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|City of license||Sutton Coldfield|
|Broadcast area||Plantsbrook School and Online|
|Slogan||Radio for Plantsbrook School|
|First air date||
14th April 2004 as Plantsbrook School Radio29th March 2009 as PB Radio
|Format||Contemporary Hit Radio, News, Entertainment, Speech, Showbiz|
|Callsign meaning||PB 'Plants' 'Brook' Radio|
|Affiliations||Student Radio Association|
|Sister stations||PB Radio After Hours|
The station broadcasts online and through the schools internal network, from a studio located within Plantsbrook School. The station is distributed via the schools' internal network to receiving units positioned in the canteen, sixth form block and other various locations where it is relayed over loudspeakers.
Programmes/shows are aired three times daily, 08:20 to 08:40, 11:00 to 11:20 and 1:20 - 2:15. Programmes are produced and presented by students at Plantsbrook School. Early morning and break programmes follow a A-, B- and C- playlist; Lunch shows are specialist music shows (e.g. drum and bass, indie rock, dubstep)
The station is primarily designed to be a form of communication for students at Plantsbrook School. The station also provides experience of radio presenting, technical, management and leadership to the students involved.
The station was relaunched in October 2011, with a refurbished studio and new station design. The station now broadcasts at breakfast and allows younger students to apply for senior officer positions. The refurbishment was funded through a grant awarded by Rosie's Helping Hands Charitable Trust.
PB Radio have been funded by donations from three bodies:
- Plantsbrook School
- Plantsbrook Parents & Teachers Association
- Rosie's Helping Hands Charitable Trust
PB Radio is managed by a team of students. There is a Station Manager and below them different roles filled to keep a constant hold on the radio station/society. The Station Manager leads the committee, supported by assistants and then departmental heads for programming, brand, technical, on-air challenges, music and others.
The Station Manager then reports to a senior teacher at Plantsbrook School, but are ultimately responsible for the running of the station.
Larger departments are supported by an Assistant Head of Department, their purpose is to assist the Head of Department in their duties and stand in for them if necessary. All Sixth Form management members complete at least 1 hour of supervision a week as part of their role.
- Plantsbrook School goes live with own radio station. Sutton Coldfield News, 2010
- PB Radio: About the station