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Creative Juices Flow in Key103 Project

Monday, 01 June 2009

Seven boys and eight girls from Bolton School's Year 12 took part in the Key 103 Challenge. Working in two mixed groups, the students spent two hours in the morning producing an advertisement and two hours in the afternoon producing a twenty minute radio show at the Key 103 studios in Castlefield.

The students benefited from some expert advice and help from professional producers and broadcasters, meeting Key 103 DJ Jason King and comedian Justin Moorhouse (Little Kenny from Phoenix Nights).

James Morton, a Sixth Former involved in the project, said: "It was great, really vibrant and gave an excellent overview of how a radio station works."

The two advertisements that were produced marketed the School's Sixth Form and one of them will run in the Autumn Term on Key's popular "In Demand" slot. Firstly, the students brainstormed some creative concepts, then, after planning our their work, they produced it in an editing suite in a professional studio. You can listen to the two advertisements here and decide which one you like best:

Mission Impossible

Success 

Show AM 

Show PM 

The 20 minute radio shows included music and chat as well as an interview with their teacher, Miss Heather Tunstall, about the work that Bolton School undertakes in terms of engaging with the local community.

Miss Tunstall, who coordinated the students participation, said: "We had a fantastic time and the Sixth Formers were an absolute credit to the School. They worked well in teams, made sensible and creative choices in quite a limited amount of time and presented confidently and effectively. In a fun way, it gave the students a chance to develop skills that you cannot necessarily pick up in a classroom"

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The 17 students worked in two teams to produce some creative radio productions

The 17 students worked in two teams to produce some creative radio productions