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Radio LaB Playlist – 24 October 2016


Howl – Biffy Clyro
Soundcheck – Catfish & The Bottlemen
Power Over Men – Jamie T
Lane Boy – Twenty One Pilots
Sure and Certain – Jimmy Eat World
Around The World – Kings of Leon
Gameshow – Two Door Cinema Club
Still Breathing – Green Day
Kids – OneRepublic and Cassius


Shout Out To My Ex – Little Mix
Love On Me – Galantis & Hook n Sling
That’s My Girl – Fifth Harmony
Rockabye – Clean Bandit, Sean Paul and Anne Marie
Body Moves – DNCE
Ain’t My Fault – Zara Larsson
Don’t Wanna Know – Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar
Meteriorite – Years & Years
In The Name Of Love – Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha

Radio LaB Shortlisted For Awards

SRAawardsTwo graduates from the University of Bedfordshire’s radio station Radio LaB have been shortlisted for this year’s Student Radio Awards.

Media Production graduate Luke Gregory has been nominated for the Best Male category, while Media Performance graduate Kyle Bennett is in the running for the Best Interview prize.

“When I was told that I had been nominated, I couldn’t believe it. I cheered and ran downstairs to tell my parents. I have had so many messages from people congratulating me and I’m just so happy to be nominated,” said Luke, who is now a presenter on KMFM Radio in Kent.

“I’m really excited for the awards ceremony now, knowing that I can turn up and just enjoy the night. I also have a 50/50 chance of winning so who knows!”

Luke was also keen to stress to other Radio LaB students the importance of entering awards like these: “If you are a radio student then I can’t stress how important these awards are, this could be you in a years time, if you really want a career in radio and you’re not entering the awards then you’re just wasting your time! Work hard, listen to radio and most importantly be yourself!!”

“To be in with a chance of winning a national award is absolutely crazy and I still can’t believe it,” said Kyle, who was shortlisted as a result of his interview with a detective constable from the London Metropolitan Police about the relationship between young black people and the police in London.

“When I recorded this interview for my special project, I never thought it would lead to this. Whether I win or not, the fact that I’ve been shortlisted is a major achievement for both myself and the University. I want to thank everyone who has helped push and support me throughout my education.”

Kyle also took time to recognise the part played by DC Johnson, the interviewee: “This interview opened up my eyes to the difficult role that the Police play in our community that I never quite understood beforehand. I can’t thank DC Johnson enough for the opportunity.”

During their time studying at Bedfordshire, both graduates presented shows on Radio LaB which broadcasts throughout Luton and Bedfordshire from the University’s Luton campus.

Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee said: “Having two nominations for the Student Radio Awards this year is unprecedented for Radio LaB. It shows great progress and is a real achievement. Kyle and Luke deserve this recognition in response to their drive and talent as broadcasters.

“Radio LaB offers a platform for students to improve and show off their skills – national acknowledgement is icing on the cake.”

Luke and Kyle will find out if they have won at an awards ceremony in London on Thursday 10th November.


Rock-Bottom-Radio-team-webRadio LaB is aiming to raise hundreds of pounds for charity as a tribute to a young wrestler.

Rock Bottom Radio (RBR), our wrestling-based panel discussion show, has aired every Wednesday at 8pm for two years, during which time the team discuss in-depth on matters of WWE and other wrestling franchises.

Now the team are planning a special 24 hour broadcast on Tuesday 25th October from 10pm called #RBR24, to raise money for charity Cavendish Cancer Care.

The team wanted to pay tribute to UK wrestler Kris Travis, who passed away earlier this year at the age of just 32, following a battle with stomach cancer.

RBR presenter and Journalism student Daniel Jones said: “Kris’ death really touched the team and we all felt we wanted to support the charity that supported him, Cavendish Cancer Care. #RBR24 is going to be a lot of fun – we can’t wait.”


Radio LaB Co-ordinator Terry Lee said: “Rock Bottom Radio’s successes over the past two years are set to be seriously celebrated in this unique 24 hour broadcast. #RBR24 is a student-led programme, and one which demonstrates Radio LaB’s commitment to innovative radio content.”

Read more about #RBR24 here.

Radio LaB Playlist – Sept 16

Playlist A

All I Wanna Do – Martin Jensen
Always Late – Rizzle Kicks
Bike Engine – Stylo G & Jacob Plant
Cruel World – Phantogram
Final Song – MO
Fountain Of Youth – Local Natives
Frankie Sinatra – The Avalanches
Friends With Benefits – KSI
Get Over It – Rat Boy
Hype – Dizzee Racal/Calvin Harris
Spoken Word Ft George the Poet – Chase & Status

Playlist B

All A Dream – Wretch 32
Don’t You Know feat. Jamie N Commons – Kungs
Girls Talk Boys – 5 Seconds Of Summer
I Love You – Earl
Kids – One Republic
Mamacita – Tinie-Tempah
Miracle Aligner – The Last Shadow Puppets
Ready For Magic – Honeyblood
Sunshine feat. Dan Harkna – TIEKS
Twice – Catfish & The Bottlemen
We Stand Up feat. Ina Wroldsen – Kat Krazy
Youth – Glass Animals

Playlist C

Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
EMERALDS – Bear’s Den
Friend – Baby Strange
Hardened Heart – Tom Chaplin
Have Faith – Palace
Howl – Biffy Clyro
Remember – Sunset Sons
She’s Out Of Her Mind – Blink 182
The 17th – The Courteeners
The Game – Oscar and the Wolf
Twist – Nathan Sykes
Work For It – LTA

Radio LaB Playlist – July 2016

Playlist A

Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Frankie Sinatra – The Avalanches
Good Grief – Bastille Mamacita – Tinie-Tempah
Past Lives – Local Natives
Raw Gold – Beaty Heart
Talk – DJ Snake
The Moment – Tame Impala
Turn Up – The Heavy
We Got U – Lemaitre
Wobble – Lethal Bizzle

Playlist B

Are We Ready (Wreck) – Two Door Cinema Club
Beautiful Thing – The Stone Roses
Do It Right – Martin Solveig
Millionaire Feat.Nelly – Digital Farm Animals & Cash Cash
Miracle Aligner – The Last Shadow Puppets
Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue
Pure Evil – Baby Strange
Sigma – Cry
Take It Out On Me – White Lies
Virtue – Bloc Party
Wherever I Go – One Republic

Playlist C

100 Or Nothing – Primal Scream
Animal Style – Biffy Clyro
Auld Wives – Bears Den
Karma Seeker – VANT
Lisbon – Wolf Alice
One More Time – Craig David
Parachute – Kaiser Chiefs
People On The High Line – New Order
Sunday – Iggy Pop
Timeless – DMAs
Whats It Gonna Be – Shura

Summer Specials on Radio LaB!

UniversityofbedsFrom 10am Monday 29th August – Friday 2nd Sept 2016, listen to some special programmes on Radio LaB, made earlier in the year by groups who came to Radio LaB on radio training sessions.

Monday 29th August, 10am – Cardinal Newman School Takeover
Tuesday 30th August, 10am – Media Conference Day Takeover
Wednesday 31st August, 10am – International Students Takeover
Thursday 1st September, 10am – Sam & Jo – UoB Summer Schools
Friday 2nd September, 10am – Robert Bloomfield Academy Takeover

PC Liam Mitchell on Hate Crime

liammitchellThe University Liaison Officer for Bedfordshire Police, PC Liam Mitchell, has popped in to Radio LaB to tell staff and students about how to report hate crime.

Liam told us that  currently Bedfordshire Police have not seen a rise ion reported hate crime that can be attributed to the results of the EU Referendum. Figures are comparable with last year. But he did tell us hate crime was likely being under-reported.

Hate crimes and incidents come in many different forms. It can be because of hatred on the grounds of your race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity or disability.

Hate crime in any form is wrong. That is why it is important that if hate crime happens to you or someone you know, that you report it.

You can report it directly to the police by phoning 101, or 999 in an emergency. University of Bedfordshire students in Luton can also support hate incidents to the student support department via the SID desk.

Hate crimes can also be reported online (and anonymously if preferred) on the ‘True Vision’ website: 

What do students think about Radio LaB?

Large Blog ImageRadio LaB, the community radio station for University of Bedfordshire, has been given some good news from its latest Listeners figure report. The report has revealed that around 6000 young people living in Luton area from postcode (LU1-LU6) listen to the station weekly. The station has made good progress in the last two years, and was recently named ‘Most Improved Student Radio Station’ at the ‘I Love Student Radio Award 2016’

What many students like the most about the radio station is the fact that it plays a wide range of music. Raheem Ibrahim studying Business said:

“What I really like and think is quite important about Radio Lab is that it is run by students for students. It feels good to have a radio station in the university itself.”

Another student Shirish Gurung, who goes to a different campus said:

“My university campus is Butterfield and we don’t have any Radio Lab or anything to do there.”

Radio LaB is aiming to improve and develop more to provide an excellent service for people tuning in. Terry Lee, Radio LaB Co-ordinator said on hearing the news: “The University of Bedfordshire is lucky to have a full FM Community Radio license for Radio LaB, and this report tells us that we are using it to full effect, engaging with thousands of young people across the University and Luton. It’s fantastic for our students and volunteers to be able to see just how much their voices and views are being heard – a triumph for community media.”

Radio LaB reaching 6k young Lutonians weekly

headphonesMore good news for Radio LaB in its latest ‘Listener Figure Report’.

The figures reveal that Radio LaB is reaching 11% of its target audience with an estimated 5,829 people aged 18-29 living in the reach area (LU1-LU6 postcode) listening in to Radio LaB weekly.

Terry Lee, Radio LaB Co-ordinator said on hearing the news: “The University of Bedfordshire is lucky to have a full FM Community Radio license for Radio LaB, and this report tells us that we are using it to full effect, engaging with thousands of young people across the University and Luton.

“It’s fantastic for our students and volunteers to be able to see just how much their voices and views are being heard – a triumph for community media.

“We will now look to further develop Radio LaB to ensure that we continue to offer both an excellent output for those who tune in, and an enjoyable experience for those who volunteer with us.”

The results follow a street survey that took place in Oct/ Nov 2015 created independently by ‘Blueprint Research & Training’ in Norwich.

The report can be read here: Estimated Listener Figures April 16 – Exec Summary – Radio LaB

Radio LaB wins!

radiolabawardIt was a great night for Radio LaB at the ‘I Love Student Radio Awards 2016’ on Thursday 31st March in Cardiff, as the team came from Wales with the trophy for ‘Most Improved Student Radio Station’.

At the awards ceremony, which ‘aims to celebrate the commitment and contributions of individuals of student radio’, Radio LaB were also ‘highly commended’ in the ‘Best Community Outreach’ award for their  project  ‘The Exchange’, which was run in partnership with Age Concern Luton and Luton Sixth Form College. Radio LaB student managers Joe Burcham, Joe Flemons, Luke Gregory, Jacob Roch and Jack Stowell were all in Cardiff to receive the accolades.

Radio LaB Coordinator Terry Lee was delighted to hear about the success: “I’m so pleased for all our students that we’ve won this award and that we’ve been recognised as an improving station. Radio LaB is the culmination of hard work by many devoted individuals. As long as we continue to work hard at making a great noise, our station and our volunteers can go from strength to strength.”