News and Events

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
Labour
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.“

Drug-driving Prevention

The 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

Vesper House Lunch Club

‘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.”

Playlist for 22nd January 2017

PLAYLIST A

  1. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran

  1. Castle on the Hill – Ed Sheeran
  2. Bad Things – Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello
  3. Human – Rag’n’Bone Man
  4. Let Me Love You – DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber
  5. Love My Life – Robbie Williams
  6. Paris – The Chainsmokers
  7. Rockabye – Clean Bandit ft Sean Paul + Anne Marie
  8. September Song – JP Cooper
  9. Touch – Little Mix

PLAYLIST B

  1. Blame – Bastille

 

  1. Better Off Without You – Mallory Knox
  2. Told me – Dusky Grey & Catrin Hopkins
  3. Medicine – Vistas
  4. Steady 1234 – Vice ft. Jasmine Thompson
  5. Surrounded – Chase City
  6. Trigger – Deaf Havana
  7. Wake Up – Circa Waves

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.”

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: https://www.studentradio.org.uk/2016/11/student-radio-awards-2016-winners/