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Behind the scenes

The office
The office

The Whitehaven Office

Welcome to the Whitehaven office and studio. This is the base for Anthony Baxter, our West Cumbria reporter.

About BBC Radio Cumbria

Radio Carlisle came on air the first time on Saturday November 24th 1973. Since 1982 and a change of name the station has served one of the biggest counties in England with around 80 miles of coastline, an area of 2,600 square miles and a population of just under 500,000 people.

In an area which stretches from the Solway Firth to Morecambe Bay and bordered by the Pennines and Irish Sea, much of the population is concentrated around Carlisle (the "Border City" ten miles from the Scottish border), West Cumbria (including Whitehaven, Workington and Maryport), Kendal and the Furness peninsula (including Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston).

The county is perhaps best known for The Lake District with its mountains and lakes and attractive Lakeland towns and villages, and The Eden Valley. Our main studios are on Annetwell Street in Carlisle - opposite Carlisle Castle and close to the cathedral and city centre.

There are staffed offices in Barrow, Kendal and Whitehaven that serve the main population centres outside Carlisle, with additional contribution studios in Keswick and at Brockhole near Ambleside.

Each week the station broadcasts nearly a hundred hours of local programmes from 5am to 10pm on weekdays and between 6am and 6pm at the weekend.

There are more than 30 journalists and broadcasters spread around the county providing this valued and trusted service to the people of Cumbria.

This is the centre of operations for our west Cumbria news gathering team.
If you're able to drop by, please do so. You will find us above the Post Office in Lowther Street. However, if you're unable to pay us a call in person - here you will be able to see some of the studio and office in our "virtual tour".

The Front Door

The door from the street
The door from the street

This is the way in to our office. This unassuming front door leads to our main west Cumbria studio.

For as long as BBC Radio Cumbria has served the county - indeed before the station was renamed from BBC Radio Carlisle - there has always been a member of staff based in these studios.

The office
The office

West Cumbria plays an important part in the make-up of county life and has such a strong identity of its own that the BBC is fully committed to reporting what happens here.

Mixing desk
Mixing desk

That is why even in the harsher economic times at the BBC it was always a priority to keep our Whitehaven studio in place.

The Studio

Mixing desk
Mixing desk

In the studio, all the reports and interviews are "mixed" or edited prior to broadcast. As you can see, unlike our studios in Barrow and Carlisle, the emphasis is very much on using tape machines for most of the broadcast work. This is where Anthony will prepare his interviews for sending "down the line" to the main studios in Carlisle.

Anthony in action
Anthony in action behind the mic

If you have a story or information for our West Cumbria producer Anthony Baxter, you can call him on our Whitehaven number. As he's often out in the field, please feel free to leave a message on the answering machine.

last updated: 03/01/06
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