Friday, 4 December 2015

BBC Manchester @ Christmas

BBC Radio Manchester went out and about again at the start of Christmas to take in the Christmas cheer at the markets across Greater Manchester.

Two weeks at five different markets both weeks looked the same as far as venues go..

Monday - Ashton Under Lyne
Tuesday - Bolton
Wednesday - Bury
Thursday - Wigan
Friday - Altringtham

With each venue getting its own outside broadcast.

Mike Sweeney in Bury
Mike Sweeney in Bury
Monday - Becky Want (Week 1)
Tuesday - Phil and Ali (Week 2)
Wednesday - Mike Sweeney (Week 2)
Thursday - Mike Sweeney (Week 1)
Friday - Becky Want (Week 2)

There was two aims of the outside tour. 

1. To promote BBC Radio Manchester in the outlining towns of the Greater Manchester.

2. To  broadcast from areas that BBC Radio Manchester from areas that don't get a lot of coverage on air.

To that end BBC Manchester spent a lot of time taking photos of listeners for the Facebook page. They can be found in the Christmas markets album.

Also See  
BBC Radio Manchester 
BBC News from Manchester
BBC Manchester on Facebook
BBC Manchester on Twitter

Also on my blog
BBC Manchester at the Christmas Markets 2013
BBC Manchester's Love Where You Live Tour 2014
BBC Manchester at the FA Cup Final

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Conference Play Off Final 2015

Burnsy Interviews a fish
Bristol Rovers beat Grimsby Town on penalties to win the Conference promotion final and secure an instant return to the Football League.

Both sides hoping for a return to league two when they faced each outer at Wembley on Saturday the 17th of May 2015.

All square after full time and extra time it was spot kicks that settled the difference in Bristol's favour.

Broadcasting before the game on BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Radio Humberside we got all the fans excitement as they headed into Wembley.

Also see..

BBC Bristol
BBC Radio Bristol
BBC Humberside
BBC Radio Humberside
Photos of the day from Olympic Way 
Read the BBC Sport Match report

BBC Humberside at 40
Turn Back Time

Talent Ticket 2014

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Friday, 8 May 2015

Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal - Skcin

On Saturday the 25th of April 2015,  BBC Radio Derby Breakfast presenter Colin Bloomfield lost his battle agents cancer aged just 33. 

After a successful battle agents skin cancer some 10 years earlier he was diagnosed with cancer again a year ago.

Out of the great sadness that staff of BBC Radio Derby are felling came some good right out of the heart of Colin himself.

BBC Bus in Long Eaton
BBC Bus in Long Eaton 
Before his death Colin spent time promoting Skin Cancer awareness, how to avoid it and what to
look out for.

Linking up with the charity Skcin BBC Radio Derby hit the road to have peoples moles tested on the streets.

On the streets in Belper, Long Eaton, Burton and Derby, The BBC Bus was joined by two doctors per day to check peoples moles.

Over 500 people came to the the over the 4 days all working about a mole or mark on their skin.  I can't give numbers here but I know that some of the people that where seen to have been told it see their doctor as a mater of urgency. Most however were fine.  Even after his death Colin is saving lives.

Also on the bus was Anthony Hubbard from Skcin.  Along with the normal advice, Anthony had a Ultra Violet camera that can take photo of skin damage on your face due to the suns rays.

This photo is of me, (as Im not going to post one of a listener).  Normally you should shut your eyes and maybe not have such a cheesy smile but you can see that my skin in fine (for now).

At the time of writing this I have just seen that the appeal has raised just over its first target of £75000.

Also see..

Skcin - Colin Bloomfield Melanoma Appeal
Donate to the Colin Bloomfield Appeal
BBC Report on Colin's Funeral
BBC Radio Derby 
BBC Derbyshire
BBC Staffordshire

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Monday, 4 May 2015

Milton Keynes Marathon 2015

Adrian at the MK Marathon
At the start of the MK Marathon

The MK Marathon takes place on the first bank holiday in May each year. 

In 2015 it was Monday the 4th of May.

As last year, we were used as the official start with the starter on the roof of the bus.   As soon as everyone had passed we decamped and moved a few hundred yards closer to the finish line.
fun runner
One of the fun runners

The winner of the main race was a man who claimed he only started training on the Thursday before
and had been on a night out before the race.  I'm not sure how much I believe of this but that is what he said.

There where other races including a half marathon, a super hero race and a batton relay.

Also see..

Photos of the MK Marathon 
3CR at the Royal Wedding 
BBC Beds, Bucks and Herts

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Friday, 6 March 2015

BBC Stoke's Sport Special

BBC Bus at Vale Park
BBC Bus at Vale Park
BBC Radio Stoke has launched a new Sports program.

Same Sports team, new time. Each weekday night between 6pm and 7pm.

Each night they will talk about all the sport effecting Staffordshire and Cheshire including the three local football teams.

Now its time to get the message out there.

In one week in March all three football clubs have a home game.  BBC Radio Stoke went all guns blazing to promote the new show with each of the three sets of home fans.

On the 3rd of March we turned up outside Vale park, home of league one club, Port Vale before they played Oldham.  The next night we went to the Britannia Stadium in Stoke for the Premiership match between Stoke City and Everton.

Finally on the 7th of March we were outside Gresty Road in Crewe for Crewe's League One game v Scunthorpe United. 

Each day an army of BBC Staff are handing out car stickers along with a leaflet about what is going to be on the new sports show.

Just for information..Port Vale  Lost that game, Stoke and Crewe both won. 

Also see..

BBC Radio Stoke
Stoke's Love bus 2014

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