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OSCAR Radio 87.9FM
18th February 2014



From Tuesday 11 March - Monday 24 March

 

OSCAR Radio, founded in 1988, is an emblem of the talent and enthusiasm of Oundle School pupils. It is the only radio run and directed exclusively by U18s and is an exemplar of the success that young adults can achieve through a professional environment. With the abiding support of Sir Howard Stringer (Chairman, Sony Worldwide) and Mr. Carl Heinlein, OSCAR has been able to produce a legacy that has spanned over 15 years, and is becoming increasingly exceptional, broadcast by broadcast. OSCAR will hopefully develop further and continue to flourish under the new Managing Directors’, Katie Vickerstaff (17) and Eliza Smith (16), energy and dedication to the station.

 

Managing Director Eliza Smith comments, “Having been appointed Managing Director alongside Katherine Vickerstaff, we have a huge variety of ideas for what we feel and hope can enhance OSCAR Radio’s already impressive output, channeling our passion towards leaving OSCAR Radio even more improved than how we joined it just over a year ago. Having had over 15 years of broadcasting and over 30 broadcasts to reflect on we are very much the new Oscar era and generation and we wish to give OSCAR a new face, with sophisticated professional styled shows.

 

We have an amazing group working with organizing the shows that have come up with numerous ideas in particular in the sports category- including having sports coaches from Oundle School interviewed live as well as having prerecorded interviews with the sports coaches from the  matches that take place on Saturdays.

 

Although there are so many amazing opportunities at Oundle, in my eyes OSCAR Radio is the most unique in that we are the only pupil run radio station in the UK and we wish to have as many people involved with the broadcast including Oundle teachers, Oundle pupils alongside forums and the residents of Oundle. We aspire to promote OSCAR Radio to its full potential with fabulous new ideas from our publicity team including an OSCAR Radio meditation during the School Chapel services and a coffee morning during the run up to the OSCAR broadcast as well as the usual club night and break time launch. Having recruited such an encouraging Board of Directors, Katherine and I are both very confident with the future of OSCAR Radio and the new and improved approach and look.”

 

OSCAR Radio reaches a 30 square-mile range and has kept its audience enthralled for all 31 broadcasts. With the fresh and innovative ideas of pupils who create and host their own shows, OSCAR Radio has enjoyed a diverse selection of programs from music shows, like Live Lounge to topical shows like News and Nutters, each as interesting and demiurgic as the next. With an ever increasing variety of broadcasts of concerts, customary news, sports, music, current affairs, debates, community events and Drama, there is an ever increasing diversity in the shows. The aim of this March Broadcast is to increase the excitement about OSCAR Radio for the younger years of the School, with an even higher quality of shows, which appeal to people inside the School and outside the School alike.

 

Chris Pettit, music teacher and studio manager of OSCAR said, “I am very much looking forward to this upcoming broadcast as we have one of the best management teams that we have had for a number of years. I expect to hear some entertaining and stimulating radio with a wealth of influences from across the spectrum of School life and for this broadcast we are directing our spotlight towards drama and sport. Our new Board of Directors have carefully listened to the views of our listeners and put together a schedule that shouldn't be missed. I have already set my radio to 87.9 FM in anticipation of the show in March.”

 

The Headmaster, Charles Bush, also commented “OSCAR Radio provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils to understand the pressures and delights of broadcasting live and also to be creative and entertaining.  Generations of Oundle pupils have demonstrated their great diversity and local residents now wait to hear what makes each new broadcast special. Many congratulations on 16 successful years!”

 

The current broadcast will run from the 11 - 24 March on 87.9 FM. Listeners will be able to tune in on their radios or use the live streaming utility on OSCAR’s website at www.oscar-radio.org and listen to Podcasts. The constantly updated website enables listeners all over the globe to be able to listen in and access the programme and information about OSCAR.

 

Press contact:

Hetty Hodgson and Harry Hutchinson

Publicity Directors

OSCAR RADIO

Oundle School

01832 277267 

 

 Oundle School-Background Information

 

Oundle School’s name derives from the quintessentially English Market town, Oundle, in which it is situated. The School Buildings are scattered through the picturesque town which is in effect the school’s campus. The buildings themselves make up the attraction of the school and date from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century.

 

Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School in 1556, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876 the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts: Laxton Grammar School, mainly for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, mainly for pupils further afield. To mark the new millennium, the Governing Body decided to reunite the two schools under the same name of Oundle School, with Laxton as a House for day-pupils.

 

Today, the School offers a range of educational possibilities to meet contemporary needs: co-educational day or boarding education. It offers a school for 5-11 year olds, Laxton Junior, and Oundle School, with entry at 11, 13 or into the Sixth Form. 

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