Eastbourne Youth Radio (EYR) has reached adulthood, celebrating its 16th year in 2016.
The popular radio station, organised by Eastbourne Education Business Partnership (EEBP) and in association with Sussex Downs College, returns to the airwaves on 87.7FM and online at www.eyr.org.uk from Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 November, broadcast from Sussex Downs College, Eastbourne.
Students from 21 Eastbourne schools each present an hour-long radio show across the three days. The students, who range in age five to 19, will present programmes on a range of topics and in a variety of formats. Expect music, poetry, plays, interviews and debates.
This year’s EYR coincides with Anti-Bullying Week 2016, the theme of which is ‘Power for Good’. Some of the schools will be exploring this topic through their shows, using the power of the airwaves to demonstrate ‘Power for Good’.
For the third year running, EYR is broadcast in partnership with the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Katy Bourne. The EEBP received a grant from the PCC’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund to support and broadcast EYR. Tim Sorensen, EYR manager, has been running the EYR project from the start. He says abut Katy Bourne’s involvement, “The Sussex PCC will be helping to address the issue of bullying and garner more attention around young people’s mental health needs. Bourne is an active campaigner and has often praised EYR for its insightful projects ‘benefitting the entire community and businesses’.”
EYR gives youngsters control over the airwaves in a producer and presenter capacity. “The employability skills you learn from producing original radio shows are transferable to any workplace environment,” Tim continues. “If you have a passion for producing or presenting then this is definitely the project for you. For students who don’t want to speak on air, the teamwork skills and planning of the projects are all a fantastic experience. There really is something in it for everyone.”
EYR is made possible by local businesses who sponsor each school’s show. The high quality of sponsors involved with the programming give the students the inspiration to produce a quality and informative show. Among the sponsors this year are Domino’s Pizza, Eastbourne Arndale Shopping Centre, East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Now charity.
Highlights across the three days include the flagship show, ‘Answer Back’. The popular panel show features local politicians and business professionals taking questions from students on subjects both local and national. Expect Brexit to feature!
Back by popular demand is the hour-long ‘Meet the Media’ panel where students get to quiz industry experts on what it takes to build a career in the Media.
As EYR celebrates its move into adulthood, the standard has been set high. “Every year the quality of the shows increase,” says Tim, “and this year is no exception. This is definitely the year to tune in.”