Bolton School Senior Boys

Year 8 Start Radio Broadcasting Project

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Pupils in Year 8 have started work on an exciting radio broadcasting project with Bolton FM. The project will see them work in groups to produce their own radio programme to be broadcast live on air.

Keith Harris, Business Manager at the radio station, visited the School to introduce pupils to Bolton FM, explaining that as a community radio station it relies on volunteers. He also told pupils a little about the area and age-range covered by the station. He when went on to discuss the kind of skills the boys would need to successfully complete the project, or indeed to work in radio production. This included teamwork and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills, but also literacy and maths to work out the correct timings of each segment.

He asked pupils what segments might go into making a radio show, from the host introducing themselves and ‘teasing’ the content of the show onwards, and talked about how long each section should last.

Boys then split into groups to assign roles and start planning their programme, which will be based on a role model.

Since then, pupils have visited Bolton FM in town to work on interview protocols, advertising techniques, music and editing and studio recording. Three boys were lucky enough to join Jim Bailey live on air to open the Drive Time show, during which they talked about SPACE enrichment and presented the weather.

Boys are working on the project during their SPACE sessions: once a fortnight, all Boys’ Division pupils are taken off their normal timetable for a Monday afternoon dedicated to enrichment activities.

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