Trailblazer Dominic tunes in to academy

Dominic James
Dominic James

A MORPETH student is walking on air as he becomes the first in the country to attend a specialist radio training academy.

Seventeen-year-old Dominic James, who is partially sighted, will be 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 scheme will begin by exploring Dominic’s listening habits and finding out what he wants to learn about the industry, before he is sent out to interview the public, record the material, review it at the station and edit it into a final package.

The King Edward VI School pupil will also get to script and star in a radio commercial promoting the course.

Dominic, who already has some presenting experience from school station KEVI Radio, said: “I’m proud to be the first student from England to attend the Insight Radio Training Academy. This is an excellent opportunity for me to build on the radio skills I’m getting at school.

“It’s great that school should allow me leave of absence. I will have a lot of catching up to do in my other subjects, but my time in Scotland will make that all worthwhile.”

Insight Radio is Europe’s first station for blind and partially sighted listeners.

The course will be delivered by a producer or presenter and is designed to encourage participants to work together, improve confidence and develop their communication skills.

KEVI Deputy Headteacher Deborah Reeman said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Dominic that we wholeheartedly support.

“Any experience gained when working at Insight Radio will only serve to enhance his radio work back at KEVI and he will no doubt be able to share his newly gained expertise with others.

“We are delighted that one of our students is the first ever English participant on the Insight Radio Training Academy course.”

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