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Radio Academy Masterclass 2011

All about radio

Published March 2011

The University of Brighton’s Hastings campus hosted a full-day event shared with the prestigious Radio Academy who came down for the event. The day was attended by 50 visitors aged from around 16-60, all passionate about radio.

Sessions included The Future of Radio with James Cridland, Radio Academy Trustee and Managing Director, Media UK, and the secrets behind the design of radio playlists with BBC Sussex’s David Miller.

One aim of the day was to help build a network of local programme-makers, so it was rewarding to see presenters meeting radio station managers and interviewers meeting podcasters in successful networking sessions.

One of the most popular activities was ‘Drive the desk’, presenting in the university’s live radio studio. The outstanding surprise of the day was the ‘discovery’ of a great presenter, who used to present news on Independent Radio News, but who gave up her career for family commitments. Despite having a slipped disc, she dosed up on super-strong pain killers to attend. She was over the moon to find she still had the gift of presenting on air. RXFM community station manager Andy Bantock said "She's got to be on the radio." After all that though, with her slipped disc, she had to go home to lie down.

Abigail Wincott, producer for BBC World Service and lecturer on the University of Brighton’s Radio Production course in Hastings, said:

“The standard of delegates was extremely high, and we met some very talented and committed people who were very passionate about radio. Some had travelled across the country to get here, from Portsmouth and Hertfordshire, which shows that we’re putting Hastings on the map as a centre of media excellence.”

Margaret Wallis, Director of the University of Brighton in Hastings, said:

“Thanks to the exceptional commitment of our staff, the university is bringing people into Hastings and into the centre to enjoy our facilities, putting Hastings on the map for broadcast media and opening our doors to the wider public.”