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In recognition of and reward for their exceptional effort in producing a series of 11 shows broadcast on Radio Ara over the past month, all recorded and edited under challenging lockdown conditions, three Year 10 (GCSE) St George’s Media students were presented with a special reward this week.
As well as finally being able to receive their certificates for the global ‘special achievement’ award from the COBIS organisation, the students were each presented with a ‘Blue Yeti’ microphone, a popular choice with many podcasters, vloggers and vodcasters … and radio presenters on lockdown!
The students worked with their Media Teacher Mr Burrowes throughout the past two months, including the Easter holidays, to gather and edit messages, dedications and song requests from students, parents, staff and friends and family here and abroad, picking up an international listenership along the way through Radio Ara’s global stream!
A range of special features such as the teacher-student comedy battles and children’s story-telling helped keep the shows, produced in conjunction with the Graffiti youth strand of Radio Ara, lively and varied (and still accessible through Ara’s podcast platform).
Mr Burrowes praised the students for their “exceptional resilience and determination – they were set an almost absurd challenge on producing not just one show, but actually a whole series – and even a politics special just when they thought they’d finished! The shows themselves are incredibly polished given the circumstances they were created in!”
Georgia, one of the students who received the special reward, reflected on how positive the experience of producing a full radio series has been. “The challenge of producing something to such a high standard that it wouldn’t sound like ‘student radio’, and would work for young and older alike, really focused my mind on something other than the situation with the lockdown.
Now that it’s finished (though we’re working on our regular monthly show now!), I’m grateful for being pushed so hard, and the positivity and humour of our teacher which did so much to boost our own resilience. We all certainly intend to put these microphones to good use now and produce even more!”
The regular B122 Show airs every 4th Wednesday at 4-5pm on Radio Ara, and all past episodes of this and the PassTheMic show (designed to bring people together during lockdown) are available through Radio Ara’s podcast platform.