COVENTRY University played host to one of the country’s biggest radio shows last week as Radio 1 Breakfast with Greg James aired from campus ahead of the One Big Weekend festival.
The University’s School of Media and Performing Arts students were able to see first-hand the work which went into making a large scale radio broadcast.
They were able to go inside Radio 1’s mobile studio, work with equipment and take part in a question and answer session with both the technical and breakfast production teams.
The Radio 1 team also dropped in to record an interview with the Students’ Union station, Phoenix Radio.
Student presenters Jude Avery, Kristof Kiss and Madison Griffiths discussed university life and what it was like to work on Phoenix Radio.
Jude said: “I’ve listened to Radio 1 for the past few years and so going to see it was amazing.”
Jude, who wants to get into broadcasting, added he felt it would help him with his chosen career.
“My biggest takeaway was seeing how they plan shows and script things on the system.”
This experience followed the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend Connects Masterclass on May 20 at the HMV Empire, where Coventry students got to find out how to pitch ideas to producers, how a Radio 1 playlist was created and how to improve their CVs.
Coventry University’s head of school of media and performing arts, Dr Annabelle Waller, added: “I’m delighted we’ve got a major event like this taking place in Coventry which puts radio and the power of broadcasting at the forefront of people’s minds.
“Our students were given an exceptional opportunity to see people working in a variety of high-profile industry roles.”