Author: Terry Lee

International Summer School Special


Tune in to Radio LaB on Monday at 10am to hear the International Summer School special on Radio LaB. Recorded in July 2017, the programme is presented by 19 different international students, who are practising their English speaking as part of the University of Bedfordshire Language Centre’s ‘Summer School’.

Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee said: “The radio station is always happy to work with students from across University departments on small projects like this. It was great to spend some time with these students – they were so brave to practise their English using the radio. I hope that for some it was the confidence boost they needed to show them their English is better than they think.”

Radio LaB Playlist – July 2017

Playlist A

Deadcrush – alt-j
Dream On – Amy Macdonald
Creature Comfort – Arcade Fire
Everything Now – Arcade Fire
Signs of Life – Arcade Fire
Never Did This Before – Black Saint
Real Life – Duke Dumont
Higher – Eliza And The Bear
Can’t Do – Everything Everything
Fire Dancing – Holy Oysters
Instruction – Jax Jones
Strip That Down feat Quavo – Liam Payne
Know No Better – Major Lazer
Slow Hands – Niall Horan
What’s Wrong – PVRIS
Machine – The Horrors
Playlist B

Takes One To Know One – April Towers
Let The Good Times Roll – Blackwaters
Champion – Fall Out Boy
Run – Foo Fighters
Walking The Wire – Imagine Dragons
All Stars Ft. ALMA – Martin Solveig
Grant Green Ft. Charles Bradley – Mr Jukes
WOO SE MAMA – Paul Weller
People Will Always Need Coal – Public Service Broadcasting
Born To Lose – Ten Tonnes
The Man – The Killers
Feels Like Falling In Love – The XCERTS
Eden Machine – Trailor Trash Tracys

LSFC Takeover 2017

Tune in to Radio LaB 97.1FM this week (26th – 30th June 2017) and you’ll hear Luton Sixth Form College students on the air.

For the fifth year running, sixth formers are taking over the airwaves of the University of Bedfordshire’s community radio station.

From 8am to 4pm, each hour-long show will have a different presenter or presentation team and include a range of music, features and chat – all broadcast live.

Luton Sixth Form College radio teacher Andy Waterfield said: “It’s great to be invited back to Radio LaB for the fifth year running – it’s such a great experience for our students.

“This year we’ve got a mix of students from the BTEC radio and also TV and film courses, who are using it as an extension to their studies to stretch and challenge themselves.”

* The full daily schedule is below. Tune your radios to 97.1FM or listen online at

8am: Retro Breakfast with Andy

9am: James, Marcus, and Tom

10am: Kailan, Katie, and Paige

11am: Meghan, David, and Lauren

12pm: Rachel

1pm: Andrew and Ben

2pm: Chelsea and Holly

#BJTCvote 2017

Radio LaB 97.1FM are pleased and proud to be the hosts of BJTC Vote 2017, which can be heard from 10pm on Thursday 8th June.

The live all-night election results programme is being produced by Journalism students from across the UK studying on industry accredited BJTC courses. The programme is a chance for BJTC Journalism students to learn, share and collaborate on a major story, reporting on the radio, online and social media platforms from election counts.

Thirteen Universities are taking part in this unique collaboration.

Tune in to Radio LaB on Thursday 8th June from 10pm.

Luton South Hustings Event

On Wednesday 24th May 2017 on Radio LaB, from 5:30pm, tune in to hear a hustings event for Luton South’s candidates standing in the UK General Election on June 8th.

Tune in to Radio LaB to hear the candidates from the Conservatives,
The Green Party
The Liberal Democrats
And the UK Independence Party.

This is your opportunity to cross-examine the candidates and share your hopes for Luton and the UK. Vice Chancellor of the University of Bedfordshire, Bill Rammell, will be your host and chair for the debate.

Tickets are still available to attend the event, which takes place in the University’s Postgraduate Centre. Click here to register for the event, and for more information. 

The Luton South Hustings event, in association with the University of Bedfordshire and Uprising, this Wednesday from 5:30pm.

Radio LaB nominated in the ‘ILSR’ Awards 2017

Radio LaB are pleased to announce that we’ve been shortlisted twice in the ‘Best Outreach’ category in the ‘I Love Student Radio’ Awards 2017. Our ‘Drug Driving’ campaign and our mini-series ‘The Vesper House Lunch Club’ were recognised as good examples of our community work.

The awards ceremony takes place on 20th April in Leicester (at Demon FM in Leicester).

Terry Lee is the Radio LaB Coordinator:

“We are proud to have worked alongside Age Concern Luton, Luton Borough Council & Smart Safe Luton as part of our radio output this year. Our students learnt so much from these community projects – and the feedback from those organisations was fantastic as well. Radio LaB will continue to be a creative platform for students to work with positive & charitable external organisations, I would encourage anyone who thinks we may be able to help to contact us.“

Vesper House Lunch Club

20161019_101746‘The Vesper House Lunch Club’ – in association with Age Concern Luton.

Radio LaB has been working with Age Concern Luton to create a 4 episode mini-series called ‘The Vesper House Lunch Club’.

Three Radio LaB student managers – Kayleigh Saunders, Matt Udall and Steve Wells – visited Age Concern’s thrice-weekly lunch club, where Luton pensioners are offered transport, food and fun.

The students asked all the service users and volunteers to pick a song that envoked memories, and recorded the conversations for radio.

4 hour long programmes will be broadcast on Sundays at 8am, starting on 5th February.

Claire Hussey – Wellbeing Officer – Age Concern Luton:
“The Service Users loved having Radio LaB at the lunch club, they loved talking about the music that meant so much to them – their memories are special to them and they love to share. We hope Radio LaB and the students come back again to do another project.”

Radio LaB student manager Kayleigh Saunders:
“I thoroughly enjoyed each day I spent at the Vesper House lunch club. It has made me consider volunteering at the club or a similar club at some point in the future as it’s great company and I really enjoyed talking with the older people and volunteers there.”

20161019_104645Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee:
“This radio project was about giving some of our town’s oldest voices a chance to share their stories, and introduce their favourite tunes. I’m proud of how Kayleigh, Matt and Steve spoke to the Age Concern service users with compassion and respect. Many of these users spend a lot of time alone – it was clear they enjoyed the conversations with our students.

“At Radio LaB we are always looking to work with organisations like Age Concern Luton, and hope to be involved in more community engagement projects in the near future.”

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Drug-driving prevention

Radio-LaB-drug-drive-ad-webThe University of Bedfordshire’s community radio station Radio LaB has teamed up with Luton Council and Smart Safe to support a campaign to discourage people from drug-driving.

Radio LaB produced a radio advert supporting the campaign. Listen to the audio

The advert was produced and voiced by Radio LaB student managers Kayleigh Saunders, Matthew Udall and Steven Wells.

Sports Journalism student Matthew said: “Unfortunately you cannot escape the fact that drug driving is a thing. And it could be our friends and family that become the next innocent victim. That is why it was a great pleasure working with Luton Council to hopefully make a difference. “

Media Production student Kayleigh said: “I really enjoyed the experience I gained from working with Smart Safe and Luton Council on this project. Having helped to make this advert, it has also opened my mind to different career options too after I graduate. I am now considering voice over work which I hadn’t before.”

Music Technology student Steve said: “I’m honoured to be a part of this campaign as I believe there isn’t enough public awareness about drug driving. Drugs can have as much impact on your ability to drive as alcohol and if the adverts save even one life, then that is a huge achievement.”

Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee said: “As a Community Radio station, Radio LaB is always proud to support local authorities and support services in getting their message out to young people and students in Luton. I’m so pleased with how our students have conducted themselves with this project. It’s been a fantastic opportunity for them to work on creating a serious, important message.”

Caption: Kath Greenaway, Road Safety Manager, Luton Council, Claire Peter, Smart Safe Alcohol & Drug Worker (Schools), Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee and student Matthew Udall

Festive Season 2016

christmasclipartHo ho ho! Radio LaB wishes you a restful, and fun break over the festive period.

Between 23rd December 2016 – 3rd January 2017 there will be less live programming than usual, but we won’t stop bringing you festive specials and top tunes.

It’s been a really eventful 2016 at Radio LaB, thanks for sharing it with us. Highlights have included; student radio awards & ‘I love student radio awards’ successes, our coverage of ‘varsity’ in Hertfordshire, recognition at the ‘Luton’s Best 2016’ awards, #RBR24, our recent collaboration with Luton Borough Council and ‘Smart Safe Luton’ reagrding ‘drug driving’, our ongoing partnership with Luton Sixth Form College & our coverage of the Beds SU elections in March.

It’s also been amazing to find out that we have nearly 6000 young people in Luton tuning in each week.

The Radio LaB team is super-excited about 2017, we always strive to improve. With your support – we will!

Best wishes,

Terry – on behalf of fhe Radio LaB management team

Radio LaB win Bronze!

SRAawardsThe University of Bedfordshire’s community radio station Radio LaB has won ‘bronze’ this year’s Student Radio Awards, which took place on Thursday 10th November 2016.

Media Performance graduate Kyle Bennett won the accolade in the ‘Best Interview’ category.

Before the awards ceremony, Kyle said: “To be in with a chance of winning a national award is absolutely crazy and I still can’t believe it.”

Kyle’s interview was with a detective constable from the London Metropolitan Police, about the relationship between young people and the police in London.

“When I recorded this interview for my special project, I never thought it would lead to this.  I want to thank everyone who has helped push and support me throughout my education.”

Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee said: “Kyle’s achievement is something we’re very proud of here at Radio LaB. I really hope this news inspires some of our current radio students to aim for similar national recognition. Kyle is a great guy and all the radio team here at the University wish him every success in the future.”


University of Bedfordshire Media Production graduate, and one of last year’s Radio LaB managers, Luke Gregory was also shortlisted for an award at the ceremony, ‘Best Male Presenter’.

Full list of winners here: