Have you ever wanted to go behind the scenes at a radio station? Now’s your chance! Below, we take you on a more detailed visit to the station. If you would like to be shown around the studios in person, please contact us.
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, MiniDisc and even from a record player! 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. There is also a digital television in the studio to enable presenters to keep abreast of the latest events.
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 used in its last building.
The mixing desk is a lot more complicated than its counterpart in Studio One. It enables more experienced presenters to tweak the sound until they can hear the desired effect.
There is just one record deck in here, but because this is regularly used for production purposes there are two CD players and one MiniDisc machine. 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. It is also possible to produce local news bulletins in this studio.
The majority of Radio Clatterbridge's sixty-year old collection of music is kept in our record library. All of the station's CDs and vinyl are stored in this room.
It’s a small room, but we store thousands upon thousands of discs in here. Both of the main walls in the room are covered from floor to ceiling in music! On the left hand side are the vinyl albums and extended twelve inch singles. The vinyl singles are kept on the right hand side along with the CDs.
Each track on every CD and album, together with all singles, are all 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.
The Music Library is also home to our transmitter box is also kept in this room. It works around the clock to send our programmes to the aerial.
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.