Connect Forth – the College’s online broadcast station - have launched their first on air ‘Info Hour’ pilot show with Forth Valley Student Association (FVSA).
FVSA now have an hour where they can update all of Forth Valley College on news, events they are running or helpful information, all mixed with music and College promos running from Monday-Friday between 10-11am and 7-8pm. This hour can also be constantly updated when new material is produced.
It is hoped that the pilot will be successful and allow Connect Forth to open up the potential for many other departments at the College to use a similar ‘Info Hour’ to promote news, events, support, advice and achievements on the air.
Broadcasting 24 hours a day seven days a week, Connect Forth Radio is run entirely by FVC Media students and staff and is based in the Stirling campus, with a remit to broadcast a wide mix of music and speech-based content. It is now broadcasting across the Stirling, Falkirk and Alloa Campuses as well as the wider Forth Valley area and beyond.
Amber Little, Student President from FVSA, said: “We’re really excited to be working with the team at Connect Forth radio, it’s a step in the right direction for FVSA in making us more accessible to students and getting our key messages out there in all three campuses every day.”
Gavin Orr, Media and Communications Lecturer and Connect Forth Radio Station Coordinator, said: “Connect Forth has already worked together with the College’s Communications and Marketing team, Student Services, FVSA and Hospitality Department and is currently running promos for the Gallery restaurant, Student Services, FVSA, FVC Gyms, FVC Salons and the LRC.
“Recent coverage of the College’s LGBTQ+ month campaign has also proved popular and successful and the station now hopes more departments across the College might like to use the ‘Info Hour’ slots, like the FVSA, to highlight, showcase and promote the great work they do.
“Currently our students are producing content and gaining live radio station experience as part of their curriculum, but we would be delighted to welcome proposals from departments on how, with the help of our future media professionals, they might wish to let students and staff know what they have to offer over our airwaves. We can’t wait to hear from teaching and support departments with their ideas for air-time.”
Kaitlin May, BA Digital Media second year student and Connect Forth Radio Steering Group member, said: “As a Steering Group member and student of the college, having the FVSA on board will definitely enhance the content at the station and give a bigger voice for the students. The radio has been a fabulous way to understand REAL industry and be able to apply it directly to evidencing our outcomes. Sharpening practical skills while promoting your own content is exactly what we, students, need to be successful in, both on our courses and when we move on from college.”
Students, staff and the general public can tune in by visiting http://player.broadcastradio.com/forth-valley-college and are encouraged to get in touch at any time with questions, requests, ideas and feedback through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ConnectForthFVC.
For more information visit the Connect Forth website https://www.connectforth.forthvalley.ac.uk/