So burnfm did not recieve any nominations for this year’s SRA awards.
Looking at the list the front runners seem to be URN (nottingham) and Smoke (westminister?)
Part of the reason for this is money.
Last year we had to go off air after three weeks because we hadn’t the money for air conditioning.
I think one of the reasons our studio is small and ill equipped in comparison to other stations is due to our lack of radio course at the uni. Smoke fm is run by students who study radio and Nottingham is probably the same. Leeds has it’s own paid sabbatical station manager.
Of course part of it is down to dedication and, speaking for myself here, I am SO dedicated to Burnfm.com. I’ve spent the summer working at myspace radio, bbc radio and 4talent to get experience to help further this year. I really want to get Burn off the ground and up there with the best.
The thing is, the SRA should consider the size of stations. On it’s list of members it says the members for each station (which are wrong for Burn) and the transmission data. If they are so concerned with these details then they should be considered when selecting nominees. A station with say, 500 members has a larger talent pool/time for broadcast than one with less than a hundred. Each of those members will pay subscription fees which pump money into the station. Students are more likely to pay if the station already looks good/has benefitted from members’/student union money.
Some uni’s also are more willing to accomodate their stations. At the moment I’m not sure where Burn stands so my current plan is to try and improve relations with the uni and see where it goes…