Students at South Cheshire College are making great waves at RedShift Radio by hosting their own shows at the station.
Enterprising students from different college courses are running a series of programmes on their own at the Crewe-based community station during weekdays and at weekends.
Beth Jones, Charlotte Birch, Clark Johnson, James Dixon and Josh Coleman are gaining valuable broadcast experience after linking up with the station on a voluntary basis.
They are hoping this experience will help them towards exciting radio and broadcast careers in the future.
RedShift Radio is a not-for-profit community radio station which broadcasts online with a focus on local towns and villages such as Crewe, Nantwich, Sandbach, Weston, Willaston, Wrenbury and Acton.
The station is mainly funded by the RedShift Hub, a community networking organisation that encourages the business, education and charitable communities of South Cheshire to network together.
Creative Media Production student Charlotte is the longest serving RedShift member after joining the station while she was still at Sandbach Girls School in 2012.
Since then she has been a key member of the team and pulls many of the station’s programmes together using her knowledge of radio scripts and studio equipment.
Josh, who is also studying Creative Media Production, linked up with RedShift while he was still at school and now hosts a music-based ‘Alternation Show’ every Thursday.
Clark, who has been with the station for a month, hosts the station’s ‘Midweek Uplift’ show on Tuesdays – a music show featuring people’s favourite jukebox tracks.
College A-Level student Beth, who did her work experience with RedShift while she was at St Thomas More Catholic High School, hosts one of the ‘Turbo Youth’ programmes which are general discussion programmes for teenagers.
All students have fitted in their radio work around their college studies and are loving being a part of the RedShift community.
Charlotte, 18, of Crewe, said:
“Working at RedShift has been an absolutely fantastic experience and I’ve learnt so much about radio work and broadcasting.
It’s great to see other students from South Cheshire College coming on board and hosting shows and helping out as well.
Community radio is a fantastic place to start in the broadcast world and we are delighted that we have been given this opportunity.”
Creative Media Production student Clark, 17, of Alsager, added:
“I’m enjoying learning more about the radio software and the technical aspects behind the shows as well as hosting my own programme.
It’s just a great chance to learn more about how a radio station operates and I’m enjoying being a part of the RedShift team.
It definitely whets your appetite for a career in the world of radio.”
Media students learn all the tricks of the media and broadcasting trade at the College’s Crewe campus and use the fantastic media and radio studios as part of their courses.
Matthew Jackson, RedShift Studio Assistant, said:
“All the students have taken to working on live radio like ducks to water.
It’s great to see so many South Cheshire College students making a name for themselves at RedShift.”
Liz Southall, Co-founder of RedShift Radio, is delighted with the contribution that all the students have made.
“Since 2010, we have trained over 300 young people to produce and present radio.
Seeing their confidence, teamwork skills and personalities develop in such a positive way makes running RedShift so very rewarding.
So far, we have helped 22 students on to university courses as a result of the training and support we have given them.
We have even seen one young presenter move on to commercial radio and one becoming a Premiership football club press officer.”
For more information about Media programmes at South Cheshire College, please call 01270 654654 or visit www.scc.ac.uk
To find out more about RedShift Radio, please visit www.redshiftradio.co.uk or call 01270 440750.