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Soundwaves of success – Xaverian students launch entertaining radio show on community station

Six Xaverian students have teamed up with ALL FM 96.9 Radio, Manchester, to create and produce a regular live show that promises to entertain and tap into fresh perspectives.

The show, which is broadcast from the ALL FM studios in Levenshulme, goes to air in Manchester across Ardwick, Levenshulme and Longsight and, being a digital station, can be listened to through an app or on the ALL FM website. Prior to the show going live, Xaverian students took part in three hours of training to learn how to create the show, including show set-up, mic use and how to structure the show, before their first broadcast.

Stan Oram, 17 from Urmston, studying A Levels in Film Studies, Sociology and Politics, commented: “Although the shows are live, we plan the content in advance, such as the topics we talk about and the songs we play, and then what we say on air just comes naturally by having a conversation about the topic.

“I’ll be staying in Manchester to go to university, so I hope to continue with the radio show and develop it further. It has been a phenomenal opportunity for me to gain confidence and learn skills in hosting our own radio show and given me aspirations to work in radio or journalism as a career.”

Lucy Scott, 17 from Altrincham, who is studying A Levels in Film Studies, Media Studies and Psychology, said: “We have a segment on the station at 4pm every other Tuesday called Eclectic FM. We approach the show in a jukebox style and pick the topics we think will be good to talk about and we hope are interesting to our listeners. Radio is a dying art and this is a shame as radio is really important, and for me it has been a huge confidence boost. You can have that doubt in the back of your mind that people don’t want to listen to you but actually they do and you realise that your ‘voice’ and what you have to say is important.”

“I’d like to continue taking part in public radio but I will be going away to university so I will look for new opportunities to continue with it, whether this is more formal or as an extra-curricular activity.”

Maddie Nketiah, 17 from Stockport and studying Criminology, Media Studies and Psychology, said: “Being on the show has done a lot for me as I have Autism and, when I was younger, I was diagnosed with selective mutism so didn’t speak as a child. Now I am doing the radio show, I feel I am facing my fears and this has done a lot for my confidence. Following Xaverian, I will be taking a gap year and looking to get more involved in radio and develop myself further as presenter.”

The group came together after seeing a poster advertising the opportunity and didn’t know each other before taking part in the show. Humairaa Rahman, 17 from Manchester, who is studying Sociology, Criminology and Psychology said: “It’s been nice for me to join the group as we didn’t know each other beforehand and now when we get together we can talk for ages on different topics and this comes across on the show. You become immersed in the topic you are talking about and the conversation just flows which hopefully makes for an engaging discussion.

“I’d like to continue doing radio as it is a fun thing to do aside from my A Levels and it’s given me more confidence in speaking and presenting. For my next steps, I will be going to university to study Psychology and would love to continue presenting on radio as a hobby if the opportunity presents itself.”

One of the things that sets Xaverian apart is our commitment to enriching students’ futures outside of the classroom via a newly introduced enrichment programme – Xaverian Xtras. The Xtras Programme is split into three strands, Study Xtras, Work Xtras and Life Xtras and the wide range of enrichment opportunities gives students a chance to get involved in fantastic opportunities that are fun, interesting and educational, and will give them a really fulfilling College experience.

Click on the links to listen to the shows:
Show 1 – 14 November 2023
Show 2 – 5 December 2023
Show 3 – 16 January 2024

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