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Introduction to Radio - Course Details
This page contains information on the "Introduction to Radio" course, that runs in Southend-on-Sea
"Introduction to Radio" is a three-week course run on Saturdays at South Essex College in Southend-on-Sea.
The "Introduction to Radio" course runs for three weeks on a Saturday morning. It offers an overview of the radio industry, details of how a radio station works, and some insider information on UK broadcasting.
The college has its own radio studio, and you get to spend some hands-on time learning how to work the equipment under the guidance of the course lecturer.
A student in South Essex College's Radio Studio
"Introduction to Radio" is aimed at all ages groups, and is suitable for people keen to find out more about radio in the UK. No previous experience is necessary.
The Introduction to Radio course has been running since 2002. The lecturer, Pete, has 14 years of experience of working in UK radio.
The course is commonly attended by avid radio listeners, those seeking a job in the industry, as well as those that may have had some involvement in broadcasting and are looking to learn more about the business.
The course covers:
- The Industry: An overview of commercial and BBC radio, including the online and digital DAB radio services. The course takes a look at what goes on behind the scenes, and includes discussion of music scheduling, audience research, copyright and the broadcasting do's and don'ts.
- Who's who: The departments in a radio station, and the companies that make up today's industry.
- Introducing the studio: What's what in a radio studio.
- The broadcast clock: What makes up an hour of radio, including scheduling.
- Using the desk: Explaining the controls and studio technique.
Courses are run when there are sufficient bookings. Dates will be added when enough people have registered an interest
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The course runs for three consecutive weeks from 10am - 1pm on Saturdays at various times throughout the year.
The price is currently just £65 for all three weeks.
The course is an 'introduction' course, and offers no formal qualification. Course attendees will receive a certificate to confirm that they have attended the course.
If you've got a question about the course content, you can contact the course lecturer
Two former students of the Introduction to Radio course, Ricky Moore and Tony Nugus, both decided to join The Jumbo Sound (the hospital radio station serving Goodmayes, Ilford) after attending the course in Southend. Tony joined the station in 2003, and Ricky in mid-2006. They kindly agreed to add some thoughts on the radio course.
Although Tony and Ricky have different styles of presentation, they share a common theme to deliver professional programming to their audience on The Jumbo Sound, which has been broadcasting over the Internet since 25 June 2006. Ricky and Tony have intentions to break into radio in the future and all of this is undoubtedly due to the good introduction that the Radio Broadcasting skills brought their way at South Essex College.
Comments from Tony Nugus:
Comments from Ricky Moore:
Comments from other attendees:
"The Radio Broadcast Skills course has given me some amazing tips on how to get ahead in the world of radio. Before I attended the course I felt like I was in the dark and I wasn't sure how to pursue jobs within radio but the course provided me with some guidance and a way forward in my career. I have already signed up to do the advanced course and have sent off some demos! It is money well spent on friendly and practical advice." Jennifer Nicholas, February 2008
"The Radio Broadcast Skills course 1 and 2, though short, has giving me hope in getting a career soon. At 35, I did not have any hope for a career until I enrolled on the course. At the moment, I am just about to start volunteering for Voice Of Africa Radio, based in East London in the evenings and on weekends which is a big step in my quest to get myself a career. The Course itself is very intense and practical with excellent tuition, support and supervision in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere". Alfred Yeboah, Plaistow, East London, Jan 2008
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- Radio Books - Our list of recommended books on radio
- Radio Industry Contacts - Details of a number of key radio companies
- UK Radio FAQ - Answers to common questions about the British radio industry
- Digital Radio - Information on getting DAB digital radio
- Radio Jobs - Some suggestions on looking for a job in radio, and tips on producing a demo tape
- Radio Forum - Any questions about radio? Ask in our discussion forum
- Southend Information - Pages of handy info on the town of Southend-on-Sea
- Southend Radio Stations - Details on local radio stations in Southend-on-Sea
- Radio in Essex - Details of radio stations in and around Essex