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
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