A MORPETH teenager received an excellent insight into the sounds of the studio at a specialist radio training academy.
Dominic James, who is partially sighted, was the first English participant to complete the four-day course at The Royal National Institute of Blind People’s Insight Radio Station in Glasgow.
The King Edward VI School student spent day one introducing himself to the group that he would be working with and saying what he wanted to get out of it, receiving a tuition about how to talk when on air and practising techniques that would help him speak fluently and clearly.
Of the rest of the programme, he said: “Day two was theory day.
“We got to learn about the industry itself in depth and software programmes used by radio stations.
“The following day we did some vox pops. In the morning I prepared questions on a current local topic and asked for people’s opinions about it.
“In the afternoon we looked at editing software and edited the vox pops together to make a 40s piece.
“On day four, I created a commercial for Insight Radio, which involved going into and recording in their pre-recording studios where we recorded and edited.
“Then in the afternoon there was a presentation for our certificates and we got to meet one of the presenters.
“This was an excellent opportunity for me to build on my radio skills and I really enjoyed the course.”
The 17-year-old, who is a Student Voice Ambassador at KEVI, already has some presenting experience from school station KEVI Radio.
Insight Radio is Europe’s first station for blind and partially sighted listeners. It broadcasts 24 hours a day via Freesat 777, Sky 0188 and online at www.insightradio.co.uk
KEVI Deputy Headteacher Deborah Reeman said: “We were delighted that one of our students was the first ever English participant on the Insight Radio Training Academy course.”
“The experience Dominic has gained will only serve to enhance his radio work and he will no doubt be able to share his newly-gained expertise with others.”