Swimming 16 lengths of a 25m pool in a one hour time frame doesn’t sound impressive at all does it? But for someone that can’t swim properly and frankly cheated to get their 25m swimming badge when they were younger, it’s actually an achievement to be proud of.
I’ve watched the commonwealth games recently and looked at the swimming events thinking it’s easy – why then when myself, Emily, Jon and Nathan, who went swimming after work last night, got to the end after one length was out of breath wondering how on earth we’d manage collectively to hit 106.9 lengths in an hour!
What started as a laugh during a show has escalated into this challenge to raise money for the station and in particular the broadcast and achieve scheme. The money raised is vital to the survival of the scheme which at the minute is on a cliff edge in terms of its future, yesterday as I swam the first length; I had that at the forefront of my mind which acts like a massive weight pulling you under the water.
My problem, apart from the inability to say a firm no, is I struggle to swim. As I mentioned, I somehow fluked a 25m swimming badge despite stopping at least four times to grab hold of the side, yet I really can’t swim – there were a group of eight year olds putting me to shame. I’m ok when I can put my foot on the floor to have a rest, but the further you swim the deeper it gets and the more panic sets in!
I need to find a way of conquering my fears and lasting the distance, the others seem to have taken to swimming like ducks to water, Jon especially bossed our practise session watching on about six lengths ahead with a look of confusion over how difficult we we’re finding it.
In the end, we swam 16 each which is enough to hit the target between us, but I know I can improve and won’t rest until I do - We have two weeks before the main event on Sunday 31st August, 3-4pm at the Lammas Lesuire Centre, if last night’s post work swim was anything to go by, I’ve got a feeling staff at Lammas will be seeing a LOT more of me!
Please support the event by donating here https://www.justgiving.com/cpswim/ or by texting ‘CPTR69 £5’ to 70070 to donate a fiver. Thanks all, stay tuned for more updates not forgetting our ‘Swim Diary’s’ at 4pm everyday on 106.9FM starting Monday.
During tonight’s final episode of Talk Talk Monday, I never entered the studio expecting to leave it having agreed to do a triathlon – I know what people mean now when they say don’t work with animals or kids!!
The idea stemmed as a laugh, quite frankly I blame Alison – had she not told the story of her falling into the splash pool during a family bike ride when she was younger, Jon and Cam would never have suggested a repeat performance, which escalated into a full on triathlon quicker than I could shut them up.
Once again I muttered those fateful words “If you do it, I’ll do it” – when will I ever learn!
As they were all leaving the office tonight I gave them a chance to opt out of it, but no it seems the “Takeover Triathlon” is very much ON! So now, after scoffing out on KFC I’m left wondering what the hell I’ve agreed too.
I’m 23 years old, I’m thinner than a rake and up until two years ago, lived on a diet of crisps and galaxy chocolate. I don’t cycle, I get ferried around everywhere, either by my long suffering partner or by bus, the only running I do is to catch said bus and as for swimming – I paddle badly on holiday but did recently learn backstroke…without the arm movement.
How on earth am I going to manage a triathlon? My dad mentioned to me that his boss is training for the great north run next year and thinks he won’t have enough preparation time! Awkward when we plan to do our triathlon at the end of August, just over six weeks away!
So now I have a problem, do I seek medical advice, do I attempt to do any sort of training or do I pull the whole thing – the latter isn’t an option really, the kids are really keen to do it and raise money for the station at the same time, it’d be disrespectful for them if I were to wuss out now.
What I will do now is get all of this in place and make the event happen, the kids are setting up Just Giving pages as I type and are already bugging family and friends for sponsorship.
The event itself will take place over two-three days and I’ve already done a quick browse of the internet and identified a few locations to do the cycle and swim parts of the task, the aim is between five and ten miles on the bikes and a challenge of how many lengths can be swum in one hour. We’re not quite sure on the running yet!
Either well it’s a mammoth challenge, make sure you keep coming back for blogs and videos on our Triathlon challenge!
Last night saw the second episode of Talk Talk Monday take to the air. On the show, Alison, Ant, Jon, Leah and Children's Producer Craig Priest chewed the fat over all sorts of topics including 'Should TV Shows be made into Movies' 'Are the Government doing enough to support mainstream education' and 'the best and worst things about being a teenager'.
Below you can now listen to the best bits podcast, in the next few days we'll also post the full show! Also, watch our presenters discuss their thoughts after the show!
Talk Talk Monday will be back next Monday at 4.30pm!
Last night on Takeover Radio 106.9FM, Broadcast & Achieve launched its latest scheme 'Talk Radio' - the scheme puts your generic commercial to one side and focusses on the talk radio genre, mirroring stations such as Talk Sport, BBC 5Live and more.
The show broadcasts for two hours on Monday's and lets our young presenters air their views on all things topical and also encourages audience interaction like you would get on a regular talk station.
Below you can view the thoughts of our presenters following the first broadcast and also, if you missed the show, you can listen again!
Since October, the Broadcast & Achieve scheme has gone from strength to strength as we aim to produce the next generation of media professionals. We've had our first ever awards event, created new schemes including 'Half Term Tour' and 'Easter Extra' plus giving our expanded office space a lick of paint!
Ahead of our summer schemes, which will be announced soon, I would love to know your views on Broadcast & Achieve scheme so that I can make any changes in order to improve the experience for our young participants.
Your comment can be as long or short as you like and can be anything from how your son/daughter enjoys the experience to the impacts its had on both social and school life. Please include any suggestions for scheme improvements!
You can leave your comment below or, if you'd prefer to keep it private, email email@example.com or write to Craig Priest, Takeover Radio 106.9FM, Sutton Community Academy, High Pavement, Sutton-In-Ashfield, NG17 1EE.
Alternatively you can leave a voicemail on my work mobile which is 07475 866 742
We are delighted to have two brand new shows ready to air on your radio's this weekend, as progress through our Broadcast and Achieve training scheme continues.
At 2pm this coming Sunday, you will hear the second show of Poetry and Music from teenager Elliemay Ride, who made her début last Sunday. The Sutton Community Academy pupil will share her favourite music with you as well as reading out one of her favourite poems written by her Grandad.
Following Elliemay at 3pm will be a brand new show, created, presented and edited by ten year old duo Lewis and Ashley. The pair have attended sessions at Takeover for the past two months and have now completed their first show, which includes a human sound-effects game, joke of the week and much more!
Children's Producer Craig Priest said "I am very proud of both Elliemay and the boys, they have all worked extremely hard to complete their respective shows". The 23 year old continued "Both Lewis and Ashley have shown a great attitude towards their work and have put together an enjoyable and funny show whilst Elliemay's show maybe complete different on paper but still oozes quality, she's making rapid progress which is great to see"
Make sure you tune into Takeover Radio 106.9FM this coming Sunday to hear the shows!
Another school holiday is over and as such, as is another Broadcast and Achieve scheme. Over the last two weeks eight youngsters have given up their free time to take part in our ‘Easter Extra’ scheme which focuses on giving young people the experience of a full time career in the radio industry, focussing on everything from presenting a three hour broadcast, to writing the news and delivering the latest on the roads.
The fortnight was a roaring success with both the young participants taking part and the audience who gave their feedback. As Children’s Producer it was my idea to create this opportunity for the youngsters and I’m so pleased that they put down the X-Box controllers and put everything into the project.
It has been a pleasure to come into work every-day and see a group of young people eager to work, creating new ideas for games such as ‘Lets Get Quizzical’ and ‘The Pyramid Game’ and making them work for radio. I’ve also watched as they learn new skills which will boost their reading and writing in day to day life because of putting together news and traffic bulletins, no matter how difficult a task was, they got their teeth into it and got the best results.
Sometimes my job is difficult because of the time constraint, and because we have such a high demand of youngsters, we are only able to offer one session per week which lasts 90 minutes after school, it’s difficult to see real progress and enjoyment. However having the opportunity to attend a normal shift through the day opened up new opportunities to our participants and the progression over the two weeks has been beyond what I initially thought it would be.
Takeover Radio is all about giving young people the opportunity to learn new skills within the radio and media industry, the fact we can only work 3.30pm-8pm with youngsters saddens me when we complete projects such as this, the other time we have to get similar results is over a half-term or via a work-experience scheme where again, we are limited to the numbers we can take. There’s nothing else I’d like more than to create a scheme or an opening which allows young participants to do the tasks involved in ‘Easter Extra’ on a daily basis.
I would like to express my thanks to all those who took part in Easter Extra and express immense pride in their hard work and positive attitude towards the tasks asked of them and the project itself.
That gratitude also extends to INIRX media who provided a free account to their services, allowing youngsters to put together traffic and travel information, and also to Mansfield Chad for putting together an article on the work the participants were doing.
Children’s Producer / Station Assistant
Takeover Radio 106.9FM