On 17th January 2020, King’s Worcester’s new student-presented radio station, The King’s Voice, launched. Louise Gwilliam (OV) was interviewed by budding radio presenters Joseph Young, Amy Smithson, Thomas Watson, Edmund Roberts and James Capell about her role with the BBC and her time at King’s. Skip forward one year, and The King’s Voice has produced 53 shows and had 3074 listens at the time of writing. It has involved numerous students, teachers and guests from the school community, and enabled students to practise their planning, presentation and editing skills.
As the starting jingle of “our voice, the pupils voice, the king’s voice” suggests, the aim of the station is that students have a platform to talk about the things they are interested in and to plan the shows themselves. Before the first lockdown, shows recorded as podcasts were produced every day on a fortnightly timetable. Special feature podcasts were also produced alongside this. Highlights of these months included the “Match of the Week” boys quizzing the First XI Football team, avid readers discussing books and World Book Day with author Chris Vick, and “The Politics Show” presenters Will Hunt and George Capell interviewing Lynn Denham about her political role in Worcester. “Riff Busters”, “Unwritten Tech”, “School News”, “The Sports Show” and “21st Century Boys” were also popular podcasts series, as well as “Our Voice” and “The Greatest Show” making notable radio debuts. The King’s Voice marketing team made some excellent posters and “On Air” signs too.
The remote nature of The King’s Voice allowed shows to continue during lockdown, with “School News” hosted by Edmund Roberts and “21st Century Boys” hosted by Joseph Young, Thomas Watson, Freddie Pugh and Jack Barnet releasing podcasts fortnightly. During the summer, students interviewed Mr Doodes about his career, what he was looking forward to about King’s, and his three Desert Island Discs. This show remains the most listened release with 361. Mr Pearson also produced a “Best of the Year” sample, in case of any future Student Radio Award student entries.
Despite students being in school, the radio remained remote for the remainder of 2020. Sports Ambassadors tackled questions about their role and how lockdown affected training, and an Inter-House Christmas Number 1 competition increased the station’s listening figures, with Kittermaster student Olivia Filmer – Hare taking the top spot with 250 listens. New DJ John Davies produced an eclectic Christmas mix, which was also well received by our listeners.
2021 has seen the radio station take a slightly new direction, with some shows focussing on well-being during lockdown. Coinciding with Wellness Week, Dr Kate Mason, Clinical Psychologist at King’s, was introduced via a Desert Island Discs format, and has subsequently started producing her own series “Psyched!”, a show focussing on happiness, mental health and feel-good songs for a Kitchen Disco. Lower Remove students also created a One-Year anniversary review show, which can be listened to below.
As the station progresses, we aim to bring in more aspects of King’s life, with shows about careers and profiles about staff coming up in the new future.
All shows can be listened to through our Mixcloud and Twitter feeds, a link on the Firefly homepage or through this link.
On behalf of every student involved in the station so far, a big “Thank You” goes out to all students, staff, OVs, parents, guardians, and members of the wider King’s community for listening. We hope The King’s Voice can continue for many years to come.