BBC Radio Foyle has completely revamped its studio space, in continuation of its 40th birthday celebrations.
According to the BBC, the new studios bring together the best available audio technology and radio visualisation – the creation of pictures to accompany audio – equipment.
The station has also increased the number of studios, launching a musical performance space as well, a first for the station.
The studios officially reopened on Thursday April 25, with a special live, visualised edition of Electric Mainline simulcast on BBC Radio Foyle’s platforms and the BBC Music NI website from 7pm. During this, presenter Stephen McCauley invited local, unsigned acts to be the first to play in the new performance space.
Artists and bands that performed were Foreign Owl, Cherym, Porphyry and The Fully Automatic Model.
Larry Deeney, content editor of BBC Radio Foyle, commented: “By inviting local, unsigned acts to open our new state-of-the art visualised radio studios and giving them a video of their performance to take home as a birthday present, we are saying thank you to the local community because this new facility will benefit the whole of the North West.
“This commitment from the BBC is a massive vote of confidence in the North West and the work that teams here in BBC Radio Foyle do for local, national and network audiences. I would like to thank the BBC, the staff in Foyle, and most of all our loyal listeners for their continued support.”