TEENAGERS have been taking to the airwaves as live DJs as part of a project designed to improve communication skills and promote teamwork.
Nine 14 and 15-year-olds from Wingfield Business and Enterprise College in Rotherham have been taking part in the Redroad Music Project, organised by Lottery-funded initiative Turning The Corner.
The group researched and scripted their own radio shows, investigated issues affecting young people, developed their own playlist of music and recorded and edited their own advertisements.
The six-week project culminated in a two-hour live radio broadcast on youth radio station Redroad FM.
Carole Foster, a worker on the scheme, said: “The Redroad Music Project gave the young people an opportunity to try something new and to test their skills as the next Chris Moyles!
“There were a number of challenges involved - speaking live on air, teamwork, processing information and writing their own scripts.”
Trevor Grossett from Redroad FM, part of Rotherham Council’s youth service, said: “The young people involved were excellent and it was a real pleasure to work with them.”
Naheen Hussein, aged 15, said: “I really enjoyed learning how to become a DJ. It was good to pick our own music and talk about things that interest young people.”