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Creative Futures and Norwich Gaming Festival

Creative Futures and Norwich Gaming Festival

As a naturally sociable person, getting to meet so many different people from all walks of life is one the job highlights here at Future Radio. Getting out and about to events across the city is also a fun but very necessary aspect of running a radio station whose ethos is to firmly embed itself within the community of Norwich.

If you happened to pop into the Forum last Wednesday the chances are you will have seen some of our Future Radio team taking part in the Creative Futures event for young people, their parents and families , as well are career changers who wanted to find out about getting started on a creative career.  Di Cunningham, one of our Breakfast Show presenters, Giselle Jay, a presenter on the BE show & our new marketing apprentice, worked hard on the Future Radio stand taking questions from the general public, whilst Future Radio trainers Hannah Butcher and Andrew Todd worked closely with the BBC Voices team to run workshops for students wanting to know more about creating a radio programme from scratch.

 Getting involved with this event has already produced results. I have received several new applications from enthusiastic people wanting to get involved with Future Radio. We have said this before but it’s worth saying again – our volunteers are the life-blood of this station! But for lots of different reasons volunteers come and go meaning there is always a demand for new volunteers to take up the reigns. A couple of the applications came from UEA students interested in using their degree to go on and get involved in broadcast journalism whilst another recent application came from a 17 year old lad who is keen to start his career in sports commentating having already set up his own YouTube page reporting on the weekly drama unfolding from Carrow Road.   Unfortunately, I could only spend a little time at the Creative Futures event first thing helping to get our stand set up, before heading back to the station. I did get a chance however to meet with many of those who work for organisations we have collaborated with over the years: Outline Magazine, Access to Music and Laboratory Media,  to name a few, and it wasn’t long before the discussions turned to how we could work more closely again. It was great to be part of this fantastic event which really did showcase Norwich as a hot-bed of cultural activity.

This week sees the Norwich Gaming Festival (7th-16th April) come to the Forum and once again expect to see some of our young reporters out and about collecting material which they will edit and get ready to air on several shows across our schedule. 

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Kate Roma

Acting Station Manager

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