Eastbourne Youth Radio is a hit on airwaves

Eastbourne Youth Radio
Eastbourne Youth Radio

YOUNG people took over the airwaves for last week’s highly successful Eastbourne Youth Radio project

Students from across the area entertained listeners to three days of live radio from studios at Sussex Downs College.

Presenting programmes that they had planned and created themselves, the students were also taking part in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

EYR co-ordinator Tim Sorensen said, “Last week’s Eastbourne Youth Radio was another fantastic success for everyone involved and over all too quickly for another year.”

EYR is organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership in association with Sussex Downs College. By the time programmes finished last Friday, some 2,500 young people and over forty sponsors had been involved in the various stages of the project.

Leading the programme sponsors for 2011 were Eastbourne Homes and Mears Group which was promoting apprenticeships. The Weather Shop supported hourly weather reports and Recruitment South East assisted with marketing.

Mr Sorensen said, “Congratulations once again to everyone who helped to make this year’s broadcast such a fantastic success. EYR is a real feather in the cap for Eastbourne and one that makes us all very proud

“Every year we are treated to a great schedule and this year was no exception with many memorable highlights and live performances.”

Last week singer Rachel Brett returned to perform tracks from her recent album. Return the Tardis was the theme for West Rise Junior School pupils who performed 600 years of history in 60 minutes.

Youngsters conducted interviews with stars from TV, sport and the media as well as organisations including British Red Cross and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

The most played chart track this year was ‘Swagger Jagger’ by Cher Lloyd.

EYR recorded ‘Answer Back’ at the Moira House Girls School , a lively panel discussion who in included MP Stephen Lloyd.

Mr Sorensen added, “Meet the Media brought together representatives from radio, TV and our local newspaper and led to a visit to BBC Children in Need studios last Friday for one of the Sussex Downs media students.

“The hospitality tea on the Thursday provided an opportunity to say thank you to sponsors and other guests and to receive some very kind words from Eastbourne’s mayor Carolyn Heaps and Stephen Lloyd.”

Next year’s Eastbourne Youth Radio will be on-air and www.eyr.org.uk from November 14-16. For further information please contact tim@sorenlearningsolutions.co.uk