£10,000 grant to help launch radio production course

ASPIRING DJs have the chance to improve their skills and get their own slot on Greater Manchester Rock Radio (GMRR) thanks to a £10,000 grant.

The money from the National Lottery will be used to offer six training sessions to age groups of 16 upwards, including how to edit music/voice, microphone technique and how to produce an online radio show.

It will also fund room hire, equipment, and volunteer presenter expenses who will be on hand to help train the participants throughout the sessions.

The station, one of the world’s first community web-based radio stations based on rock music, recently peaked at more than 6,000 listeners in one month – after just one year of broadcasting.

So those who want to learn new skills and produce programming on social subjects that matter to them or present their own rock show on the station can broadcast to a wide audience.

Station manager Tony Charles, who has more than 25 years’ radio and music experience and has worked on a Sony award nominated show for Radio 1 is delighted to be able to offer the courses.

“There’s very little of this type of training where people can just sign up to courses for free in Greater Manchester,” he said. “It’s about time it was open to all.

“It’s great for the station, the volunteer presenters and gives people of all ages the opportunity to gain skills they can use in other parts of life and produce shows for the station as well as playing great music that many stations ignore.”

The station hopes to have more training sessions in radio skills in the future. If you can’t make the course, new presenters are always wanted and will get training one-to-one.

The courses begin on Monday, April 6 at 12noon at Ashton Library and is open to over 16s from Greater Manchester. The sessions will run for six weeks each Monday for four hours per session.
Places are limited so if you would like to book email Studio@GreaterManchesterRockRadio.co.uk

You will need two recognised forms of ID when attending the first day.

Meanwhile don’t miss ‘Rock out Saturday’ to celebrate the launch of the new radio training project.

On Sunday, April 5 there will be an afternoon of great music from 12pm-6pm at The Stalybridge New Labour Club, Acre Lane.

Meet the presenters, sign up for the radio course and enjoy music from four great original bands. £10 entry, free snacks.

The profits will go towards the running costs of the radio training project.

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