Pupils take to the airwaves

PUBLISHED: 09:21 24 March 2010 | UPDATED: 22:00 07 July 2010

PUPILS in Methwold will be taking to the airwaves this afternoon as part of an ambitious project for schools in the area.

PUPILS in Methwold will be taking to the airwaves this afternoon as part of an ambitious project for schools in the area.

Methwold High School presenters will be linking a series of recorded items on Exchange Radio at 1pm today, inlcuding an item on Methwold's relationship with a school in Nairobi, Kenya, trailing a visit there in July, a comedy sketch, a history of the Olympics looking forward to 2012 and an interview with a member of staff about child soldiers.

Exchange Radio (87.7FM) is based at Hospital Radio Norwich and is staffed by school students and youth organisations (ages five to 19). This is Exchange Radio's sixth spell on air, and pupils from 21 schools around the county are broadcasting shows all this week.

Old hands Barnham Broom Primary School, whose head teacher Keith Wright is a Hospital Radio Norwich volunteer, kicked the event off on Monday with an hour of music chosen by the students and parents along with news, weather and travel updates.

Each school or youth organisation has an hour-long slot. The students plan and produce their own programmes and have the chance to broadcast live as well as use some pre-recorded material.

Mike Sarre of Hospital Radio Norwich supervises the broadcast output and trains the young broadcasters in programme preparation, interviewing and recording techniques.

Diane Sutcliffe, project co-ordinator from The Exchange said: “The content is entirely up to the schools and youth organisations. Some include poetry, music, interviews, drama or work to a specific theme.

“It is a very valuable experience as it improves confidence and self esteem, as well as developing the students' range of enterprise learning, for example creativity, using initiative, communication, innovation and team working.”

The FM frequency broadcasts 15 miles around Norwich, but the radio station can be heard throughout Norfolk online at

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