20 pupils take over Algoa FM airwaves

Thameena Hamza, Tonia Jacobs and Georgina Fiorentios were among the 20 pupils who took over the Algoa FM airwaves yesterday in as part of a June 16 initiative by the station Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD
Thameena Hamza, Tonia Jacobs and Georgina Fiorentios were among the 20 pupils who took over the Algoa FM airwaves yesterday in as part of a June 16 initiative by the station Picture: STEPHANIE LLOYD
Pupils took over the Algoa FM airwaves yesterday as part of the station’s June 16 initiative.

Twenty pupils from different parts of the station’s broadcast area got the chance to serve the listeners as newsreaders, presenters and producers.

The project was started by the station last year and the positive response received, from both the youth partaking and the listeners, prompted the station to repeat the Youth Invasion.

Baydu Adams, the station’s programme manager, said a call for entries was made in April and, following interviews, the final selection was made.

“A total of 20 high school pupils commenced their training in May and attended these training sessions twice per week in the lead up to Youth Day,” said Adams.

He said 11 pupils co-presented with Daron Mann, Lance du Plessis, Mio and Queenie, Wayne Hart and Lauren Mungur, Gordon Graham and Jacques Arendt.

For each show two pupils served as newsreaders, four as producers, and one as a sound engineer. Each show had its own producer.

“They had to do all the research, set up interviews and create content for their shows. It’s important that they understand the hard work that goes into broadcasting and they need to understand how on-air and off-air roles interlink,” said Adams.

The pupils were from different schools around the region, with East London being represented by two pupils from Stirling High School and one from Hudson Park High School.

Alfie Jay, the station’s operations manager, said that, more than ever, the youth needs inspiration and guidance. “Taking a fresh approach is one of the corner stones of Algoa FM’s DNA. We can only hope that this level of engagement will inspire our youth,” said Jay.

Stirling pupil Thameena Hamza said the Youth Invasion was a “good” initiative because the station was building a closer relationship with the younger people.

Tonia Jacobs also from Stirling said she was grateful for the opportunity because it would help her decide where her passions lie.

Georgina Fiorentinos said she had gained experience in public speaking and that her confidence had been boosted. — ziphon@dispatch.co.za

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