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For a final look back at the year gone by we’ve put together a reel of the station’s best bits. There were, quite frankly, too many to choose from but we included such gems as our Lead LUU prank on Fiona Metcalfe, highlights of The Transmission, The Beat’s infamous ‘Catch A Fresher’ feature and clips from The LGBT Show, To The Point and Alumni Radio.

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that last Thursday night, our very own James Hanson won Broadcast Presenter Of The Year at the 2014 O2 Media Awards for Yorkshire and Humber.

Broadcast presenter of the year = louise min chin

James has been a presenter on Leeds Student Radio for three years, presenting a variety of shows including the well-loved James Hanson Live as well as our Head of Speech in his second year and Programme Controller over the past year. On Thursday he came ahead of competition from ITV Calendar and BBC Radio Sheffield to win the award in a ceremony held at the Royal Armories in Leeds. The award was presented by ITN presenter Nina Hossain and James was described at the best radio talent to come out of Leeds since Chris Moyles! He has just finished his degree in Politics at the University of Leeds and we wish him the best of luck with his future career.

Congratulations also to Andy Seddon of LSTV who won the Emerging Talent Award and to our friends at Leeds Student Newpaper who won Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year and were runners up for Editorial Team of the Year. You can find the full list of winners here.

Listen to some podcasts of James Hanson Live on his mixcloud page.

So another year of university is over and with it another year of Leeds Student Radio. It’s been a fantastic year for LSR – we’ve had over three-hundred members making over a hundred hours of radio every week. We’ve put on some great events like Lead LUU – The Results, The Transmission and more. There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes too with re-brands, renovations and plenty more change. We were also delighted to have been awarded with Best Media Society at this year’s Riley Smith Awards.

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We’ll be posting occasional updates over the summer whilst we’re off-air, but get ready to tune back in to Leeds Student Radio in September for Freshers Week!

Thanks to everybody who has listened this year. Thanks to all the students, societies and other guests who have joined us on air throughout the year. Thanks to all of our fantastic members who’ve worked on and off the air all year to make it wonderful. Finally, thank you to all of the committee for their work behind the scenes, without whom this year would not have been possible.

Roll on 2014/15!

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On Thursday 1st of May, LSR Presents: The Transmission – an evening of live music, comedy and entertainment, all broadcast live on Leeds Student Radio. We’ve never attempted an event quite like this before and it promises to be rather spectacular.

Music comes courtesy of Leeds locals, Goodbye Chanel, Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang and a student band who debuted to rave reviews at the Brudenell Social Club last month to rave reviews, The Zozo Band. We also have comedy courtesy of the famous sketch group, The Leeds Tealights and radio delights courtesy of LSR’s very own Too Many Discs.

Listen again to highlights of the evening here and you can see photos from the event over on our Facebook page.

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The LSR Awards are back for another semester! Celebrating the best shows, presenters and contributions of this second semester of broadcasting. The nominees have officially been announced, decided by the Station Manager, Programme Controller and Deputy Station Manager . The winners will be announced in a social after the Easter break. Congratulations to everybody who’s been nominated!

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On the 11th March 2014, STAR, Amnesty, HOMED and Leftovers held a Sleepout in front of the union.  The night started at 6pm, with entertainment running late into the night, including from the likes of Big Band, Swing Soc, Comedy Soc, and Belly Dancing Soc! Nearly 100 people attended the event at different times throughout the night, whether it was to learn how to dance, buy a cake, or chat to one of our local charities.  34 brave people even managed to stay outside for the whole night!

The night was organised to raise money for STAR (Student Action for Refugees) and Simon on the Streets (a local charity working to combat homelessness). The societies were successful in raising £280 for our two chosen causes.  STAR’s primary focus was to raise awareness of the destitution that many people in in the city of Leeds are faced with.

Leeds Student Radio paused scheduled programming for the night and broadcast live from the event from 10pm onwards.  We interviewed the event organisers, charity/ society volunteers, and performers to help give a well rounded overview of the event.  We also managed to broadcast performances from Big Band and Comedy Soc so that our listeners would feel closer to the event, even if they were unable to attend.  LSR was thrilled to be involved with such an exciting event, and to meet so many passionate and interesting people.

As the Leadership Race begins to build up, Leeds Student Radio caught up with Tim Mortimer. Tim was the 2010-11 Activities Officer and gave us an insight into what it’s like as a member of the Leeds University Union Student Exec.


Tim talks about what it was like to run in the election and be an officer while the £9,000 fees were being debated and introduced. If you want to hear more, then visit the LUU website and get involved on Twitter using the hashtag #LeadLUU.

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Well we’re finally back on air today after a few hectic weeks of restoration following being granted the Footstep Fund to refurbish the studio. It’s been… an adventure of sorts, and we’re finally back with a brand new production studio that we, as a society, can work with to produce even better radio to a higher standard.

The office is a bit of a mess at the moment, so bare with us while we get everything back to the pristine manner that we were renowned for before.

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I’ve attached a picture of Hannah and Holly being silly around the new desk so that you know:

  1. The aesthetic properties of the aforementioned desk
  2. The main ethos behind our work at the radio station is unequivocally world peace.

We’re looking forward to being back on air and hope you are eager to hear what we’re saying, seeing and listening to. Let’s see what 2014 has in store for (arguably) the best looking radio station to have ever been formed.

 

There are some very exciting goings on in the Leeds Student Radio office at the moment. In December we successfully applied for funding from the University of Leeds’ footsteps fund for studio renovation and equipment update. This will transform the LSR studios and dramatically enhance our station in numerous ways

The first step of our project has been to completely renovate our production studio. Previously a home for broken equipment and furniture collapsing around our ears, it is going to be transformed into a brand-new studio capable of multi-track recording, DJing and live output. The first step has been to take out all the old equipment, give it a lick of paint and replace the carpet. As you can see it’s currently a chaotic mess, but this will change soon enough. Stay tuned for more updates

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Discover more about the University of Leeds’ Footsteps Fund here

It’s been a great semester of shows on Leeds Student Radio but now it’s time to plan for the next half of the year. All existing shows must be re-proposed to say that you want to do it next semester (not including ‘core shows’ like Breakfast etc) and any new ideas must be proposed through the new-proposals form. You have until Sunday 19th January at 5pm for both forms

Click here to access both of the forms and further instructions

Some top tips from your Station Manager for new proposals:

  • Think about what shows LSR already has. For example, we already have Box Office, our film review show, so if you want to submit a show about films then try to put a different spin on it
  • Take your time – we’ll be able to tell the shows where the ideas have not been thought through properly
  • Tell us about your previous experience, whether it’s doing features on breakfast or something away from LSR that’s relevant to your show
  • Don’t just submit five proposals hoping that one will get approved, this isn’t a case of throwing enough sh*t at a wall and hoping some of it sticks. We’re always over-subscribed so are unlikely to give you multiple shows, you’re better off having one really strong idea

Good luck and have a good Christmas. Any problems or queries, email Matt on manager@lsrfm.com or James Hanson, Programme Controller on programming@lsrfm.com

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