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Something for every listener: Find your perfect Burst Radio show

Heard of Burst Radio but don’t know where to start?

Burst Radio is Bristol University’s award-winning student radio station and is celebrating its 25-year anniversary this year.

It is on air 8am-10pm every day of the week so it’s a guarantee that they will have something you’re looking for.

Below are just 10 of the 54 shows to tickle your fancy and give you a taste. Be sure to browse the Instagram page @burstogram, and tune in to Burst Radio to find out more and get involved.

Queer & There

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(Tuesday 9-10pm)

“A radio show for queer people, by queer people”

This station has an abundance of radio segments from outlining queer history in “Queerstory”, catching you up on the most important queer news events of the past week in “Queer & Now”, as well as the self-explanatory “Queer Tunes” and “Queer Quiz”. Tune into a warm, witty, and ever-so-educational show every Tuesday evening and feel a part of the Bristol Queer community.

Pain in the aunts

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(Friday 2-3)

Everybody knows “coaches don’t play”.

Join Sophie McGuire and Imo Rogers for an “agony aunt” style talk show where listeners can anonymously write to the show on Instagram @painintheaunts. They will provide some world-wise, sororal and downright hilarious advice as well as some salacious tales of their own. Do yourself a favour and bring some laughter to your Friday afternoons.


(Monday 12-1)

Wow do we have an exciting Bristolian niche for you. Join Joe Checkley each Monday lunchtime for a broadcast which discusses and debates the leading financial articles of the week, intermixed with an expert selection of electronic music.

A great way to finetune your knowledge whilst keeping your street cred, it’s the perfect listen and undeniably unique.

Burst Sports Show

(Monday 6-7)

Back, due to high demand, for another year at Burst. The official “Heads of Sport” offer you a weekly roundup of all things sports news and drama to listen to with your mates and a crate.

This show is the perfect way to start the week, with a laugh and a chat about the thing you love best. Be sure to listen out for their increasingly absurd top ten specials and get involved in the debate.

Earth Hour

(Sunday 8-9)

A much-needed show with a focus on science and the environment which is an absolute must-tune-into. Alongside an array of good music, interviews and discussions, studio guests will be on air to educate and inspire listeners to care for our natural world.

Be it people working in research, conservation action or developing new technologies, the first step toward fighting climate change and protecting our planet is to get educated. Tune in every Sunday evening and support action against one of the most important issues we face to date.


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(Thursday 12-1)

Music enthusiast? Always looking for the next new sound? This is the show for you.

Let Sam Saigal bring you a taste of the music Australia has to offer (as a student on his year abroad you can trust he has the insight to do so). Have your mates round for a cold one, imagine yourself out in the bush and leave rainy Bristol behind for an hour each Thursday.

Film Soc

(Wednesday 5-6)

For each and every film fanatic.

As part of our “Burst Society Scheme” this year, FilmSoc has collaborated with us to bring you a more immersive side to radio. Discussing their weekly screened films alongside the soundtrack, as well as interviews, discussions on upcoming releases and industry professionals coming on for discussions.

Best of all, the slot is open to any Filmsoc/Burst Radio members to sign up to and get involved with by applying for their own chosen week.

Dramsoc X Spotlights

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(Tuesday 7-8)

DramSoc & Spotlights combine forces with our “Burst Society Scheme” for a show which should tick every box for any of Bristol’s budding thespians. The sky is the limit on this show, with play readings, interviews, on-air-rehearsals, open mic/spoken word, on air rehearsals and much more.

It’s a great way to keep up to date with all things Dramsoc X Spotlights, and the tunes will be perfect for pres before La Rocca. Tune in every Tuesday evening or take a chance and sign up to do a slot of your own.

Draw with me

(Friday 9-10)

A warm and relaxing interactive show for anyone who just wants to unwind on a Friday evening after a long week of work. It is presented by Alice Williams and Fiona Morfill, freshers from a small town who are making the transition to university life in the city.

There will be music, conversation, and an encouragement to get creative and the opportunity to even share what you’ve drawn if you fancy. This show is a warm embrace for anyone new to Bristol or craving some wholesome fun.

The Good Bits

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(Sunday 4-5)

Usually when you imagine a news show you picture scaremongering headlines, horrible politicians, and increasingly horrific predictions for the future. However, with our nation battling a mental health crisis, this show makes a stand and flips your idea of news on its head, aptly delivering to you all “the good bits”.

Alongside serotonin boosting songs, spend an hour each Sunday afternoon finding out what’s gone RIGHT in the world, feel inspired, and put a smile on your face.

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