“How to Build a Radio Station: Top Secret Tips from Those In The Know”

29th Nov 08

Queen’s University Belfast

Join us in beautiful Belfast for a day of insight, insider information and intrigue (possibly?!).

With contributions from the cream of the BBC, top dogs in the commercial radio industry, and acclaimed independents from as far away as America – this is your chance to ask the questions and learn the skills that will help you take your first step into industry and beyond!

Come and meet Mark Daley (an award-winning Belfast-born American program director, broadcaster and new music commentator), Donna Legge (BBC presenter / producer), Julian Martin (Breakfast Presenter U105), Peter McVerry (Station Manager U105), Sinead Mullen and Margaret McKee (BBC Radio Ulster), Henry Owen (Programme Director, 97.4 Cool FM/Downtown Radio), John Rosborough (the longest-serving professional in Commercial Radio in Northern Ireland), and CityBeat’s very own “work experience boy” David McCammond.
– more names to be announced!).

The day will culminate with an opportunity to showcase your noggin to some of the top radio professionals in the industry… using what you’ve learnt in the earlier “building block sessions” you and a team are given the chance to “build your own radio station” – devising a marketing plan, a USP, a music policy, and a breakfast show – for a given target demographic. The winners, as decided by a panel of judges Dragons Den style, will win work experience (otherwise known as the opportunity to launch your radio career!).

Building-Block Sessions confirmed so far: “What makes good radio / how to be no. 1”, “How to get into radio: from work experience boy to radio personality of the year”, “Making great radio in the UK and abroad”, “Show Planning (You can’t just turn up, y’know!)”

Belfast is easy to get to even if you’re not based nearby, and with flights from London costing as little as £10 return with RyanAir – why not take a daytrip over to one of Europe’s most beautiful cities to meet the professionals who are running one of Europe’s most thriving radio industries.