Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at a radio station? Now’s your chance! Let’s take you on 360-degree virtual tour of our studios.
Let’s start in the main studio, where the majority of Radio Clatterbridge programmes are broadcast from.
Our presenters sit behind the mixing desk and control everything that the listeners can hear. They have the ability to listen to anything before putting it on the air. This is how presenters can cue up music to start exactly when they want it to.
In Studio One we can play music from computer, MP3, CD and even record player and MiniDisc! Everything we broadcast is recorded and kept for legal reasons. There are three microphones: one for the presenter and two for guests. The studio also has the capability to put phone callers directly on to the air.
The mixing desk itself has twelve faders, giving presenters the ability to turn on and off the many different pieces of equipment. It also allows the presenter to check the volume of the programme and the ability to adjust it if necessary. The news service comes into the station via a satellite receiver in the main studio.
Presenters can access the internet in the studio to enable them to keep abreast of the latest events and they can keep an eye on our security system too – just in case!
This is Radio Clatterbridge’s news and production studio. It can also be used as an emergency back-up to Studio One.
Although much smaller, it works in much the same way as the main studio and contains the equipment which Radio Clatterbridge previously used there.
There are just two CD players in here and it takes just a flick of a switch to put Studio Two on air.
This facility is used whenever engineering work is taking place in the main studio, ensuring the listeners never miss out on a programme.
We also record our community news bulletins in this studio.
The majority of Radio Clatterbridge’s music is now played from computer. But we still have rare recordings locked away in our music library.
It’s a small room, but we store thousands upon thousands of tracks in here. An entire wall of the room is covered from floor to ceiling in CDs!
Each track on every album have all been painstakingly catalogued and given a reference number.
Before their programme, presenters come into the music library to use the index card system to look up the location of the music that they need. Many tracks are also kept on the computer for ease.
Our transmitter box and all the equipment needed to stream our programmes over the internet is kept in a separate secure room. The machines here work around the clock to send our programmes to the aerial over seemingly endless cables.
Our radio mast was built in October 2011. The one watt low-powered aerial is essentially just a 10 metre high fibre glass pole – but it allows us to broadcast on 1386AM (Medium Wave) within Clatterbridge Health Park.
Finally, we return back to the lobby and main entrance of the station.
We share the building with offices for the hospital’s union shopstewards and with the site’s security base.
The studios were opened in April 2001 on our 50th anniversary.