Oundle School's OSCAR Radio 87.9FM - On Air for the 16th Year
20th October 2014

Founded in 1988, OSCAR Radio is an emblem of the talent and enthusiasm of Oundle School pupils. As the only radio station run and directed exclusively by U18s it is an exemplar of the success that young adults can achieve within a professional environment. With the continued support of Sir Howard Stringer (Chairman, Sony Worldwide) and Mr Carl Heinlein and managed by Upper Sixth Form pupils, Eliza Smith (17) and Katie Vickerstaff (18), OSCAR is a legacy that has spanned over 15 years.

Managing Director, Eliza Smith commented, “With this being our final broadcast as Managing Directors, Katie and I are preparing to finish our OSCAR era in style before we pass the baton on.

We are very much hoping to change the face of OSCAR and with lots of planning meetings having already taken place since the beginning of the School year, we are very confident that our listeners will be pleased with the results.”

Although they do not want to give away all of their secrets hey have decided that they wish to involve the whole School, including teachers, and look forward to their appearances on air this November. Sixteen years after OSCAR was first established, this completely pupil run radio station is reaching the end of its teen years and they are ready to give it a more grown up look! With the WW1 anniversary approaching the station is marking this event with a short play that is being directed by pupil, Sarah Wells (16), entitled 'Journey's End'.

Head of OSCAR Radio, Mr Chris Pettitt, 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 the School's cultural diversity. We hope to have programming in several languages and plan to embrace the cultures experienced on our overseas trips and from our many pupils from around the world, as well as dedicated programming for the 100th anniversary of WWI.  I have already set my radio to 87.9 FM in anticipation of the broadcast in November.”

OSCAR Radio reaches a 30 square-mile range and has kept its audience enthralled for all 31 previous 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 - Live Lounge and Afrobeatz - to topical shows like News and Nutters; each as interesting and creative 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 much diversity in the shows. The aim of this November broadcast is to increase the quality and variety of the shows. OSCAR will endeavour to provide the most polished and exciting shows on the air with newly introduced, Radio Plays, Free Thinking shows as well as Science talks, thoughts for the day and Language programmes.

The Headmaster, Mr Charles Bush, also commented “OSCAR Radio is very special. It provides a wonderful opportunity for pupils to understand the challenges and delights of broadcasting live and also to be creative and entertaining.  For generations, Oundle pupils have demonstrated remarkable diversity and flair. Local residents now eagerly await to hear what makes each new broadcast special. Congratulations on so many successful years!”

The upcoming broadcast will run from the 4 November to 1 December on 87.9FM

Listeners will be able to tune in on their radios or use the live streaming utility on OSCAR’s website at where they can also 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. This year, we also hope to have a new app to make tuning in even more accessible than ever.

Eliza concluded, “The forthcoming broadcast is particularly exciting with OSCAR Radio having recently moved in to its brand new premises in the Gascoigne Building. With new recording space and technology, everyone is working to make it the best broadcast yet.”


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