A YOUNG radio team from Newcastle-under-Lyme has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.
The Seabridge Radio team were entered for the Young ARIAS Awards by radio organiser Michelle Greenwell and they have now been invited to attend a showcase event in May.
It is the first time Michelle, who runs the station at Seabridge Primary School, has put forward entries for the awards and her team has been nominated for the Most Innovative Team category.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the radio team I have,” says Michelle. “They are so enthusiastic and committed. They volunteer their services every week and attend a weekly club to write up their reports for their shows – it makes my role so much easier as the producer of the show. I’m absolutely sure they are going to love the whole experience of attending this huge event and hopefully they will take it away with them as a treasured memory they made at their primary school – we all have one of those.”
The Young ARIAS are a new awards for 8-18 year olds, and schools who love creating audio. Three key reasons for creating the Young ARIAS are; to provide a platform for young talent in the audio industry, showcase the passion young people and schools have for audio and to giving under 18s, from all backgrounds across the UK, a chance to work in the media industry.
The Seabridge Radio team will be heading to London for the event, which will be held at the BBC Radio Theatre on May 17.
Seabridge Primary School headteacher, Julie Harrison is equally as delighted about the news and said: “As a school we are thrilled to have been nominated for the Most Innovative Team category and we are so proud of all members of the team – adult and child alike. Being innovative is one of our Seabridge Values and something we aim to instil in all of our children to prepare them as citizens of the future, so to be recognised in this category is just superb.”
The Young ARIAS has ambassadors from Radio 1 (Matt Edmondson and Mollie King) and KISS FM (Daisy Maskell and Tom Green).
The awards are broad and diverse, covering all elements of audio with categories including Rising talent, Best in Music, School station of the year (Primary & Secondary), Best use for education and Most Innovative Team, and have support from sponsors BBC Sounds, Fun Kids, SchoolRadio.com, Broadcast Bionics, Arqiva and Pure.
Nominated students, parents and teachers are invited to the Young ARIAS Awards held at the BBC Radio Theatre.
The recent good news from Seabridge Radio follows on from a team member who was also recognised for a vlog at the Staffordshire Future Journalist Awards which took place in March.
Freya Follwell, a year 6 student at the school, was a winner in her category with her video entry which gave a behind the scenes insight into Seabridge Radio.
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