – Maureen and Sandra.

11 – 12 : Floor Fillers with Mercy
Hottest sounds from Mercy Katola!

We use IWD as a catalyst for getting new women and girls involved with BCB, as well as a focus for women to work together on new programmes. So with this in mind we are holding the first Women’s Radio workshop/planning meeting/training session on Saturday 19th January at 11am.

After this they will be held on the days below. Future sessions will be arranged to suit everyone’s availability and needs.

IWD Workshop Dates
Thursdays at 2pm – 4pm between now and March 8th
Saturday, 26 Jan, 11am – 1pm
Saturday, 2 Feb, 11am – 1pm
Saturday, 23 Feb, 11am – 1pm
Saturday, 2 Mar, 11am – 1pm
Pre-recording Programmes
Saturday, 2 March, all day!

The workshops will be a mixture of hands on radio skills training ( using the studio, digital editing, interviewing, presenting and producing programmes, writing for radio ) as well as programme planning.

There are many ways to be involved! Here are some ideas to think about.

Do you want to present or co- present a programme?
Is there an issue that you want to cover/ include in the programming on the day?
Is there someone you want to invite in to be interviewed?
Are you available to be at BCB on Friday 8th?
Could you report from an event?

Please get in contact with any ideas that you have – we’re really happy to support you wherever we can!

All women and girls are very welcome so do tell your friends. No experience necessary – just the ability to have fun!

If you cannot make it on these dates and are interested in getting involved, please let Mary or Julie know.

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Shamim and Mercy in the studio
Mary hard at work on the computer
Maureen, Kafayat and shi group photo on a blue couch
Grinning lady with purple hair wearing a green tshirt that says The Future is Feminist
A group of women around a coffee table deep in discussion
A lady with green hair and bright orange jumper smiling at the camera
3 women sharing a joke, laughing

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