BASS FM Launch
The buzz around BASS FM shows that radio is still relevant to young people’s lives. BASS FM offers an opportunity for young people to be mentored by the best in the business, and in a safe, legal environment.
Ray Paul, BASS FM
Birmingham based creative arts company PUNCH have announced the launch of their new local radio station, BASS FM. BASS FM will be run by, and for, young people.
Punch is marking the eighth anniversary of their annual BASS festival with the launch of a groundbreaking new local radio initiative. BASS FM will broadcast citywide throughout month of June, bringing some of the Birmingham’s best emerging DJs to the airwaves for the first time. Aspiring young broadcasters will be able to try out for their own slot on BASS FM at a special event held at the Birmingham Ormiston Academy (BOA) in April.
BASS FM will be broadcasting for four weeks, going live on the 2nd of June in the runup to Punch’s BASS festival. The BASS Festival is the UK’s only monthlong celebration of Black music, and one of Birmingham’s most significant independent festivals. Highlights of the BASS festival will be broadcast on the station, including the nationwide ‘Soul Acoustic’ tour, and an Amy Whitehouse tribute event.
First time broadcasters will be able to try out for their own slot on BASS FM at a free handson taster day, being held at BOA in the city centre. On the 27th of April industry professionals including BBC’s Janine Kempadoo and Ryan Newman and Choice FM’s Jade Avia will be working alongside talented hopefuls to help them refine their skills. Those successful will go on to an intensive four week training course.
BASS FM’s development manager Ray Paul is a veteran of twenty years in the radio industry. He says;
The buzz around BASS FM shows that radio is still relevant to young people’s lives. We aren’t just training DJ’s and presenters; BASS FM will have places for young researchers, producers and technicians as well. BASS FM offers an opportunity for young people to be mentored by the best in the business, and in a safe, legal environment.
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