Category Archives: The Station

Oops, sorry, we are off air

We have a technical problem affecting the power supply to our studios which means we are currently off air. We will be back as soon as possible.

Training

Tailored to suit most people in an evening, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.00pm to 9.00pm.

After an Induction into the YMCA and Radio Barnsley you are introduced to the equipment, a daunting task but after a while it becomes easy to operate. Then into computer systems, no matter how hard we try to keep away from technology, broadcasting has been made easy with computers. These are simple steps to teach you to use systems no matter what your age is or ability.

Broadcasting also needs to keep to the law, standards and format. The course covers all of these.

And then onto greater things, air time to go it alone.

Course Information

All our trainers are fully qualified in radio and teaching and the YMCA is proud to work with them all.

Volunteers

Not only do we rely on broadcasters, it’s your opportunity to help out. When we go on air we will need a lot of voluntary staff to take on the following roles:

answering the phones.
carrying out administration.
producing shows.
selling and making adverts.
recording interviews.
providing the news.
A good community radio station needs team effort, your chance to be involved, say what’s wanted and help decide what we do.

Interested?

Then contact our Station Manager:

Tony Derbyshire
YMCA Radio Barnsley
Blucher Street
Barnsley
S70 1AP

01226 213121 (24 Hour Answerphone)

Just leave your name and number, we will get back to you, or if you want a look around the studios, contact Tony who will be pleased to show you round.

Barnsley YMCA runs an Induction programme for new volunteers, be a part of a great team.

History Of Radio Barnsley

Radio Barnsley was formed a number of years ago, originally as a Tape Recording Club. It developed over the years and became a Hospital Broadcasting station. Radio Barnsley successfully broadcast to the hospital providing record requests, general entertainment and coverage of Barnsley Football Clubs’ home matches.

In 1995 the hospital started broadcasting from its own studios based in the hospital and Radio Barnsley developed into a Community Radio Station. Programmes varyed from request shows to specialist music catering for the 35+ age range.

Since 1995 there have been 2 RSL (Restricted Service License) broadcasts per year, consisting of 28 days of broadcasting and involving over 50 voluntary staff.

On two occasions we have applied to Ofcom for a full time FM frequency licence and both of these applications were denied. Our opportunity to do what we have done since 1995 but full time, lost..

Volunteers carry out a range of duties from presenting, engineering, interviewing, answering telephones and even painting, repairs and making tea!

Radio Barnsley also offers a 6 week training programme. There is a cost involved with this, contact us for further details.

The training is run on an evening, Tuesday and Thursday nights, and then you are paired off with a mentor who will guide you through the next stages of training. Unfortunately it’s not just about playing music!

Radio Barnsley

YMCA Radio Barnsley is a voluntary organisation and supports people (no matter who) to gain something more out of life! Like giving opportunity and skills. Our funding comes from our members support and efforts in raising our “On Line” costs but to go on air to the whole of Barnsley and On Line: costs more than we can meet. So your help in becoming a member/supporter is paramount.

We are still seeking new presenters, no experience needed! Our training takes you through what you need to know. This takes about three months on a one evening attendance for two hours. There is a cost involved, membership to the YMCA and then to Radio Barnsley. All monies are used to keep the service going, the YMCA and Radio Barnsley.