Joining a society at university is a great way to meet people and as a Digital Technology student we suggest you join Scratch Radio. Scratch Radio broadcast 24/7 from Parkside Building with the aim to produce radio made by students, for students. Any student can join as you’ll be provided with all the training you need. We spoke with Digital Media Technology student Luke Pooler and Media and Communication student Jack Griffin to find out what it’s like to be in the society.
Posted 03 June 2019
What is Scratch Radio?
Luke: Scratch Radio is Birmingham City University’s very own student radio station. We fall under the umbrella of Scratch Media, which includes Scratch TV and Polygon Magazine. We do everything at Scratch Radio, from creating and producing shows, running our own social media and managing the technical aspects that come with running a radio station.
How and when can students join the society?
Luke: Students can join from September, through the BCU Student’s Union website, or by visiting us at our stand at the Welcome Fair in the first week of term. Any student can join us, as long as they have a passion for music and are committed to spending time working in the Scratch Office.
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What can students gain by being a member?
Jack: We have a massive focus on learning whilst you’re here, and working on radio can be pretty intimidating at first. All new members of Scratch Radio get paired up with a presenter who has been part of the society for a while, so they can build rapport and a relationship with them, and get used to presenting.
What are the main activities you do as a member?
Jack: There’s so many different roles at Scratch Radio that aren’t just presenting. We need technical people, marketers and people interested in the business-side of the music industry so we are able to function as a radio station. The opportunities that a student can get whilst they’re working on Scratch Radio are huge, from the social aspects, to being able to review gigs and interview musicians.