Podcast & Radio Volunteer

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Fancy making a podcast and radio show?

Would like to start a career in the sound and audio industry?

If so, this could be for you!

Get involved in an exciting new project, Unlocking Our Sound Heritage, and learn to research and edit audio recordings with Bristol Community FM (BCfm).

What is Unlocking Our Sound Heritage?

Unlocking Our Sound Heritage (UOSH) is a national project aiming to preserve and provide access to half a million of the nation’s rare and unique sound recordings.

To accomplish this huge task, ten sound preservation centres have been set up across the UK. Each centre will digitise and catalogue sound collections from their region. Bristol Archives is home to the UOSH hub for South West England.

Together with BCfm, UOSH needs help to make these digitised recordings available to the wider public. This is where you come in. Learn how to create a new podcast and radio show by selecting and editing these amazing old recordings.

What’s involved?

  • Explore archive recordings of people talking about key events in Bristol’s history
  • Edit archive audio clips to be included in a podcast and radio show

What will I gain from taking part?

  • Learn how to get into radio and how to make your own podcast
  • Gain confidence by working as part of a group to discuss and finalise content
  • Learn professional audio and sound editing skills
  • All project-related travel expenses covered
  • Lunch and refreshments provide where and when necessary
  • YOUR WORK & VOICE on the radio and podcasts

Join us online or in-person – your choice!

Both courses are the same, we’re just offering it two different ways to suit different needs.

Course 1 – Online (Zoom – laptop/computer with internet access required)

  • Monday 12th October 2020 – 11:00am-15:00pm
  • Monday 19th October 2020 – 11:00am-15:00pm
  • Monday 26th October 2020 – NO SESSION – Bristol schools half term
  • Monday 2nd November 2020 – 11:00-15:00pm
  • Monday 9th November 2020 – 11:00-15:00pm

Course 2 – In-person (MShed and BCfm Studios)

  • Monday 19th April 2021 – 11:00am-15:00pm (MShed)
  • Monday 26th April 2021 – 11:00am-15:00pm (MShed)
  • Monday 3rd May 2021 – NO SESSION – Early May Bank Holiday
  • Monday 10th May 2021 – 11:00am-15:00pm (MShed)
  • Monday 17th May 2021 – 11:00am-15:00pm (BCfm Studios)


Closing Date: 
Wednesday, 30 September, 2020 - 23:45
How to Apply: 

Simply make a 60-second audio recording OR write in no more than 200 words telling us why you would like to join the project.

You can record this any way you like (smartphone is fine).

Then email your audio or words to marcus.smith@bcfm.org.uk by 30 September 2020 with your name and phone number. We will be back in touch by Friday 2nd October.

UOSH is a National Lottery Heritage Fund supported project  led by the British Library, in partnership with Bristol Culture & Creative Industries and Bristol Community FM (BCfm).

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Marcus Smith
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