Golden oldies back on radio

The University Radio Bailrigg Station Manager in 1983, Steve Atkins, in action in the studio that boasted turn tables, cassette players and reel-to-reel tapes.
The University Radio Bailrigg Station Manager in 1983, Steve Atkins, in action in the studio that boasted turn tables, cassette players and reel-to-reel tapes.

Former members of Lancaster University’s student radio station are being invited to take to the airwaves again this October.

For a day on Saturday October 27 the usual schedule of Bailrigg FM will be taken over by former presenters to try their hand broadcasting again to listeners across Lancaster University.

The aim of the reunion is to bring back several generations of student radio enthusiasts to Lancaster, said current station manager Rachel Harvey.

She said: “We want to give our alumni the chance to put on shows during the day.

“The idea is for the veterans to pick their own music or other content. We will team them up with the current generation of presenters will help with the technology, which is very different from the equipment that people who were on the station in the 1970s or 1980s would have been used too.

“I am sure people who come back will be very impressed at the state of the station.

“We broadcast 24/7 during term time and around 100 people involved at the moment.

“The station has also moved from its old location in Fylde College to a purpose designed studio in Furness, although it is just a few yards from the old studios.

Tim Ripley, a Scotforth resident and former Lancaster Guardian reporter, is helping to organise the reunion event.

He said: “When we held a similar event in 2006 we got people who had been on the station stretching back to the 1970s.

“When I was involved in the station between 1981 and 1984 it was called University Radio Bailrigg and the studios looked very different from today. Now it’s all digital technology but the station certainly has the same atmosphere as the old days.”

As well as being able to take to the airwaves of Bailrigg FM during the day it is intended to hold an evening party.

Former members wishing to attend should contact Tim or Rachel via reunion2012@bailriggfm.co.uk.

Further updates on the progress of the event will be posted on the station website, www.bailriggfm.co.uk.