Category: Friends & Partners

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

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.

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 coverage of the Beds SU Elections

BedsSURadio LaB is proud to support Beds SU, and this election season (Monday 22nd February to Friday 4th March) we are the station to tune into for the latest Beds SU Election news.

If you can’t make it to the event, listen to our live coverage of the Beds SU Election results from Bedford campus on Friday 4th March from 9pm. 

Listen again to our coverage of the Beds SU Election Question Time event from Thursday 25th February.

For more information about the Beds SU Elections, visit

Radio LaB at Luton Mela 2015

luton melaDuring the first weekend of August 2015, Radio LaB’s Freya McCann enjoyed ‘Luton Mela’ at Wardown Park, an annual event that’s been running since the year 2000. Originating from South Asia, the word ‘Mela’ traditionally comes from the Sanskrit ‘To Meet’.

Freya took her recorder and spoke to some of the events participants and organisers to find out more about why Luton Mela is so special.

Listen to Freya’s experience of Mela here:

University of Bedfordshire to host CMA Conference, September 2015


CMA LogoThe University of Bedfordshire and Radio LaB are proud to be hosting the Community Media Association (CMA) conference on September 12th 2015, at the Luton campus.

The CMA’s website says:
“We have decided to move the conference to the other side of summer to give us a chance to hear initial reports on the progress of Ofcom’s small-scale DAB trials. This day will maximise networking opportunities bringing together broadcasters, service providers, key sector partners and funders.

Keep this date for your diaries and we will publish the full agenda shortly. Meanwhile if you are seeking to promote products and services to our sector do contact Bill in the office on 0114 279 5219 for our conference rate card.

In a year that has seen the long awaited Community Radio Order amendment, a new partnership with the BBC, and the progress of local TV with community orientated agendas shows that we are in exciting times full of opportunities. We look forward to exploring and sharing these with you on 12th September.

UBBS – Youth Insight Project

Hewlett-PackardStudents from the University of Bedfordshire Business School are looking to get the views of  young people (aged 16-25) from Luton about physical activity. This project is in association with Luton Borough Council, Sport England, Active Luton, Luton Town Football Club and other Community Leaders.
To fill out the online questionnaire, click here:

The Exchange

agc logoIn Association with Age Concern Luton, and Luton Sixth Form College, Radio LaB is pleased to be broadcasting ‘The Exchange’.

‘The Exchange’ is an inter-generational 4-part radio mini-series, where one volunteer from Age Concern lsfc logoLuton and one student from LSFC exchange song selections with each other.

Two different generations of Lutonians, brought together by music. Sharing passions, memories and emotions with eachother.

Radio LaB Coordinator, Terry Lee, says:
“The Exchange isn’t just a radio series, it’s a social experiment, and the results have been very interesting. In these four programmes you’ll hear music of all genres, you’ll hear honest responses, you’ll hear friendships being created. And each programme is completely individual, and a compelling listen.

“Radio LaB is committed to working with local partner organisations to make radio programmes that affect our target communities.”

Listen to ‘The Exchange’ at these times:

Feb 22nd 9am – Amanda and Katie
March 1st 9am – Adam and Brenda
March 8th 9am – Gillian and Harry
March 15th 9am – Chris and Tony