Could you be the next John Peel or Fearne Cotton?

Besi Besemar May 14, 2015

Local community radio station launch training sessions to find next John Peel or Fearne Cotton.

Laura Evans from The Business Show
Laura Evans from The Business Show

RadioReverb, Brighton’s community radio station, has launched a new training facility at their studios in Cheapside, offering fun, practical engaging radio presenting courses run by industry professionals which focus on practical skills and hands-on experience with a learning by doing approach.

A career in radio is terrifying. Giant consoles that look like they’re from a 50s sci-fi film, legal considerations whenever a microphone turns on, the scary prospect of what to play next and the ever-present terror of Dead Air.

So what can budding broadcasters, who want to be the next John Peel, Mary Anne Hobbes or Zane Lowe, do to help them navigate the airwaves?

The workshops cover all aspects of a career in radio from presenting, to making features. The course also includes programme planning and production to interviewing skills. With access to all the technology the workshops also focus on tech skills, using a studio and self-operating a mixing desk sometimes whilst presenters on live on air!

According to statistics from Rajar (RAJAR/Ipsos MORI/RSMB), 89% of the UK population tune into radio every week for an average of 21.3 hours per week. Despite new technology, radio has had a huge increase with people listening digitally and on mobile phones so it’s a more exciting time than ever to get into the studio.

RadioReverb is one of the largest volunteer run stations in the area broadcasting to around 75,000 regular daily listeners. It has a wide range of talented presenters, producers and professionals who have worked for major media corporations to give students the best start in a career or an interest in radio.

Kathy Caton, Trainer at RadioReverb, said: “These workshops are a completely new direction for RadioReverb and our aim is to make presenting skills accessible to all, especially those who are complete beginners or may lack the confidence to step into radio. The courses have been designed specifically to introduce people to all the areas of the world of radio so we cover job roles, production, interviewing, show planning and more.”

There are currently places on the intensive Radio Presenter’s Workshop running each month until September with further course dates to be announced later in the year.

The Feature Making Workshop is a two-day intensive introduction to making features running on Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 June and Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August.

All courses are booked on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of eight places per workshop.

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To book a place, email: with details of which course you’d like to book.