Over the past decade, we’ve built an impressive reputation in the higher education sector for our outstanding media facilities and courses. Our Radio Production course, based at our Warrington Campus, is one such course that has some exceptional radio production facilities at its disposal. If you’ve recently applied for this course, you are on the verge of studying a fascinating and engaging practice-based course with an array of opportunities to enhance your future employment prospects. At the heart of the course is our full-time broadcasting radio station, The Cat Radio, with many of your assignments and practice-based work centred around this station. The Cat Radio is also a key part of social life on campus!
We’ve looked back at some recent events from the Department of Media to demonstrate just some of the opportunities available on the Radio Production course. This blog should also give you a real flavour of the fantastic student experience. However, don’t just take our word for it, you can visit us and see for yourself. If you have applied and received an offer, why not book yourself onto an Applicant Day now.
Radio Management module includes Big Night Out
Radio Production got back underway after Christmas with The Cat Radio’s Big Night Out at Bar and Club Twenty10 on the Warrington Campus. Organised by students from the Radio Management third year module, the line-up of DJs included presenters from the radio station alongside Radio Production students. As this video shows, a good time was had by one and all.
The coursework requirement for this module requires students to contextualise, explain and analyse their findings in a Management Report through the running of the radio station on campus. With management theory identifying that social nights are good for motivation, bonding, creating corporate identity, branding, and so on, the students on this module set about organising an event to help demonstrate this and were able to enjoy themselves in the process!
Outside Broadcasts Inside!
One of the assignments for second year Radio Production students is to produce an outside broadcast, where ‘outside’ means somewhere that’s not a radio studio. Using audio-over-IP technology makes this sort of programme work far easier than in the past and is one of the benefits of our digital systems. However, nothing comes for free and digital brings with it issues of compatibility and latency – or put more simply, time delays. Although you can learn the theory of how to overcome this in the lecture theatre, getting to master the practicalities means actually doing it.
Here Jordan Harrop, Sarah Fido and Tom O’Byrne are producing the national award-winning ‘The BROR’ (The Best Radio on Radio) at the inaugural Food Festival within the University’s NoW Food Centre on the Parkgate Road Campus in Chester. With the broadcast taking place 30 miles away from the radio studio, co-presenters, Freya Flindell and Sam Spence, had to work alongside co-producers, Tom Clayton and Chris Salmon, back at base in Warrington, to ensure it was aired without any glitches. Sometimes with outside broadcasts, it can be difficult to find time for lunch, but this didn’t prove to be a problem for those of the team lucky enough to be at the Food Festival!
Another regular outside broadcast, or remote recording, includes the fortnightly SoundShed events. These events are live music nights, bringing you the best in local and national talent, broadcasted directly from Bar Club Twenty10.
Radio Production and The Cat Radio are part of the vibrant Department of Media where there is always something new going on. The culmination of the academic year is the North West Media Show where The Cat Radio puts on another outside broadcast.
So, as you can see, there are plenty of opportunities to fine-tune your radio production skills for outside broadcasts throughout the course!
Follow The Cat
If you’d like to stay in touch with The Cat Radio, you can do. You can choose to follow us on Facebook and also listen live via the website’s radio player. You can also read more about the Department of Media and the latest media news on our web pages.
Hope to see you very soon at one of our forthcoming Applicant Days.