Former students Tony Newby of Radio 1, Khadi N'diaye from the BBC World Service and Kevin Sage, Drive-time presenter on On FM, return to pass on their knowledge at the Super Duper Radio Day in May.
Students from the Radio - CG Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Media Techniques course at Lambeth College were treated to a glimpse of their future this month by meeting some key players from the world of broadcasting.
Lambeth College hosted a ‘What next?’ event for students who are looking for a career in the radio industry. Key speakers including Simon Dale of Heart FM, Maria Williams, founder of Sound Women, Gavin Puszczalowskyi from The Pips and Nick Bright from BBC 1xtra provided students with a valuable insight into the world of broadcasting through a day of talks, demos, workshops and Q&A sessions.
Three successful former students who have gone on to make it big in the radio industry also joined the students.
Khadi N’diaye of the BBC World Service, Tony Newby from Radio 1 and Kevin Sage, presenter of the On FM Drive-time show all learnt their craft whilst studying at Lambeth College. Each emphasized the importance of networking and building contacts in the industry as well as working hard and starting small in order to get the job of their dreams.
Students who attended the event benefited greatly from hearing tips from the speakers and are aware of the hard work involved in a career in radio.
Radio presenter Simon Dale of Heart FM was amongst the star line-up of industry professional guests at our Super Duper Radio Training Day.
Current student Le-Ann St Clair-Allen is hoping to fulfill her dream of becoming a radio broadcaster. She said: "Like everything we have become accustomed to on this superb course, this was an event that aimed to put us, the students, at the heart of a professional radio station. We were given access to influential people from a range of different disciplines in the industry who shared their knowledge and gave us all some excellent tips and training."
Ex student Kevin Sage was at this very event last year as a student. He is now drive time presenter for London radio station On FM Radio 101.4. He said: "Whatever you want to become in this industry you need as much studio practice and experience as you can get. Be willing to network, always be positive and don’t ever give up on your dream."
Khadi N’diaye has found work as a production assistant for the BBC World Service since leaving the course last year. She told students: "Be creative and don’t be afraid to explore new ideas. The BBC and many other broadcasting companies are always on the lookout for something new."
Nick Bright from BBC 1extra said: "I was thrilled to be able to tell my story to the students. I hope it has helped inspire people who are just starting out in this industry."
Gavin Puszczalowskyi said: "The Pips help people who wish to work in radio with useful tips, advice, encouragement, training and coaching. This event at Lambeth was both an enjoyable and successful day with students being taught what radio programmers look for in radio demos and how to create radio content that will help their demo stand out more. The students were a delight to teach with bundles of enthusiasm but also very receptive to all of our help and advice.