Station expands as studio refurbishment completed

Co-presenters Dave Harvey and Liz Morton in the refurbished studioRadio Clatterbridge is set to expand as a project to refurbish Radio Clatterbridge's main broadcast studio has been completed.

It's the first phase of a scheme which will eventually see the entire station overhauled and enlarged thanks to the hard work of a team of volunteers.

The team, headed by Mike Eveleigh, have been giving up their spare time to refit Studio 1 since May.

The mixing desk and playout software have been reoriented and rehoused on new furniture to make it easier for presenters, co-presenters and guests to see each other.

The main mixing desk in its new home

The room has been carpeted thanks to a donation from The Carpet Gallery, while the walls have been brightened with a combination of paint and sound-deadening carpet tiles.

It has been 16 years since the studio was originally fitted out.

"It was a physical hard slog to demolish the old stuff. It had been built never to be taken apart. Plenty of dust had accumulated over the years since the last build so masks were a must!" - Mike Eveleigh

Programmes were temporarily presented from Studio 2 while engineers Ron Berkeley and Dave Berkeley moved the cables and equipment.

That back-up studio is their next target having already rearranged the desk and equipment.

More modern decor will be introduced with additional sound proofing.

Mike Eveleigh in Studio 2 during the workRadio Clatterbridge's record library is also due for a redesign - but only after members of the charity are consulted over the need for the huge quantity of vinyl currently in the station's collection.

"Seeing the new studio arise from the dust was so satisfying. The team worked very hard to get back on the air. It was achieved in under two weeks - the station's personal best!" - Mike Eveleigh

The main hallway will be rearranged to give a little more room with wall decoration to reflect our 66-year history and our purpose.

Meanwhile, the station is set to expand into another room formerly used by the trade unions.

The office has been stripped out ready for a lick of paint and will eventually hold the transmission equipment used to get Radio Clatterbridge on the air.


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