Bud­ding broad­cast­ers get chance to show­case tal­ent on air

The Scotsman - - Features - JOHN rOSS

BUD­DING broad­cast­ers will air their tal­ents on a new ra­dio sta­tion which will he heard in In­ver­ness from next week.

Dur­ing Septem­ber, Mon­ster FM will broad­cast a se­ries of live shows by vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing school pupils, who have been trained in broad­cast­ing skills.

The Ra­dioskills cour­ses are run by the Mo­ray Firth Me­dia Trust, a char­ity based at Mo­ray Firth Ra­dio (MFR) in In­ver­ness, which gives hands-on train­ing.

Ra­dioskills man­ager Liz McIn­tyre said: “The sta­tion out­put will be the cul­mi­na­tion of months of train­ing and hard work by nearly 30 vol­un­teers.

“They will present a range of live shows putting the­ory into prac­tice and hope­fully achiev­ing their ul­ti­mate aim – to get the Cer­tifi­cate in Ra­dio Broad­cast­ing and a job in ra­dio.

“Run­ning Mon­ster FM is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for them. Whilst it’s an am­bi­tious project, we feel that it shows our con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of our train­ing and the peo­ple we train.”

Danny Gal­lagher, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of MFR, added: “We’ve seen first hand what the train­ing course can do for bud­ding broad­cast­ers.

“I’ve felt for some time that the qual­ity of the trainees we pro­duce war­rants an op­por­tu­nity like this and I’m de­lighted that we have man­aged to pull it to­gether.”

Mon­ster FM will be broad­cast­ing on 87.7 FM from 1-28 Septem­ber. The shows will cover a wide range of sub­jects, from com­edy to books and even Gaelic hip-hop.

Martin Ban­non, a cur­rent trainee, said: “We’ve had to put in a lot of ex­tra hours for plan­ning at the sta­tion and get­ting ready to go live in Septem­ber.

“At the moment we are about 90 per cent ex­cited and 10 per cent nerves. A lot of us hadn’t re­alised how much work goes on be­hind the scenes at a ra­dio sta­tion!”

Since 1999 the Mo­ray Firth Me­dia Trust has trained over 400 peo­ple in the skills of ra­dio broad­cast­ing, in­valu­able skills for those keen to make a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.

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