Students get chance to air their views
A new Nelson radio show driven by two students covers topical issues and events at Nayland College.
Nayland on Air represents the student body and includes live music performances, interviews and readings of schoolwork.
It is an ‘‘experiential learning process’’ for the students and covers school culture, music, science and art, as well as LGBTQ issues.
The show launched in May and broadcasts every second Tuesday on Fresh FM between 6-7pm.
Year 10 student Emma Barnes-Wetere presents the show alongside year 11 student and technician Caleb Fitzgerald.
Barnes-Wetere said the show had been a ‘‘big learning process’’ and raised her selfconfidence.
‘‘It allows the community to get to know what we’re doing and be interested and learn something new about the way our school works,’’ BarnesWetere said.
Fitzgerald said he was focused on making the show run smoothly, but occasionally made comments on air.
‘‘At the studio I run the sound desk and pretty much everything technical that makes the programme tick.’’
Barnes-Wetere is keen on public speaking and a possible career in media while Fitzgerald has experience in radio from Broadgreen intermediate.
The pair want to see more students involved for live interviews and student-based content.
Teacher John Valentine handed over his regular Fresh FM slot, Pale Blue Dot, which was about environmental and social issues, to two keen Nayland College students.
‘‘Nayland College has a unique character and the radio about Nayland is unique because of that.’’
Valentine said there were a lot of student shows on Fresh FM but Nayland on Air was different because it focused on the school.
Media studies teacher and Nayland on Air team member Duncan McKinlay would like to see old-fashioned radio plays performed on the show, which were originally done on Radio Nayland years ago.
‘‘Nayland has a rich heritage in this genre. A few decades ago, when Nayland last had a radio station, they produced a radio play that was broadcast on National Radio.’’
Nayland on Air are looking for more students to join the team.
It also needs support from sponsors as each show costs $60. Sponsors can expect live mentions.
For more information about sponsoring the show, please contact John Valentine on email@example.com.
Caleb Fitzgerald and Emma Barnes-Wetere are behind a new radio show focusing on Nayland College, with Matt Budd from Fresh FM.