New studios finally launched for Black Country community radio

Andy Street was on hand to officially open the studios of Black Country Radio, supported by Mayor of Dudley Sue Greenaway, station chairman Keith Horsfall and other station members.

Black Country Radio has invited leaders from across the community to join its staff and volunteers at the station’s studios at Resonance on the Waterfront in Brierley Hill and celebrate the official opening of the new studios on Tuesday.

The station had moved into the Resonance campus in early 2021, but had been unable to mark the move of older studios due to restrictions around Covid.

Hannah Udall is one of many volunteers on the show

The event at Resonance saw speeches from station chairman Keith Horsfall, who thanked staff and volunteers for all their hard work and spoke about the importance of community radio, and the Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, who also officially unveiled the plaque alongside Dudley Mayor Sue. Greenway.

Mr Street was also interviewed live by Drive Time host Hannah Udall, while guests in attendance, who came from community groups, business organizations and other groups working with Black Country Radio, were able to visit the two live digital broadcast studios and two production workshops.

Dudley Mayor Sue Greenaway and West Midlands Mayor Andy Street pose with Hannah Udall inside one of the broadcast studios

Keith Horsfall said the event was a recognition of all the hard work of staff and volunteers over the station’s eight years and a reward for all the challenges during that time.

He said: “We’ve been through five moves, a flight, all the challenges and issues of Covid and so much more, but we’ve been through it and we’re here with the new studios officially open.

“I’m very proud to lead this fantastic organization, but it’s really the 120 volunteers who make it possible, whether it’s me as chairman or the person making the tea.

“We are a community radio station run by the community for the community and we have wonderful talent, so the future is bright for us.”

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