OSCAR Radio 87.9FM
7th October 2015

On air for the 18th year

10th November – 8th December 2015

OSCAR Radio will be back on air in November. 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 (former Chairman, Sony Worldwide and Non-Executive Director of the BBC) and Mr Carl Heinlein and managed by Upper Sixth Form pupils, Hetty Hodgson (17) and Alice Park (17), OSCAR is a legacy that has spanned over 17 years.

Managing Director Hetty Hodgson commented, “In my opinion OSCAR Radio is one of Oundle’s greatest assets. Our aim is to get people in the town and at School talking about and tuning in to the station. Our new vibrant management team hope to improve the variety and quality of the productions, with new shows including a radio play and a quiz. Please tune in to 87.9FM for our innovative and exciting line up of shows.”

Although they do not want to give away all of their new plans, the pupils 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!

Studio Manager and teacher, Mr Chris Pettitt, said: “I am very much looking forward to this upcoming broadcast as our pupil management team have been working hard to present a varied and diverse schedule. 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 varied range of extra curricular activities. 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.  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 35 previous broadcasts. With the fresh and original ideas of pupils who create and host their own shows, each as engaging and creative as the next, OSCAR Radio has typically enjoyed a diverse selection of programmes. These range from music shows such as Live Lounge, to evening shows such as Bedtime Stories to wind down to at the end of the day.

This year, with an ever-increasing variety of broadcasts of concerts, customary news, sports, music, current affairs, debates, community events and Drama, OSCAR will strive to provide polished productions, including Radio Plays, Free Thinking shows as well as Science talks, thoughts for the day and Language programmes.

Oundle’s new Head, Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, commented, OSCAR Radio represents an impressive achievement and above all, makes a great contribution to the community of town and School in which we all live.”

The upcoming broadcast will run from 10th November - 8th 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.

Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced Design Technology facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department planned to link the STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years and includes a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015.

There are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11.


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