Budding DJs at the Academy of St Francis of Assisi make radio debut

STUDENTS from the Academy of St Francis of Assisi have hit the airwaves this week for Liverpool Community Radio’s 10th anniversary special.

Ten students from Year 8 have been busy preparing for their radio debut this week (11-15 December).

Students have been working with the Liverpool Community Radio (LCR) team to write scripts, learn how to use equipment and practice their voiceovers. The students even paid a visit to the LCR studios to record jingles for their shows.

Five pairs will each present a two-hour radio slot as the station moves back to FM frequencies to mark the 10th anniversary.

The budding DJ presenters include Damian and Jack; Eniola and Marko; Brooklyn and Andrea; Grace and Hira and Michael & Veshal.

Ahead of their debut, DJing pair Damian and Jack said: “We really enjoyed doing our show, all the work we put in on our scripts has paid off and we got to talk about video games too!”

In May 2007 Kensington Vision CIC was set up and began to develop community radio in Liverpool. It eventually evolved into LCR, Liverpool’s only full time community radio station.

The station has grown to be a major part of the community from its home on Holt Road.

Currently LCR is an online community radio station. LCR is a not for profit station run primarily by volunteers drawn from the community it is serving as its audience.

This isn’t the first time the Academy’s students have presented on LCR. The Academy was involved in the station’s launch 10 years ago.

Back in 2007, Year 8 students from the Academy presented a series of Breakfast Shows on the station, which was based in a portable greenhouse in McDonalds on Kensington.

Head of School, Tracey Greenough, said: “This has been a wonderful community project for our Year 8 students, who have thoroughly enjoyed learning more about the creative and technical aspects of radio broadcasting.

“We were honoured to be involved in the station’s launch 10 years ago, so to be invited back for its special anniversary is fantastic. Our budding presenters are very excited about making their DJ’ing debuts!”

Students will be broadcasting live on 11-15 December. You can listen online at http://l-c-r.co.uk/lcr-live-schedule/ or on 87.7 FM.