September 23, 2008

Community Takes to Radio Airwaves

RESIDENTS in Newcastle's West End are to take to the airwaves when their own community radio show broadcasts live at the end of the month.

For one week, Scotswood Regeneration Radio will be airing from the new Excelsior Academy at the start of term.

The schedule will include news on the exciting plans for the area, including the Scotswood Expo, interviews by residents and music shows.

The broadcast will be between 4pm and 7pm from Monday to Friday, October 3, with the shows presented by members of the public and officers working in the area.

There are still opportunities for residents to get involved. Elaine Parker of NE1FM, which is overseeing Scotswood Regeneration Radio, said: "This is a great opportunity for people to learn radio broadcast skills and have a go at presenting, interviewing or being interviewed on a live radio show.

"We want residents to get involved in this one-off broadcast which will give listeners the chance to learn more about Scotswood."

Broadcast on 102.5FM, Scotswood Regeneration Radio has been funded by Bridging NewcastleGateshead (BNG) and is being managed by Newcastle City Council's Scotswood Regeneration Team, based at Armstrong Road. Bev Ogle, community development officer for Scotswood, said: "We wanted to give residents the chance to tell listeners all about their community and the exciting plans for the future.

"There is so much going on in Scotswood and a radio show is a great way for people to find out more about the area."

Pupils have also been involved in the image of the radio, with Excelsior Academy's Thomas Dalglish and Joshua Lake designing the station's logo. The boys are also set to get behind the microphone when the show goes live. Anyone interested in getting involved can call Bev Ogle on (0191) 277 1798.

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