Tuesday 4 October 2016
A brand new radio show by students for students is due to hit the airwaves on Friday evening.
University of Northampton undergraduates Dan Hart, Liam Elcock and Jess Pedel will be broadcasting the first of their weekly shows between 7pm and 10pm on the town’s newest community radio station, NNBC.
“To be honest, like a lot of young people, I hardly listened to the radio before I joined the University,” said Dan, pictured.
“I found it hard to find anything that really interested me, that spoke to me, so this is my chance to do something about that.”
Dan’s hoping the Friday 7-10pm slot will become a must-listen for students at the University, with all content aimed squarely at the town’s undergraduates.
“We’ll be running features about student life, for example, one idea we’ve had is to have an agony aunt section, where we discuss how to solve common problems – such as the best way to stop housemates stealing your milk from the fridge, through to more serious topics,” he said.
“There will be reviews, quizzes, new music and general chit chat about student life and what’s happening at the uni – and plenty of humour.
“We’re also lining up some pre-recorded prank telephone calls which should go down really well, so the show will have a bit of an edge to it.”
NNBC launched on Saturday 1 October, after the joint venture between the University and a group of broadcasting professionals was granted a five-year community radio licence by communications regulator Ofcom.
The station, which broadcasts on FM and the internet via www.nnbc.co.uk, is for the people of Northampton and wider county – including students from the University.
Dan, Liam and Jess took their first steps in broadcasting after joining the University’s NU Radio society. The in-house radio station is based at Avenue Campus, broadcasts 24 hours a day and is available on the internet and via an app – visit the website for details.
“NU Radio is the perfect platform for students here to try out radio – whether it’s presenting, producing, choosing the music or putting together a feature,” said Dan, who is president of the NU Radio society.
“There’s no pressure to be perfect, first-time, on NU Radio, it’s the best place to learn the ropes.
“If people enjoy helping out with NU Radio and want to pursue broadcasting, the next logical step is the more professional set-up of NNBC – you can’t get much better than having your own radio show going out across the town on FM.”
Students wishing to get involved with NU Radio should email firstname.lastname@example.org