On air for the 18th year
Tuesday 1st March- Monday 14th March 2016
Founded in 1988, OSCAR Radio is an emblem of the talent and enthusiasm of Oundle School pupils. As the only radio station run and directed exclusively by U18s it is an exemplar of the success that young adults can achieve within a professional environment. With the continued support of Sir Howard Stringer (Chairman, Sony Worldwide) and Mr Carl Heinlein and managed by Lower Sixth Form pupils, James Stringer (17) and Mercedes Bannister (17), OSCAR is a legacy that has spanned over 15 years.
Managing Director, James Stringer commented, "Ever since I hosted my first OSCAR show in Third Form (Year 9) I have dreamed of being one of the OSCAR Managing Directors, and now Mercedes and I have our chance to leave a mark on the incredible OSCAR legacy. During our stint in charge, we hope to reinvigorate OSCAR with more interviews, a more interesting and diverse range of broadcasts, and improving OSCAR's digital presence. We are both very excited and hope to bring OSCAR Radio closer to resembling recognisable stations like BBC Radio 1, but still carrying the distinct OSCAR personality that new and old listeners alike have to come to love."
Although they do not want to give away all of their secrets they have decided that they wish to involve the whole School, including teachers, and look forward to their appearances on air this March; involving more and more pupils in more and more broadcasts. Eighteen years after OSCAR was first established, this completely pupil -run radio station is reaching the end of its teen years and they are ready to keep the classic shows and bring in some new recruits as well! With the whole-School Birmingham concert fast-approaching, OSCAR will be honoring this quinquennial event with exclusive interviews with the teachers and best musicians at Oundle.
Head of OSCAR Radio, Mr Chris Pettitt, said “I am very much looking forward to this upcoming broadcast with our new management team of Fifth and Lower Sixth formers. I expect to hear some entertaining and stimulating radio with a wealth of influences from across the spectrum of School life and as always we are directing our spotlight towards the School's breadth of subjects and cultural diversity. We hope to have programming in several languages and plan to embrace the cultures experienced on our overseas trips and from our many pupils from around the world. We also hope to have our new website ready in time for the broadcast in order to enhance the listener experience with interactive scheduling and live updates. I have already set my radio to 87.9 FM in anticipation of the broadcast in November.”
OSCAR Radio reaches a thirty square-mile range and has kept its audience enthralled for all thirty one previous broadcasts. With the fresh and innovative ideas of pupils who create and host their own shows, OSCAR Radio has enjoyed a diverse selection of programmes from music - Live Lounge and Top 10 Musical Hits! – to game broadcasts such as Have I Got News For You?; each as interesting and creative as the next.
With an ever-increasing variety of broadcasts of concerts, customary news, sports, music, current affairs, debates, community events and Drama, there is much diversity. The aim of this March broadcast is to increase the quality and variety, and to keep on providing audiences with exciting broadcasts. OSCAR will endeavour to provide the most polished and interesting shows on the air with newly introduced Radio Plays, Free Thinking shows as well as Science talks, thoughts for the day and Language programmes; as well as a bedtime reading show for all to enjoy.
The Head, Mrs Kerr-Dineen, also commented, “The opportunities that OSCAR Radio gives Oundle pupils are second to none in radio journalism and I am very proud indeed of what is achieved.”
The upcoming broadcast will run from 1st-14th March.
Listeners will be able to tune in on their radios or use the live streaming utility on OSCAR’s website at www.oscar-radio.org where they can also listen to Podcasts. The constantly updated website enables listeners all over the globe to be able to listen in and access the programme and information about OSCAR. This year, we also hope to have a new app to make tuning in even more accessible than ever.
Background Information on Oundle School
Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.
The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. Phase two of the SciTec vision is now underway, with enhanced Design Technology facilities and a new purpose-built Mathematics Department planned to link the STEM subjects both physically and philosophically. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion which opened in April 2015.
There are currently 1110 pupils are on roll at Oundle School, with 865 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.