BCfm to launch new local oral history podcast

BCfm to launch new local oral history podcast

Posted on: 14 Sep 2020

Delve into Bristol neighbourhoods with the new ’12 Communities 1 Bristol’ podcast series. 


A new local oral history podcast tells stories of hip-hop from Knowle, bee conservation in St George and a female rugby team based in Avonmouth.


'12 Communities 1 Bristol’ launches this week on local community radio station BCfm.


The twelve-part series has been created by Bristol creative Marcus Smith and more than 40 local volunteers and students, in partnership with Bristol Museums, Bristol Archives and UWE Bristol. 


Each episode will focus on a particular Bristol neighbourhood - Barton Hill, Knowle West, Lawrence Weston, Easton, Fishponds, Hartcliffe, St George, Hillfields, Southmead, Eastville, Stockwood and Avonmouth.



Speaking about the podcast, Marcus said:


“There are stories of an old man in Hartcliffewho eats snails and calls them wall-fish, funny tales of a female rugby team based in Avonmouth, plus hip-hop from Knowle West and bee conservation in St George.”


“Many of these areas are often overlooked or stigmatised. So we have created something to change perceptions and share unique local stories.


“This new podcast is for Bristolians, welcomed newcomers and future generations to come.”


With more than 60,000 weekly listeners and 70 weekly shows, BCfm is an award-winning community radio station. The station started up in 2007 as the city’s first community radio station.


In August 2019, BCfm's studio was devastated by a fire, causing more than £15,000 worth of damage.


Speaking of ’12 Communities 1 Bristol’, BCfm’s Station Manager Patrick Hart said:


“The last 12 months have been a difficult year for the station with a major fire destroying our studios and just as we thought things were getting back to normal - then coronavirus happened and hit us all.”


“In the midst of this, Marcus and the team have managed to put together some simply amazing pieces of audio that really do represent those 12 communities of Bristol - I can’t wait for the city to hear them.”


‘12 Communities 1 Bristol’ will be available from Thursday 17 September on BCfm Radio, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and all mainstream podcast providers.

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Kate Hutchison


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