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Bursting into cyberspace
Station manager David SheppardTHIS STORY LAST UPDATED:
03 May 2003 1658 BST

Student radio Burst is breaking out of its confines on the airwaves and hitting the net.
There are 38 programmes and up to 40 DJs on Burst
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It's quite a hike up to the top of the Student's Union building to meet the Burst team.

And speaking of Bursting.....

"We couldn't be farther from the loos if we tried," DJ and programme controller Chris Cox told the website that loves Bristol.

"We have two or three long records on the playlist so we can nip to the loo, but everyone knows that's what we're doing."

Chris joined Burst in October when he started uni.

"Before I joined, I looked through the website and Burst stood out so I listened to get an idea and liked what I heard."

DJ Chris Cox
Feelgood music on Monday's 12 till 1400BST

After a pilot show he was taken on and now broadcasts on Mondays from 12 to 1400 BST with two friends, Luke Hartley and Andy Kingstone.

"I like to play classic cheese and now it's getting summery, I'm playing feelgood music and remixes.

"We bring the papers in and banter about what we've been doing.

"If we have an idea for something on air, we can just run with it."

Professional sound

Each show has its own feel and there's plenty of room to experiment with formats.

"It's a good opportunity to learn lots quickly and you don't have to worry too much about the legal side of things," Chris explained.

"We can plug new music and play our favourites, really its up to us what we do with the two hours for each show."

The station has just finished its first FM broadcast, and station manager David Sheppard is delighted with how it all went.

"We only inherited things as a committee three weeks before going on air, but we're all really pleased with the comments and emails we received."

Now Burst is putting finals tweaks to the schedules before taking the leap into cyberspace.

"We picked up new listeners online who we hope will stay with us and a couple from as far away as Cribbs Causeway," David explained.

"Students became much more aware of us for the first time - they told us how impressed they were that we sound so professional."

Specialist music

Mixing desk
In the evenings there are specialist music shows

During the day the station's music is accessible, easy listening - what David describes as "background noise".

But in the evening there's a definite turn to more specialist music shows, each dealing in one particular genre.

In all there are 38 programmes presented by a 40-strong team of DJs.

"We're working on the playlist at the moment to see if we can make it listen on demand," David enthused.

As this is the summer term, some of the DJs are tied up with exams, but that has benefits for others waiting in the wings.

"Last term's schedules had to change because this term is plagued with exams but we've got loads of pilot shows ready from DJs who're keen to get on air," said David.

If you fancy giving Burst a listen, log onto from Monday May 5.








"If we have an idea for something on air we can just run with it."

Chris Cox, DJ.

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