Grammar School takes to the airwaves for radio broadcast

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THE PUPILS of Skegness Grammar School joined the ranks of famous DJs like Chris Moyles and Zane Lowe after they took to the airwaves with the launch of their new radio station.

Their internet-only station was launched recently with a little help from Lincs FM presenter Rob Hammond, who was on hand to give tips and advice for the inaugural broadcast.

SGS Radio was the brainchild of the school’s headmaster, David Ward, who said: “I believe it is important that learning is promoted in an exciting and appealing way and the use of new and emerging technologies is an integral part of this strategy.

“Producing a radio show is a collaborative effort and involves learning new skills, which help young people to gain confidence whist encouraging creativity and the ethos of shared learning”.

The school’s budding radio presenters followed up their first show with a live commentary on the school’s sports day and interviews with the competing athletes.

Bradley Johnson, Deputy Head Boy and Head of Radio and Communications, said: “The sports day transmission was a real success. We have a great opportunity for all year groups to get involved in something new and exciting.

“Ideas are coming in thick and fast and we can’t wait to help people to make them a reality”.

Although it is still only early days, the school plans to develop the radio project and incorporate it into as many areas of school life as possible.

At present live broadcasts are available to listen to in school through its intranet, but podcasts of recorded shows will soon become available to listen to externally on the school website.

The new radio equipment boasts general studio equipment, a touch screen computer, microphones, a mixing desk, and a studio pack.