Youth radio hits airwaves

Eastbourne Youth Radio 2014 SUS-141126-131117001
Eastbourne Youth Radio 2014 SUS-141126-131117001

Eastbourne Youth Radio 2014 hit the airwaves last week with 50 hours of programming from 26 local schools and youth groups and more than 2,000 participants.

Airing from November 19-21, the three day project was made possible by support from local businesses which sponsored the shows that aired from Sussex Downs College in Eastbourne.

Highlights included the flagship show, Meet the Media, which saw participating school children put questions to a panel of industry professionals including BBC South East’s John Young, TalkBack’s Holly Hubble, BBC Radio 4’s Mark Coles and voice over talent Rik Scott.

Hosted by Sussex Downs College students, the live panel show made for interesting listening, for those in the studio and for those tuning in with questions varying from the light-hearted to the more serious.

Global Entrepreneurship Week activities added to EYR’s winning formula with a cheque for £825.86 raised by young entrepreneurs donated to St Wilfrid’s Hospice at the EYR Hospitality Tea at Sussex Downs College.

Tim Sorensen, from EYR, said, “A huge thanks goes to Eastbourne Business Partnership for helping to bring EYR to the airwaves for the 14th year. “Another fantastic schedule of programmes and experiences for our 2,000 plus participants helped by our media students at Sussex Downs College.

“It was great to see some new participants this year and the ever impressive live performances from bands, choirs and soloists.

“EYR truly is a community initiative but on a global stage as we incorporate Global Entrepreneurship Week activities and attract listeners from USA to Latvia as well as across the UK.”

Steve Biglands, from Eastbourne Police, said, “We are delighted to support EYR and encourage the students to develop and test their skills as well as learning more about the world.

“It’s fabulous to see how the students grow in confidence through this exercise.”