Project has help to get into radio

A new project to help engage young people in radio in Northumberland has been launched.

Leading Link and Radio Northumberland are offering young people in the county aged from 14 to 18 a route into the broadcasting world with workshops and training programmes.

Jonny Hall, assistant manager of Bedlington-based Leading Link, said: “Since Leading Link has such a close affiliation with Radio Northumberland, it seemed the perfect opportunity to work together to offer young people in the area an opportunity which could help to kick-start their careers in radio.

“We will be offering a number of workshops and activities to help develop important media skills, as well as inviting a number of industry professionals in to share their experiences.

“This has never been done before in Northumberland and by the end of the programme, they will be creating real content for the station, which has listeners from around the world.”

Leading Link’s The Lodge now boasts its own radio studio, courtesy of the station, to help enhance the experience.

In the future, Leading Link is looking to form a youth development team to help shape further programming and features for the station’s schedule, and offer more young people the opportunity to get into radio.

An initial session is on Tuesday, May 20, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm, at The Lodge in Bedlington, for young people to find out more information.

Places are limited, and to book a space contact Leading Link on (01670) 820088, email or call into The Lodge in Ridge Terrace.