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Benefits of school radio

In an age where new technologies are readily accessible and there is so much choice as to how we spend our time, listening to the radio still ranks as one of the highest leisure pursuits in the UK.  Over 90% of the population listen to the radio for at least five minutes every week.  Despite the warnings that 'video killed the radio star', this century old medium continues to grow and evolve, it is quite simply all around us.

Radio has the ability to take pupils away from traditional classroom based learning, opening up a new way of approaching the curriculum through a series of fun, hands-on and highly stimulating activities.  The process of making a great radio show requires pupils to work in teams, planning, researching, script writing, preparing and ultimately performing.  Radio enables pupils to not only write for a purpose but for a "real" audience!

Functional skills

Journalistic skills

Speaking and listening

Well, the speaking part is pretty obvious on radio but there are far too many presenters who rely just on this.  The best radio presenters however, are great listeners!

Whether it's in an interview, chatting to a listener or general banter with co-presenters, good presenters feed off of what is being said before speaking.

Radio is an incredible way to develop language, communication, formal and informal speaking and of course, presentation.

Presentation

Creative writing

Reading and literacy

Research

Presenters always reading from sources of information and relaying this on to the listeners.  Quite often, the DJ has to read out stories or copy 'cold', (not having the chance to proof read it, but instead reading it out for the first time, live on air).  Most links, interview questions, radio dramas etc are read from scripts helping pupils to stay focused.  Unlike a school play, you can take your "lines" into a radio studio!

Writing

As 'off the cuff' as many professional broadcasters may seems, there's a huge amount of work that goes into scripting information, news stories, features and links that happens behind the scenes.  The larger the station, generally the more support staff behind the presenter.  

Teamwork

Mathematics

Time management

Working to a time frame and within the clock format is an integral part of broadcasting.  Quick thinking is required to work out how long you';; need to speak for whilst hitting the 13:00  news, with a 20 second jingle to introduce the news leading up to the hour, a 3 minute,28 second track to squeeze in and 49 seconds left on the current track with the time currently being 12:54:33.

Unlike an essay or print newspaper with a required number of words, radio is measured in time.  All scripts should not only be rehearsed ahead of their broadcast, but also timed where possible.

Microphone technique

ICT

Synergy School Radio packages harness the latest technologies in radio broadcasting.  Pupils will not only get a unique opportunity to use radio software that is used throughout the world by professional station, but also utilise touch-screens, mixing desks, wordprocessors and/or tablets for creating scripts and the internet for researching.